2020 Global Executive Summit





October 13, 2020




Summit Kickoff

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 11:00

Join us for a quick introduction to the day.

Keynote Session: Smarter Together: It’s Procurement and Finance’s Time to Lead

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 11:10

Join this session for a fireside chat with Todd Ford, Chief Financial Officer, Coupa and Dawn Tiura, President & CEO, Sourcing Industry Group for a discussion on current challenges and trends. Questions from the audience are welcome! 

Todd Ford

Chief Financial Officer
Coupa

Todd is the chief financial officer (CFO) of Coupa where he oversees the company’s financial operations. During his tenure, he led the company through a successful IPO and grew revenue to $260 million in the latest fiscal year ended January 31, 2019. Under his leadership, Coupa has grown to become a multi-billion public dollar company driving measurable value for enterprises around the world. 

Prior to Coupa, Todd served as the CFO of MobileIron, where he was responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting, treasury activities, and investor relations. Prior to that, Todd was a Founding General Partner at Broken Arrow Venture Capital, where he invested in early-stage companies. He also served as CFO and President of Rackable Systems, Inc. (now Silicon Graphics International Corp) where he led the company from $20 million in revenue to more than $350 million in revenue as a publicly-traded company. Todd began his career with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from Santa Clara University. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Performant Financial Corporation and 8x8 Inc. and is a member of the CNBC CFO Council.

Dawn Tiura

CEO and President
Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)

Dawn Tiura, CEO and President of SIG, SIG University and Future of Sourcing Digital Publication, 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.

Breakout 1: Strategic Sourcing: Upgrade From Spreadsheet Analytics to These Digital Transformation Gamechangers

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 12:30

We live in an era where Industry 4.0 technology developments outpace some organizations ability to change. Nimble organizations have a distinct competitive advantage. With the vast quantities of data available, the organizations that can analyze large datasets, quickly, will differentiate themselves in their markets. In this session Industry thought-leader, Walt Charles will share aspects of his Digital Procurement Transformation Playbook that he successfully implemented at 4 Fortune Companies.

You will learn: 

  • Break past the data processing limitations of spreadsheets to drive better outcomes on large, strategically managed spend
  • Analyze, previously unimaginably large datasets using proven, state-of-the-art technology
  • Power up every deal by 1000 times to deliver dramatically better deal outcomes - without the analytics burnout
  • Increase your Procurement Team's bandwidth by using new tools to get to actionable insights faster, better, cheaper and more impactfully
  • COVID-Proof your Maverick Spend Issues by pivoting to new S2C process/change management and improve overall team effectiveness

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Walt Charles

CPO
Biogen

Walter Charles is the Chief Procurement Officer at Biogen. Walter is a sought-after speaker at national and international Supply Chain and Procurement Conferences, a visionary Supply Chain leader, an impactful results deliverer and an inspiring Procurement Futurist. At each of his last 4 Fortune companies, his global procurement teams supported the purchase of billions of dollars a year of products and services supporting Research & Development, Manufacturing, MRO, Lab Services, Marketing, Legal, Capital, IT, Plant Operations, Travel, and General and Administrative services. Walter has held Chief Procurement Officer roles at iconic companies such as Allergan, Biogen, Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Supply Chain and Cordis (one of J&J’s former medical devices companies). As such, he has the unique perspective of serving on Supply Chain Leadership Teams, and leading procurement transformations across Biotechnology, Consumer Packaged Goods, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Businesses. In 2020, Walter started the 400 Company Digital Challenge, where he pledged to personally help 400 of his ~30,000 social connections make the jump to industry 4.0 technologies in the practice of procurement.   Connect with him on LinkedIn to start your digital transformation today. Walter holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University; a Master of Engineering Degree in Environmental Engineering from The Stevens Institute of Technology; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Paul Martyn

Sourcing SME
Coupa

Paul is a Coupa Sourcing Subject Matter expert. Prior to joining Coupa, Paul covered supply chain topics for Forbes. He started his career in IT solution design, which led to product management, and then an executive leadership role for technology services firm. Just before turning 30, he moved-on to become an early stage employee/investor of a tech start-up incubated at Carnegie Mellon where he was paired with Dr. Tuomas Sandholm. He has enjoyed working with many renowned academics including Dr. Mark Spearman, Dr. Subhash Suri, Dr. George Nemhauser and several others. He has identified the business opportunities in their intellectual property and developed several startup companies from zero to $20M+ in revenues in less than 5 years. He served domestically and abroad, as the businesses were fueled almost exclusively by arrangements with "Global 100" companies in CPG, Industrial Manufacturing, Logistics and Healthcare sectors. As a result, he was provided an insider's view of the supply chain problems faced by the world's largest and most sophisticated practitioners. As either an employed executive or independent consultant, he has since helped several other supply chain solution providers. He has appeared on Fox News, CNBC and MSNBC as an expert panelist and has been quoted on supply management topics in WSJ, Reuters, USA Today, Fox News, CNN and several additional media.

Session ID: 
BOS_01_2020F

Breakout 2: Do You Want to be Known for Cost Savings or Adding Value?

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 12:30

Getting work done. It is not a new idea, but the concept has taken on new meaning in the post-pandemic new world of work. For corporate leadership, procurement, and HR decision-makers, the question of "Who do we hire or engage for the position?" has been replaced by new concerns. "How can we stay as lean and agile as possible and still get the work done?" Today, an employee, contractor, freelancer, outsourced services provider, or even a bot might be the best way of achieving a business demand, creating a complex path for companies to navigate.

You will learn:

  • About new channels of talent and resources that are emerging in this evolving world of work
  • How a unified approach gives companies the readiness they need to adapt quickly to change
  • How to ensure you are positioned to engage the right resource with optimal impact

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Jennifer Nachand

Manager, Contingent Workforce Program
Daimler Trucks North America

Jennifer has been with Daimler Trucks North America for over 9 years and is currently the Manager of the Contingent Workforce Program for the company’s US locations. 

Bruce Morton

Global Head of Strategy
Allegis Global Solutions

Bruce is in his 40th year in the human capital industry and is well known as a global workforce design and talent acquisition expert. He has designed, implemented and managed some of the largest resourcing solutions across many different parts of the globe and has been recognized as HR Thought Leader of the Year by HRO both in EMEA and here in the US. He has also just published a book ‘Redesigning the Way Work Works’ so check that out on Amazon. In his current role, Bruce serves as AGS’ Global Head of Strategy. Bruce concentrates on adding increased value to AGS’ clients via new services and product-idea generation, internal and external thought leadership, and serving as a face to the industry through conferences and speaking engagements.

Session ID: 
BOS_02_2020F

Breakout 3: How to Leverage AI to Reengineer the Contracting Process

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 12:30

In this session, learn from experts in Contracting and AI on how to leverage AI to streamline the contracting process and mitigate contract risk. CLM is in its very early stages of adopting AI, yet every product claims to have it! What can AI really do for the contracting space, and what should companies look for when evaluating AI capabilities? In this session, learn from experts in Contracting and AI on how to leverage AI to streamline the contracting process and mitigate contract risk.

You will learn:

  • Where AI is being used in contracting
  • The AI features and functionality you should be evaluating in contracting tools
  • Current trends and adoption rates of AI in contracting tools
  • How to build a business case for AI in contracting

Lifecycle Phase: Initiation

Randy Lonsdale

Senior Legal Counsel (Construction)
LNG Canada Project

Randy Lonsdale is a Calgary-based Senior Legal Counsel (Construction) at the LNG Canada Project, a large liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and export facility being constructed in British Columbia, Canada. The Project is owned by a joint venture comprised of Royal Dutch Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and KOGAS. It has been described by Canada’s Prime Minister as the “single largest private sector investment in the history of Canada.” Randy headed the owners’ legal team in drafting and negotiating the Project’s main, multi-billion dollar (US), lump sum EPC contract, which is among the world’s largest ever for an energy infrastructure project in terms of contract spend. Before being seconded to the Project from Shell Canada, Randy primarily supported the engineering, construction and procurement contracting activities of several Shell-owned and invested, multi-billion dollar energy projects.  Prior to joining Shell in 2007, he practised as a commercial lawyer in leading firms in Calgary and Vancouver, and worked as a legal consultant in Saipan (CNMI.) Randy spent two years seconded to a leading law firm in Seoul, Korea, and also worked in Seoul for the Korean government advising its Seoul-Busan high speed rail construction project team. He speaks fluent Korean. Randy is a graduate of the University of Alberta (B.A. (Economics) 1984, and J.D. 1987), and was subsequently admitted to the Alberta and British Columbia Bars of Canada.

Amrita Joshi

CMO
App Orchid

Amrita’s global business experience in the technology industry spans a breadth of roles, from CEO to CMO to globalization consultant. Amrita has held several permanent and interim CMO positions in companies that focus on next generation technology products and services. Amrita is currently the CMO of App Orchid, an AI enterprise platform company that focuses on the Energy & Utilities, Insurance and Healthcare industries. Prior CMO roles include, Persistent Systems, Xoriant and several start-ups where she launched strategic marketing efforts.  Amrita has packaged and taken to market virtually hundreds of solutions in areas such as AI, Security, Big Data, Machine Learning Automation and Cloud. After having been in the global technology industry for a decade, Amrita founded Ahilia in 2007 with the goal of helping global technology companies create differentiated market identities, develop go–to-market strategies and establish effective marketing programs. Since then she helped expanded the company to focus on user experience and content based digital marketing. Amrita has built and managed global teams across the world including South & Central America, East Asia, South Asia and Europe. Amrita graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with BA in Business Economics and received her MBA with Honors from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Amy Fong

Vice President
Everest Group

Amy Fong is a Vice President in Everest Group's Strategic Outsourcing and Vendor Management practice. In this role, she advises enterprises on maximizing value from strategic provider relationships in outsourced services categories.

Amy has more than 20 years of experience in industry, consulting, and advising with a focus on procurement, supply chain and organizational effectiveness. She has authored numerous publications and speaks frequently on source to pay process improvement and managing complex supply chain partnerships. Prior to joining Everest Group, she was a Senior Advisor and Program Leader with The Hackett Group's Procurement Advisory Program. Previously she held various industry and consulting roles with Hewlett Packard, Sonoco Products Company, and Archstone Consulting. Amy holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BS from Syracuse University.

Geoff Talbot

Chief Growth Officer
SIG

Geoff Talbot, Chief Growth Officer has 20+ years of sales, marketing and business development experience. Prior to joining SIG, Geoff spent 12 years with a technical staffing services consulting company where he led the business development, sales support and partner groups. Geoff has worked extensively with information technology, supply chain, procurement, human resources and business process executives within the financial services, retail, telecom, energy, government and software industries. Geoff's background includes technology consulting, outsourced staffing, contingent work force, vendor management systems (VMS), on and off-shore partner supplier programs, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), supplier diversity initiatives, managed service providers and print product, services and procurement. Geoff has a BSBA in marketing from California State University – Chico and has completed sales and leadership programs which include: Sandler Sales Training, Carew International, SLH Sales Systems, Rapport Leadership International and Landmark Leadership Worldwide. E

Session ID: 
BOS_03_2020F

Breakout 4: How AstraZeneca is Digitizing its Category Management Framework

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 13:30

Effective Category Strategy development and management are essential to Procurement's ability to collaborate with and deliver value to the business. In this session, we will explore how combining the launch of a new strategy framework with a technology implementation can build the foundation to track full procurement lifecycle value creation and take the strategy from paper to practice. Procurement leaders that attend the session will benefit from real-life examples of designing, automating and future-proofing your strategy development and category management processes.

You will learn how to: 

  • Align and optimize strategy framework and technology launches
  • Embed category management processes within a single platform
  • Build the foundation to measure full lifecycle value creation
  • Understand how category management is evolving with new technologies

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization 

Tom Smolko

Associate Director
AstraZeneca

Tom Smolko is an Associate Director at AstraZeneca and currently the Source to Contract Platform Manager accountable for global technology solutions that enable strategic procurement activities. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Tom served as an account director for BravoSolution, implementing supply management solutions for pharmaceutical and manufacturing clients. He also spent 10 years working at GE which included a role as the sourcing leader for its information services division. Tom earned his MBA from Georgetown University and received an MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Amenallah Reghimi

VP Product Management Development
JAGGAER

Amen builds bridges between technology and business globally. During his first years at JAGGAER, he successfully implemented and executed 60+ international projects on four continents in four different languages. Now, as Vice President of Product Management, he uses that experience to build effective products to help solve market problems and provide massive value to his customers. 

His focus on Intelligent Solutions & Innovation has earned him many accolades as a GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADER, INNOVATOR and INFLUENCER. In 2020, Thinkers360 honored him with multiple titles including “No. 1 in COVID-19 Business Impact,” “No. 1 in Open Innovation” and “No. 5 in Procurement.”

Session ID: 
BOS_04_2020F

Breakout 5: Services Procurement in the New Normal: Why Covid-19 Has Bolstered the Business Case for Statement of Work

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 13:30

Guidant Global COO, Brian Salkowski provides an in-depth look at why businesses are turning their attention to services procurement and SoW in a bid to drive better value from their non-employee workforce. He'll be joined by Justin Sellers, Global Category Leader - Professional Services and Temporary Labor at Amway, to showcase how, with support from Guidant Global, they have introduced a complex Statement of Work management process alongside their existing contingent labor MSP program, resulting in impressive results.

You will learn:

  • Why managing services providers holistically brings a competitive advantage versus working in silos
  • How you can drive greater agility, quality and ROI from services procurement and SoW
  • How Amway went about it - key results and lessons learned
  • How to build a business case for services procurement and SoW

Lifecycle Phase: Initiation

Justin Sellers

Global Category Leader - Professional Services and Temporary Labor
Amway

Justin Sellers is the Global Category Leader - Professional Services and Temporary Labor at Amway, one of the world’s largest direct selling companies. With over 15 years at Amway, and 6+ focused on Procurement (including Indirect and Contingent Workforce Category Management), Justin has led the implementation and delivery of some of the organization’s most transformative procurement initiatives. 

He is now responsible for the global contingent workforce sourcing strategy and execution, encompassing over 50 countries and over $250M in spend. In line with his pioneering and innovative style of leadership, Justin has recently extended the scope of Guidant Global’s MSP program to include complex SOW management. 

Brian Salkowski

Chief Operating Officer
Guidant Global

Dedicated to changing the dynamic of MSP services by championing a better, more forward-thinking approach, Brian has 20 years’ experience in the workforce management industry. Under Brian’s leadership of Bartech's Managed Solutions business since 2008, the business experienced significant top and bottom line growth, service line extensions that included SOW, IC and Payroll Services, and geographic expansion into more than 80 countries.

A key figure behind the Bartech and Guidant Group merger, Brian has identified how Guidant Global enables greater sharing of best practice, best people and operational accountability for the workforce solutions business across implementation, operations and account management.

 

Session ID: 
BOS_05_2020F

Breakout 6: Services Category Management: Gaps in Capabilities, Haves and Have Nots

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 13:30

For most companies, services spend is a significant portion of third-party costs, yet often procurement capabilities are focused on direct and indirect materials. In this engaging session, Everest Group will share the outcomes Pinnacle Enterprisesô deliver on when effectively managing services categories. We'll discuss the practices in technology, governance, category management, and talent that differentiate the leaders.

Amy Fong

Vice President
Everest Group

Amy Fong is a Vice President in Everest Group's Strategic Outsourcing and Vendor Management practice. In this role, she advises enterprises on maximizing value from strategic provider relationships in outsourced services categories.

Amy has more than 20 years of experience in industry, consulting, and advising with a focus on procurement, supply chain and organizational effectiveness. She has authored numerous publications and speaks frequently on source to pay process improvement and managing complex supply chain partnerships. Prior to joining Everest Group, she was a Senior Advisor and Program Leader with The Hackett Group's Procurement Advisory Program. Previously she held various industry and consulting roles with Hewlett Packard, Sonoco Products Company, and Archstone Consulting. Amy holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BS from Syracuse University.

Michel Janssen

Chief Research Guru
Everest Group

As co-founder of Everest Group’s research practice – and with a broad and varied career in the global services industry – Michel offers profound insights and analysis to enterprises and service providers alike. Leveraging his extensive experience identifying and understanding emerging trends, Michel helps organizations to maximize their global services efforts. Michel is particularly noted for his ability to posit challenging ideas based on his fact-based insights from across business and IT processes, sourcing models, and industries. In his current role, at Everest Group, Michel is responsible for guiding the practice’s research agenda and architecture, and aligning its capabilities with the market’s disruptive changes and next-generation demands. Prior to re-joining Everest Group in 2017, Michel enjoyed a successful decade serving as Chief Research Officer at The Hackett Group and Market Track.

Session ID: 
BOS_06_2020F

Breakout 7: Global Trends in eAuctions: Services as an Emerging Category

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 14:30

Globally, services spend is now the leading category for eAuctions, resulting in an average cost savings of 14.77%. Yet, category managers, sourcing executives and suppliers continue to resist adopting this proven methodology.

This session will seek to understand the drivers to that reluctance as well as provide practical steps for conducting eAuctions. Our expert panel will seek to answer these questions:

  • Why aren't more North American companies performing eAuctions as a sourcing strategy for services spend?
  • Is there a cultural resistance?
  • Is there a stigma?
  • How can we overcome knowledge deficiencies with best practices and case studies?
  • How do we "get to WE" and apply Kate Vitasek's Vested Sourcing approach and partner with services suppliers for the most optimal strategy?

Attendees will take away a new approach towards on overlooked category. Sourcing organizations implementing eAuctions can expect increased visibility and efficiency, in addition to cost savings.

This session should be attended by CPOs championing this proven approach, and all stakeholders including those in a Category Manager role who are tasked with designing and managing eAuctions.

  • You will learn: How to reduce costs in your Services Spend Category
  • How to set up and run a successful eAuction for Services
  • How to gain visibility into both your team and Supply Chain
  • How to be a hero with a new approach to an old dilemma

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

John Fafian

Head of Strategy and Sourcing
PwC

John Fafian leads the Sourcing Strategy and Negotiation team at PwC, where he is responsible for $4 billion in annual spend. John has extensive technology and non-technology sourcing experience including infrastructure, application development and business process outsourcing on an onshore, nearshore, and offshore basis. Prior to joining PwC, John held a variety of executive sourcing positions in financial services and industry, including Morgan Stanley, Arrow Electronics and Credit Suisse First Boston. John is also a frequent lecturer on a broad range of areas related to sourcing and outsourcing. 

Amanda Morrison

Director of Sourcing Services
Scanmarket North America

Amanda Morrison is the Director of Sourcing Services at Scanmarket. With almost 10 years with Scanmarket, Amanda has helped deliver an easy-to-use sourcing platform and grow the North America footprint with clients. From implementation to consultancy services, she assists Scanmarket users with her 14+ years of software and procurement knowledge. Amanda’s main focus is helping clients streamline their processes to be more efficient and effective, and in-turn it creates more throughput and savings.

John Powell

Senior eSourcing Consultant
Scanmarket

John Powell is a Senior eSourcing Consultant at Scanmarket. John has 21 years of sales and sales management experience with companies both large and small, but most recently with SIG (Sourcing Industry Group) where served as the VP of Membership Development for over 5 years. He brings specific expertise in the financial services and mortgage industries with the past 6 years focused on procurement solutions and innovation. Prior to SIG, John managed a team of 30+ Account Executives for Citibank. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Edinboro University. 

Session ID: 
BOS_07_2020F

Breakout 8: Achieving Seamless Procurement Workflow and Intelligent Contract Management

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 14:30

This session will address digital transformation in procurement including request intake, process workflow and contract management. From initiation of a request to contract signature and archival, we have implemented a great solution at Smartsheet using Smartsheet + AI to manage our work and our vendor contracts!

You will learn:

  • data gathering at initiation of a procurement request
  • workflow automation, including stakeholder notifications and approvals
  • frictionless integration with Finance, Legal, Risk and IT, and,
  • contract summarization with AI for meaningful management and reporting

Lifecycle Phase: Steady State

Julia Braun

Sr. Director, Procurement, AP & Travel
Smartsheet

Julia Braun joined Smartsheet, Inc. in July 2019 and is the global head of Procurement, Accounts Payable & Travel for Smartsheet, Inc.  Prior to Smartsheet, Julia was a VP of Third Party Risk Management for Bank of the West and is a certified Third Party Risk Management professional. She was a National Director of Operations with ManpowerGroup Solutions Australia, and a Sr. Director of Operations with MPG/TAPFIN in North America.  Prior to her time with ManpowerGroup, Julia headed up the Contingent Workforce Management program at Microsoft where she was responsible for North America program operations and led the effort to expand and implement that program across Microsoft globally.  Prior to Microsoft, she held a variety of sourcing and leadership positions in retail, banking and financial services, including Nordstrom and JPMorgan Chase. 

Julia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and resides in Bellevue, WA with her husband Eric, daughter Liliana (15) and labrador retrievers, Dash and Arlo.

Session ID: 
BOS_08_2020F

Breakout 9: Procurement Saves America: Unprecedented Data is Enabling Procurement to Lead in Unprecedented Times

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 14:30

America is facing Three Core Challenges: COVID, Equality and Diversity, and Re-invigorating the American Economy. AI and analytics can rapidly identify opportunities to automate savings and diversity and drive action and capture. In this session, hear how Nordstrom is using data to drive in an unprecedented 2020. Creating A World of Diverse Opportunity In today's world, private and public enterprises are focused on launching or improving diversity initiatives to create opportunity in its supply chain. Whether small business suppliers, women-owned or minority owned, all organizations need a diverse supplier base and the ability to easily and quickly show that data.

We will focus on how technology can meet that need and how Fortune 5000 companies using it to empower their communities through their supplier base. COVID-19 is the New Normal It goes without saying that COVID-19 has altered how we do business and how we conduct business on a daily basis. Nordstrom will do a deep dive on the impact of COVID-19. As many retailers around them have declared bankruptcy, Nordstrom will show us how they have positioned themselves today and for tomorrow.

We will focus on how COVID has impacted their supplier base and what it means for the future. Reinvest in America Supply Chain disruption is deeper than you probably realize. Try and buy a bicycle today and you are out of luck, unless you want a $2500 road bike. Supplier intelligence may make the difference in success or failure for your business. We will focus on what do you need, what is important and how quickly you can get your hands on it.

This session is for any Procurement or Finance leader ready to take their organization and company to the next level.

You will learn:

  • How to lead (rather than follow)
  • How proactive AI-driven insights and spend intelligence can be the difference between success or failure in the world of COVID-19; what do you need, what is important and how quickly can you get your fingers on it
  • How a market leading, Fortune 500 retailer is bucking the trend and is best positioned to succeed during and after COVID-19
  • How to track and monitor a Supplier Diversity Program that generates instant actionable data that is usable throughout your organization, achieves executive level diversity goals, and empowers local communities

Lifecycle Phase: Steady State

Karoline Dygas

Vice President - CPO
Nordstrom

Karoline Dygas is Nordstrom’s Vice President and CPO leading Strategic Sourcing and Procurement for all non-merchandise spend. She joined Nordstrom in April 2019 and is responsible for leading a holistic transformation to provide a new procurement service delivery model that will positively impact the customer experience and company financial performance.

Prior to joining Nordstrom, she was Starbucks Corp Vice President leading Global Sourcing, Store Development and Siren Retail Supply Chains.   She was part of Starbucks Global Supply Chain leadership team and was accountable for sourcing of all capital and commercial equipment, FFE, R&M and QA services, as well as leading the global end-to-end supply chains for Store Development and Siren Retail (Starbucks Roastery & Reserve and Princi brands).   

Before joining Starbucks, Karoline was the Senior Director Strategic Sourcing at Walgreens based in Deerfield, Illinois where she was responsible for $1.5B annual spend across multiple categories supporting Store Development, Energy & Environmental Sustainability, and Marketing.  

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and later completed her dual MBA from both Purdue University and ESCP-EAP European School of Management in Paris, France.

She lives in Issaquah, WA with her husband Josh, two children Morgan (13) and Max (11), and their Samoyed-Husky rescue dog named Yeti.

Nikesh Parekh

CEO
Suplari

Nikesh (Niki) Parekh is the co-founder and CEO of Suplari, an enterprise software company focused on leveraging advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to help enterprises make better purchasing and financial decisions.  Niki was most recently an executive at Internet real estate company Zillow and has also worked in the venture capital, private equity and investment banking industries.  Nikesh earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College.

