Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Team-Building The Proposal Center of the Future:
Developing the Next Generation of Proposal Professionals through University Collaboration
Senior Writing & Project Specialist, GTECH Corporation
Thomas D. Gidley
Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island
Senior Director of Business Proposals, GTECH Corporation
Business Proposals Intern, GTECH Corporation
Given that most proposal professionals "fell” into the profession after working in other professions for many years, is there enough time to wait for the next generation to enter our profession in the same manner? It is up to all of us to help develop that next generation…but how? GTECH successfully piloted a collaborative proposal project with the University of Rhode Island to team-build for the future. We have created a pipeline of local talent by introducing college students to the proposal profession. Students learned how to respond to an RFP, received evaluations, and then competed for internships. The program grew from our difficulty in finding good writers, and we observed small numbers of young people at APMP events. This panel, including the professor and an intern, will define the program, describe its repeatable results, and discuss how you can replicate such an experiential education program for your company’s benefit.
Jody Alves is Senior Writing & Project Specialist at GTECH Corporation. She has been with its Business Proposals Department for 18 years. She manages special projects, including foundation content management, the department’s intern program, and the development of a talent pipeline through local university collaboration. Previously manager of the proposal writers, her experience includes 25+ years in marketing communications in insurance, banking, automotive and healthcare. A University of Rhode Island graduate, Jody spearheaded APMP’s Commercial Track Pilot and serves on its Commercial Advisory Board. She presented at its 2013 Bid & Proposal Con and 2012 Nor’Easters Symposium.
Thomas D. Gidley is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric in the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School, and he practiced law in Providence, Rhode Island, for 39 years before retiring at the end of 1999. He then received a master’s degree and a PHD in English from the University of Rhode Island. Beginning in the spring of 2013, he has, in partnership with GTECH Corporation, taught writing courses involving "real world” learning.
DeVon Rightley-Tucker is the Senior Director of Business Proposals at GTECH Corporation, where she oversees a nearly 40-person team of professionals who produce complex and winning proposals for domestic and international lotteries. Previously, DeVon served as the Director of Proposals for 12 years at Humana Inc. and worked for several non-profit hospitals in their Marketing and Public Relations Departments. DeVon earned a Master’s degree in Public Relations from Ball State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University. She has presented at APMP’s 2006, 2007, and 2013 national conferences and at the 2012 Nor’Easters Symposium.
Beth-Anne Tremaine is an intern in the Business Proposals Department at GTECH Corporation. She was selected for the internship through the collaborative Proposal Project between GTECH and the University of Rhode Island. As part of the department’s new pipeline, which develops local talent by exposing students to the proposal profession through experiential learning, Beth-Anne has written sections for "live” proposals and gained hands-on experience with GTECH’s proposal processes and functions. Beth-Anne is a recent URI graduate, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She is now working toward a Master’s Degree in Writing and Rhetoric.
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