A key leader in initiatives that modernized the Defense Logistics Agency’s processes and drove efficiencies through innovative technology is being inducted into the DLA Hall of Fame June 26.
Lora Conrad’s career began as a GS-5 secretary in 1981. After entering DLA’s Supply Intern Program in 1984, she helped implement the Weapons System Support System, an information technology program that enabled DLA to make a more deliberate, customer-focused approach toward readiness.
In the 1990s, Conrad led the program that transferred more than 1 million consumable items from the services to DLA. Conrad then became a process integrator for the agency’s Enterprise Business System. She helped define business requirements for EBS’ business intelligence application and established requirements for the system’s change status tracking tool that added transparency to a convoluted process, according to her nomination packet.
As deputy executive director of materiel policy, process and assessment, Conrad created a DLA-wide human capital strategy to develop key logistics personnel as mandated by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act.
“This effort still yields dividends today as it continues professionalizing our logistics workforce, improving customer outcomes through increased knowledge of the acquisition process, and reinforcing the agency’s alignment and commitment to the services,” reads her nomination packet.
Conrad also headed implementation of the Comprehensive Inventory Management Improvement Plan at DoD’s Supply Chain Integration Office. The plan required integration across DoD and DLA and led to efficiencies across DoD’s $99 billion inventory. She culminated her DLA career as a senior IT program manager, implementing process improvements to more efficiently process requests for new capabilities and enhancements to existing IT systems.
Read more about the DLA Hall of Fame and previous inductees on the DLA Hall of Fame website.