Session ID: 
BOS_09_2020F

Breakout 10: Optimizing Contract Negotiation with AI-Based Risk Analysis in MS Word

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 15:30

Every company has a system of agreement whether they know it or not. Digitally transforming the agreement process provides both strategic and efficiency improvements.

Join this session to understand how Analyzer's AI-powered analytics addresses the primary challenges of the negotiation process:

  • Risk
  • Review
  • Revision

The demo of Analyzer's MS Word-based plug-in will illustrate a streamlined negotiation process that transforms the handling of third-paper and other negotiated contracts. Attendees will learn how to recognize their system of agreement, how AI-power contract analytics can transform the negotiation process, and how companies are using the DocuSign Agreement Cloud solutions to optimize value, reduce risk, and improve operational efficiency.

Key Points

  • DocuSign Agreement Cloud vision
  • DocuSign Analyzer as contract negotiation enhancement tool
  • Analyzer reduces risk with AI and logic
  • Analyzer enhances review with AI and logic
  • Analyzer normalizes revision with clause library Demo
  • Analyzer use case examples - ROI examples

You will learn:

  • How to identify your system of agreement cloud
  • Optimize the negotiation with AI technology
  • Surface review information to improve stakeholder expectations
  • Improve the contracting experience for both contract parties

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

David Silbert

Director
DocuSign

David Silbert is a Director in DocuSign's Agreement Cloud Strategy Practice, where he serves as DocuSign's subject matter expert in contract negotiation.  Prior to joining DocuSign, David worked as a Director at Seal Software, designing and implementing contract-AI solutions for customers.  David practiced law at Norton Rose Fulbright and King & Spalding focusing on private equity and capital markets transactions as well as complex commercial litigation for clients in the financial services, energy, and real estate industries. Before attending law school at Northwestern University, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Legal Policy Section of the Antitrust Division studying the interplay between intellectual property and antitrust law.

Hal Marcus

Director, Product Marketing - Manage and Analyze
DocuSign

As Director of Product Marketing at DocuSign, Hal Marcus focuses on AI and analytics solutions that transform the way agreements happen. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Hal has served as an Am Law 100 law firm litigator, general counsel, and sales, marketing, and product management leader at companies like Thomson Reuters, OpenText, and LexisNexis. Hal is a frequent industry speaker on “smart contracts,” contract AI, and other innovative legal technologies, as well as the author of works published by Legaltech News, the Corporate Counsel Business Journal, ILTA, and the American Bar Association.

Session ID: 
BOS_10_2020F

Breakout 11: Beyond 2020 Vision: Focusing through the Right Operational Efficiency Lens

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 15:30

The pandemic is causing several other macro-fragilities to come to the foreground. Organizations are asking:

  • Are my teams productive?
  • Are my vendors reporting accurate effort outputs?
  • Are my vendors dealing with the same lack of visibility challenges with their teams as much as I am?

In coping with the COVID-19 crisis, many management "science" experiments have arisen by accident or necessity, which are not typically sanctioned. The new and precious insights are proving to be an impressive competitive advantage leading a few, well-equipped enterprises into the 2020s. These operational and workforce challenges have created a unique compound crisis that will result in strategy resets for many industries. Sourcing, procurement and vendor management (SPVM) leaders will be at the core of this shift and will require accurate data to reshape the business deep into the next decade.

You will learn:

  • How to expose an adverse COVID-19 side-effect: Outsourcing2 or Double-Outsourcing
  • How clients and vendors alike are plagued with manually reporting efforts
  • How leading BFSI companies leverage the right Lens into workforce visibility challenges
  • How leading IT software and services companies leverage the right lens into productivity challenges

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Richard Reep

VP, Business Development
Sapience Analytics

Richard leverages over 12 years of experience in building and delivering value driven solutions for enterprise customers. He has in depth knowledge of global account management, business development, sales, and marketing and has held leadership positions at prominent telecommunications and enterprise software organizations. For Sapience Analytics, Richard has been an integral part of the company’s US foothold and expansion where he has helped multiple key enterprise accounts achieve double-digit cost savings, improved workforce productivity, and increased operational efficiencies while keeping employee privacy as a cornerstone.

Session ID: 
BOS_11_2020F

Breakout 12: Building a Resilient Supply Chain through Effective Contracting and Supply Base Management

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 15:30

The keys to building an effective supply chain is to establish resiliency and mitigations in the supplier negotiations and contracting phase of your supplier relationships. This mitigates a number of disruptions while establishing backup options. Beyond that, it is critical to establish risk profiles across the supply chain along with early warning triggers to help resolve escalating risks before they become business issues. In this session we will cover how you can use your Contract Management system to build resiliency in the Supply Chain.

You will learn:

  • How to understand what Supply Chain resiliency means for your business
  • How to use effective contracting strategies & processes to continuously identify & remediate supply chain risks
  • How to use contract-centric supplier performance governance to have adequate coverage for the unforeseen and unforeseeable in your supply base

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Vivek Bharti

General Manager, Product Management
Icertis

Vivek Bharti is the General Manager of Product Management at Icertis, where he manages the Business Applications portfolio of products. Vivek has rich experience in designing new digital process architecture and executing global rollouts to replace legacy suites. He joined Icertis from Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company where he was the Global Head of SCM Transformation, Governance & Digitization. Vivek has worked extensively in delivery & consulting roles and has a deep passion for creating connected businesses.

George Painumkal

Senior Director- Product Management, Product and Delivery Team
Icertis

George Painumkal is a Sr. Director of Product Management at Icertis and is focused on Strategic Initiatives.  He has previously delivered products at Microsoft and at other small to mid-size startups,  and has led multiple initiatives for Fortune 500 companies as a Management Consultant.

Session ID: 
BOS_12_2020F

Summit Daily Closing Session

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 16:15

Please join us for the daily update on the SIGventure Quest!

Summit Kickoff

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:00

Join us to kick off day 2 of the Summit

Keynote Session: What it Takes for Procurement Transformation - Fireside Chat with a Practitioner

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:10

Join Baber Farooq, Senior Vice President of Procurement Product Strategy in a fireside chat with Melissa Mohesky-Schmidt, Principal/President of Innovative Insights Group LLC.  Baber and Melissa will discuss what it takes to plan for investments in hardware/software to support your sourcing and procurement implementations, and share key learnings on how to bring stability and security during this time of disruption and supply chain volatility.

Melissa Mohesky-Schmidt

Innovative Insights Group, LLC

Melissa Mohesky-Schmidt tool kit spans Manufacturing, Information Technology, Finance, Procurement and Sourcing.  Melissa collaborated and travelled globally through several IT initiatives including SAP implementations in over 60 manufacturing and warehouse sites in 12 countries. Later responsibilities include project leader, managing multiple technology projects supporting the Sourcing and Procurement teams through SRM, Taulia, Coupa and Ariba implementations and IT software/hardware buys. Melissa leadership supports corporate indirect sourcing for HR, IT, temp to hire services, R&D and various other large spend corporately managed commodities. Most recently Melissa and her husband founded their own company, Innovative Insights Group, LLC, which supports various business leaders in process or project management. Navigating decisions or process refinements while peeling back key learnings and unspoken needs is fundamental to IIG’s core strength. Melissa’s credentials include a BS degree from NC State University, an MBA from Webster University, a Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Certified Sourcing Professional CSP and a Project Management Professional (PMP) accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI).  

Baber Farooq

Senior Vice President, Procurement Product Strategy
SAP Procurement Solutions

Baber Farooq is the Senior Vice President of Procurement Product Strategy, leading a team focussed on delivering world class procurement solutions driving optimal procurement outcomes for customers today, and into the future.

Baber has extensive procurement knowledge, and since joining SAP Ariba in 2006 has worked with customers across the globe, understanding their challenges, procurement transformation goals and their view of success. This customer facing background provides Baber unique insights into procurement organisations and supports the development of a customer centric procurement roadmap for SAP.

Baber joined SAP Ariba in 2006 in the United States. Since then he has held various director- level roles in overseeing procurement transformations across the world. Prior to taking on his current role, he served as the General Manager, Customer Value Organisation - APJ and Greater China.

Baber holds a Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining SAP Ariba, he was part of the Engineering Design and Construction team for the city of Miami, Florida. He presently lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife, daughter and Rottweiler.

Breakout 13: Fidelity’s ROI Revolution with SAP Fieldglass

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 12:30

Team work makes the dream work! Today more than ever an organization's ability to be agile in managing their external workforce has been a key differentiator in remaining resilient through moments of rapid change. Hear from Fidelity's procurement powerhouse ladies: Lisa Barnum, Head of Procurement Operations; Susan Doyle, VP Professional Services Procurement; and Ashli Dennehy, Director Procurement, on how they partner together to manage their external workforce via SAP Fieldglass. From spend visibility to compliance and automation, SAP Procurement Solutions provide customers an ability to future-proof their organizations. Hear from SAP solution expert Amanda Slevar on why efficient workforce management is a key differentiator for organizations looking to thrive in ever-changing environments.

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Lisa Barnum

Head of Procurement Operations
Fidelity Investments

Lisa Barnum-Williams is Senior Vice President in the Fidelity Global Procurement organization.  She has been in the financial industry for 33 years with a primary focus in Quality Assurance driving and implementing key operational strategies and the development and empowerment of employees.  She runs a global team that focus on the overall customer experience of our business partners, suppliers while driving savings and mitigating risk to Fidelity.  Prior to Procurement, Lisa was Vice President of Fidelity Charitable Services with a focus on the high service of donors, advisors, and non-profit organizations. Some of her key achievements have been implementing cross functional process improvement initiatives, building new organizations from the ground up and participating on multi-million dollar initiatives that drive the overall strategic plan. 

She has a passion for mentoring and coaching others.  She leans on her experience from starting as an entry level associate to becoming Vice President in 2007.  She currently has numerous formal mentor/mentee relationships throughout her professional and personal life.  

From a regional perspective, Lisa has been the co-chair for the Women’s Leadership Group, Workforce Planning Lead and a member of the Regional Leadership Team.  In addition to her co-chair responsibilities in WLG she led an effort to develop a formal mentoring program.  

Lisa was selected to attend the SIFMA Wharton School of Business Leadership program which is reserved for a select few in the global financial industry.  Other achievements include a Web Master certification, Disney Leadership Program, Six Sigma Yellow Belt and Situational Leadership.

Lisa and her husband, Aaron, live in Haslet, Tx and together they share four children, four grandchildren and two giant dogs.   

Ashli Dennehy

Director Procurement
Fidelity Investments

Ashli Dennehy is Director of the Product Model Team for Fidelity’s Procurement organization. Ashli has held various roles within Procurement Operations since she joined Fidelity in 2014. She helped create the Category Operations team in our New Mexico site growing the team to over 30 associates.  In 2018, Ashli relocated to Westlake, Texas to be the Procurement Lead for the SAP Ariba implementation at Fidelity. She has a passion for collaboration, problem solving and strategic process improvement.

Ashli is a member of the Women’s Leadership Group regional steering committee and a member of the Fidelity’s extended Regional Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Ashli spent seven years in the Power and Oil & Gas Industry overseeing end to end procurement operations including sourcing, negotiating and expediting goods and services. 

A Colorado native, Ashli holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She and her family currently live in Argyle, Texas. 

Susan Doyle

Category Lead Procurement
Fidelity Investments

Susan Doyle has led Product management and Supply Chain teams for 17 years, managing Professional Services, telecom, software, hardware and cloud global sourcing and negotiations.

Susan implemented VMS [systems] at three separate firms; most recently leading Fidelity to select SAP Fieldglass in 2015. 

Partnering with business leaders, tech teams, Finance, Legal, and HR, Fidelity successfully implemented the system with over 6500 workers, in 4 countries, and hundreds of millions spend.  

Fidelity’s strategic program has provided needed visibility to contingent resources to deliver millions in savings, better manage suppliers and to mitigate onboarding risk.

Passionate about diversity and inclusion, she is the Co-lead for Enable TX – Fidelity’s Employee Resource Group supporting and empowering persons with and without disabilities in the workplace.  On weekends you can find her sharing handmade nachos and margaritas with family, and she is immensely grateful to have Texas football back!

Amanda Slevar

Manager, Customer Success, SAP Fieldglass
SAP Procurement Solutions

Amanda Slevar is a Manager of Presales for SAP Fieldglass. She brings over 15 years of contingent labor management and services procurement expertise to prospective customers to designs solutions to fit their current needs, and build toward an innovative future program. She also has experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration. Amanda holds an MBA from Canisius College, and spends her free time chasing her three year old son! 

Session ID: 
BOS_13_2020F

Breakout 14: Learn how VSP Global, while navigating a pandemic, devastating fires and going virtual, made a difference

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 12:30

For a Vision Care company, 20/20 has special importance.  Learn how VSP Global Procurement team impacted VSP in a positive way to help mitigate exposures dealing with COVID-19, devastating fires and while planning for the unlikely locust outbreak, we were able to meet the VSP’s business needs.  Plan to join an informative, but entertaining discussion with 3 of VSP's best and brightest procurement, travel and distribution minds as they share 2020's rich, real-life adventures.

Greg Tennyson

Head of Corporate Services
VSP Global

Greg has 20+ years of global executive leadership in the finance, operations and supply chain space with service based, high-tech, R&D and manufacturing concerns. M.Sc. Management with emphasis in contracts and procurement. Certified Sourcing Professional by Sourcing Interest Group and previously held Institute for Supply Management Certified Purchasing Manager and National Contracts Manager Association Certified Professional Contracts Manager credentials.

His specialties include: Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Materials Management, Category Management, eProcurement, Business Process Re-Engineering, Supply Chain Automation, Services Procurement, Supplier Enablement, Operations Management, Inventory Management, M&A Integration, Corporate Responsibility, Supplier Diversity, Outsourcing, Offshoring, MRO, IT Sourcing, Brand Implementation and Management and nascent technology start-up advisor.

He is a founding member of the Bay Area Procurement Council comprised of Silicon Valley and Northern California procurement executives. Participates on a number of advisory councils - ScoutRFP, ProcureCon, Coupa, DocuSign to name a few.

Siddharth Ramesh

Head of Sourcing, Travel and Supplier Diversity
VSP Global

Sid is an accomplished professional with strong expertise in management consulting, strategic sourcing and leadership. At VSP Global, Sid’s focus is to develop an awesome team of sourcing advisors, build customer partnerships and drive the supplier diversity program. With a background in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Ohio State University, Sid is also certified in Lean Six Sigma, Project Management (PMP) and Certified Sourcing Professional (SIG U).  Sid is a graduate of the VSP Global Leadership Program and was selected as a ‘Rising Star’ in the 2019 Future of Sourcing awards. Sid has presented in various podcasts, webinars and conferences including prior SIG summits and also participates in advisory boards for ScoutRFP, NPI and ProcureCon.

Nathan Haydn-Myer

Head of Procurement CoE, Distribution and Mail Services
VSP Global

Nathan Haydn-Myer is an internationally accomplished business leader with experience in transforming perceptions and performance across various industries and teams.  Currently he is the head of the Procurement Center of Excellence; Distribution and Mail Services for VSP Global’s Corporate Services division where he has been instrumental in renovating the processes and image that help secure Procurement’s seat at the proverbial table.  Prior to VSP Global, Nathan lead teams in the fields of forecasting, finance and marketing in companies such as Blue Shield of California (healthcare), Angel (Italian early stage capital for hi-tech firms), Blackshape Aircraft (aviation) and the MERMEC Group (railway diagnostics).  Nathan earned his MBA from UC Davis Graduate School of Management where he also obtained a fellowship in their leadership program.  He earned his Certified Sourcing Professional certificate through SIG University, holds a certificate in lean six sigma and is fluent in Italian.  

Lenore Domingues

Manager, Corporate Procurement
VSP Global

Lenore has 19 years of working in Supply Chain, Procurement and Strategic Sourcing roles. Currently Lenore is a Manager in VSP’s Global Procurement and Travel.  Lenore oversees a team that manages the Marketing and Professional Services Indirect Spend for multiple lines of business including Vision Care, Optics, Retail, Eyewear and Eyefinity Practice Management.  She also manages the VSP Global UPS Contract relationship.  Lenore is a Brand Ambassador for promoting the VSP Global Purpose, Mission and Vision.  Prior to joining VSP Global, Lenore worked at Safeway in Strategic Sourcing supporting Front End Services, Consumer Protection, Marketing and other Indirect Spend Categories. Lenore earned her BA degree from Golden Gate University and has earned her Certified Sourcing Professional certificate from SIG University and a Purchasing Certification from Folsom Lake College. 

Session ID: 
BOS_14_2020F

Breakout 15: From Crisis to Purpose: Elevating Climate Action in the Supply Chain

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 12:30

Stakeholder demands for action on climate change are peaking in every industry. CEOs are committing to Science Based Targets, UN-Global-compact, and much more. Companies cannot achieve the reductions without including their value chains, putting procurement in the spotlight. And yet, the 2020 Business Sustainability and Performance Index shows a massive shortfall in suppliers reporting on carbon. Urgent action is needed. Join this session to learn about the coming wave of "Scope 3" emissions reduction demands, what will be expected of procurement, and the key steps in a carbon action plan for the supply chain.

You will learn:

  • The three phases of a carbon reduction action plan for the supply chain
  • Key stats on the scope of the opportunity and the challenge faced with SME suppliers
  • Why supply chain engagement is essential for driving actual improvements
  • Procurement's vital role to bridge the gap between predictive insights and planet-saving action!

Lifecycle Phase: Initiation

David McClintock

Director of Marketing
EcoVadis

David McClintock is the Marketing Director for EcoVadis. David has a strong passion for bringing complex technologies to productive, everyday use. Before joining EcoVadis in 2014, David was co-founder and CMO at Xform Computing, a cloud computing and mobile apps startup. Prior to that he was VP Marketing at Cogi.com, and Director of Product Management at Callwave, Inc., both in VoIP-related technology and services. David holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Hannah Roberts

CSR & Sustainability Analyst
EcoVadis

Hannah Roberts is a Sustainability Analyst at EcoVadis. Hannah is dedicated to creating more equitable and sustainable supply chains globally. Prior to joining EcoVadis, she worked as a responsible business and policy consultant, including projects with the OECD, BetterWork, and KPMG. Hannah holds a master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management from Columbia University.

Session ID: 
BOS_15_2020F

Breakout 16: Business Continuity Planning in 2020: Preparing for the Unexpected

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 13:30

Global uncertainty has challenged enterprises everywhere to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances with agility and resilience. Strategic sourcing and procurement teams are instrumental not only in navigating the unexpected, but also in protecting the future of their businesses. Join Hyland Software Sourcing Manager, Kylene Roberts, for an in-depth discussion on how her team is increasing collaboration and ensuring the business runs smoothly - from anywhere.

You will learn:

  • How to prioritize collaboration while pivoting to entirely remote operations
  • How to mitigate risk in your supply base and ensuring business continuity
  • How to enable Sourcing to act more strategically by empowering business users

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Kylene Roberts

Manager, Sourcing
Hyland Software

Kylene is the Manager of Sourcing for Hyland, responsible for sourcing, vendor management, and vendor contracting.  Kylene has 17 years Supply Chain, Procurement, and Sourcing experience, including Legal experience in vendor contract creation and negotiation.  In her time at Hyland, Kylene has been an integral part of creating a centralized Sourcing Department for the organization. 

Ahmad Jiwani

Product Marketing Manager
Scout RFP, a Workday Company

Ahmad Jiwani is a Product Marketing Manager for Scout RFP, a Workday company. In this role, he leads the direction and execution of go-to-market activities, including product messaging, positioning and launch, for the Scout RFP Platform. Prior to this role, Ahmad led the product marketing function at Workday for their Spend Management solution portfolio. He has also held several sales and marketing roles at other leading tech companies in the past.

Session ID: 
BOS_16_2020F

Breakout 18: Transacting Critical Direct Spend

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 13:30

Air Methods Corporation (AMC) and Hackett present Air Methods' journey with Coupa in 2019. With nearly 40 years of air medical experience, Air Methods is the leading air medical service, delivering lifesaving care to more than 70,000 people every year. We will review the key process and technology changes during the implementation as well as the integration challenges associated mission-critical direct purchases. We will also explore the unique efforts required to update manual operations and improve highly disparate data systems. Finally, we will highlight how Coupa was an important catalyst for substantial change from highly manual processes to automation.

You will learn:

  • Direct Spend Integrations: Balancing against delivery risks for mission critical equipment
  • Master Data Management: More strategic approach to improve, organize and cleanse master data
  • Change Management: Moved from highly manual to automation

Lifecycle Phase: Initiation

Mike Kingzett

Senior Director, Business Transformation
Air Methods

Mike Kingzett is Senior Director, Business Transformation at Air Methods Corporation, the leading air medical provider delivering lifesaving care to more than 70,000 people every year. Mike is responsible for developing and executing performance improvement programs that deliver bottom-line results. He architected, secured board approval, and implemented a successful Source-to-Pay transformation which included the implementation of Coupa. 

Mike has 25 years of experience leading teams in manufacturing, service, and retail companies in driving procurement and supply chain excellence. He will discuss: 

  • Pre-Coupa operational complexities (e.g., data, processes, organization structure) and inefficiencies
  • Implementation successes and change management challenges
  • Ongoing post-Coupa transformation

Jeff Gibbons

Principal
The Hackett Group

Jeff Gibbons is a Principal, Source-to-Pay Transformation at The Hackett Group, a leading global transformation firm and systems implementer. Jeff served as the Hackett Principal during Air Methods’ source-to-pay transformation and Coupa implementation. 

Jeff is based in Los Angeles with 15+ years of consulting experience, primarily focused on identifying and implementing measurable operational improvements. He will discuss: 

  • Key Hackett learnings during the implementation 
  • Direct spend integration successes and design considerations (unique requirements, process changes) 
  • Transformation guidance to move toward long-term program success
Session ID: 
BOS_18_2020F

Keynote Session: The Power of Storytelling

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 14:30

Save time and conquer chaos with a clear message 

How many marketing and communication classes did you take in school? One, two, or maybe even zero? If you're like most procurement professionals, you likely put the branding, marketing, and audience building classes aside. Yet, a critical part of your job is building the procurement brand. And a brand promise is based on experience - you must live your story. As a Procurement leader, you tell stories every day. But telling a clear story that aligns stakeholders and moves people to action isn't easy. How can you conquer chaos and move forward? Start by adopting a communication framework that gets results. 

In this session, you'll learn how to put the power of storytelling to work for you to save time and make a larger impact in your organization. Now - more than ever - your organization needs to know your story and how you can support business growth, recovery, and transformation. That's why we are bringing in Josh Brammer, a storytelling expert and marketing coach, who has spent the last decade using stories to grow hundreds of brands. He will help you improve your communication through the power of clear stories. Leaders who communicate clearly help their teams win the day and thrive in these unique times. Don't let marketing have all the fun! Join this session to learn:

  • Tips to craft a clear message so more people take action 
  • How to better communicate Procurement's expertise and potential
  • Tactics to create simple and clear stories to unite your teams
  • How to get your team on the same page about your organization's message

Greg Anderson

Senior Vice President
WNS-Denali

Greg Anderson is Senior Vice President of Sales in North America at WNS-Denali. He is a proven expert in Supply Chain and Procurement Managed Services and Technology solutions. Greg has over two decades of cross-industry sales and marketing leadership experience. Prior to WNS, Greg held leadership positions at Ivalua, Pensiamo, Directworks, Tenzing Consulting, SmartOps, Ariba, FreeMarkets, GE, and PPG.

Josh Brammer

B2B Marketing Consultant and Growth Coach
Lantern

For over a decade, Josh Brammer has managed the “behind the scenes” of website and marketing firms. Frustrated that so many leaders didn’t have the tools they need to communicate, market and grow effectively, he started Lantern — a marketing coaching firm dedicated to helping professional firms simplify their marketing with a clear message and plan. As a Certified StoryBrand Guide, his mission is to give leaders the clarity, focus and tools they need to conquer marketing chaos and grow their business with confidence.

Breakout 19: Sourcing and Procurement Has a Brand Vulnerability Problem

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 15:30

In a time of rapid, sometimes overwhelming change, the role of sourcing and procurement has never been more important to the overall success of an organization. Too bad, many businesses don't know that. Sourcing and procurement has a brand vulnerability problem. Business stakeholders are still thinking purchasing, contracting and bringing you in last minute, when it's really about strategic partnerships and multi-million-dollar profit improvement. You manage a significant amount of your company's money.  Critical, not just in savings, but in the net value and impact on the business. In other words, sourcing and procurement could and should be seen as a major advantage - with a seat at the table to influence the decisions driving success for your business. It's time to aim higher, take the lead, and elevate your impact. 

