5 Trends to Explore at the Global Executive Summit

SIG’s Global Executive Summit is where forward-thinking procurement leaders come to experience pioneering trends grounded in today’s new realities.

SIG’s Global Executive Summit is where forward-thinking procurement leaders come to experience pioneering trends grounded in today’s new realities. It provides a dedicated space for you to network with industry thought leaders, learn from different perspectives, and keep pace with emerging developments in strategic planning and procurement technology, all of which are essential to inform the way we work.

Taking place October 13 to 15, this Summit isn’t just a three-day-long webinar, it’s a live event! Everyone who attends will come away with data-backed insights and actionable resources. Sourcing and procurement leaders are continuously being shaped by new developments in contract management, remote work, sustainability, stakeholder buy-in and third-party risk management.

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The keynote addresses and breakout sessions will directly address these trending topics and more:

Contract Lifecycle Management

Many sourcing bottlenecks are the result of poor contract management practices. Digitizing and automating the process, from initiation to award and renewal, can expedite the process and enhance compliance.

In my conversations with practitioners and procurement leaders, this topic comes up frequently. You can expect sessions that focus on executing complex negotiations to the role that advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning play in managing the lifecycle of contracts.

Remote and Distributed Workforces

Many office employees reported working from home at some point during the global pandemic, and it appears that some companies will continue the remote work trend. Distributed workforces create new challenges for businesses to navigate, both legally and culturally. Issues such as worker classification, new employment regulations, diversity in the talent pool, and preserving workplace culture to help employees thrive will all be discussed. 

Procurement as a Catalyst for Change

Consumers and employees alike want more emphasis placed on social and environmental factors in business operations. Procurement can help deliver on an organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals and glean positive business outcomes in the process.

You will find sessions that show you how to work with suppliers to spark innovation that improves communities and livelihoods, as well as impacting brand awareness, attracting top talent and driving new business models.

Procurement as a Strategic Partner

Business leaders lean heavily on Procurement during times of crisis, but Procurement sees its influence diminished once conditions normalize. Procurement has more to offer beyond crisis management, business continuity and cost containment.

Industry executives will address the techniques and strategies they used to secure business leaders’ support to champion Procurement as a strategic partner year-round, along with the metrics and KPIs they use to measure their success.

Third-Party Risk Management

Managing risk before it becomes an issue is a big hurdle for procurement leaders to clear. Given what we’ve learned in the past six months, risk management requires thoughtful assessment on the best ways to protect the business while remaining lean and agile.

Sessions on third-party risk management will share lessons learned from the global pandemic, practices that work, and how to create a risk-minded culture that aligns with business priorities.

Registration is Open

SIG member companies and buy-side procurement practitioners can register to attend the Global Executive Summit at no cost. The format will take place virtually over the week of October 13 to 15 for a few hours per day, so you can fulfill your daily work obligations while engaging remotely.

The interactive digital environment will feature keynote speakers, breakout sessions with live Q&A, and a virtual Innovation Hall with platform demonstrations that showcase how the latest advancements in procurement solutions are driving better outcomes for businesses. And of course, there will be prizes! During the Procurement Technology Summit last May, we gave away five Peloton bikes!

We took your feedback from the Procurement Technology Summit and we can’t wait to bring you an even better Summit experience to help you grow your influence as a strategic partner, lead your teams to reach their goals and impact world.   

SIG’s Global Executive Summits bring together senior-level executives from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, including C-suite executives, vice presidents, directors, senior analysts and managers. The first 300 buy-side registrants will receive a free #SIGventure Kit filled with fun swag and treats from SIG’s Summit sponsors.


Dawn Tiura, President and CEO, 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.