This Month at SIG - April 2019

“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks GO.” – Christopher Morley

April is the start of a new quarter and many teams are seeking ways to make maximum impact on their goals and ultimately their company’s bottom line. To help you put the pedal to the metal this month, SIG has opportunities for training, industry networking and a chance to get recognized for all of the hard work you’ve put in.


The Spring Global Executive Summit takes place April 15-17 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, FL. This Summit will connect you with other executives and industry experts, so come with an open mind, plenty of business cards and a sincere interest in becoming more strategic and influential.

At this Summit, all of the keynote sessions will bring remarkable stories and insights that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired, with lots of great ideas to bring back to your team. Here's a look at two of our featured keynotes:

Clint Bruce -- Pursuing Elite: The Five Gifts of Elite Achievers

In any endeavor you can only have one of five outcomes: bad, average, good, excellent, and elite. If the endeavor is your passion or profession, the only acceptable result is somewhere between excellent and elite. Clint uses powerful stories and lessons learned as a highly decorated athlete and member of the elite SEAL Teams to share with the audience techniques to become an elite achiever in all aspects of life.

Sunil Gupta, Avinash Pemmaiah, Brad Killinger -- How do you Innovate to Buy Smart? Ask the Experts!

Join us for lunch and a keynote panel discussion with Delta Airlines, KeyBank and Sapience Analytics. This will be a highly interactive session with senior leaders who are driving innovation in their sourcing organizations including outsourcing transformation, software metering, Lean Six Sigma adoption and RPA implementation. They will discuss how they are using tools and technology to buy smart and prioritize corporate goals. This is your chance, as practitioners, advisors, consultants or providers, to ask these visionaries about how they not only make the case for innovation, but how they successfully implement, adopt and continuously improve.

See the full list of sessions and speakers on our website.

Register now to join us in sunny Amelia Island this month and experience all that the Summit has to offer. 



Employee development is critical to the long-term success of any organization. SIG University’s online certification programs enable your team to get the training it needs without having to spend critical time away from the office.  

SIG University’s spring semester classes begin on April 15, space is still available to enroll in the following certifications: 

These courses are all available online and can be completed at your own pace in twelve, eight or five weeks, depending on which course you choose. As companies are making big investments to digitize their operations, investments in people to manage those operations are also critical. Will your team be sufficiently trained to manage the complex integrations of artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation?  

To find the right program for you or your team, download the course catalog or request more information from an educational advisor.  



SIG recently announced that the second annual Future of Sourcing Awards is now accepting nominations to honor and celebrate individuals and organizations that show innovation, leadership and transformation in areas that are critical to the sourcing industry. The 2019 Awards will take place on October 16 in Carlsbad, CA. This event will bring together some of the brightest minds, the best insights and the most relevant topics to create a truly remarkable experience.  

Do you know a team or an individual that has made a successful impact toward moving our industry forward? Consider submitting a nomination to recognize their achievements with a Future of Sourcing Award! The team awards recognize companies who are fundamentally influencing the world of sourcing in new and innovative ways. The individual awards honor sourcing professionals who are not just implementing the latest techniques and methodologies, but are also showing innovation, transformation and leadership.

  • Team award winners will represent the best example of innovation in each category, there are eight team categories for the 2019 Awards.
  • Individual award winners will be for people who have demonstrated ingenuity, initiative and innovation in their careers. There are two individual award categories for the 2019 Awards, the Rising Star Award and the Sourcing Star Award.

For more information about the Awards, including details on the awards categories and entry process, visit The deadline to submit an entry to win is Wednesday, May 15.

Heather Schleicher, Senior Marketing Director

Heather Schleicher, Senior Marketing Director at SIG, has more than 15 years of experience in business and marketing with organizations ranging from independently owned franchises and small businesses to $12B international enterprises. Prior to joining SIG's leadership team, Heather served as Senior Marketing Manager where she was responsible for creating, executing, and supporting SIG’s marketing strategies across all regions and lines of business. Before joining SIG, Heather led digital marketing initiatives for outsourcing, recruiting and workforce management provider Allegis Global Solutions. Previously, Heather managed the marketing department at a contracting consultancy in Washington, D.C.

Heather is actively involved with local and national non-profit organizations. She was the spokesperson of a two-year nationwide campaign to bring home missing persons and teach safety education and prevention. Heather has a BS in Corporate Communication from the University of Baltimore.