David Pennino

Chief Executive Officer
LogicSource

David is the founder of LogicSource. Given the strength of the team he has built around him, David focuses all of his efforts on three imperatives: 1) Corporate Strategy including category and footprint expansion; 2) Product and Service Marketing and Positioning; and, 3) Client Service and New Client Acquisition. David is a services industry veteran having worked at marquis firms such as Gartner, Scient, Deloitte (Round Arch) and Williams Lea. Over his 24+ year career he has held various roles in sales & marketing, operations, and corporate development. David has done three startups and three large enterprises over his career. David received a BA from Franklin & Marshall College.

Jo Seed

Chief Operating Officer
LogicSource

Jo is responsible for the vision, strategy and operational execution for all shared services, technology and client-site teams to ensure cross-functional service delivery for all of LogicSource's current and prospective clients. Jo has over 20 years' experience in strategy and operations consulting, business transformation, technology solutioning and change management across North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, the UK and Europe. Jo has successfully delivered numerous outsourcing, technology and business services solutions with global, regional and market-specific objectives to some of the world's largest and most recognized brands. Jo has a BA Hons. in Psychology from the University of Reading in the UK.

Session ID: 
BOS_19_2020F

Breakout 20: The Catastrophic Comma and Other Cautionary Tales for Sourcing Professionals

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 15:30

Sit by a virtual campfire to hear harrowing tales about real-life interpretations by judges of commercial agreements. Learn what it means that “time is of the essence”, a party has committed to “best efforts” and the same point is covered in multiple places in the contract. Finally, delve into the eternal question: How much does punctuation matter?

Richard Corley

Partner
Goodmans LLP

Richard Corley is a partner at Goodmans and leads the firm’s Outsourcing practice group. Combining his legal expertise with a unique background in engineering, mathematics, computer science and business, Richard's practice focuses on the intersection of law and technology.

Richard has over 25 years of experience advising clients on complex outsourcing transactions, technology M&A, joint ventures, cleantech and technology-related competition law matters.  With technology at its core, Richard's practice is focused on the growing information technology and cleantech sectors. Richard's practice complements his personal interest and involvement in energy conservation and energy alternatives.  He is currently involved with the Canadian implementation of the Third Industrial Revolution initiative, which integrates distributed renewable energy, low-energy buildings, intelligent power distribution and management, and energy storage systems.

Peter Ruby

Partner
Goodmans LLP

Peter Ruby is a partner in Goodmans’ Dispute Resolution Group and co-leads the Technology Law Group at Goodmans. He has a national and international practice focused on  technology, energy, corporate, commercial, and restructuring litigation and arbitration.

His technology dispute resolution work includes software, hardware, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, telecommunications, film, television, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, ecommerce and internet litigation, and Canadian and cross-border arbitration and mediation.  Peter has a balanced practice, representing multinational and entrepreneurial vendors of technology and services, along with many end-users of information technology.

In addition to his busy counsel practice, Peter acts as an arbitrator and mediator. He is a member arbitrator/mediator of Arbitration Place, on the Canadian roster of the AAA’s International Center for Dispute Resolution, and is the Chair of the North America committee of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center.

Peter is recognized as a leading technology litigator and arbitration counsel in Chambers Canada and Chambers Global Guide to The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Euromoney’s Guide to The World’s Leading Information Technology Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada, and is also recognized by Who's Who Legal and Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys in the areas of international arbitration, energy and intellectual property.

Peter was a law clerk to the Federal Court of Canada and for over a dozen years was a Professor of Law (adj.) at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School teaching internet law.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Technology Law Association. 

Session ID: 
BOS_20_2020F

Breakout 21: Optimizing Digital Transformation of Procurement

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 15:30

Procurement organizations that invested on digitization continued to work effectively in the remote work environment. This was possible due to integrated source-to-pay, risk management and digital signature solutions that allowed procurement teams to collaborate with stakeholders seamlessly online. 

Once the digital foundation is in place, how do we take this to the next level? How can we improve productivity by leveraging capabilities such as automation, predictive analytics and AI? We will cover two solutions - contract authoring and contract analytics - that can help Procurement teams collaborate more effectively with stakeholders and provide valuable insights to drive greater efficiencies. Panelists from Procurement, Legal and Technology will discuss their roles in this process and share their perspectives.

You will learn:

  • Opportunities to optimize and extract value from procurement digitization
  • Key considerations when implementing contract authoring and contract analytics capabilities
  • Ways to enhance partnership between Procurement, Legal and Technology
  • Lessons learned 

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization 

 

Rajeev Karmacharya

Head of the Strategic Sourcing and Category Management
Fannie Mae

Rajeev Karmacharya is Head of the Strategic Sourcing and Category Management group in Fannie Mae.

Rajeev leads a team of category management, sourcing / contracting and supplier enablement professionals managing $4.5+ billion in external spend.

Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Rajeev was a Principal at global management consulting firm Kearney, where he was one of the leaders in their Strategic IT and Operations Practice. Rajeev holds a Master of Industrial Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Tanguy de Carbonnieres

Deputy General Counsel, Enterprise Legal
Fannie Mae

As Deputy General Counsel, Managing Director at Fannie Mae, Tanguy de Carbonnieres, oversees the legal teams in charge of the company's intellectual property protection and licensing, data management, and legal support to the procurement functions.

Jian Xu

Director, Corporate Procurement Technology
Fannie Mae

Jian Xu is a Director, Corporate Procurement Technology at Fannie Mae. She is an inspired executive with International experience in supply chain management, procurement and technology optimization. She has proven success in leading and managing global operation teams to achieve business objectives and obtain functional performance excellence. Her expertise includes procurement and supply chain management, cross-functional leadership and technology applications. 

Lisa Lin

Project Manager, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management
Fannie Mae

Lisa Lin is a Project Manager, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management at Fannie Mae. She has over 20 years of experience in category management and strategic sourcing across industries and in global roles. Her experience includes leading global business transformation efforts by managing business process improvement, contract/sourcing system implementation (Ariba) and people training. She is also experienced in driving category management and strategic sourcing process excellence initiatives by developing policies and work procedures, driving continuous process optimization, driving procurement technology adoption and enhancement, and developing training.

Session ID: 
BOS_21_2020F

Summit Daily Closing Session

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 16:15

Please join us for the daily update on the SIGventure Quest!

SIG Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 16:30

This meeting is for the SIG Advisory Board Members. If you are an Advisory Board Member should have an invitation to a Zoom meeting in your calendar for Wednesday October 14 at 4:30 PM ET. Please reach out to Dawn Tiura at dtiura@sig.org if you require assistance.

Summit Kickoff

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 11:00

Join us to kickoff Day 3 of the Summit

Keynote Session: Perspectives on Sourcing/Manufacturing Reshoring Strategies

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 11:10

Across industries, US companies and their customers, are coming to terms with the one-two punch of China trade tariffs and the months-long shutdown due to COVID-19.  The perceived (real?) dependence on a single country to produce for the world is driving more and more organizations to seek alternatives sources of supply for direct materials and third-party manufacturing partners. Please join us for this keynote session, during which senior leaders of The Hackett Group will share their perspectives on how companies can reduce their dependence on China to diversify their production and supply chain capabilities.

Joshua Nelson

Principal, Strategy and Business Transformation
The Hackett Group

Mr. Nelson is an Associate Principal in the Supply Chain practice and is based in New York. He has over 20 years of consulting experience in strategy, supply chain, and operations performance improvement and transformation. His expertise includes optimizing supply chain and operations capabilities to reduce cost, enable growth, and improving working capital across consumer goods and industrial manufacturing.

Paul Saias

Principal, Strategy and Business Transformation
The Hackett Group

Mr. Saias is a Principal in the Cost Optimization practice and is based in Chicago. He has 25 years of consulting experience in strategy, operations and performance improvement. His expertise includes corporate strategy, profit improvement/strategic cost reduction and large-scale transformation across multiple industries. 

Auri Ghatak

Principal
The Hackett Group

Mr. Ghatak is an Associate Principal in Cost Optimization practice and is based in New York. He has 20 years of experience in Sourcing and Procurement. His expertise includes cost optimization via strategic sourcing, supplier management, and procurement transformation and technology enablement.

Session ID: 
KS_04_2020F

Breakout 22: Workplace Diversity and the Contingent Workforce: What You Can Do Now

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 12:30

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is a critical area of focus in today’s world and nowhere more than in the workplace. Organizations understand that effectively managing workplace diversity will give them a competitive advantage in recruiting talent and in all other aspects of their business.

Forward-thinking companies are extending their diversity initiatives to the non-employee workforce, creating opportunities and challenges for their contingent workforce program managers. In this presentation, Beeline will discuss what you should do in order to respond to your company's D&I initiatives - or to develop a contingent workforce D&I initiative yourself.

Get ahead of the D&I curve. Join our interactive discussion.

 

Brian Hoffmeyer

SVP Market Strategies
Beeline

As Senior Vice President, Market Strategies for Beeline, Brian Hoffmeyer is responsible for our global partner ecosystem and ensures that all parties benefit from these highly strategic partnerships. As member of the Beeline strategy team Brian guides new product and market development activities. He is the eyes, ears, and voice of the company to the markets we serve. He listens to clients, prospects, analysts, and partners, and then works to incorporate their feedback into the organization’s brand and products. A Certified Contingent Workforce Management Professional (CCWP) with more than 15-years in the industry, Brian is passionate about helping clients, partners, and suppliers use the world’s most advanced and comprehensive contingent management and services procurement solutions to achieve their strategic business goals.

Jameel Mayers

Sr Project Manager
Beeline

Jameel has been with Beeline since 2018 and has been in the Recruiting, Staffing and Vendor Management industry for over 15 years. Starting with key partner companies,  focusing on recruiting and management, he quickly became a leader in Operations and Project Management, which allowed for a smooth transition to the VMS / MSP world where he has focused on deploying projects domestically and internationally for small, medium, and large clients in key markets. Focused on the milestones and driving performance to remain within schedules and budge, Jameel has experience dealing with standard-to-complex projects and teams ensuring delivery meets or exceeds expectations.

Session ID: 
BOS_22_2020F

Breakout 23: Do You Want to be Known for Cost Savings or Adding Value? with Daimler Trucks North America and Allegis Global Solutions

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 12:30

Getting work done. It is not a new idea, but the concept has taken on new meaning in the post-pandemic new world of work. For corporate leadership, procurement, and HR decision-makers, the question of "Who do we hire or engage for the position?" has been replaced by new concerns. "How can we stay as lean and agile as possible and still get the work done?"

Today, an employee, contractor, freelancer, outsourced services provider, or even a bot might be the best way of achieving a business demand, creating a complex path for companies to navigate.

You will learn:

  • About new channels of talent and resources that are emerging in this evolving world of work
  • How a unified approach gives companies the readiness they need to adapt quickly to change
  • How to ensure you are positioned to engage the right resource with optimal impact

Lifecycle: Optimization

 

Bruce Morton

Global Head of Strategy
Allegis Global Solutions

Bruce is in his 40th year in the human capital industry and is well known as a global workforce design and talent acquisition expert. He has designed, implemented and managed some of the largest resourcing solutions across many different parts of the globe and has been recognized as HR Thought Leader of the Year by HRO both in EMEA and here in the US. He has also just published a book ‘Redesigning the Way Work Works’ so check that out on Amazon. In his current role, Bruce serves as AGS’ Global Head of Strategy. Bruce concentrates on adding increased value to AGS’ clients via new services and product-idea generation, internal and external thought leadership, and serving as a face to the industry through conferences and speaking engagements.

Jennifer Nachand

Manager, Contingent Workforce Program
Daimler Trucks North America

Jennifer has been with Daimler Trucks North America for over 9 years and is currently the Manager of the Contingent Workforce Program for the company’s US locations. 

Session ID: 
BOS_23_2020F

Breakout 24: Whatever Happened to Digital Procurement Transformation?

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 12:30

The events of 2020 have led to many procurement teams refocusing their attention on hard savings, cost control and visibility in the supply chain. Impacts have been felt across organizations and companies have had to look hard a capital and strategic programs. What then for digital transformation projects? Are these to be shelved, cancelled or downscaled? In this session, we will look at the recent drivers of the priority changes for procurement, assess the likely impact on strategic projects and examine how procurement teams should look to leverage their digital investment in the future.

Amol Jagdale

Associate Director Global Delivery
GEP

As an Associate Director of Global Delivery at GEP, Amol is responsible for driving business results for clients - managing global GEP teams and working very closely with client leadership. Amol brings 14-plus years of experience - in procurement and supply chain space - having worked with clients across industries located in the US, Europe and Asia. During this time, he has led and managed large transformation programs for companies in the life sciences, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors. He is currently helping multiple clients in these industries create and drive sustainable value. Amol is passionate about procurement transformation, growth strategy, cost reduction, thought leadership, and tail spend management. Amol is also leader of GEP's Capex advisory group and is accountable for capability buildings and SME support to various clients. In his current source to contract engagement with a major life sciences client, he is delivering strong savings, Process Automation and Incremental supplier diversity spend by setting up the transformation program. Amol has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Mumbai University. He is based out of Tampa FL, USA.

Vipin Gupta

Senior Consulting Manager
GEP

Vipin is a Senior consulting manager with 8+ years of experience consulting fortune 500 clients across the globe. He leads global teams of consultants to drive procurement and supply chain  transformation programs. In his previous roles, he has acted as a trusted advisor to CPOs and procurement leaders, recognized  for driving excellent value and client delight in the areas of strategic sourcing, category management, transformation and digitization for clients through his insights and subject matter expertise. He is the architect of several forward looking digital procurement transformation solutions such as ‘intelligent category strategy recommendation’, ‘category workbench’ and ‘bid optimizer’.

Session ID: 
BOS_24_2020F

CPO Roundtable

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 13:30

SIG's CPO Roundtable Program is an invitation only, buy-side executive event where CPOs gather in an intimate setting to network and brainstorm on issues that they are facing in their organizations today. This session begins with a keynote speaker focusing on top-of-mind issues for CPOs and segues into topic-based roundtable discussions. The more intimate nature of this event enables idea sharing, asking questions of and simply making deeper connections with one another. Session attendees will have received an invitation to join via Zoom. Please check your calendars or reach out to events@sig.org for assistance.

Breakout 25: Sourcing and Procurement Success for Startups: Low Effort for Large Savings

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 13:30

Is your company wasting money due to poor contracts, low buying power and not enough procurement staff to improve this reality? There is a better way. No budget or time to increase the size of your procurement staff, multiply the knowledge of your current procurement expertise by turning them into internal consultants who teach and empower each of your associates. A few quick process changes and a new attitude can drastically improve your bottom line!

You will learn:

  • Why traditional Procurement programs fail in a startup company
  • How small changes in process result in frequent savings
  • How to set a realistic roadmap for your company procurement plan
  • Proof that your company needs a procurement program in just FOUR emails

Lifecycle Phase: Initiation

Lud Hrovat

Director of Procurement
Welltok

Lud Hrovat is the Head of Procurement at Welltok, Inc, a leading Consumer Activation Company. Prior to Welltok, Lud has led global sourcing and procurement teams at Cognizant Technology Solutions and The Trizetto Group. Lud is passionately focused on driving automation and efficiency in procurement systems, processes and inter-organizational relationships to enable amazing results. As a proven procurement leader in driving quick results in Startup to Fortune 500 alike, Lud is always eager to provide insight and ideas to other professionals in need. 

Session ID: 
BOS_25_2020F

Breakout 26: Re-Evaluating Third Party Risk Amidst a Pandemic

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 13:30

For most firms when the pandemic hit it changed the way they thought about Third Parties that were critical to their business operations and overall business continuity. This was no different in the Financial sector. The traditional approach went out the window. Now we had to assess our Third Party's ability to deliver services successfully if their workforce was impacted by the pandemic. Listen to how the shift in mindset, changed our evaluation and dialogue with our service providers in the early days of the pandemic. And how it changed the way we think about risk and our monitoring protocol forever.

You will learn:

  • What to consider when conducting interviews with your Third Parties about the workforce
  • What enhanced ongoing monitoring looks like during the pandemic when your contracted services are dependent on people
  • How to measure business criticality in a meaningful way and implement your monitoring program using a critically metric

Lifecycle Phase: Steady State

Michele Wesseling

Associate Vice President
TD Securities

After an extensive career in the retail sector purchasing soft and hard goods from manufacturers and wholesalers, managing logistics, and contracting technology providers, Michele switched to the financial industry seven years ago. Upon joining, she found herself managing a very different type of supplier in a very different environment. She learned quickly that regulators are demanding, and third parties introduce a very different type of risk, however the art of procurement didn't change one bit. The commodities and services purchased change dramatically every year, and most of the people she encountered didn't understand procurement practices, offering her an interesting and fun challenge! 

Michele leads the TD Securities' Global Third Party Management Office with a mandate to manage TD Securities' third party risk and spend proactively, centralize third party management, and implement an operating model aligned with rapidly changing regulatory requirements. Previously, Michelle held a series of progressively senior roles across TD, including leading TD's Global Compliance Training Program, developing a new mandatory compliance training program for over 80,000 employees globally, and managing TD's Learning and Development Vendor Management portfolio. 

Session ID: 
BOS_26_2020F

Breakout 27: Supplier Relationship Management: Capturing the Next Level of Supplier Value

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 13:30

Sourcing professionals are uniquely positioned to lead the types of proactive governance activities that deliver value outcomes to the business. Supplier Relationship Management ("SRM") programs help Sourcing to optimize this value. In this presentation, you will learn some tell-tale signs that your SRM activities should be enhanced or expanded, the fundamental elements of a value driven SRM program, and some of the common obstacles to implementing effective SRM across your organization.

You will learn:

  • The business case for enhancing SRM
  • The 5 S's essential to building an SRM framework
  • Some common pitfalls to avoid

Lifecycle Phase: Steady State

Giovani Nieto Giovanini

Vice President of Sourcing
MGroup

Giovanni has 20 years of supply management experience.  He excels in developing and implementing Supply Chain and Product strategies as well as leading complex contract negotiations. His industry knowledge is wide and includes hosptiality/restaurants/gaming, dental/orthodontics, and utilities.  Giovanni has performed supply chain status reviews to help companies improve their SCM performance and believes in defining and establishing correct supplier-company relationships to enable optimal supply and cost scenarios. He has held leadership positions in top 500 and mid-size companies. Giovanni is bilingual in English and Spanish, holds an MBA from SMU and a BA in Chemical Engineering from Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana.

Elizabeth Zucker

Partner
Majel Partners

Elizabeth is co-founder of Majel Partners, a value-focused Procurement Consulting firm. She has over 25 years of relevant experience in sourcing and supply chain management.  Having held executive procurement roles in multiple global companies, she has extensive experience enhancing procurement teams’ ability to deliver greater value, with clients that span a variety of industries.  In addition to community volunteer boards, Elizabeth serves on the CPO Advisory Council of ISM Dallas, is author of four published articles, and serves on the faculty of SIG University.   She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from Welleseley College.

Angela Easterwood

Partner
Majel Partners

Angela is co-founder of Majel Partners, and has over 20 years of experience in strategic sourcing, procurement and supply base management.  Angela has substantial expertise in category management, process redesign, supplier governance, and organization development.  Angela is a Vested © Certified Deal Architect and a Board Member of the CPO Advisory Council of ISM Dallas. She is a contributor to the book, “Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy: Harnessing the Potential of Sourcing Business Models for Modern Procurement”, and serves on the faculty of SIG University.  Angela holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BA from Bucknell University.

Session ID: 
BOS_27_2020F

Breakout 28: Digitalize the Entire Source-To-Pay Cycle for Direct and Indirect Procurement

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 14:30

Procurement executives are continually challenged to maintain sustainable savings, overall operational efficiency, and risk mitigation in today's highly volatile commodity markets and risk-prone global supply chains. Organizations look up to procurement teams to deliver value beyond tactical savings. Procurement is increasingly seen as the driver of business value through cross-functional collaboration within the enterprise as well as outside. But how do you keep the momentum going? We will explore how a truly integrated Source-to-Settle process offers a tremendous ROI, with spend analysis driving effective sourcing, suppliers well-managed and contracts compliantly purchased off. A successful journey begins with the vision and a solid business case and continues through effective deployment of technology and the necessary process change management.

You will learn:

  • How procurement can think beyond procuring and why
  • How digitizing your processes can help you efficiently manage supplier risk and performance
  • How leveraging technology yields maximum growth and profitability
  • The importance of supplier collaboration in the procurement value chain

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Lynn Torrel

Chief Procurement & Supply Chain Officer
Flex

Lynn Torrel is Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer at Flex, the Sketch-to- Scale® solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products globally. With approximately 200,000 employees across 30 countries, Flex provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes across industries and markets.

As Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer at Flex, Torrel is responsible for direct and indirect materials, transportation and logistics, business operations, materials management and strategic supply chain management.

Prior to joining Flex in September 2019, Torrel held several leadership roles at Avnet spanning global supply chain solutions, strategic accounts and semiconductor business development, among others. Most recently as President, Avnet United and Velocity, she was responsible for maintaining and growing the company’s largest and most strategic customers and managing global supply chain programs. Torrel also optimized complex supplier strategies and oversaw key semiconductor initiatives, linking efforts across regions and driving global best practices. Torrel joined Avnet through its acquisition of EBV Elektronik (Munich).

Torrel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and an MBA from Arizona State University, where she received the 2010 W.P. Carey Student Leadership Award.

In May 2019, Torrel was named one of the Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Torrel served as a board member for the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) and Cortney’s Place, a non-profit organization serving the adult special needs community.

 

Sundar Kamak

Global Head of Manufacturing Solutions
Ivalua

Sundar Kamak has over 20 years of experience in Direct Materials, Supply Chain Management, Solutions/Customer Marketing, Product Management, and Engineering. He currently serves as the Global Head of Manufacturing Solutions at Ivalua where he works with customers around the world to improve their procurement practices. Prior to joining Ivalua, Sundar held an executive leadership position at SAP Ariba and spent a number of years with Covisint, where he led large strategic sourcing and e-business transformation initiatives for automotive manufacturers. He holds a Master’s degree in both Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Session ID: 
BOS_28_2020F

Breakout 29: Leveraging the Remote Workforce to Deliver Savings, Speed, and Talent

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 14:30

With the spread of COVID-19, almost every company in the world has been forced into a pilot program for remote work. Moving forward, how should organizations approach remote work, and what are the best strategies for realizing the benefits of this more flexible workforce? In this session, you'll learn how you can use data to shift your talent landscaping approach to drive value aligned with your organization’s business objectives. Discover how the right strategy in this area can help you drive cost savings, talent quality, worker diversity and faster time to fill.

  • Why to leverage remote work? Savings, Speed, New Talent Pipelines.
  • Learn how Talent Landscaping can drive material cost savings
  • Discover organizational efficiencies delivered through remote work 
  • Why supplier networks are so critical for remote talent

 

Dustin Burgess

SVP of Strategy, Analytics, and Metrics
PRO Unlimited

As SVP of Strategy, Analytics, and Metrics, Dustin Burgess oversees market place BI, strategic management reporting, and business consulting solutions with a focus on comprehensive talent engagement strategies. Dustin joined PRO Unlimited in 2007 and has previous experience in public accounting and consulting services at “Big Four” firms and Fortune 500 organizations. 

Kristen Esones

Director Client Services
PRO Unlimited

Kristen Esones has been with PRO Unlimited 2004 and established PRO’s Supplier Partnerships function. In her time at PRO Unlimited, Kristen has led various large accounts to optimal delivery through strong supplier relationships.  She is responsible for driving and communicating supplier engagement strategies to optimize PRO’s Client Services supply base. This includes supplier advocacy, account team education and advisory services for PRO Unlimited clients. 

Sam Jackson

Senior Manager, Global Supplier Partnerships
PRO Unlimited

Sam has over 15 years of experience in servicing clients and building solutions with the last 10 years focused in the recruitment industry. During this time Sam worked for one of the UK’s largest recruitment businesses managing Staffing, MSP, SoW and Projects for clients such as the BBC & Royal Mail Group. Throughout his career Sam has built and managed supply chains, applying a data driven approach to performance management balancing the need for strong relationships. Sam have been with PRO for 2.5 years and is responsible for PRO’s Supplier Partners across EMEA, APAC & LATAM.

