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Hélène Courard

About Hélène Courard

With more than 20 years’ experience leading and motivating teams to success, Hélène has been engaged with APMP since 2007. She has chaired several committees, mentored junior members through the NCA Mentor-Protégé program, and is currently serving as NCA’s Vice President. She also serves on APMP International’s Executive Committee as Treasurer. She is the Director of Unisys Corporation’s Global Proposal Center, leading a team of professionals in the preparation and delivery of winning proposals worldwide for national, state, local, and commercial clients. She holds a BA from Saint Joseph’s University, a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, and is an APMP Fellow.

The Competitive Advantage of Diversity and Inclusion

Why should we care about diversity and inclusion? The APMP Mission defines clearly that “APMP promotes the professional growth of its members by advancing the arts, sciences, and technologies of winning business. APMP is the worldwide authority for professionals dedicated to the process of winning business through proposals, bids, tenders, and presentations.” It follows therefore

By |2020-04-04T14:15:41-04:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: eZine, From the Desk of the Vice President|0 Comments

Proposal Innovations–Managing Processes

Managing process in proposal development needs to be flexible.  It has to adapt to fit the size each deal’s individual submission parameters (page limits, number of volumes); to fit the timeline for the response (5, 20, or 45 days); to work within the culture of the organization (hierarchical vs. agile); and to accommodate the size

By |2020-04-04T14:18:07-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: eZine, From the Desk of the Vice President|0 Comments

Proposal Innovations, Effecting Change

People resist change. Why? There are many reasons, but some of the more popularly cited reasons are fear (of loss or failure) and avoiding discomfort. But, change is essential for any organization because without change an organization will fall behind its competition and then risk failing to meet customers’ evolving needs. This leads to losing

By |2020-04-04T14:20:56-04:00March 31st, 2019|Categories: eZine, From the Desk of the Vice President|0 Comments

tl;dr

tl:dr. Do you know what that means? If you’re tech-savvy, or have a teenager in your life, you know that it’s Internet slang for “too long; didn’t read.” If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of that message, it is infuriating but direct. In five characters, your audience has told you that whatever you

By |2020-04-04T14:23:15-04:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: eZine, From the Desk of the Vice President|0 Comments

What is Innovation?

Merriam Webster’s defines “innovation” as (1) the introduction of something new; (2) a new idea, method, or device: novelty. Interestingly, while this definition does not mention added value, when we talk about seeking innovation it is inherently understood that the innovation must also bring about a positive impact or change either in the operations or

By |2020-04-04T14:26:26-04:00August 5th, 2018|Categories: eZine, From the Desk of the Vice President|0 Comments

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

by Hélène Courard, APMP-NCA Vice President, JD, CF APMP Fellow As a proposal professional, it should come as no surprise that I believe the approach to one’s career development should be driven in the same way as proposal development. Just as you would never start writing a proposal without having developed a proposal development plan

By |2020-04-06T06:00:21-04:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: eZine, From the Desk of the Vice President|0 Comments

APMP-NCA Chapter

The mission of the APMP-NCA chapter is to support our members in advancing their professional goals and increasing their capabilities to win business.

The APMP NCA Chapter maximizes member value by:

  • Creating an environment and opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, professionalism and application of best practices,
  • Partnering with industry, academia and government to unleash the power of capture and proposal management,
  • Providing a forum for the discussion and examination of problems, solutions, applications and ideas,
  • Disseminating information regarding developments in the profession, and
  • Attracting, developing and retaining leadership to ensure the future of the organization.

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