Key Takeaways from the Fall Global Executive Summit

Key takeaways and resources for sourcing and procurement professionals from SIG's Fall Global Executive Summit

The Fall Global Executive Summit was one of the most well-attended Summits to date. With record attendance, compelling thought leaders, the first-ever Innovation Hall and a glitzy night recognizing the Future of Sourcing Award winners, it was one for the books! During this year’s speed networking, a whopping 207 meetings were booked and this year’s prizes for raffle winners were really spectacular, including a $5,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice from Givewith, one of our newest social impact provider companies.  

Fall Summit Keynotes

Fall Summit Recap

The general session keynotes kept audiences engaged and our thought leaders answered some really great questions from the audience. Coupa’s CEO Rob Bernshteyn talked about how data, AI and community intelligence are impacting procurement; a panel of experts from Bank of Canada, PwC, Adobe and Boeing discussed tried and true best practices to be better at your job; the panel with LeaseAccelerator on upcoming changes to leasing standards elicited lots of discussion; and Kate Renwick-Espinosa closed us out with a look inside VSP Global’s inspiring company culture and commitment to fiscal fitness. 

One of the most buzzed about events at the Summit was Innovation Hall where provider companies that are utilizing AI and machine learning for everything from talent management to contract writing and negotiations networked with attendees while the Future of Sourcing Awards talks took place alongside them. It was great to see everyone’s gears turning as they talked about common challenges, potential solutions and learned more about opportunities available to them.

If you attended the Summit, I hope you came away refreshed and with a pocketful of new contacts. Listed here are resources from the Summit that I hope you will find useful and I hope to see each of you again at one of our upcoming events.

Summit Anthology and Resource Guide

After every Summit, we post the Summit Presentation Anthology, which is a snapshot of each presentation. This is a great resource for an overview of the content to share with your team members who were not able to attend and to demonstrate key takeaways and ROI to your executive team.

The Summit Resource Guide has direct links to each presentation to download. If you have any follow-up questions for the presenters, or simply want to connect or network, just let us know and we’ll help you get in touch.

Interested in presenting at our next Summit or one of our regional events? Check out our calendar of events to see where we’re headed next! Presentation slots are limited, so we suggest reaching out sooner rather than later. Share your idea and we’ll be in touch

Highlights from the Fall Global Executive Summit

Future of Sourcing Award Winners

For the second year in a row, we recognized teams and individuals who are making the biggest impacts in our industry. The caliber of this year’s nominations was quite high and in some categories, the scores were so close that we had two winners!

If you haven’t had a chance to see the winners, you can check them out on the Future of Sourcing Awards website. Take note of the team categories and download their whitepapers that explain the problem and solution so you can steer digital transformation projects in your organization. Start thinking about submitting a nomination in 2020. We’ll let you know when the Awards portal is open for submissions.

Pictures from Summit

If you attended this Summit, we hope that you took advantage of our professional photographer to update your headshot. If so, you can download your headshot below.

Follow us on Facebook to see the Fall Summit photo album. Tag yourself and share with your network!  

Looking Ahead

If you weren’t able to attend this Summit, there is still time to register for our Northeastern Regional SIGnature event, which is a mini-Summit in itself and only requires one day out of the office in
November. Or join us for one of our 2020 events! Save the date for the SIG Spring Procurement Technology Summit next April or join us at one of our regional events taking place throughout the year. Through executive roundtables, keynote sessions, deep-dive training workshops and networking, you'll hear from industry thought leaders and have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals who face similar challenges.


Dawn Tiura, President and CEO, SIG

Dawn Tiura is the CEO and President of SIG, SIG University and Future of Sourcing and has over 26 years' leadership experience, with the past 22 years focused on the sourcing and outsourcing industry. In 2007, Dawn joined SIG as CEO, but has been active in SIG as a speaker and trusted advisor since 1999, bringing the latest developments in sourcing and outsourcing to SIG members. Prior to joining SIG, Dawn held leadership positions as CEO of Denali Group and before that as a partner in a CPA firm. Dawn is actively involved on a number of boards promoting civic, health and children's issues in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Dawn is a licensed CPA and has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS in taxation from Golden Gate University. Dawn brings to SIG a culture of brainstorming and internal innovation.