Session ID: 
BOS_29_2020F

Breakout 30: Supporting the Mission of Powerful, Innovative Customer Experiences

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 14:30

At Zendesk, we believe that powerful, innovative customer experiences should be within reach for every company, no matter the size, industry or ambition. In the Sourcing and Procurement organization, we have aligned our tools and goals to our company mission when serving our own internal customers. In this session, we will share how we simplified our Sourcing and Procurement intake process to improve customer satisfaction and user experience, reducing contracting cycle times, creating better visibility and transparency, and improving data quality.

Rendi Miller

VP, Corporate Services
Zendesk

With 20 years in Sourcing and Procurement, Rendi has extensive experience in building and structuring Source-to-Pay and Travel and Expense programs. She has a depth of experience in simplifying processes and delivering value and innovation to the enterprise.  She has a passion for networking which led her to start the Silicon Valley Sourcing Leaders industry peer group. Rendi also serves on the Board of Directors of Milele Home, a non-profit organization helping street children in Kenya obtain education as well as rebuilding their lives and reconciling their families.

Session ID: 
BOS_30_2020F

Breakout 31: Driving an Integrated Third-Party Governance and Risk Management Program by Leveraging Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 15:30

As part of digital transformation, organizations often shift from a focus solely on costs to one that also includes shared risk and value. This broadened approach for engaging third vendors is a result of a increasing organizational recognition that third-parties can in-fact create strategic win-win opportunities. This paradigm-shift requires organizations to adopt a new mind- and technology-set when managing third-party relationships. Who should attend this session? Anyone involved in third-party governance, relationship and risk management will benefit from this session. Also, if your organization is looking to transform and fast-track maturity of the third-party governance and risk management program this would be a great session. Attendees will have a clear understanding of the need to adopt an integrated relationship, governance and risk management approach when dealing with third-party relationships.

You will learn:

  • How to adopt an integrated third-party governance and risk management approach
  • The business use cases that benefit from Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies
  • Why continuous monitoring of your third-party relationship is critical

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Jai Chinnakonda

Founder & CEO
ENGAIZ

Jai Chinnakonda is the Founder and CEO of ENGAIZ, a technology company focused on leveraging Artificial Intelligence to help enterprises mitigate Third-Party Risks such as Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Regulatory, Financial, Performance, Resiliency, Infrastructure, Legal, Country risks through Effective Governance and Engagement. 

Through his decades of experience in managing large technology outsourcing deals, Jai brings a unique perspective and advises organizations on third party governance and risk management. He firmly believes in the Art and Science of Engagement to help build lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with third-party vendors. 

He is a Certified Third-Party Risk Management Professional (C3PRMP) and a Certified Supplier Management Professional (CSMP). Jai is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals. He was also a contributing member to the first draft of The Standard for Program Management released by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

Session ID: 
BOS_31_2020F

Breakout 32: Harmonizing Digital Transformation: Empower Yourself

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 15:30

We are at the tipping point of unleashing the formidable power of a harmonized Dx (digital transformation) and the human workforce. It is up to the humans in this equation to embrace change and optimize the power of the new workforce. Fueled by digitization, empowered customers and globalization, new technology advancements pop-up overnight. It's human nature to be afraid of how digital transformation affects our analog lives. We project our fear onto the Dx that's before us and instead of leveraging its potential, we make small, incremental changes to our processes and our products, while keeping an arm's length away from the scary new technology threatening our livelihood. In this session, we will discuss ways to alleviate the mounting Dx fear, share examples of how Dx and human capital work harmoniously together and talk through the importance of setting a clear strategy.

You will learn:

  • The motivation behind Dx and human capital harmonization
  • How to set your Dx strategy
  • How to assess business outcomes
  • How to define expectations for your human talent

Lifecycle Phase: Steady State

Cindy Gallagher

CEO
Liberty Source

Cindy Gallagher joined Liberty Source in 2018 as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. As a Navy spouse, she was one of the Company’s pioneers in 2014, establishing the onshore Business Process Outsourcing model as a competitive alternative to captive and offshore shared service centers. Prior to joining Liberty Source, she served as the SVP, Global Business Services Controller for Discovery Communications, and as the Deputy Controller and Assistant Treasurer for AOL. Cindy was responsible for building, scaling and transforming the finance operations at both Discovery and AOL to meet the ever-expanding needs of the global marketplace. Most notably during her time at Discovery, the organization earned a designation among the top 20 most admired shared service organizations globally in 2017. She has served as an advisor and partner to various senior executives, helping to identify new revenue generating business opportunities, streamline and scale global processes, implement talent development initiatives and maintain financial statement integrity. Cindy began her career with SC&H Consulting providing best practice thought leadership and implementing process improvement initiatives for Fortune 100 clients. She is a licensed CPA, and is an active member of the advisory boards for both the SSOW North America and SSOW Europe. She has served as the Finance Chairman for a Virginia based non-profit, and holds a Master’s Degree in accounting from the University of Maine. 

Session ID: 
BOS_32_2020F

Breakout 33: If third party risk is in the "top 5" for CEOs and boards, are you adding value?

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 15:30

Join renowned subject matter expert Linda Tuck Chapman, CEO Third Party Risk Institute and creator of SIG U's Certified Third Party Risk Management Professional (C3PRMP) in conversation with Natallia Aliakseyenka, Head of Third Party Management Office, BNP Paribas CIB NAR; Michael Rivas, Executive Director, Head of Third Party Risk Management, DTCC - Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Mgmt; and Joseph Martinez, Chief Procurement Officer, Managing Director, Bank of New York Mellon. The pandemic is making us hyper-aware that reliable, trust-worthy relationships with vendors and other third parties are vital to the survival and success of companies around the world.

You will learn:

  • The true value proposition of a good program
  • Aligning practices with risk culture
  • "High Water Mark" risks, and how to mitigate them
  • Practices that work, and those that will change
  • Lessons Learned

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Linda Tuck Chapman

CEO, Third Party Risk Institute Ltd. & President, Ontala Performance Solutions Ltd.

A leading expert in third-party risk management, Linda developed the Certified Third Party Risk Management Professional (C3PRMP) program for SIG University. Career highlights include SVP, Chief Procurement Officer & Head Third Party Risk Management in three top-tier financial institutions; CEO Education Collaborative Marketplace; senior level banker; and human resources executive. 

As one of the first Chief Procurement Officers and Head Third Party Risk Management in the financial services sector, Linda is widely recognized for creating best practices for integrated sourcing and efficient third party risk management. Her book “Third Party Risk Management: Driving Enterprise Value”, published by RMA (Risk Management Association), is in its 2nd edition.

Joseph Martinez

Global Chief Procurement Officer
Bank of New York Mellon

Joseph Martinez is the Chief Procurement – BNY Mellon where he is responsible for Strategic Sourcing, Procurement to Pay Operations, Category Management, Market Data, Accounts Payable and Supply Chain Analytics.  Prior to joining BNY Mellon he was the Chief Procurement & Financial Operations Officer for MUFG Bank where he was responsible for sourcing, travel, procurement to pay operations, corporate real estate, corporate insurance, corporate security and 1st line third party risk management for MUFG. Prior to that he was the Head of Global Sourcing – APAC at Deutsche Bank in Singapore. 

Martinez brings more than 30 years of experience in Supply Chain Management. Where he has held various senior positions in financial institutions such as Bank of America, American Express and Joseph was Chief Procurement Officer at Wachovia Bank. He also served as a Managing Director in the Strategic Sourcing Group at JPMorgan Chase, successfully leading the Professional Services Procurement Operations on a global scale.  His prior experience also includes consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as spending over ten years living and working internationally in Asia (Japan, China and Singapore) and two years in the Latin America markets earlier in his career.  Post University, Joseph served 8 years in the U.S. Army and is a veteran.

Joseph has contributed to publications and written articles on topics of Supply Chain Management for the International Association for Commercial Contract Management and the Institute for Supply Management.  Joseph is a co-author for the CPSM Study Guide and the three-book ISM Professional Series Certified Professional in Supply Management. He is a Certified Sourcing Professional from SIG University and a 2019 Super Nova Sourcing Hall of Fame Recipient.  

Michael Rivas

Executive Director, Head of Third Party Risk Management
DTCC

Michael Rivas is Executive Director, Head of Third Party Risk Management at DTCC.  In this role, Mike leads  a team that partners with DTCC’s businesses and subject matter experts to manage DTCC’s third party risk globally.  This includes establishing processes for identifying, assessing, monitoring, and mitigating the risks that third parties may pose to DTCC. 

Mike’s team is also responsible for leading outreach to third parties in response to COVID-19, and has been coordinating with subject matter experts to understand how the “next normal” operating model may impact existing services from a risk perspective. 

Mike has served in various positions across the three lines of defense since joining DTCC in 2010.  This includes Operational Risk Management, Product Development, Market Risk and Internal Audit.  Prior to DTCC, Mike led audit teams at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.  

Natallia Aliakseyenka

Head of Third Party Management Office
BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment Banking NA

Natallia Aliakseyenka is Head of Third Party Management Office, BNP Paribas Corporate Institutional Banking North America Region. Natallia is responsible for implementation and operationalization of CIB’s Third  Party Risk Management Framework.  Her prior experience in the financial services sector includes management of transversal projects and various roles in Finance and Controls departments. Natallia has an MBA in Finance from The Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College.

Session ID: 
BOS_33_2020F

Summit Close and Final SIGventure Quest Update

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 16:15

Please join us for the final prize giveaway in the SIGventure Quest!

Event Sponsor: 
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Ivalua
Jaggaer
LogicSource
Medius
Oliver Wyman
PRO Unlimited
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Frequently Asked Questions edited

This page is intended to help answer questions about the impacts of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on SIG’s Procurement Technology Summit. If you have additional questions that are not included on this page, please email events@sig.org.  

WHY ARE YOU GOING DIGITAL? x

We are transitioning this Summit to a fully digital experience to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in compliance with recommendations from the federal government. The health, safety and well-being of our delegates, sponsors and employees is paramount. Hosting this Summit online will allow us to deliver the SIG Summit experience that you are accustomed to, in a safe and healthy virtual environment. 

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE SUMMIT NOW BEING HELD? 

The Procurement Technology Summit will take place virtually May 11-15. It will take place over a series of days entirely online. Agenda updates will be posted on our Summit webpage and through email. Please make sure you are opted-in to receive our email communications so that you will be notified of forthcoming updates. 

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NOW? 

If you had previously registered for the in-person Summit, the only thing you need to do is modify or cancel any existing travel accommodations. If you have a reservation to stay at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate, please call the hotel directly to cancel your reservation: (407) 390-6664. For any airline reservations, please contact your airline carrier directly. For rental car reservations, please contact them directly. Make sure you are opted-in to receive our email communications so that you will be notified of forthcoming updates. 

WHAT HAPPENED TO MY REGISTRATION? 

If you had previously registered for the in-person Summit, your Summit registration(s) is still active. Every delegate registered for the 2020 Procurement Technology Summit will have their registration automatically transferred to the digital Summit.

WHO CAN ATTEND THIS SUMMIT?

SIG Members: All current SIG members are eligible to attend this Summit for free! There is no cost for anyone that is an employee of an active SIG member company. Additionally, for buy-side members there is no limit to the number of people that can attend from your company.  

Non-Members: Anyone that is not a current SIG member is also eligible to attend this Summit. There is a registration fee for non-members to attend, the cost is $345 for a buy-side delegate and $495 for a sell-side delegate. For non-members, each registration provides access for one person to attend the Summit. Additional registrations must be purchased per person. Non-members will have full access to the live event programs and content but will not have on-demand access to recorded sessions. Delegates in buy-side roles with titles Senior Director, Vice President or Chief Procurement Officer (or equivalent) may qualify for a free pass. Please contact events@sig.org for more information.

Students: Graduate or undergraduate students may attend this Summit for free. Registration must use valid student email address, is subject to approval and enrollment status will be verified with a current transcript to be eligible.

HOW DOES THIS IMPACT MY SIG MEMBERSHIP?

Members Using a Summit Seat: All current SIG members that use an allocated Summit seat to register for the Procurement Technology Summit will have full access to all event programs, sessions and on-demand access to all content after the event concludes. Buy-side members also get access for their entire team to attend the Summit online. In addition, each seat used will also receive a $1,000 credit toward an individual enrollment into SIG University’s Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program in April or July 2020.

Members Not Using a Summit Seat: All current SIG members also have the option to attend this Summit without using an allocated Summit seat from their membership. All active SIG member companies and their teams may still attend and have access to all event programs and content if they do not wish to use a Summit seat, however you will not receive the $1,000 SIG University credit if a Summit seat is not redeemed.

WHAT DOES A ‘SUMMIT SEAT’ MEAN?

A Summit seat is the term SIG uses in reference to the number of Summit registration passes that are included in a SIG membership. The number of seats included depends on which type of membership your company has, and if any additional seats have been purchased for use in the calendar year. Summit seats renew annually and are available for use at any SIG Summit as long as your membership remains current.

IS THERE A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF SIG MEMBERS THAT CAN ATTEND USING A SUMMIT SEAT?

For this digital Summit, we have lifted all restrictions on the number of buy-side members that can use a Summit seat. For our in-person events, our policy is that only one Summit seat may be used per person to attend. However, for our digital Summit, we are allowing anyone from an active SIG buy-side member company to attend using only one Summit seat. All buy-side members are allowed unlimited attendance for people at their company. If you wish to use more than one Summit seat, your company will receive an additional $1000 credit for SIG University’s CSP program for each seat used. For example, if you redeem 3 Summit seats, your company will receive a $3000 SIG University credit and still have unlimited attendance to the Summit for all of your team members.

CAN I ROLL MY MEMBERSHIP SEATS OVER TO THE NEXT SUMMIT?  

If you wish to roll over Summit seats included in your membership to the fall Summit, that will be allowed in accordance with your membership activation dates, terms and participation level. Please inquire with your SIG Account Manager to determine if your membership is eligible for this.

I HAVE A SPEAKING SESSION AT THIS SUMMIT – HOW IS THAT IMPACTED?  

Your speaking session will be transferred to the new dates of the digital Summit, which are forthcoming. For now, we request that you reach out to your co-presenters or anyone else that was coordinating the speaking session with you to ensure they are all aware of the change to a virtual format. Also please be aware that the milestone deliverables schedule for speaking session materials will be pushed back and we will communicate those details shortly. 

WE WERE SPONSORING THE EVENT – WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR SPONSORSHIP? 

Your sponsorship will automatically be transferred to the new digital Summit dates, which are forthcoming. We are working with each sponsor directly about next steps and available options. 

WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND? 
Attendance is free to all SIG members. Non-members are also welcome to attend for a fee. Please see our pricing page for more information.

 

 

Additional questions? Reach out to us: events@sig.org. 

 

Schedule at a Glance

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Summit At A Glance

Summit At A Glance

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SIGventure Quest

 

SIG’s Summits are well-regarded for introducing you to the most forward-thinking procurement leaders and innovators who shape the industry. What makes a Global Executive Summit different from other procurement industry events is the fun we create! 

Since we can’t be together in person, we want this Summit to be extra special. SIG is giving away thousands of dollars in prizes from our Summit sponsors! Through participating in our SIGventure Quest game and actively engaging in Summit activities, attendees can win one of our amazing prizes (at our last Summit, we gave away over $20,000 in prizes). You’ve never experienced a SIG Summit that has so much to offer!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Register and attend the Global Executive Summit.

  2. During the live event, buy-side attendees earn Quest Points for completing various activities – earn points for a variety of activities like setting up your profile, attending sessions, visiting networking booths and engaging in conversations.

  3. At the end of the live event, the buy-side attendees with the most Quest Points will win prizes based on their finishing position.

  4. Winners will be announced in the closing celebration on Thursday, October 15th.

Digital Agenda

 

All times shown below are in U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. 

To see the full list of breakout sessions and descriptions, please click here.

SIG GLOBAL EXECUTIVE SUMMIT OVERVIEW

JOIN THE DIGITAL ADVENTURE. THE NEXT LEVEL.
FREE FOR BUY-SIDE PROFESSIONALS.

Thousands of procurement executives, experts and thought leaders from across the world are coming together to experience the world's most advanced and forward-thinking industry event for procurement practitioners. The SIG Global Executive Summit will be a digital state-of-the-art experience that immerses you in the industry trends, best practices, innovations, and solutions that are shaping high-performance teams and best-in-class procurement organizations.

This fully digital experience will take place over three days for a few hours each day that include keynote and breakout sessions with live Q&A, on-demand access to all sessions, as well as solution experiences that will unlock higher levels of innovation and performance. This Summit is unique among procurement industry events because it combines executive thought leadership and peer networking with gamification aspects and prize giveaways to create a cutting-edge event.  

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Who should attend this free Summit? Leaders in procurement, supply chain, strategic sourcing, operations, IT, third-party risk, finance, outsourcing, human resources and legal who are interested in paving the new roadmap for procurement.
  • Chief Procurement Officers
  • Chief Risk and Compliance Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Procurement Directors, Managers and Specialists
  • Category or Purchasing Managers
  • Enterprise Risk Management Professionals
  • Consulting and Advisory Executives
  • General Counsels and other Legal Officers

Pricing

SIG Global Executive Summit delegates enjoy three days of virtual thought leadership sessions packed with networking and learning. Delegates in buy-side roles (sourcing, procurement, outsourcing, supply chain, etc.) and sell-side roles (advisors, consultants, solution providers) are welcome to register and join us.

A ticket to the 2020 Global Executive Summit includes:

  • All Keynote Sessions and Breakout Sessions
  • Innovation Hall and Solution Experiences
  • A Summit #SIGventure Kit filled with free swag for the first 300 registered buy-side delegates companies
  • On-demand access to all content post-Summit (SIG members only)

2020 Global Executive Summit ticket pricing:

    • Prices for Current SIG Members
      • $0 - Price for current SIG member companies (unlimited attendance for buy-side companies and session content downloads)
      • Each Summit seat used also includes $1,000 credit for SIG University’s Certified Sourcing Professional program (REMOVE?)
      • Visit our FAQ page or contact us for more details about the options to register
    • Prices for Non-Members
      • $0 - Price for a professional in a buy-side role
      • $495 - Price for a professional in a sell-side role (NEED TO UPDATE)
    • Price for Students
      • $0 - Students may attend this Summit for free. Registration must use valid student email address, is subject to approval and enrollment status will be verified with a current transcript to be eligible.

Please visit our FAQ page contact us at events@sig.org for more information on the program or pricing. 

 

Registration Information

All SIG members and buy-side non-members are welcome to attend the fall 2020 SIG Global Executive Summit at no charge. Sell-side non-members may also attend for a fee of $299.00.

The first 300 qualified buy-side attendees to register will receive a free SIGventure Kit with great gift items from our sponsors. If you would like a SIGventure Kit, please be sure to fill out your delivery address on the registration form. If you do not include a delivery address, you will not receive a SIGventure Kit.

All attendees must agree to abide by the SIG Terms & Conditions.

Allegis Global Solutions is a leader in global talent solutions. To date, we support clients in more than 60 countries through regional hubs, matching our great people with businesses seeking to optimize their permanent and contingent workforces. For more information, please email NAinfo@allegisglobalsolutions.com or go to www.allegisglobalsolutions.com or call 410.579.3240.

Through our Global Commercial Services division, American Express offers powerful backing and support that helps companies of all sizes gain financial savings, control and efficiency. We provide a suite of payment and lending products, solutions for travel and everyday business spending, cross border payments, global currency solutions, and business financing. To learn more about Global Commercial Services visit http://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/business

Beeline helps leading enterprises manage their flexible workforce, including contractors, contingent, and project-based labor spend. Beeline Vendor Management System (VMS) is the only platform offering a single Software-as-a-Service solution for your entire non-employee workforce. Each Beeline solution leverages the powerful technology of the VMS including practical and sophisticated analytics, flexible workflow engine and system configuration, data security, and seamless integrations. Gain in-depth analysis of your cost, savings, operations, supplier performance, and other program metrics. Our ever-expanding global network of local knowledge provides cutting-edge technology, service-driven people and industry expertise to partner with you anywhere in the world. Learn more, visit www.beeline.com.

Coupa Software enables businesses everywhere to recognize bottom-line financial success via Savings-as-a-Service. More than 500 customers headquartered in over 40 countries use Coupa to support business agility and reduce costs. Only Coupa provides an organic suite of true cloud applications including accounts payable, procurement, expense management, sourcing and inventory, allowing customers to realize a return on investment that starts within a few months and grows continually. Learn more at www.coupa.com. Read more at our company blog, Making Cents or follow @Coupa on Twitter.

Under CXC’s contingent workforce management model, we become the human resource function for our clients’ contingent workforce. This ensures a streamlined approach to workforce management regardless of talent source, as well as clear accountability for all stages of a contingent worker’s contract through a single provider, aligned to your HR strategy. From initial advice on taxation, insurance and legal requirements, right through to tools that help you streamline processes, CXC has the expertise to save you time and money. Established in 1992, today CXC has over 30 offices around the world, in over 50 countries, providing global compliant contractor workforce solutions to cater to your requirements. With CXC you enjoy a unique level of service from a dedicated Account Manager, and you have secure access to online portals that provides real time account details. Our global comprehensive suite of services can be tailored to any type of business or industry and we can take care of contractor management solutions in almost any country. Learn more and get in touch with us: Web: www.cxcglobal.com

Since its inception in 2003, DocuSign has been on a mission to accelerate business and simplify life for companies and people around the world. We pioneered the development of e-signature technology, and today DocuSign helps organizations connect and automate how they prepare, sign, act on, and manage agreements. As part of the DocuSign Agreement Cloud, DocuSign offers eSignature: the world's #1 way to sign electronically on practically any device, from almost anywhere, at any time.  Our value is simple to understand: legacy, paper-based agreement processes are manual, slow, expensive, and error-prone. We eliminate the paper, automate the process, and connect it to all the other systems that businesses are already using. Our platform has 350+ prebuilt integrations with popular business apps. In addition, our API enables embedding and connecting DocuSign with customers’ websites, mobile apps, and custom workflows. Today, more than 500,000 customers and hundreds of millions of users in over 180 countries use DocuSign to accelerate the process of doing business and to simplify people's lives. www.docusign.com

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 190 purchasing categories and 150 countries. Industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Nestlé, Schneider Electric, Michelin and BASF are among the more than 45,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth. Learn more on ecovadis.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

ENGAIZ has developed a SaaS platform to help enterprises mitigate third-party vendor risks through AI-Driven governance and engagement framework. The company’s philosophy revolves around the need to build lasting relationship with vendor partners to help organizations meet the digital age challenges of innovation and heightened competition while mitigating the risks of engaging third-parties. 

The company’s product and service offerings focus on the following:

- Strategic Vendor Engagement

- Third Party Risk Management

- Strategic Customer Engagement

To learn more about our platform / advisory services and schedule a demo, please email info@engaiz.com or visit www.engaiz.com

Everest Group is a consulting and research firm focused on strategic IT, business services, engineering services, and sourcing. We are trusted advisors to senior executives of leading enterprises, providers, and investors. Our firm helps clients improve operational and financial performance through a hands-on process that supports them in making well-informed decisions that deliver high-impact results and achieve sustained value. Our insight and guidance empowers clients to improve organizational efficiency, effectiveness, agility and responsiveness. What sets Everest Group apart is the integration of deep sourcing knowledge, problem-solving skills and original research. For more details: www.everestgrp.com

Fairmarkit is the intelligent sourcing platform that empowers organizations to more efficiently purchase the goods and services they need. By equipping procurement and supply-chain teams with automation and data, Fairmarkit promotes competitive bidding while reducing manual work within existing processes. Leveraged across a number of industries by innovative procurement departments, such as Univision, ServiceNow, and the MBTA, Fairmarkit aims to revolutionize the way organizations make purchases. Learn more at www.fairmarkit.com.

GEP helps global enterprises operate more efficiently and effectively, gain competitive advantage, boost profitability, and maximize business and shareholder value.
 
Fresh thinking, innovative products, unrivaled domain and subject expertise, and smart, passionate people — this is how GEP creates and delivers unified supply chain solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness.
 
Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrants, Winner for Best Procurement Software and Best P2P Provider at the World Procurement Awards, Best Procurement Consultancy at CIPS Supply Management Awards, and Best Provider at the EPIC Procurement Excellence Awards, GEP is frequently honored as an innovator and leader in source-to-pay direct and indirect procurement software by Gartner, Forrester, IDC, Procurement Leaders, Spend Matters and CPO Rising.
 
