Fermilab’s L.L. ‘Po’ Collins wins award for contributions, ethics in contract management

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L.L. “Po” Collins

The National Contract Management Association has awarded L.L. “Po” Collins, Fermilab’s director of special projects and former acquisition officer, its Outstanding Fellow Award. She received the award for over 30 years of contributions, achievements and ethics in her field.

During her career, Collins spent several decades in industry, including stints at Magnavox and Raytheon, before working at Fermilab.

Many of her contributions in NCMA help develop professionals in contract management. She made opportunities for junior colleagues through her role as program manager and a mentor for the Contract Management Leadership Development Program. She has regularly shared trainings and presentations as well. When she chaired the NCMA Professional Standards and Ethics Committee, Collins created a regular “Ethics Corner” section in Contract Management magazine.

Outside her career, Collins prioritizes volunteerism, from boardrooms for a local Red Cross chapter to community kitchens.

Collins served on the NCMA Board of Directors from 1999 to 2003 and from 2008 to 2014, and continues to serve as a member of its Standards Consensus Body and board of advisors. She co-founded the association’s women’s forum.

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