We just concluded our Washington, D.C. spring Global Executive Summit and it was fabulous. From the beautiful hotel (the Omni Shoreham is a grand old lady) to the incredible speakers and leading-edge content, to wonderful networking and connections made all week long, the Global Summit was incredible. We had leadership keynotes from Steve Ford, son of former President Gerald (Jerry) Ford and David Rowan, editor of WIRED magazine in the UK and columnist for GQ…and industry keynotes on everything from how to incorporate digital technologies into our daily jobs to learning from our successes (and failures). Forty-plus breakout sessions supplemented the plenary events with both groundbreaking ideas and tangible takeaways. And the Wednesday night entertainment was widely touted as being one of the best ever!
This Global Summit was also the kickoff for the SIG Innovation Accelerator where “short-listed” providers presented cutting-edge technologies to a room of 55 buy-side executives. The feedback from those in attendance was phenomenal, with input on how to make the technologies more relevant to those in sourcing/procurement and 59 requests to learn more (many chose more than one). Visit www.SIGInnova.com for more information.
We are now well into planning the fall Global Executive Summit, which will take place in Rancho Mirage, California, from October 15-18. One of the most notable additions to the event will be the launch of our first ever SIG Future of Sourcing Awards, taking place on Wednesday, October 17. The nominations are now open with eight different team categories and two individual awards are up for winning. Please visit the Future of Sourcing awards website for more information on the categories and selection criteria. Nominations are being accepted until June 8! We look forward to recognizing trailblazers in the industry and hope you will consider being part of our inaugural awards event.
We have also opened our call for presentations for Global Summit speaking spots and keynote sessions, so get yours in before the fall Summit agenda is full. In the meantime, we hope to see everyone soon at an upcoming SIG CPO Meet & Eat or SIGnature Event! Be sure to check our event calendar often to see when we will be in a city near you.
Dawn Tiura is the CEO and President of SIG, SIG University and Outsource and has over 26 years leadership experience, with the past 22 years focused on the sourcing and outsourcing industry. In 2007, Dawn joined SIG as CEO, but has been active in SIG as a speaker and trusted advisor since 1999, bringing the latest developments in sourcing and outsourcing to SIG members. Prior to joining SIG, Dawn held leadership positions as CEO of Denali Group and before that as a partner in a CPA firm. Dawn is actively involved on a number of boards promoting civic, health and children's issues in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Dawn is a licensed CPA and has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS in taxation from Golden Gate University. Dawn brings to SIG a culture of brainstorming and internal innovation.