GEP is also ranked leader in managed procurement services (procurement outsourcing) by Everest Group, NelsonHall, IDC, ISG, HfS and IAOP. In addition, the primary research firm in the management consulting sector, ALM Intelligence, ranks GEP leader in procurement strategy and supply chain consulting.
 
With 21 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Clark, New Jersey-based GEP helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. To learn more about our comprehensive range of software and services, please visit www.gep.com.
 

Guidant Global is a new global talent acquisition and managed workforce solution provider operating at the forefront of today’s workplace. It is made up of the best of two Impellam businesses, Guidant Group based in the UK, a company with deep roots within the staffing industry and an unrivalled track record achieved through empowering great people to build true partnerships based on trust and collaboration and Bartech Workforce Solutions, based in the Americas, a business with a four-decade history which has grown to become one of the leading global providers of staffing and workforce management solutions. With vision firmly grounded in the future, bringing together these two Impellam businesses has created one stronger brand with synergies and expanded capabilities across a multiple geographic footprint. www.guidantglobal.com.

 

With unmatched technology and category-defining innovation, Icertis pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with contract lifecycle management (CLM). The AI-powered, analyst-validated Icertis Contract Intelligence (ICI) platform turns contracts from static documents into strategic advantage by structuring and connecting the critical contract information that defines how an organization runs. Today, the world’s most iconic brands and disruptive innovators trust Icertis to fully realize the intent of their combined 7.5 million+ contracts worth more than $1 trillion, in 40+ languages and 90+ countries. https://www.icertis.com/

Ivalua ALL Spend, ALL Suppliers, NO Compromises. Recognized as a Leader by Gartner and other analysts, Ivalua’s Source-to-Pay suite is leveraged by over 300 leading companies across the globe to manage over $500 Billion in direct and indirect spend. The platform’s combination of ease-of-use, depth, breadth and flexibility ensures high employee and supplier adoption, rapid time to value and the ability to meet unique or evolving requirements, evidenced by the industry’s leading 98%+ retention rate. Realize the possibilities at www.ivalua.com. Follow us at @Ivalua.  

JAGGAER is the world’s largest independent spend management company, with over 2000 customers connected to a network of 4 million suppliers in 70 countries, served by offices located in the Americas, APAC, Asia and EMEA. JAGGAER offers complete SaaS-based Source to Pay eProcurement solutions with advanced Spend Analytics, Sourcing, Supplier Management, Contract Lifecycle Management, Savings Tracking, and intelligent workflow capabilities all on a single platform, JAGGAER ONE. JAGGAER has pioneered spend solutions for over two decades and continues to lead the innovation curve by listening to customers and stakeholders in all industry sectors, public services and academia. Additionally, JAGGAER holds 37 patents–more than any other spend management company.  For more information: https://www.jaggaer.com/.

An innovative leader in sourcing and procurement services and technology, LogicSource was purpose-built to drive profit improvement for their clients through better buying.  LogicSource focuses exclusively on the sourcing and procurement of goods-not-for-resale, also known as indirect procurement, which typically represents 20% of client revenue and the area of greatest spending inefficiency. This includes complex indirect categories like Marketing, Packaging, Store Development & Facilities, Information Technology, Distribution & Logistics and Corporate Services. 

LogicSource works with many well-known retailers and consumer-facing businesses to help them manage their indirect spend more efficiently and cost-effectively. Their clients include The Gap, Rite Aid, lululemon, DISH, Big Lots, The Fresh Market, Panera and more. Unique to the industry, LogicSource invests up front – using its self-funded Mutual Value Assessment approach – to identify potential value opportunities at no cost or obligation to the client. 

By combining decades of sourcing and procurement expertise, real-time market intelligence, cross-portfolio spending leverage and their OneMarket procurement technology suite, LogicSource drives sustainable profit improvement for some of the world’s most recognizable brands. https://logicsource.com/

Medius is a leading global provider of cloud-based spend management solutions, helping organizations drive their business forward by enabling best-in-class process efficiency, cost savings and greater financial control. Easy cloud deployment, intuitive user interface and built-in best practices bring tangible savings right from the start.

Our modular spend management suite includes solutions for strategic sourcing, contract management, procurement, accounts payable automation and supplier management, and data insights tools bringing control, compliance and cost savings throughout the entire source-to-pay process.

Over 3,500 customers and 450,000 unique users worldwide use Medius spend management solutions, managing transactions worth more than $150 billion annually.  Website: www.medius.com.  Email: info.usa@medius-group.com.

Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 50+ cities across nearly 30 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm has more than 5,000 professionals around the world who help clients optimize their business, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

PRO Unlimited is the world’s largest purely vendor-neutral Managed Service Provider (MSP) with its own integrated Vendor Management System (VMS) platform (Wand). For over 27 years, PRO has helped organizations address the costs, risks, and quality issues associated with managing a contingent workforce. PRO offers solutions e-procurement and management of contingent labor, 1099/co-employment risk management, and third-party payrolling services for client-sourced contract talent. w: www.prounlimited.com  e: information@prounlimited.com p: 800.291.1099

SAP Procurement Solutions includes SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass and SAP S/4HANA-based offerings for operational procurement, delivering a comprehensive suite for goods and services procurement and external workforce management. SAP Ariba solutions provide collaborative commerce capabilities from sourcing and orders through invoice and payment along with expertise to help customers optimize their spend. The solutions drive simple, intelligent exchanges between millions of buyers and suppliers across both direct and indirect expense categories. SAP Fieldglass solutions are market leading for external workforce management and services procurement, helping global organizations find, engage and manage all types of flexible resources including contingent workers and services providers.

Scanmarket is the market-leading global Strategic Sourcing platform.  Our cloud-based platform is used by 350+ customers in 80+ countries across the globe.  On average, Scanmarket customers enjoy a 300% increase in sourcing productivity, an 105% increase in contracts under management and an average 13.1% savings on direct and indirect goods and services.

From Spend Analysis to eSourcing to Contract Management to Supply Base Management to Managed Events and Strategic Services, customers and suppliers alike trust Scanmarket to help them deliver real, measurable business results.

Workday Strategic Sourcing is the sourcing and supplier engagement platform trusted by procurement teams globally. The intuitive, cloud-based solution - encompassing everything from project intake to RFx and contracts to supplier management - helps streamline the source to contract process and empowers collaboration and decision making to drive better business outcomes.

SIG University was founded on the ideals of elevating sourcing and risk professionals to deliver strategic value to the corporation. SIG University is an inclusive, internationally recognized university with a mission of advancing the sourcing and risk management industries and transforming careers.
 

SIG University was created at the request of SIG members, who saw an educational training gap for today's workforce. SIG University uses an adult learning model to transfer the knowledge and skills to its students. The learning model is focused on the self-directed learner, who has the basic knowledge and skills of the material, is motivated, has good time management skills and has the ability to self-evaluate. The SIG U learning model is supported by a practitioner faculty who currently hold senior leadership positions in sourcing and risk management, allowing them to guide students to a better learning outcome.

SIREAS is a leading, global corporate real estate and outsourcing management consulting firm with expertise in solution design, portfolio and vendor management, sourcing strategy and governance advisory.  SIREAS enables corporations to streamline operations, improve services delivery, and increase shareholder value.  SIREAS’ leadership includes visionary Expense Management Solutions founder Michele Flynn as Executive Chairman, and President and CEO Ingrid Fenn, a former global real estate leader of several multi-national corporations.

SIREAS is one of the few expert advisory firms providing integrated strategy and services across the full range of CRE disciplines: from high-level corporate real estate strategy to organizational design and performance, portfolio management, workplace optimization, facilities services, outsourcing and vendor/supplier decision making and strategic relationship management and governance.  SIREAS is also a certified Center of Excellence for Vested®; a sourcing business model that fosters a highly collaborative environment sparking innovation resulting in transformation, improved service and reduced cost.  Vested partnerships enable true win-win relationships in which both parties are invested in each other’s success. For more information, you can visit us at www.sireas.com or contact us directly at (860) 578-6105.

SirionLabs, the SaaS leader in enterprise contract management (CLM), helps enterprises manage the complete contracting lifecycle on a single, easy-to-use platform. SirionLabs’ proprietary solution, Sirion, applies breakthroughs in artificial intelligence to meet the needs of businesses in the digital age. Sirion’s AI-powered capabilities – from smart contract authoring to auto-contract extraction, real-time performance management, automated invoice validation, and data-based relationship management – enable enterprises to drive business velocity and outcomes, reduce risk and enhance revenue/savings in commercial engagements. SirionLabs enables 200+ leading companies such as Vodafone, Unilever, BP and Credit Suisse to manage 3.5+ million contracts across 100+ countries.

Suplari provides finance and procurement leaders with visibility into the hard-dollar cost savings and risk opportunities buried under millions of enterprise data points. Suplari’s platform unifies supplier data from disparate sources, applying AI and Machine Learning technologies to generate real-time insights to maximize profits, increase compliance, and mitigate risk. Our mission is to shine the light on the hidden opportunities to reduce spend, so that companies can focus on investing in growth, innovation and their people.

Utmost, the first Extended Workforce System, offers solutions for the enterprise and its extended workforce - from temporary workers to consultants, vendors, freelancers, contractors, and more - to seamlessly and efficiently work together. The software is designed for workers to have control of their data and transparency into their work history, independent of traditional employment relationships.Utmost was founded in 2018 by former Workday executives, Annrai O’Toole and Dan Beck and former Groupon CTO EMEA Paddy Benson and is backed by Greylock Partners and Workday Ventures. Learn more by visiting our website at https://utmost.co/ or contact us directly at hello@utmost.co

WillHire is the plug & play direct sourcing and talent pool platform that has reinvented the way modern contingent workforce programs attract, curate, and engage with today’s workers. By leveraging a company’s brand and combining employee referrals, automated pre-screening, reengagement automation and direct traction from online channels, organizations embrace a new, long-term talent strategy that reduces contingent labor costs and speeds the process to find the best candidates.  www.willhire.co  support@willhire.co

WNS-Denali helps outcome-driven companies maximize the impact and value of their unique business ecosystem. Together, we operationalize the Procurement function to improve financial performance, efficiency and reach. Our approach is based on co-creation. We collaborate with our clients to implement and execute customized next-generation operating models. We provide a wide range of advisory, managed services and enabling technologies for Procurement. Our clients are increasing the impact of Procurement across strategy, people, process, and technology. Everyone at WNS-Denali is passionate about the potential, power, and remarkable stories of Procurement. We are Procurement People.

Keynote Speakers

Greg Anderson
Senior Vice President
WNS-Denali

Greg Anderson is Senior Vice President of Sales in North America at WNS-Denali. He is a proven expert in Supply Chain and Procurement Managed Services and Technology solutions. Greg has over two decades of cross-industry sales and marketing leadership experience. Prior to WNS, Greg held leadership positions at Ivalua, Pensiamo, Directworks, Tenzing Consulting, SmartOps, Ariba, FreeMarkets, GE, and PPG.




Josh Brammer
B2B Marketing Consultant and Growth Coach
Lantern

For over a decade, Josh Brammer has managed the “behind the scenes” of website and marketing firms. Frustrated that so many leaders didn’t have the tools they need to communicate, market and grow effectively, he started Lantern — a marketing coaching firm dedicated to helping professional firms simplify their marketing with a clear message and plan. As a Certified StoryBrand Guide, his mission is to give leaders the clarity, focus and tools they need to conquer marketing chaos and grow their business with confidence.




Baber Farooq
Senior Vice President, Procurement Product Strategy
SAP Procurement Solutions

Baber Farooq is the Senior Vice President of Procurement Product Strategy, leading a team focussed on delivering world class procurement solutions driving optimal procurement outcomes for customers today, and into the future.

Baber has extensive procurement knowledge, and since joining SAP Ariba in 2006 has worked with customers across the globe, understanding their challenges, procurement transformation goals and their view of success. This customer facing background provides Baber unique insights into procurement organisations and supports the development of a customer centric procurement roadmap for SAP.

Baber joined SAP Ariba in 2006 in the United States. Since then he has held various director- level roles in overseeing procurement transformations across the world. Prior to taking on his current role, he served as the General Manager, Customer Value Organisation - APJ and Greater China.

Baber holds a Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining SAP Ariba, he was part of the Engineering Design and Construction team for the city of Miami, Florida. He presently lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife, daughter and Rottweiler.




Todd Ford
Chief Financial Officer
Coupa

Todd is the chief financial officer (CFO) of Coupa where he oversees the company’s financial operations. During his tenure, he led the company through a successful IPO and grew revenue to $260 million in the latest fiscal year ended January 31, 2019. Under his leadership, Coupa has grown to become a multi-billion public dollar company driving measurable value for enterprises around the world. 

Prior to Coupa, Todd served as the CFO of MobileIron, where he was responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting, treasury activities, and investor relations. Prior to that, Todd was a Founding General Partner at Broken Arrow Venture Capital, where he invested in early-stage companies. He also served as CFO and President of Rackable Systems, Inc. (now Silicon Graphics International Corp) where he led the company from $20 million in revenue to more than $350 million in revenue as a publicly-traded company. Todd began his career with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from Santa Clara University. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Performant Financial Corporation and 8x8 Inc. and is a member of the CNBC CFO Council.




Auri Ghatak
Principal
The Hackett Group

Mr. Ghatak is an Associate Principal in Cost Optimization practice and is based in New York. He has 20 years of experience in Sourcing and Procurement. His expertise includes cost optimization via strategic sourcing, supplier management, and procurement transformation and technology enablement.




Melissa Mohesky-Schmidt

Innovative Insights Group, LLC

Melissa Mohesky-Schmidt tool kit spans Manufacturing, Information Technology, Finance, Procurement and Sourcing.  Melissa collaborated and travelled globally through several IT initiatives including SAP implementations in over 60 manufacturing and warehouse sites in 12 countries. Later responsibilities include project leader, managing multiple technology projects supporting the Sourcing and Procurement teams through SRM, Taulia, Coupa and Ariba implementations and IT software/hardware buys. Melissa leadership supports corporate indirect sourcing for HR, IT, temp to hire services, R&D and various other large spend corporately managed commodities. Most recently Melissa and her husband founded their own company, Innovative Insights Group, LLC, which supports various business leaders in process or project management. Navigating decisions or process refinements while peeling back key learnings and unspoken needs is fundamental to IIG’s core strength. Melissa’s credentials include a BS degree from NC State University, an MBA from Webster University, a Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Certified Sourcing Professional CSP and a Project Management Professional (PMP) accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI).  




Joshua Nelson
Principal, Strategy and Business Transformation
The Hackett Group

Mr. Nelson is an Associate Principal in the Supply Chain practice and is based in New York. He has over 20 years of consulting experience in strategy, supply chain, and operations performance improvement and transformation. His expertise includes optimizing supply chain and operations capabilities to reduce cost, enable growth, and improving working capital across consumer goods and industrial manufacturing.




Paul Saias
Principal, Strategy and Business Transformation
The Hackett Group

Mr. Saias is a Principal in the Cost Optimization practice and is based in Chicago. He has 25 years of consulting experience in strategy, operations and performance improvement. His expertise includes corporate strategy, profit improvement/strategic cost reduction and large-scale transformation across multiple industries. 




Dawn Tiura
CEO and President
Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)

Dawn Tiura, CEO and President of SIG, SIG University and Future of Sourcing Digital Publication, 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.




Speakers

Natallia Aliakseyenka
Head of Third Party Management Office
BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment Banking NA

Natallia Aliakseyenka is Head of Third Party Management Office, BNP Paribas Corporate Institutional Banking North America Region. Natallia is responsible for implementation and operationalization of CIB’s Third  Party Risk Management Framework.  Her prior experience in the financial services sector includes management of transversal projects and various roles in Finance and Controls departments. Natallia has an MBA in Finance from The Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College.




Lisa Barnum
Head of Procurement Operations
Fidelity Investments

Lisa Barnum-Williams is Senior Vice President in the Fidelity Global Procurement organization.  She has been in the financial industry for 33 years with a primary focus in Quality Assurance driving and implementing key operational strategies and the development and empowerment of employees.  She runs a global team that focus on the overall customer experience of our business partners, suppliers while driving savings and mitigating risk to Fidelity.  Prior to Procurement, Lisa was Vice President of Fidelity Charitable Services with a focus on the high service of donors, advisors, and non-profit organizations. Some of her key achievements have been implementing cross functional process improvement initiatives, building new organizations from the ground up and participating on multi-million dollar initiatives that drive the overall strategic plan. 

She has a passion for mentoring and coaching others.  She leans on her experience from starting as an entry level associate to becoming Vice President in 2007.  She currently has numerous formal mentor/mentee relationships throughout her professional and personal life.  

From a regional perspective, Lisa has been the co-chair for the Women’s Leadership Group, Workforce Planning Lead and a member of the Regional Leadership Team.  In addition to her co-chair responsibilities in WLG she led an effort to develop a formal mentoring program.  

Lisa was selected to attend the SIFMA Wharton School of Business Leadership program which is reserved for a select few in the global financial industry.  Other achievements include a Web Master certification, Disney Leadership Program, Six Sigma Yellow Belt and Situational Leadership.

Lisa and her husband, Aaron, live in Haslet, Tx and together they share four children, four grandchildren and two giant dogs.   




Vivek Bharti
General Manager, Product Management
Icertis

Vivek Bharti is the General Manager of Product Management at Icertis, where he manages the Business Applications portfolio of products. Vivek has rich experience in designing new digital process architecture and executing global rollouts to replace legacy suites. He joined Icertis from Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company where he was the Global Head of SCM Transformation, Governance & Digitization. Vivek has worked extensively in delivery & consulting roles and has a deep passion for creating connected businesses.




Julia Braun
Sr. Director, Procurement, AP & Travel
Smartsheet

Julia Braun joined Smartsheet, Inc. in July 2019 and is the global head of Procurement, Accounts Payable & Travel for Smartsheet, Inc.  Prior to Smartsheet, Julia was a VP of Third Party Risk Management for Bank of the West and is a certified Third Party Risk Management professional. She was a National Director of Operations with ManpowerGroup Solutions Australia, and a Sr. Director of Operations with MPG/TAPFIN in North America.  Prior to her time with ManpowerGroup, Julia headed up the Contingent Workforce Management program at Microsoft where she was responsible for North America program operations and led the effort to expand and implement that program across Microsoft globally.  Prior to Microsoft, she held a variety of sourcing and leadership positions in retail, banking and financial services, including Nordstrom and JPMorgan Chase. 

Julia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and resides in Bellevue, WA with her husband Eric, daughter Liliana (15) and labrador retrievers, Dash and Arlo.




Dustin Burgess
SVP of Strategy, Analytics, and Metrics
PRO Unlimited

As SVP of Strategy, Analytics, and Metrics, Dustin Burgess oversees market place BI, strategic management reporting, and business consulting solutions with a focus on comprehensive talent engagement strategies. Dustin joined PRO Unlimited in 2007 and has previous experience in public accounting and consulting services at “Big Four” firms and Fortune 500 organizations. 




Walt Charles
CPO
Biogen

Walter Charles is the Chief Procurement Officer at Biogen. Walter is a sought-after speaker at national and international Supply Chain and Procurement Conferences, a visionary Supply Chain leader, an impactful results deliverer and an inspiring Procurement Futurist. At each of his last 4 Fortune companies, his global procurement teams supported the purchase of billions of dollars a year of products and services supporting Research & Development, Manufacturing, MRO, Lab Services, Marketing, Legal, Capital, IT, Plant Operations, Travel, and General and Administrative services. Walter has held Chief Procurement Officer roles at iconic companies such as Allergan, Biogen, Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Supply Chain and Cordis (one of J&J’s former medical devices companies). As such, he has the unique perspective of serving on Supply Chain Leadership Teams, and leading procurement transformations across Biotechnology, Consumer Packaged Goods, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Businesses. In 2020, Walter started the 400 Company Digital Challenge, where he pledged to personally help 400 of his ~30,000 social connections make the jump to industry 4.0 technologies in the practice of procurement.   Connect with him on LinkedIn to start your digital transformation today. Walter holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University; a Master of Engineering Degree in Environmental Engineering from The Stevens Institute of Technology; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.




Jai Chinnakonda
Founder & CEO
ENGAIZ

Jai Chinnakonda is the Founder and CEO of ENGAIZ, a technology company focused on leveraging Artificial Intelligence to help enterprises mitigate Third-Party Risks such as Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Regulatory, Financial, Performance, Resiliency, Infrastructure, Legal, Country risks through Effective Governance and Engagement. 

Through his decades of experience in managing large technology outsourcing deals, Jai brings a unique perspective and advises organizations on third party governance and risk management. He firmly believes in the Art and Science of Engagement to help build lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with third-party vendors. 

He is a Certified Third-Party Risk Management Professional (C3PRMP) and a Certified Supplier Management Professional (CSMP). Jai is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals. He was also a contributing member to the first draft of The Standard for Program Management released by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 




Richard Corley
Partner
Goodmans LLP

Richard Corley is a partner at Goodmans and leads the firm’s Outsourcing practice group. Combining his legal expertise with a unique background in engineering, mathematics, computer science and business, Richard's practice focuses on the intersection of law and technology.

Richard has over 25 years of experience advising clients on complex outsourcing transactions, technology M&A, joint ventures, cleantech and technology-related competition law matters.  With technology at its core, Richard's practice is focused on the growing information technology and cleantech sectors. Richard's practice complements his personal interest and involvement in energy conservation and energy alternatives.  He is currently involved with the Canadian implementation of the Third Industrial Revolution initiative, which integrates distributed renewable energy, low-energy buildings, intelligent power distribution and management, and energy storage systems.




Ashli Dennehy
Director Procurement
Fidelity Investments

Ashli Dennehy is Director of the Product Model Team for Fidelity’s Procurement organization. Ashli has held various roles within Procurement Operations since she joined Fidelity in 2014. She helped create the Category Operations team in our New Mexico site growing the team to over 30 associates.  In 2018, Ashli relocated to Westlake, Texas to be the Procurement Lead for the SAP Ariba implementation at Fidelity. She has a passion for collaboration, problem solving and strategic process improvement.

Ashli is a member of the Women’s Leadership Group regional steering committee and a member of the Fidelity’s extended Regional Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Ashli spent seven years in the Power and Oil & Gas Industry overseeing end to end procurement operations including sourcing, negotiating and expediting goods and services. 

A Colorado native, Ashli holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She and her family currently live in Argyle, Texas. 




Lenore Domingues
Manager, Corporate Procurement
VSP Global

Lenore has 19 years of working in Supply Chain, Procurement and Strategic Sourcing roles. Currently Lenore is a Manager in VSP’s Global Procurement and Travel.  Lenore oversees a team that manages the Marketing and Professional Services Indirect Spend for multiple lines of business including Vision Care, Optics, Retail, Eyewear and Eyefinity Practice Management.  She also manages the VSP Global UPS Contract relationship.  Lenore is a Brand Ambassador for promoting the VSP Global Purpose, Mission and Vision.  Prior to joining VSP Global, Lenore worked at Safeway in Strategic Sourcing supporting Front End Services, Consumer Protection, Marketing and other Indirect Spend Categories. Lenore earned her BA degree from Golden Gate University and has earned her Certified Sourcing Professional certificate from SIG University and a Purchasing Certification from Folsom Lake College. 




Susan Doyle
Category Lead Procurement
Fidelity Investments

Susan Doyle has led Product management and Supply Chain teams for 17 years, managing Professional Services, telecom, software, hardware and cloud global sourcing and negotiations.

Susan implemented VMS [systems] at three separate firms; most recently leading Fidelity to select SAP Fieldglass in 2015. 

Partnering with business leaders, tech teams, Finance, Legal, and HR, Fidelity successfully implemented the system with over 6500 workers, in 4 countries, and hundreds of millions spend.  

Fidelity’s strategic program has provided needed visibility to contingent resources to deliver millions in savings, better manage suppliers and to mitigate onboarding risk.

Passionate about diversity and inclusion, she is the Co-lead for Enable TX – Fidelity’s Employee Resource Group supporting and empowering persons with and without disabilities in the workplace.  On weekends you can find her sharing handmade nachos and margaritas with family, and she is immensely grateful to have Texas football back!




Karoline Dygas
Vice President - CPO
Nordstrom

Karoline Dygas is Nordstrom’s Vice President and CPO leading Strategic Sourcing and Procurement for all non-merchandise spend. She joined Nordstrom in April 2019 and is responsible for leading a holistic transformation to provide a new procurement service delivery model that will positively impact the customer experience and company financial performance.

Prior to joining Nordstrom, she was Starbucks Corp Vice President leading Global Sourcing, Store Development and Siren Retail Supply Chains.   She was part of Starbucks Global Supply Chain leadership team and was accountable for sourcing of all capital and commercial equipment, FFE, R&M and QA services, as well as leading the global end-to-end supply chains for Store Development and Siren Retail (Starbucks Roastery & Reserve and Princi brands).   

Before joining Starbucks, Karoline was the Senior Director Strategic Sourcing at Walgreens based in Deerfield, Illinois where she was responsible for $1.5B annual spend across multiple categories supporting Store Development, Energy & Environmental Sustainability, and Marketing.  

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and later completed her dual MBA from both Purdue University and ESCP-EAP European School of Management in Paris, France.

She lives in Issaquah, WA with her husband Josh, two children Morgan (13) and Max (11), and their Samoyed-Husky rescue dog named Yeti.




Angela Easterwood
Partner
Majel Partners

Angela is co-founder of Majel Partners, and has over 20 years of experience in strategic sourcing, procurement and supply base management.  Angela has substantial expertise in category management, process redesign, supplier governance, and organization development.  Angela is a Vested © Certified Deal Architect and a Board Member of the CPO Advisory Council of ISM Dallas. She is a contributor to the book, “Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy: Harnessing the Potential of Sourcing Business Models for Modern Procurement”, and serves on the faculty of SIG University.  Angela holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BA from Bucknell University.




Kristen Esones
Director Client Services
PRO Unlimited

Kristen Esones has been with PRO Unlimited 2004 and established PRO’s Supplier Partnerships function. In her time at PRO Unlimited, Kristen has led various large accounts to optimal delivery through strong supplier relationships.  She is responsible for driving and communicating supplier engagement strategies to optimize PRO’s Client Services supply base. This includes supplier advocacy, account team education and advisory services for PRO Unlimited clients. 




John Fafian
Head of Strategy and Sourcing
PwC

John Fafian leads the Sourcing Strategy and Negotiation team at PwC, where he is responsible for $4 billion in annual spend. John has extensive technology and non-technology sourcing experience including infrastructure, application development and business process outsourcing on an onshore, nearshore, and offshore basis. Prior to joining PwC, John held a variety of executive sourcing positions in financial services and industry, including Morgan Stanley, Arrow Electronics and Credit Suisse First Boston. John is also a frequent lecturer on a broad range of areas related to sourcing and outsourcing. 




Amy Fong
Vice President
Everest Group

Amy Fong is a Vice President in Everest Group's Strategic Outsourcing and Vendor Management practice. In this role, she advises enterprises on maximizing value from strategic provider relationships in outsourced services categories.

Amy has more than 20 years of experience in industry, consulting, and advising with a focus on procurement, supply chain and organizational effectiveness. She has authored numerous publications and speaks frequently on source to pay process improvement and managing complex supply chain partnerships. Prior to joining Everest Group, she was a Senior Advisor and Program Leader with The Hackett Group's Procurement Advisory Program. Previously she held various industry and consulting roles with Hewlett Packard, Sonoco Products Company, and Archstone Consulting. Amy holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BS from Syracuse University.




Cindy Gallagher
CEO
Liberty Source

Cindy Gallagher joined Liberty Source in 2018 as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. As a Navy spouse, she was one of the Company’s pioneers in 2014, establishing the onshore Business Process Outsourcing model as a competitive alternative to captive and offshore shared service centers. Prior to joining Liberty Source, she served as the SVP, Global Business Services Controller for Discovery Communications, and as the Deputy Controller and Assistant Treasurer for AOL. Cindy was responsible for building, scaling and transforming the finance operations at both Discovery and AOL to meet the ever-expanding needs of the global marketplace. Most notably during her time at Discovery, the organization earned a designation among the top 20 most admired shared service organizations globally in 2017. She has served as an advisor and partner to various senior executives, helping to identify new revenue generating business opportunities, streamline and scale global processes, implement talent development initiatives and maintain financial statement integrity. Cindy began her career with SC&H Consulting providing best practice thought leadership and implementing process improvement initiatives for Fortune 100 clients. She is a licensed CPA, and is an active member of the advisory boards for both the SSOW North America and SSOW Europe. She has served as the Finance Chairman for a Virginia based non-profit, and holds a Master’s Degree in accounting from the University of Maine. 




Jeff Gibbons
Principal
The Hackett Group

Jeff Gibbons is a Principal, Source-to-Pay Transformation at The Hackett Group, a leading global transformation firm and systems implementer. Jeff served as the Hackett Principal during Air Methods’ source-to-pay transformation and Coupa implementation. 

Jeff is based in Los Angeles with 15+ years of consulting experience, primarily focused on identifying and implementing measurable operational improvements. He will discuss: 

  • Key Hackett learnings during the implementation 
  • Direct spend integration successes and design considerations (unique requirements, process changes) 
  • Transformation guidance to move toward long-term program success



Vipin Gupta
Senior Consulting Manager
GEP

Vipin is a Senior consulting manager with 8+ years of experience consulting fortune 500 clients across the globe. He leads global teams of consultants to drive procurement and supply chain  transformation programs. In his previous roles, he has acted as a trusted advisor to CPOs and procurement leaders, recognized  for driving excellent value and client delight in the areas of strategic sourcing, category management, transformation and digitization for clients through his insights and subject matter expertise. He is the architect of several forward looking digital procurement transformation solutions such as ‘intelligent category strategy recommendation’, ‘category workbench’ and ‘bid optimizer’.




Nathan Haydn-Myer
Head of Procurement CoE, Distribution and Mail Services
VSP Global

Nathan Haydn-Myer is an internationally accomplished business leader with experience in transforming perceptions and performance across various industries and teams.  Currently he is the head of the Procurement Center of Excellence; Distribution and Mail Services for VSP Global’s Corporate Services division where he has been instrumental in renovating the processes and image that help secure Procurement’s seat at the proverbial table.  Prior to VSP Global, Nathan lead teams in the fields of forecasting, finance and marketing in companies such as Blue Shield of California (healthcare), Angel (Italian early stage capital for hi-tech firms), Blackshape Aircraft (aviation) and the MERMEC Group (railway diagnostics).  Nathan earned his MBA from UC Davis Graduate School of Management where he also obtained a fellowship in their leadership program.  He earned his Certified Sourcing Professional certificate through SIG University, holds a certificate in lean six sigma and is fluent in Italian.  




Brian Hoffmeyer
SVP Market Strategies
Beeline

As Senior Vice President, Market Strategies for Beeline, Brian Hoffmeyer is responsible for our global partner ecosystem and ensures that all parties benefit from these highly strategic partnerships. As member of the Beeline strategy team Brian guides new product and market development activities. He is the eyes, ears, and voice of the company to the markets we serve. He listens to clients, prospects, analysts, and partners, and then works to incorporate their feedback into the organization’s brand and products. A Certified Contingent Workforce Management Professional (CCWP) with more than 15-years in the industry, Brian is passionate about helping clients, partners, and suppliers use the world’s most advanced and comprehensive contingent management and services procurement solutions to achieve their strategic business goals.




Lud Hrovat
Director of Procurement
Welltok

Lud Hrovat is the Head of Procurement at Welltok, Inc, a leading Consumer Activation Company. Prior to Welltok, Lud has led global sourcing and procurement teams at Cognizant Technology Solutions and The Trizetto Group. Lud is passionately focused on driving automation and efficiency in procurement systems, processes and inter-organizational relationships to enable amazing results. As a proven procurement leader in driving quick results in Startup to Fortune 500 alike, Lud is always eager to provide insight and ideas to other professionals in need. 




Sam Jackson
Senior Manager, Global Supplier Partnerships
PRO Unlimited

Sam has over 15 years of experience in servicing clients and building solutions with the last 10 years focused in the recruitment industry. During this time Sam worked for one of the UK’s largest recruitment businesses managing Staffing, MSP, SoW and Projects for clients such as the BBC & Royal Mail Group. Throughout his career Sam has built and managed supply chains, applying a data driven approach to performance management balancing the need for strong relationships. Sam have been with PRO for 2.5 years and is responsible for PRO’s Supplier Partners across EMEA, APAC & LATAM.




Amol Jagdale
Associate Director Global Delivery
GEP

As an Associate Director of Global Delivery at GEP, Amol is responsible for driving business results for clients - managing global GEP teams and working very closely with client leadership. Amol brings 14-plus years of experience - in procurement and supply chain space - having worked with clients across industries located in the US, Europe and Asia. During this time, he has led and managed large transformation programs for companies in the life sciences, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors. He is currently helping multiple clients in these industries create and drive sustainable value. Amol is passionate about procurement transformation, growth strategy, cost reduction, thought leadership, and tail spend management. Amol is also leader of GEP's Capex advisory group and is accountable for capability buildings and SME support to various clients. In his current source to contract engagement with a major life sciences client, he is delivering strong savings, Process Automation and Incremental supplier diversity spend by setting up the transformation program. Amol has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Mumbai University. He is based out of Tampa FL, USA.




Michel Janssen
Chief Research Guru
Everest Group

As co-founder of Everest Group’s research practice – and with a broad and varied career in the global services industry – Michel offers profound insights and analysis to enterprises and service providers alike. Leveraging his extensive experience identifying and understanding emerging trends, Michel helps organizations to maximize their global services efforts. Michel is particularly noted for his ability to posit challenging ideas based on his fact-based insights from across business and IT processes, sourcing models, and industries. In his current role, at Everest Group, Michel is responsible for guiding the practice’s research agenda and architecture, and aligning its capabilities with the market’s disruptive changes and next-generation demands. Prior to re-joining Everest Group in 2017, Michel enjoyed a successful decade serving as Chief Research Officer at The Hackett Group and Market Track.




Ahmad Jiwani
Product Marketing Manager
Scout RFP, a Workday Company

Ahmad Jiwani is a Product Marketing Manager for Scout RFP, a Workday company. In this role, he leads the direction and execution of go-to-market activities, including product messaging, positioning and launch, for the Scout RFP Platform. Prior to this role, Ahmad led the product marketing function at Workday for their Spend Management solution portfolio. He has also held several sales and marketing roles at other leading tech companies in the past.




Amrita Joshi
CMO
App Orchid

Amrita’s global business experience in the technology industry spans a breadth of roles, from CEO to CMO to globalization consultant. Amrita has held several permanent and interim CMO positions in companies that focus on next generation technology products and services. Amrita is currently the CMO of App Orchid, an AI enterprise platform company that focuses on the Energy & Utilities, Insurance and Healthcare industries. Prior CMO roles include, Persistent Systems, Xoriant and several start-ups where she launched strategic marketing efforts.  Amrita has packaged and taken to market virtually hundreds of solutions in areas such as AI, Security, Big Data, Machine Learning Automation and Cloud. After having been in the global technology industry for a decade, Amrita founded Ahilia in 2007 with the goal of helping global technology companies create differentiated market identities, develop go–to-market strategies and establish effective marketing programs. Since then she helped expanded the company to focus on user experience and content based digital marketing. Amrita has built and managed global teams across the world including South & Central America, East Asia, South Asia and Europe. Amrita graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with BA in Business Economics and received her MBA with Honors from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.




Sundar Kamak
Global Head of Manufacturing Solutions
Ivalua

Sundar Kamak has over 20 years of experience in Direct Materials, Supply Chain Management, Solutions/Customer Marketing, Product Management, and Engineering. He currently serves as the Global Head of Manufacturing Solutions at Ivalua where he works with customers around the world to improve their procurement practices. Prior to joining Ivalua, Sundar held an executive leadership position at SAP Ariba and spent a number of years with Covisint, where he led large strategic sourcing and e-business transformation initiatives for automotive manufacturers. He holds a Master’s degree in both Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.




Rajeev Karmacharya
Head of the Strategic Sourcing and Category Management
Fannie Mae

Rajeev Karmacharya is Head of the Strategic Sourcing and Category Management group in Fannie Mae.

Rajeev leads a team of category management, sourcing / contracting and supplier enablement professionals managing $4.5+ billion in external spend.

Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Rajeev was a Principal at global management consulting firm Kearney, where he was one of the leaders in their Strategic IT and Operations Practice. Rajeev holds a Master of Industrial Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.




Mike Kingzett
Senior Director, Business Transformation
Air Methods

Mike Kingzett is Senior Director, Business Transformation at Air Methods Corporation, the leading air medical provider delivering lifesaving care to more than 70,000 people every year. Mike is responsible for developing and executing performance improvement programs that deliver bottom-line results. He architected, secured board approval, and implemented a successful Source-to-Pay transformation which included the implementation of Coupa. 

Mike has 25 years of experience leading teams in manufacturing, service, and retail companies in driving procurement and supply chain excellence. He will discuss: 

  • Pre-Coupa operational complexities (e.g., data, processes, organization structure) and inefficiencies
  • Implementation successes and change management challenges
  • Ongoing post-Coupa transformation



Lisa Lin
Project Manager, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management
Fannie Mae

Lisa Lin is a Project Manager, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management at Fannie Mae. She has over 20 years of experience in category management and strategic sourcing across industries and in global roles. Her experience includes leading global business transformation efforts by managing business process improvement, contract/sourcing system implementation (Ariba) and people training. She is also experienced in driving category management and strategic sourcing process excellence initiatives by developing policies and work procedures, driving continuous process optimization, driving procurement technology adoption and enhancement, and developing training.




Randy Lonsdale
Senior Legal Counsel (Construction)
LNG Canada Project

Randy Lonsdale is a Calgary-based Senior Legal Counsel (Construction) at the LNG Canada Project, a large liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and export facility being constructed in British Columbia, Canada. The Project is owned by a joint venture comprised of Royal Dutch Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and KOGAS. It has been described by Canada’s Prime Minister as the “single largest private sector investment in the history of Canada.” Randy headed the owners’ legal team in drafting and negotiating the Project’s main, multi-billion dollar (US), lump sum EPC contract, which is among the world’s largest ever for an energy infrastructure project in terms of contract spend. Before being seconded to the Project from Shell Canada, Randy primarily supported the engineering, construction and procurement contracting activities of several Shell-owned and invested, multi-billion dollar energy projects.  Prior to joining Shell in 2007, he practised as a commercial lawyer in leading firms in Calgary and Vancouver, and worked as a legal consultant in Saipan (CNMI.) Randy spent two years seconded to a leading law firm in Seoul, Korea, and also worked in Seoul for the Korean government advising its Seoul-Busan high speed rail construction project team. He speaks fluent Korean. Randy is a graduate of the University of Alberta (B.A. (Economics) 1984, and J.D. 1987), and was subsequently admitted to the Alberta and British Columbia Bars of Canada.




Hal Marcus
Director, Product Marketing - Manage and Analyze
DocuSign

As Director of Product Marketing at DocuSign, Hal Marcus focuses on AI and analytics solutions that transform the way agreements happen. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Hal has served as an Am Law 100 law firm litigator, general counsel, and sales, marketing, and product management leader at companies like Thomson Reuters, OpenText, and LexisNexis. Hal is a frequent industry speaker on “smart contracts,” contract AI, and other innovative legal technologies, as well as the author of works published by Legaltech News, the Corporate Counsel Business Journal, ILTA, and the American Bar Association.




Joseph Martinez
Global Chief Procurement Officer
Bank of New York Mellon

Joseph Martinez is the Chief Procurement – BNY Mellon where he is responsible for Strategic Sourcing, Procurement to Pay Operations, Category Management, Market Data, Accounts Payable and Supply Chain Analytics.  Prior to joining BNY Mellon he was the Chief Procurement & Financial Operations Officer for MUFG Bank where he was responsible for sourcing, travel, procurement to pay operations, corporate real estate, corporate insurance, corporate security and 1st line third party risk management for MUFG. Prior to that he was the Head of Global Sourcing – APAC at Deutsche Bank in Singapore. 

Martinez brings more than 30 years of experience in Supply Chain Management. Where he has held various senior positions in financial institutions such as Bank of America, American Express and Joseph was Chief Procurement Officer at Wachovia Bank. He also served as a Managing Director in the Strategic Sourcing Group at JPMorgan Chase, successfully leading the Professional Services Procurement Operations on a global scale.  His prior experience also includes consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as spending over ten years living and working internationally in Asia (Japan, China and Singapore) and two years in the Latin America markets earlier in his career.  Post University, Joseph served 8 years in the U.S. Army and is a veteran.

Joseph has contributed to publications and written articles on topics of Supply Chain Management for the International Association for Commercial Contract Management and the Institute for Supply Management.  Joseph is a co-author for the CPSM Study Guide and the three-book ISM Professional Series Certified Professional in Supply Management. He is a Certified Sourcing Professional from SIG University and a 2019 Super Nova Sourcing Hall of Fame Recipient.  




Paul Martyn
Sourcing SME
Coupa

Paul is a Coupa Sourcing Subject Matter expert. Prior to joining Coupa, Paul covered supply chain topics for Forbes. He started his career in IT solution design, which led to product management, and then an executive leadership role for technology services firm. Just before turning 30, he moved-on to become an early stage employee/investor of a tech start-up incubated at Carnegie Mellon where he was paired with Dr. Tuomas Sandholm. He has enjoyed working with many renowned academics including Dr. Mark Spearman, Dr. Subhash Suri, Dr. George Nemhauser and several others. He has identified the business opportunities in their intellectual property and developed several startup companies from zero to $20M+ in revenues in less than 5 years. He served domestically and abroad, as the businesses were fueled almost exclusively by arrangements with "Global 100" companies in CPG, Industrial Manufacturing, Logistics and Healthcare sectors. As a result, he was provided an insider's view of the supply chain problems faced by the world's largest and most sophisticated practitioners. As either an employed executive or independent consultant, he has since helped several other supply chain solution providers. He has appeared on Fox News, CNBC and MSNBC as an expert panelist and has been quoted on supply management topics in WSJ, Reuters, USA Today, Fox News, CNN and several additional media.




Jameel Mayers
Sr Project Manager
Beeline

Jameel has been with Beeline since 2018 and has been in the Recruiting, Staffing and Vendor Management industry for over 15 years. Starting with key partner companies,  focusing on recruiting and management, he quickly became a leader in Operations and Project Management, which allowed for a smooth transition to the VMS / MSP world where he has focused on deploying projects domestically and internationally for small, medium, and large clients in key markets. Focused on the milestones and driving performance to remain within schedules and budge, Jameel has experience dealing with standard-to-complex projects and teams ensuring delivery meets or exceeds expectations.




David McClintock
Director of Marketing
EcoVadis

David McClintock is the Marketing Director for EcoVadis. David has a strong passion for bringing complex technologies to productive, everyday use. Before joining EcoVadis in 2014, David was co-founder and CMO at Xform Computing, a cloud computing and mobile apps startup. Prior to that he was VP Marketing at Cogi.com, and Director of Product Management at Callwave, Inc., both in VoIP-related technology and services. David holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.




Rendi Miller
VP, Corporate Services
Zendesk

With 20 years in Sourcing and Procurement, Rendi has extensive experience in building and structuring Source-to-Pay and Travel and Expense programs. She has a depth of experience in simplifying processes and delivering value and innovation to the enterprise.  She has a passion for networking which led her to start the Silicon Valley Sourcing Leaders industry peer group. Rendi also serves on the Board of Directors of Milele Home, a non-profit organization helping street children in Kenya obtain education as well as rebuilding their lives and reconciling their families.




Amanda Morrison
Director of Sourcing Services
Scanmarket North America

Amanda Morrison is the Director of Sourcing Services at Scanmarket. With almost 10 years with Scanmarket, Amanda has helped deliver an easy-to-use sourcing platform and grow the North America footprint with clients. From implementation to consultancy services, she assists Scanmarket users with her 14+ years of software and procurement knowledge. Amanda’s main focus is helping clients streamline their processes to be more efficient and effective, and in-turn it creates more throughput and savings.




Bruce Morton
Global Head of Strategy
Allegis Global Solutions

Bruce is in his 40th year in the human capital industry and is well known as a global workforce design and talent acquisition expert. He has designed, implemented and managed some of the largest resourcing solutions across many different parts of the globe and has been recognized as HR Thought Leader of the Year by HRO both in EMEA and here in the US. He has also just published a book ‘Redesigning the Way Work Works’ so check that out on Amazon. In his current role, Bruce serves as AGS’ Global Head of Strategy. Bruce concentrates on adding increased value to AGS’ clients via new services and product-idea generation, internal and external thought leadership, and serving as a face to the industry through conferences and speaking engagements.




Jennifer Nachand
Manager, Contingent Workforce Program
Daimler Trucks North America

Jennifer has been with Daimler Trucks North America for over 9 years and is currently the Manager of the Contingent Workforce Program for the company’s US locations. 




Giovani Nieto Giovanini
Vice President of Sourcing
MGroup

Giovanni has 20 years of supply management experience.  He excels in developing and implementing Supply Chain and Product strategies as well as leading complex contract negotiations. His industry knowledge is wide and includes hosptiality/restaurants/gaming, dental/orthodontics, and utilities.  Giovanni has performed supply chain status reviews to help companies improve their SCM performance and believes in defining and establishing correct supplier-company relationships to enable optimal supply and cost scenarios. He has held leadership positions in top 500 and mid-size companies. Giovanni is bilingual in English and Spanish, holds an MBA from SMU and a BA in Chemical Engineering from Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana.




George Painumkal
Senior Director- Product Management, Product and Delivery Team
Icertis

George Painumkal is a Sr. Director of Product Management at Icertis and is focused on Strategic Initiatives.  He has previously delivered products at Microsoft and at other small to mid-size startups,  and has led multiple initiatives for Fortune 500 companies as a Management Consultant.




Nikesh Parekh
CEO
Suplari

Nikesh (Niki) Parekh is the co-founder and CEO of Suplari, an enterprise software company focused on leveraging advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to help enterprises make better purchasing and financial decisions.  Niki was most recently an executive at Internet real estate company Zillow and has also worked in the venture capital, private equity and investment banking industries.  Nikesh earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College.




David Pennino
Chief Executive Officer
LogicSource

David is the founder of LogicSource. Given the strength of the team he has built around him, David focuses all of his efforts on three imperatives: 1) Corporate Strategy including category and footprint expansion; 2) Product and Service Marketing and Positioning; and, 3) Client Service and New Client Acquisition. David is a services industry veteran having worked at marquis firms such as Gartner, Scient, Deloitte (Round Arch) and Williams Lea. Over his 24+ year career he has held various roles in sales & marketing, operations, and corporate development. David has done three startups and three large enterprises over his career. David received a BA from Franklin & Marshall College.




John Powell
Senior eSourcing Consultant
Scanmarket

John Powell is a Senior eSourcing Consultant at Scanmarket. John has 21 years of sales and sales management experience with companies both large and small, but most recently with SIG (Sourcing Industry Group) where served as the VP of Membership Development for over 5 years. He brings specific expertise in the financial services and mortgage industries with the past 6 years focused on procurement solutions and innovation. Prior to SIG, John managed a team of 30+ Account Executives for Citibank. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Edinboro University. 




Siddharth Ramesh
Head of Sourcing, Travel and Supplier Diversity
VSP Global

Sid is an accomplished professional with strong expertise in management consulting, strategic sourcing and leadership. At VSP Global, Sid’s focus is to develop an awesome team of sourcing advisors, build customer partnerships and drive the supplier diversity program. With a background in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Ohio State University, Sid is also certified in Lean Six Sigma, Project Management (PMP) and Certified Sourcing Professional (SIG U).  Sid is a graduate of the VSP Global Leadership Program and was selected as a ‘Rising Star’ in the 2019 Future of Sourcing awards. Sid has presented in various podcasts, webinars and conferences including prior SIG summits and also participates in advisory boards for ScoutRFP, NPI and ProcureCon.




Richard Reep
VP, Business Development
Sapience Analytics

Richard leverages over 12 years of experience in building and delivering value driven solutions for enterprise customers. He has in depth knowledge of global account management, business development, sales, and marketing and has held leadership positions at prominent telecommunications and enterprise software organizations. For Sapience Analytics, Richard has been an integral part of the company’s US foothold and expansion where he has helped multiple key enterprise accounts achieve double-digit cost savings, improved workforce productivity, and increased operational efficiencies while keeping employee privacy as a cornerstone.




Amenallah Reghimi
VP Product Management Development
JAGGAER

Amen builds bridges between technology and business globally. During his first years at JAGGAER, he successfully implemented and executed 60+ international projects on four continents in four different languages. Now, as Vice President of Product Management, he uses that experience to build effective products to help solve market problems and provide massive value to his customers. 

His focus on Intelligent Solutions & Innovation has earned him many accolades as a GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADER, INNOVATOR and INFLUENCER. In 2020, Thinkers360 honored him with multiple titles including “No. 1 in COVID-19 Business Impact,” “No. 1 in Open Innovation” and “No. 5 in Procurement.”




Michael Rivas
Executive Director, Head of Third Party Risk Management
DTCC

Michael Rivas is Executive Director, Head of Third Party Risk Management at DTCC.  In this role, Mike leads  a team that partners with DTCC’s businesses and subject matter experts to manage DTCC’s third party risk globally.  This includes establishing processes for identifying, assessing, monitoring, and mitigating the risks that third parties may pose to DTCC. 

Mike’s team is also responsible for leading outreach to third parties in response to COVID-19, and has been coordinating with subject matter experts to understand how the “next normal” operating model may impact existing services from a risk perspective. 

Mike has served in various positions across the three lines of defense since joining DTCC in 2010.  This includes Operational Risk Management, Product Development, Market Risk and Internal Audit.  Prior to DTCC, Mike led audit teams at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.  




Hannah Roberts
CSR & Sustainability Analyst
EcoVadis

Hannah Roberts is a Sustainability Analyst at EcoVadis. Hannah is dedicated to creating more equitable and sustainable supply chains globally. Prior to joining EcoVadis, she worked as a responsible business and policy consultant, including projects with the OECD, BetterWork, and KPMG. Hannah holds a master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management from Columbia University.




Kylene Roberts
Manager, Sourcing
Hyland Software

Kylene is the Manager of Sourcing for Hyland, responsible for sourcing, vendor management, and vendor contracting.  Kylene has 17 years Supply Chain, Procurement, and Sourcing experience, including Legal experience in vendor contract creation and negotiation.  In her time at Hyland, Kylene has been an integral part of creating a centralized Sourcing Department for the organization. 




Peter Ruby
Partner
Goodmans LLP

Peter Ruby is a partner in Goodmans’ Dispute Resolution Group and co-leads the Technology Law Group at Goodmans. He has a national and international practice focused on  technology, energy, corporate, commercial, and restructuring litigation and arbitration.

His technology dispute resolution work includes software, hardware, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, telecommunications, film, television, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, ecommerce and internet litigation, and Canadian and cross-border arbitration and mediation.  Peter has a balanced practice, representing multinational and entrepreneurial vendors of technology and services, along with many end-users of information technology.

In addition to his busy counsel practice, Peter acts as an arbitrator and mediator. He is a member arbitrator/mediator of Arbitration Place, on the Canadian roster of the AAA’s International Center for Dispute Resolution, and is the Chair of the North America committee of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center.

Peter is recognized as a leading technology litigator and arbitration counsel in Chambers Canada and Chambers Global Guide to The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Euromoney’s Guide to The World’s Leading Information Technology Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada, and is also recognized by Who's Who Legal and Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys in the areas of international arbitration, energy and intellectual property.

Peter was a law clerk to the Federal Court of Canada and for over a dozen years was a Professor of Law (adj.) at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School teaching internet law.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Technology Law Association. 




Adam Runnalls
Sr. Solutions Manager
Vertex

Adam Runnells is an experienced Senior Solutions Manager with expertise automating tax processes in procurement across many different sectors. Adam helps provide businesses with Tax software solutions to simplify the increasingly complex VAT/GST data reporting requirements. He assists Vertex clients in designing Indirect Tax calculation and compliance solutions and processes to best fit their needs and their industry.




Brian Salkowski
Chief Operating Officer
Guidant Global

Dedicated to changing the dynamic of MSP services by championing a better, more forward-thinking approach, Brian has 20 years’ experience in the workforce management industry. Under Brian’s leadership of Bartech's Managed Solutions business since 2008, the business experienced significant top and bottom line growth, service line extensions that included SOW, IC and Payroll Services, and geographic expansion into more than 80 countries.

A key figure behind the Bartech and Guidant Group merger, Brian has identified how Guidant Global enables greater sharing of best practice, best people and operational accountability for the workforce solutions business across implementation, operations and account management.

 




Kristin Schwabenbauer
Global Partner Leader
Vertex

Kristin Schwabenbauer has been helping Vertex clients turn their goals into reality for nearly 20 years. In her current role, she manages Vertex’s relationships with procurement-focused organizations such as Ariba and Coupa. With these efforts, she looks to build the most robust integrations that meet our client’s needs and expectations.  The evolving dynamics of these industry wide efforts is creating great opportunity for Vertex clients. 




Jo Seed
Chief Operating Officer
LogicSource

Jo is responsible for the vision, strategy and operational execution for all shared services, technology and client-site teams to ensure cross-functional service delivery for all of LogicSource's current and prospective clients. Jo has over 20 years' experience in strategy and operations consulting, business transformation, technology solutioning and change management across North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, the UK and Europe. Jo has successfully delivered numerous outsourcing, technology and business services solutions with global, regional and market-specific objectives to some of the world's largest and most recognized brands. Jo has a BA Hons. in Psychology from the University of Reading in the UK.




Justin Sellers
Global Category Leader - Professional Services and Temporary Labor
Amway

Justin Sellers is the Global Category Leader - Professional Services and Temporary Labor at Amway, one of the world’s largest direct selling companies. With over 15 years at Amway, and 6+ focused on Procurement (including Indirect and Contingent Workforce Category Management), Justin has led the implementation and delivery of some of the organization’s most transformative procurement initiatives. 

He is now responsible for the global contingent workforce sourcing strategy and execution, encompassing over 50 countries and over $250M in spend. In line with his pioneering and innovative style of leadership, Justin has recently extended the scope of Guidant Global’s MSP program to include complex SOW management. 




David Silbert
Director
DocuSign

David Silbert is a Director in DocuSign's Agreement Cloud Strategy Practice, where he serves as DocuSign's subject matter expert in contract negotiation.  Prior to joining DocuSign, David worked as a Director at Seal Software, designing and implementing contract-AI solutions for customers.  David practiced law at Norton Rose Fulbright and King & Spalding focusing on private equity and capital markets transactions as well as complex commercial litigation for clients in the financial services, energy, and real estate industries. Before attending law school at Northwestern University, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Legal Policy Section of the Antitrust Division studying the interplay between intellectual property and antitrust law.




Amanda Slevar
Manager, Customer Success, SAP Fieldglass
SAP Procurement Solutions

Amanda Slevar is a Manager of Presales for SAP Fieldglass. She brings over 15 years of contingent labor management and services procurement expertise to prospective customers to designs solutions to fit their current needs, and build toward an innovative future program. She also has experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration. Amanda holds an MBA from Canisius College, and spends her free time chasing her three year old son! 




Tom Smolko
Associate Director
AstraZeneca

Tom Smolko is an Associate Director at AstraZeneca and currently the Source to Contract Platform Manager accountable for global technology solutions that enable strategic procurement activities. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Tom served as an account director for BravoSolution, implementing supply management solutions for pharmaceutical and manufacturing clients. He also spent 10 years working at GE which included a role as the sourcing leader for its information services division. Tom earned his MBA from Georgetown University and received an MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.




Geoff Talbot
Chief Growth Officer
SIG

Geoff Talbot, Chief Growth Officer has 20+ years of sales, marketing and business development experience. Prior to joining SIG, Geoff spent 12 years with a technical staffing services consulting company where he led the business development, sales support and partner groups. Geoff has worked extensively with information technology, supply chain, procurement, human resources and business process executives within the financial services, retail, telecom, energy, government and software industries. Geoff's background includes technology consulting, outsourced staffing, contingent work force, vendor management systems (VMS), on and off-shore partner supplier programs, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), supplier diversity initiatives, managed service providers and print product, services and procurement. Geoff has a BSBA in marketing from California State University – Chico and has completed sales and leadership programs which include: Sandler Sales Training, Carew International, SLH Sales Systems, Rapport Leadership International and Landmark Leadership Worldwide. E




Greg Tennyson
Head of Corporate Services
VSP Global

Greg has 20+ years of global executive leadership in the finance, operations and supply chain space with service based, high-tech, R&D and manufacturing concerns. M.Sc. Management with emphasis in contracts and procurement. Certified Sourcing Professional by Sourcing Interest Group and previously held Institute for Supply Management Certified Purchasing Manager and National Contracts Manager Association Certified Professional Contracts Manager credentials.

His specialties include: Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Materials Management, Category Management, eProcurement, Business Process Re-Engineering, Supply Chain Automation, Services Procurement, Supplier Enablement, Operations Management, Inventory Management, M&A Integration, Corporate Responsibility, Supplier Diversity, Outsourcing, Offshoring, MRO, IT Sourcing, Brand Implementation and Management and nascent technology start-up advisor.

He is a founding member of the Bay Area Procurement Council comprised of Silicon Valley and Northern California procurement executives. Participates on a number of advisory councils - ScoutRFP, ProcureCon, Coupa, DocuSign to name a few.




Lynn Torrel
Chief Procurement & Supply Chain Officer
Flex

Lynn Torrel is Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer at Flex, the Sketch-to- Scale® solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products globally. With approximately 200,000 employees across 30 countries, Flex provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes across industries and markets.

As Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer at Flex, Torrel is responsible for direct and indirect materials, transportation and logistics, business operations, materials management and strategic supply chain management.

Prior to joining Flex in September 2019, Torrel held several leadership roles at Avnet spanning global supply chain solutions, strategic accounts and semiconductor business development, among others. Most recently as President, Avnet United and Velocity, she was responsible for maintaining and growing the company’s largest and most strategic customers and managing global supply chain programs. Torrel also optimized complex supplier strategies and oversaw key semiconductor initiatives, linking efforts across regions and driving global best practices. Torrel joined Avnet through its acquisition of EBV Elektronik (Munich).

Torrel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and an MBA from Arizona State University, where she received the 2010 W.P. Carey Student Leadership Award.

In May 2019, Torrel was named one of the Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Torrel served as a board member for the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) and Cortney’s Place, a non-profit organization serving the adult special needs community.

 




Linda Tuck Chapman

CEO, Third Party Risk Institute Ltd. & President, Ontala Performance Solutions Ltd.

A leading expert in third-party risk management, Linda developed the Certified Third Party Risk Management Professional (C3PRMP) program for SIG University. Career highlights include SVP, Chief Procurement Officer & Head Third Party Risk Management in three top-tier financial institutions; CEO Education Collaborative Marketplace; senior level banker; and human resources executive. 

As one of the first Chief Procurement Officers and Head Third Party Risk Management in the financial services sector, Linda is widely recognized for creating best practices for integrated sourcing and efficient third party risk management. Her book “Third Party Risk Management: Driving Enterprise Value”, published by RMA (Risk Management Association), is in its 2nd edition.




Michele Wesseling
Associate Vice President
TD Securities

After an extensive career in the retail sector purchasing soft and hard goods from manufacturers and wholesalers, managing logistics, and contracting technology providers, Michele switched to the financial industry seven years ago. Upon joining, she found herself managing a very different type of supplier in a very different environment. She learned quickly that regulators are demanding, and third parties introduce a very different type of risk, however the art of procurement didn't change one bit. The commodities and services purchased change dramatically every year, and most of the people she encountered didn't understand procurement practices, offering her an interesting and fun challenge! 

Michele leads the TD Securities' Global Third Party Management Office with a mandate to manage TD Securities' third party risk and spend proactively, centralize third party management, and implement an operating model aligned with rapidly changing regulatory requirements. Previously, Michelle held a series of progressively senior roles across TD, including leading TD's Global Compliance Training Program, developing a new mandatory compliance training program for over 80,000 employees globally, and managing TD's Learning and Development Vendor Management portfolio. 




Jian Xu
Director, Corporate Procurement Technology
Fannie Mae

Jian Xu is a Director, Corporate Procurement Technology at Fannie Mae. She is an inspired executive with International experience in supply chain management, procurement and technology optimization. She has proven success in leading and managing global operation teams to achieve business objectives and obtain functional performance excellence. Her expertise includes procurement and supply chain management, cross-functional leadership and technology applications. 




Elizabeth Zucker
Partner
Majel Partners

Elizabeth is co-founder of Majel Partners, a value-focused Procurement Consulting firm. She has over 25 years of relevant experience in sourcing and supply chain management.  Having held executive procurement roles in multiple global companies, she has extensive experience enhancing procurement teams’ ability to deliver greater value, with clients that span a variety of industries.  In addition to community volunteer boards, Elizabeth serves on the CPO Advisory Council of ISM Dallas, is author of four published articles, and serves on the faculty of SIG University.   She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from Welleseley College.




Tanguy de Carbonnieres
Deputy General Counsel, Enterprise Legal
Fannie Mae

As Deputy General Counsel, Managing Director at Fannie Mae, Tanguy de Carbonnieres, oversees the legal teams in charge of the company's intellectual property protection and licensing, data management, and legal support to the procurement functions.




11:00 am - 11:10 amSummit Kickoff

Join us for a quick introduction to the day.


11:10 am - 12:10 pmKeynote Session: Smarter Together: It’s Procurement and Finance’s Time to Lead

Join this session for a fireside chat with Todd Ford, Chief Financial Officer, Coupa and Dawn Tiura, President & CEO, Sourcing Industry Group for a discussion on current challenges and trends. Questions from the audience are welcome! 

Todd Ford, Chief Financial Officer, Coupa
Dawn Tiura, CEO and President, Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)

12:30 pm - 01:15 pmBreakout 1: Strategic Sourcing: Upgrade From Spreadsheet Analytics to These Digital Transformation Gamechangers

We live in an era where Industry 4.0 technology developments outpace some organizations ability to change. Nimble organizations have a distinct competitive advantage. With the vast quantities of data available, the organizations that can analyze large datasets, quickly, will differentiate themselves in their markets. In this session Industry thought-leader, Walt Charles will share aspects of his Digital Procurement Transformation Playbook that he successfully implemented at 4 Fortune Companies.

You will learn: 

  • Break past the data processing limitations of spreadsheets to drive better outcomes on large, strategically managed spend
  • Analyze, previously unimaginably large datasets using proven, state-of-the-art technology
  • Power up every deal by 1000 times to deliver dramatically better deal outcomes - without the analytics burnout
  • Increase your Procurement Team's bandwidth by using new tools to get to actionable insights faster, better, cheaper and more impactfully
  • COVID-Proof your Maverick Spend Issues by pivoting to new S2C process/change management and improve overall team effectiveness

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Walt Charles, CPO, Biogen
Paul Martyn, Sourcing SME, Coupa

12:30 pm - 01:15 pmBreakout 2: Do You Want to be Known for Cost Savings or Adding Value?

Getting work done. It is not a new idea, but the concept has taken on new meaning in the post-pandemic new world of work. For corporate leadership, procurement, and HR decision-makers, the question of "Who do we hire or engage for the position?" has been replaced by new concerns. "How can we stay as lean and agile as possible and still get the work done?" Today, an employee, contractor, freelancer, outsourced services provider, or even a bot might be the best way of achieving a business demand, creating a complex path for companies to navigate.

You will learn:

  • About new channels of talent and resources that are emerging in this evolving world of work
  • How a unified approach gives companies the readiness they need to adapt quickly to change
  • How to ensure you are positioned to engage the right resource with optimal impact

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Jennifer Nachand, Manager, Contingent Workforce Program , Daimler Trucks North America
Bruce Morton, Global Head of Strategy, Allegis Global Solutions

12:30 pm - 01:15 pmBreakout 3: How to Leverage AI to Reengineer the Contracting Process

In this session, learn from experts in Contracting and AI on how to leverage AI to streamline the contracting process and mitigate contract risk. CLM is in its very early stages of adopting AI, yet every product claims to have it! What can AI really do for the contracting space, and what should companies look for when evaluating AI capabilities? In this session, learn from experts in Contracting and AI on how to leverage AI to streamline the contracting process and mitigate contract risk.

You will learn:

  • Where AI is being used in contracting
  • The AI features and functionality you should be evaluating in contracting tools
  • Current trends and adoption rates of AI in contracting tools
  • How to build a business case for AI in contracting

Lifecycle Phase: Initiation

Randy Lonsdale, Senior Legal Counsel (Construction), LNG Canada Project
Amrita Joshi, CMO, App Orchid
Amy Fong, Vice President, Everest Group
Geoff Talbot, Chief Growth Officer , SIG

01:30 pm - 02:15 pmBreakout 4: How AstraZeneca is Digitizing its Category Management Framework

Effective Category Strategy development and management are essential to Procurement's ability to collaborate with and deliver value to the business. In this session, we will explore how combining the launch of a new strategy framework with a technology implementation can build the foundation to track full procurement lifecycle value creation and take the strategy from paper to practice. Procurement leaders that attend the session will benefit from real-life examples of designing, automating and future-proofing your strategy development and category management processes.

You will learn how to: 

  • Align and optimize strategy framework and technology launches
  • Embed category management processes within a single platform
  • Build the foundation to measure full lifecycle value creation
  • Understand how category management is evolving with new technologies

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization 

Tom Smolko, Associate Director , AstraZeneca
Amenallah Reghimi, VP Product Management Development, JAGGAER

01:30 pm - 02:15 pmBreakout 5: Services Procurement in the New Normal: Why Covid-19 Has Bolstered the Business Case for Statement of Work

Guidant Global COO, Brian Salkowski provides an in-depth look at why businesses are turning their attention to services procurement and SoW in a bid to drive better value from their non-employee workforce. He'll be joined by Justin Sellers, Global Category Leader - Professional Services and Temporary Labor at Amway, to showcase how, with support from Guidant Global, they have introduced a complex Statement of Work management process alongside their existing contingent labor MSP program, resulting in impressive results.

You will learn:

  • Why managing services providers holistically brings a competitive advantage versus working in silos
  • How you can drive greater agility, quality and ROI from services procurement and SoW
  • How Amway went about it - key results and lessons learned
  • How to build a business case for services procurement and SoW

Lifecycle Phase: Initiation

Justin Sellers, Global Category Leader - Professional Services and Temporary Labor, Amway
Brian Salkowski, Chief Operating Officer, Guidant Global

01:30 pm - 02:15 pmBreakout 6: Services Category Management: Gaps in Capabilities, Haves and Have Nots

For most companies, services spend is a significant portion of third-party costs, yet often procurement capabilities are focused on direct and indirect materials. In this engaging session, Everest Group will share the outcomes Pinnacle Enterprisesô deliver on when effectively managing services categories. We'll discuss the practices in technology, governance, category management, and talent that differentiate the leaders.

Amy Fong, Vice President, Everest Group
Michel Janssen, Chief Research Guru, Everest Group

02:30 pm - 03:15 pmBreakout 7: Global Trends in eAuctions: Services as an Emerging Category

Globally, services spend is now the leading category for eAuctions, resulting in an average cost savings of 14.77%. Yet, category managers, sourcing executives and suppliers continue to resist adopting this proven methodology.

This session will seek to understand the drivers to that reluctance as well as provide practical steps for conducting eAuctions. Our expert panel will seek to answer these questions:

  • Why aren't more North American companies performing eAuctions as a sourcing strategy for services spend?
  • Is there a cultural resistance?
  • Is there a stigma?
  • How can we overcome knowledge deficiencies with best practices and case studies?
  • How do we "get to WE" and apply Kate Vitasek's Vested Sourcing approach and partner with services suppliers for the most optimal strategy?

Attendees will take away a new approach towards on overlooked category. Sourcing organizations implementing eAuctions can expect increased visibility and efficiency, in addition to cost savings.

This session should be attended by CPOs championing this proven approach, and all stakeholders including those in a Category Manager role who are tasked with designing and managing eAuctions.

  • You will learn: How to reduce costs in your Services Spend Category
  • How to set up and run a successful eAuction for Services
  • How to gain visibility into both your team and Supply Chain
  • How to be a hero with a new approach to an old dilemma

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

John Fafian, Head of Strategy and Sourcing, PwC
Amanda Morrison, Director of Sourcing Services, Scanmarket North America
John Powell, Senior eSourcing Consultant, Scanmarket

02:30 pm - 03:15 pmBreakout 8: Achieving Seamless Procurement Workflow and Intelligent Contract Management

This session will address digital transformation in procurement including request intake, process workflow and contract management. From initiation of a request to contract signature and archival, we have implemented a great solution at Smartsheet using Smartsheet + AI to manage our work and our vendor contracts!

You will learn:

  • data gathering at initiation of a procurement request
  • workflow automation, including stakeholder notifications and approvals
  • frictionless integration with Finance, Legal, Risk and IT, and,
  • contract summarization with AI for meaningful management and reporting

Lifecycle Phase: Steady State

Julia Braun, Sr. Director, Procurement, AP & Travel, Smartsheet

02:30 pm - 03:15 pmBreakout 9: Procurement Saves America: Unprecedented Data is Enabling Procurement to Lead in Unprecedented Times

America is facing Three Core Challenges: COVID, Equality and Diversity, and Re-invigorating the American Economy. AI and analytics can rapidly identify opportunities to automate savings and diversity and drive action and capture. In this session, hear how Nordstrom is using data to drive in an unprecedented 2020. Creating A World of Diverse Opportunity In today's world, private and public enterprises are focused on launching or improving diversity initiatives to create opportunity in its supply chain. Whether small business suppliers, women-owned or minority owned, all organizations need a diverse supplier base and the ability to easily and quickly show that data.

We will focus on how technology can meet that need and how Fortune 5000 companies using it to empower their communities through their supplier base. COVID-19 is the New Normal It goes without saying that COVID-19 has altered how we do business and how we conduct business on a daily basis. Nordstrom will do a deep dive on the impact of COVID-19. As many retailers around them have declared bankruptcy, Nordstrom will show us how they have positioned themselves today and for tomorrow.

We will focus on how COVID has impacted their supplier base and what it means for the future. Reinvest in America Supply Chain disruption is deeper than you probably realize. Try and buy a bicycle today and you are out of luck, unless you want a $2500 road bike. Supplier intelligence may make the difference in success or failure for your business. We will focus on what do you need, what is important and how quickly you can get your hands on it.

This session is for any Procurement or Finance leader ready to take their organization and company to the next level.

You will learn:

  • How to lead (rather than follow)
  • How proactive AI-driven insights and spend intelligence can be the difference between success or failure in the world of COVID-19; what do you need, what is important and how quickly can you get your fingers on it
  • How a market leading, Fortune 500 retailer is bucking the trend and is best positioned to succeed during and after COVID-19
  • How to track and monitor a Supplier Diversity Program that generates instant actionable data that is usable throughout your organization, achieves executive level diversity goals, and empowers local communities

Lifecycle Phase: Steady State

Karoline Dygas, Vice President - CPO, Nordstrom
Nikesh Parekh, CEO, Suplari

03:30 pm - 04:15 pmBreakout 10: Optimizing Contract Negotiation with AI-Based Risk Analysis in MS Word

Every company has a system of agreement whether they know it or not. Digitally transforming the agreement process provides both strategic and efficiency improvements.

Join this session to understand how Analyzer's AI-powered analytics addresses the primary challenges of the negotiation process:

  • Risk
  • Review
  • Revision

The demo of Analyzer's MS Word-based plug-in will illustrate a streamlined negotiation process that transforms the handling of third-paper and other negotiated contracts. Attendees will learn how to recognize their system of agreement, how AI-power contract analytics can transform the negotiation process, and how companies are using the DocuSign Agreement Cloud solutions to optimize value, reduce risk, and improve operational efficiency.

Key Points

  • DocuSign Agreement Cloud vision
  • DocuSign Analyzer as contract negotiation enhancement tool
  • Analyzer reduces risk with AI and logic
  • Analyzer enhances review with AI and logic
  • Analyzer normalizes revision with clause library Demo
  • Analyzer use case examples - ROI examples

You will learn:

  • How to identify your system of agreement cloud
  • Optimize the negotiation with AI technology
  • Surface review information to improve stakeholder expectations
  • Improve the contracting experience for both contract parties

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

David Silbert, Director, DocuSign
Hal Marcus, Director, Product Marketing - Manage and Analyze, DocuSign

03:30 pm - 04:15 pmBreakout 11: Beyond 2020 Vision: Focusing through the Right Operational Efficiency Lens

The pandemic is causing several other macro-fragilities to come to the foreground. Organizations are asking:

  • Are my teams productive?
  • Are my vendors reporting accurate effort outputs?
  • Are my vendors dealing with the same lack of visibility challenges with their teams as much as I am?

In coping with the COVID-19 crisis, many management "science" experiments have arisen by accident or necessity, which are not typically sanctioned. The new and precious insights are proving to be an impressive competitive advantage leading a few, well-equipped enterprises into the 2020s. These operational and workforce challenges have created a unique compound crisis that will result in strategy resets for many industries. Sourcing, procurement and vendor management (SPVM) leaders will be at the core of this shift and will require accurate data to reshape the business deep into the next decade.

You will learn:

  • How to expose an adverse COVID-19 side-effect: Outsourcing2 or Double-Outsourcing
  • How clients and vendors alike are plagued with manually reporting efforts
  • How leading BFSI companies leverage the right Lens into workforce visibility challenges
  • How leading IT software and services companies leverage the right lens into productivity challenges

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Richard Reep, VP, Business Development, Sapience Analytics

03:30 pm - 04:15 pmBreakout 12: Building a Resilient Supply Chain through Effective Contracting and Supply Base Management

The keys to building an effective supply chain is to establish resiliency and mitigations in the supplier negotiations and contracting phase of your supplier relationships. This mitigates a number of disruptions while establishing backup options. Beyond that, it is critical to establish risk profiles across the supply chain along with early warning triggers to help resolve escalating risks before they become business issues. In this session we will cover how you can use your Contract Management system to build resiliency in the Supply Chain.

You will learn:

  • How to understand what Supply Chain resiliency means for your business
  • How to use effective contracting strategies & processes to continuously identify & remediate supply chain risks
  • How to use contract-centric supplier performance governance to have adequate coverage for the unforeseen and unforeseeable in your supply base

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Vivek Bharti, General Manager, Product Management , Icertis
George Painumkal, Senior Director- Product Management, Product and Delivery Team, Icertis

04:15 pm - 04:30 pmSummit Daily Closing Session

Please join us for the daily update on the SIGventure Quest!


11:00 am - 11:10 amSummit Kickoff

Join us to kick off day 2 of the Summit


11:10 am - 12:00 pmKeynote Session: What it Takes for Procurement Transformation - Fireside Chat with a Practitioner

Join Baber Farooq, Senior Vice President of Procurement Product Strategy in a fireside chat with Melissa Mohesky-Schmidt, Principal/President of Innovative Insights Group LLC.  Baber and Melissa will discuss what it takes to plan for investments in hardware/software to support your sourcing and procurement implementations, and share key learnings on how to bring stability and security during this time of disruption and supply chain volatility.

Melissa Mohesky-Schmidt , , Innovative Insights Group, LLC
Baber Farooq , Senior Vice President, Procurement Product Strategy, SAP Procurement Solutions

12:30 pm - 01:15 pmBreakout 13: Fidelity’s ROI Revolution with SAP Fieldglass

Team work makes the dream work! Today more than ever an organization's ability to be agile in managing their external workforce has been a key differentiator in remaining resilient through moments of rapid change. Hear from Fidelity's procurement powerhouse ladies: Lisa Barnum, Head of Procurement Operations; Susan Doyle, VP Professional Services Procurement; and Ashli Dennehy, Director Procurement, on how they partner together to manage their external workforce via SAP Fieldglass. From spend visibility to compliance and automation, SAP Procurement Solutions provide customers an ability to future-proof their organizations. Hear from SAP solution expert Amanda Slevar on why efficient workforce management is a key differentiator for organizations looking to thrive in ever-changing environments.

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Lisa Barnum, Head of Procurement Operations , Fidelity Investments
Ashli Dennehy, Director Procurement , Fidelity Investments
Susan Doyle, Category Lead Procurement, Fidelity Investments
Amanda Slevar, Manager, Customer Success, SAP Fieldglass, SAP Procurement Solutions

12:30 pm - 01:15 pmBreakout 14: Learn how VSP Global, while navigating a pandemic, devastating fires and going virtual, made a difference

For a Vision Care company, 20/20 has special importance.  Learn how VSP Global Procurement team impacted VSP in a positive way to help mitigate exposures dealing with COVID-19, devastating fires and while planning for the unlikely locust outbreak, we were able to meet the VSP’s business needs.  Plan to join an informative, but entertaining discussion with 3 of VSP's best and brightest procurement, travel and distribution minds as they share 2020's rich, real-life adventures.

Greg Tennyson, Head of Corporate Services, VSP Global
Siddharth Ramesh, Head of Sourcing, Travel and Supplier Diversity, VSP Global
Nathan Haydn-Myer, Head of Procurement CoE, Distribution and Mail Services, VSP Global
Lenore Domingues, Manager, Corporate Procurement, VSP Global

12:30 pm - 01:15 pmBreakout 15: From Crisis to Purpose: Elevating Climate Action in the Supply Chain

Stakeholder demands for action on climate change are peaking in every industry. CEOs are committing to Science Based Targets, UN-Global-compact, and much more. Companies cannot achieve the reductions without including their value chains, putting procurement in the spotlight. And yet, the 2020 Business Sustainability and Performance Index shows a massive shortfall in suppliers reporting on carbon. Urgent action is needed. Join this session to learn about the coming wave of "Scope 3" emissions reduction demands, what will be expected of procurement, and the key steps in a carbon action plan for the supply chain.

You will learn:

  • The three phases of a carbon reduction action plan for the supply chain
  • Key stats on the scope of the opportunity and the challenge faced with SME suppliers
  • Why supply chain engagement is essential for driving actual improvements
  • Procurement's vital role to bridge the gap between predictive insights and planet-saving action!

Lifecycle Phase: Initiation

David McClintock, Director of Marketing, EcoVadis
Hannah Roberts, CSR & Sustainability Analyst, EcoVadis

01:30 pm - 02:15 pmBreakout 16: Business Continuity Planning in 2020: Preparing for the Unexpected

Global uncertainty has challenged enterprises everywhere to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances with agility and resilience. Strategic sourcing and procurement teams are instrumental not only in navigating the unexpected, but also in protecting the future of their businesses. Join Hyland Software Sourcing Manager, Kylene Roberts, for an in-depth discussion on how her team is increasing collaboration and ensuring the business runs smoothly - from anywhere.

You will learn:

  • How to prioritize collaboration while pivoting to entirely remote operations
  • How to mitigate risk in your supply base and ensuring business continuity
  • How to enable Sourcing to act more strategically by empowering business users

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Kylene Roberts, Manager, Sourcing , Hyland Software
Ahmad Jiwani, Product Marketing Manager, Scout RFP, a Workday Company

01:30 pm - 02:15 pmBreakout 17: Automating Tax in the P2P Process Plus Use Case

In the new world of Procurement, Tax can own Tax. Procurement organizations are on the brink of change. By leveraging new technologies, companies will automate most transactional activities, freeing up resources to focus on strategic efforts that drive value to the business. As a result, the cost to run procurement will decrease, while the actual value derived from the organization will grow. Hear a use case from a tax technology expert about how his time at a global manufacturer and how they navigated the ever changing tax landscape and overcame tax complexities.

You will learn:

  • Why there is a new focus on the importance of tax in the procurement process
  • The implications of tax decisions your procurement teams may not be aware of
  • Why not to worry about tax complexities - there is help!

Lifecycle phase: Optimization

 

Kristin Schwabenbauer, Global Partner Leader, Vertex
Adam Runnalls, Sr. Solutions Manager, Vertex

01:30 pm - 02:15 pmBreakout 18: Transacting Critical Direct Spend

Air Methods Corporation (AMC) and Hackett present Air Methods' journey with Coupa in 2019. With nearly 40 years of air medical experience, Air Methods is the leading air medical service, delivering lifesaving care to more than 70,000 people every year. We will review the key process and technology changes during the implementation as well as the integration challenges associated mission-critical direct purchases. We will also explore the unique efforts required to update manual operations and improve highly disparate data systems. Finally, we will highlight how Coupa was an important catalyst for substantial change from highly manual processes to automation.

You will learn:

  • Direct Spend Integrations: Balancing against delivery risks for mission critical equipment
  • Master Data Management: More strategic approach to improve, organize and cleanse master data
  • Change Management: Moved from highly manual to automation

Lifecycle Phase: Initiation

Mike Kingzett, Senior Director, Business Transformation, Air Methods
Jeff Gibbons, Principal, The Hackett Group

02:30 pm - 03:00 pmKeynote Session: The Power of Storytelling

Save time and conquer chaos with a clear message 

How many marketing and communication classes did you take in school? One, two, or maybe even zero? If you're like most procurement professionals, you likely put the branding, marketing, and audience building classes aside. Yet, a critical part of your job is building the procurement brand. And a brand promise is based on experience - you must live your story. As a Procurement leader, you tell stories every day. But telling a clear story that aligns stakeholders and moves people to action isn't easy. How can you conquer chaos and move forward? Start by adopting a communication framework that gets results. 

In this session, you'll learn how to put the power of storytelling to work for you to save time and make a larger impact in your organization. Now - more than ever - your organization needs to know your story and how you can support business growth, recovery, and transformation. That's why we are bringing in Josh Brammer, a storytelling expert and marketing coach, who has spent the last decade using stories to grow hundreds of brands. He will help you improve your communication through the power of clear stories. Leaders who communicate clearly help their teams win the day and thrive in these unique times. Don't let marketing have all the fun! Join this session to learn:

  • Tips to craft a clear message so more people take action 
  • How to better communicate Procurement's expertise and potential
  • Tactics to create simple and clear stories to unite your teams
  • How to get your team on the same page about your organization's message
Greg Anderson, Senior Vice President, WNS-Denali
Josh Brammer, B2B Marketing Consultant and Growth Coach, Lantern

03:30 pm - 04:15 pmBreakout 19: Sourcing and Procurement Has a Brand Vulnerability Problem

In a time of rapid, sometimes overwhelming change, the role of sourcing and procurement has never been more important to the overall success of an organization. Too bad, many businesses don't know that. Sourcing and procurement has a brand vulnerability problem. Business stakeholders are still thinking purchasing, contracting and bringing you in last minute, when it's really about strategic partnerships and multi-million-dollar profit improvement. You manage a significant amount of your company's money.  Critical, not just in savings, but in the net value and impact on the business. In other words, sourcing and procurement could and should be seen as a major advantage - with a seat at the table to influence the decisions driving success for your business. It's time to aim higher, take the lead, and elevate your impact. 

David Pennino, Chief Executive Officer, LogicSource
Jo Seed, Chief Operating Officer, LogicSource

03:30 pm - 04:15 pmBreakout 20: The Catastrophic Comma and Other Cautionary Tales for Sourcing Professionals

Sit by a virtual campfire to hear harrowing tales about real-life interpretations by judges of commercial agreements. Learn what it means that “time is of the essence”, a party has committed to “best efforts” and the same point is covered in multiple places in the contract. Finally, delve into the eternal question: How much does punctuation matter?

Richard Corley, Partner, Goodmans LLP
Peter Ruby, Partner, Goodmans LLP

03:30 pm - 04:15 pmBreakout 21: Optimizing Digital Transformation of Procurement

Procurement organizations that invested on digitization continued to work effectively in the remote work environment. This was possible due to integrated source-to-pay, risk management and digital signature solutions that allowed procurement teams to collaborate with stakeholders seamlessly online. 

Once the digital foundation is in place, how do we take this to the next level? How can we improve productivity by leveraging capabilities such as automation, predictive analytics and AI? We will cover two solutions - contract authoring and contract analytics - that can help Procurement teams collaborate more effectively with stakeholders and provide valuable insights to drive greater efficiencies. Panelists from Procurement, Legal and Technology will discuss their roles in this process and share their perspectives.

You will learn:

  • Opportunities to optimize and extract value from procurement digitization
  • Key considerations when implementing contract authoring and contract analytics capabilities
  • Ways to enhance partnership between Procurement, Legal and Technology
  • Lessons learned 

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization 

 

Rajeev Karmacharya, Head of the Strategic Sourcing and Category Management, Fannie Mae
Tanguy de Carbonnieres, Deputy General Counsel, Enterprise Legal, Fannie Mae
Jian Xu, Director, Corporate Procurement Technology, Fannie Mae
Lisa Lin, Project Manager, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management, Fannie Mae

04:15 pm - 04:30 pmSummit Daily Closing Session

Please join us for the daily update on the SIGventure Quest!


04:30 pm - 06:00 pmSIG Advisory Board Meeting

This meeting is for the SIG Advisory Board Members. If you are an Advisory Board Member should have an invitation to a Zoom meeting in your calendar for Wednesday October 14 at 4:30 PM ET. Please reach out to Dawn Tiura at dtiura@sig.org if you require assistance.


11:00 am - 11:30 amSummit Kickoff

Join us to kickoff Day 3 of the Summit


11:10 am - 12:15 pmKeynote Session: Perspectives on Sourcing/Manufacturing Reshoring Strategies

Across industries, US companies and their customers, are coming to terms with the one-two punch of China trade tariffs and the months-long shutdown due to COVID-19.  The perceived (real?) dependence on a single country to produce for the world is driving more and more organizations to seek alternatives sources of supply for direct materials and third-party manufacturing partners. Please join us for this keynote session, during which senior leaders of The Hackett Group will share their perspectives on how companies can reduce their dependence on China to diversify their production and supply chain capabilities.

Joshua Nelson, Principal, Strategy and Business Transformation, The Hackett Group
Paul Saias, Principal, Strategy and Business Transformation, The Hackett Group
Auri Ghatak, Principal, The Hackett Group

12:30 pm - 01:15 pmBreakout 22: Workplace Diversity and the Contingent Workforce: What You Can Do Now

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is a critical area of focus in today’s world and nowhere more than in the workplace. Organizations understand that effectively managing workplace diversity will give them a competitive advantage in recruiting talent and in all other aspects of their business.

Forward-thinking companies are extending their diversity initiatives to the non-employee workforce, creating opportunities and challenges for their contingent workforce program managers. In this presentation, Beeline will discuss what you should do in order to respond to your company's D&I initiatives - or to develop a contingent workforce D&I initiative yourself.

Get ahead of the D&I curve. Join our interactive discussion.

 

Brian Hoffmeyer, SVP Market Strategies, Beeline
Jameel Mayers, Sr Project Manager, Beeline

12:30 pm - 01:15 pmBreakout 23: Do You Want to be Known for Cost Savings or Adding Value? with Daimler Trucks North America and Allegis Global Solutions

Getting work done. It is not a new idea, but the concept has taken on new meaning in the post-pandemic new world of work. For corporate leadership, procurement, and HR decision-makers, the question of "Who do we hire or engage for the position?" has been replaced by new concerns. "How can we stay as lean and agile as possible and still get the work done?"

Today, an employee, contractor, freelancer, outsourced services provider, or even a bot might be the best way of achieving a business demand, creating a complex path for companies to navigate.

You will learn:

  • About new channels of talent and resources that are emerging in this evolving world of work
  • How a unified approach gives companies the readiness they need to adapt quickly to change
  • How to ensure you are positioned to engage the right resource with optimal impact

Lifecycle: Optimization

 

Bruce Morton, Global Head of Strategy, Allegis Global Solutions
Jennifer Nachand, Manager, Contingent Workforce Program , Daimler Trucks North America

12:30 pm - 01:15 pmBreakout 24: Whatever Happened to Digital Procurement Transformation?

The events of 2020 have led to many procurement teams refocusing their attention on hard savings, cost control and visibility in the supply chain. Impacts have been felt across organizations and companies have had to look hard a capital and strategic programs. What then for digital transformation projects? Are these to be shelved, cancelled or downscaled? In this session, we will look at the recent drivers of the priority changes for procurement, assess the likely impact on strategic projects and examine how procurement teams should look to leverage their digital investment in the future.

Amol Jagdale , Associate Director Global Delivery, GEP
Vipin Gupta, Senior Consulting Manager , GEP

01:30 pm - 04:15 pmCPO Roundtable

SIG's CPO Roundtable Program is an invitation only, buy-side executive event where CPOs gather in an intimate setting to network and brainstorm on issues that they are facing in their organizations today. This session begins with a keynote speaker focusing on top-of-mind issues for CPOs and segues into topic-based roundtable discussions. The more intimate nature of this event enables idea sharing, asking questions of and simply making deeper connections with one another. Session attendees will have received an invitation to join via Zoom. Please check your calendars or reach out to events@sig.org for assistance.


01:30 pm - 02:15 pmBreakout 25: Sourcing and Procurement Success for Startups: Low Effort for Large Savings

Is your company wasting money due to poor contracts, low buying power and not enough procurement staff to improve this reality? There is a better way. No budget or time to increase the size of your procurement staff, multiply the knowledge of your current procurement expertise by turning them into internal consultants who teach and empower each of your associates. A few quick process changes and a new attitude can drastically improve your bottom line!

You will learn:

  • Why traditional Procurement programs fail in a startup company
  • How small changes in process result in frequent savings
  • How to set a realistic roadmap for your company procurement plan
  • Proof that your company needs a procurement program in just FOUR emails

Lifecycle Phase: Initiation

Lud Hrovat, Director of Procurement, Welltok

01:30 pm - 02:15 pmBreakout 26: Re-Evaluating Third Party Risk Amidst a Pandemic

For most firms when the pandemic hit it changed the way they thought about Third Parties that were critical to their business operations and overall business continuity. This was no different in the Financial sector. The traditional approach went out the window. Now we had to assess our Third Party's ability to deliver services successfully if their workforce was impacted by the pandemic. Listen to how the shift in mindset, changed our evaluation and dialogue with our service providers in the early days of the pandemic. And how it changed the way we think about risk and our monitoring protocol forever.

You will learn:

  • What to consider when conducting interviews with your Third Parties about the workforce
  • What enhanced ongoing monitoring looks like during the pandemic when your contracted services are dependent on people
  • How to measure business criticality in a meaningful way and implement your monitoring program using a critically metric

Lifecycle Phase: Steady State

Michele Wesseling, Associate Vice President, TD Securities

01:30 pm - 02:15 pmBreakout 27: Supplier Relationship Management: Capturing the Next Level of Supplier Value

Sourcing professionals are uniquely positioned to lead the types of proactive governance activities that deliver value outcomes to the business. Supplier Relationship Management ("SRM") programs help Sourcing to optimize this value. In this presentation, you will learn some tell-tale signs that your SRM activities should be enhanced or expanded, the fundamental elements of a value driven SRM program, and some of the common obstacles to implementing effective SRM across your organization.

You will learn:

  • The business case for enhancing SRM
  • The 5 S's essential to building an SRM framework
  • Some common pitfalls to avoid

Lifecycle Phase: Steady State

Giovani Nieto Giovanini, Vice President of Sourcing, MGroup
Elizabeth Zucker, Partner, Majel Partners
Angela Easterwood, Partner, Majel Partners

02:30 pm - 03:15 pmBreakout 28: Digitalize the Entire Source-To-Pay Cycle for Direct and Indirect Procurement

Procurement executives are continually challenged to maintain sustainable savings, overall operational efficiency, and risk mitigation in today's highly volatile commodity markets and risk-prone global supply chains. Organizations look up to procurement teams to deliver value beyond tactical savings. Procurement is increasingly seen as the driver of business value through cross-functional collaboration within the enterprise as well as outside. But how do you keep the momentum going? We will explore how a truly integrated Source-to-Settle process offers a tremendous ROI, with spend analysis driving effective sourcing, suppliers well-managed and contracts compliantly purchased off. A successful journey begins with the vision and a solid business case and continues through effective deployment of technology and the necessary process change management.

You will learn:

  • How procurement can think beyond procuring and why
  • How digitizing your processes can help you efficiently manage supplier risk and performance
  • How leveraging technology yields maximum growth and profitability
  • The importance of supplier collaboration in the procurement value chain

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Lynn Torrel, Chief Procurement & Supply Chain Officer, Flex
Sundar Kamak, Global Head of Manufacturing Solutions, Ivalua

02:30 pm - 03:15 pmBreakout 29: Leveraging the Remote Workforce to Deliver Savings, Speed, and Talent

With the spread of COVID-19, almost every company in the world has been forced into a pilot program for remote work. Moving forward, how should organizations approach remote work, and what are the best strategies for realizing the benefits of this more flexible workforce? In this session, you'll learn how you can use data to shift your talent landscaping approach to drive value aligned with your organization’s business objectives. Discover how the right strategy in this area can help you drive cost savings, talent quality, worker diversity and faster time to fill.

  • Why to leverage remote work? Savings, Speed, New Talent Pipelines.
  • Learn how Talent Landscaping can drive material cost savings
  • Discover organizational efficiencies delivered through remote work 
  • Why supplier networks are so critical for remote talent

 

Dustin Burgess, SVP of Strategy, Analytics, and Metrics, PRO Unlimited
Kristen Esones , Director Client Services, PRO Unlimited
Sam Jackson, Senior Manager, Global Supplier Partnerships, PRO Unlimited

02:30 pm - 03:15 pmBreakout 30: Supporting the Mission of Powerful, Innovative Customer Experiences

At Zendesk, we believe that powerful, innovative customer experiences should be within reach for every company, no matter the size, industry or ambition. In the Sourcing and Procurement organization, we have aligned our tools and goals to our company mission when serving our own internal customers. In this session, we will share how we simplified our Sourcing and Procurement intake process to improve customer satisfaction and user experience, reducing contracting cycle times, creating better visibility and transparency, and improving data quality.

Rendi Miller, VP, Corporate Services, Zendesk

03:30 pm - 04:15 pmBreakout 31: Driving an Integrated Third-Party Governance and Risk Management Program by Leveraging Artificial Intelligence

As part of digital transformation, organizations often shift from a focus solely on costs to one that also includes shared risk and value. This broadened approach for engaging third vendors is a result of a increasing organizational recognition that third-parties can in-fact create strategic win-win opportunities. This paradigm-shift requires organizations to adopt a new mind- and technology-set when managing third-party relationships. Who should attend this session? Anyone involved in third-party governance, relationship and risk management will benefit from this session. Also, if your organization is looking to transform and fast-track maturity of the third-party governance and risk management program this would be a great session. Attendees will have a clear understanding of the need to adopt an integrated relationship, governance and risk management approach when dealing with third-party relationships.

You will learn:

  • How to adopt an integrated third-party governance and risk management approach
  • The business use cases that benefit from Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies
  • Why continuous monitoring of your third-party relationship is critical

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Jai Chinnakonda, Founder & CEO, ENGAIZ

03:30 pm - 04:15 pmBreakout 32: Harmonizing Digital Transformation: Empower Yourself

We are at the tipping point of unleashing the formidable power of a harmonized Dx (digital transformation) and the human workforce. It is up to the humans in this equation to embrace change and optimize the power of the new workforce. Fueled by digitization, empowered customers and globalization, new technology advancements pop-up overnight. It's human nature to be afraid of how digital transformation affects our analog lives. We project our fear onto the Dx that's before us and instead of leveraging its potential, we make small, incremental changes to our processes and our products, while keeping an arm's length away from the scary new technology threatening our livelihood. In this session, we will discuss ways to alleviate the mounting Dx fear, share examples of how Dx and human capital work harmoniously together and talk through the importance of setting a clear strategy.

You will learn:

  • The motivation behind Dx and human capital harmonization
  • How to set your Dx strategy
  • How to assess business outcomes
  • How to define expectations for your human talent

Lifecycle Phase: Steady State

Cindy Gallagher, CEO, Liberty Source

03:30 pm - 04:15 pmBreakout 33: If third party risk is in the "top 5" for CEOs and boards, are you adding value?

Join renowned subject matter expert Linda Tuck Chapman, CEO Third Party Risk Institute and creator of SIG U's Certified Third Party Risk Management Professional (C3PRMP) in conversation with Natallia Aliakseyenka, Head of Third Party Management Office, BNP Paribas CIB NAR; Michael Rivas, Executive Director, Head of Third Party Risk Management, DTCC - Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Mgmt; and Joseph Martinez, Chief Procurement Officer, Managing Director, Bank of New York Mellon. The pandemic is making us hyper-aware that reliable, trust-worthy relationships with vendors and other third parties are vital to the survival and success of companies around the world.

You will learn:

  • The true value proposition of a good program
  • Aligning practices with risk culture
  • "High Water Mark" risks, and how to mitigate them
  • Practices that work, and those that will change
  • Lessons Learned

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization

Linda Tuck Chapman, , CEO, Third Party Risk Institute Ltd. & President, Ontala Performance Solutions Ltd.
Joseph Martinez, Global Chief Procurement Officer, Bank of New York Mellon
Michael Rivas, Executive Director, Head of Third Party Risk Management, DTCC
Natallia Aliakseyenka, Head of Third Party Management Office, BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment Banking NA

04:15 pm - 04:30 pmSummit Close and Final SIGventure Quest Update

Please join us for the final prize giveaway in the SIGventure Quest!