This Month at SIG – August 2020

Virtual trainings, webinars and industry research updates for SIG members in August.

This month, we continue with the monthly CPO and Executive Virtual Series, welcome a new round of students into the virtual classroom, and have exciting industry research and webinars to keep you engaged and up to date.


August CPO & Executive Virtual Series

Senior executives are invited to join SIG and Scout RFP, a Workday Company, for an interactive event on August 12 from 1 pm to 3 pm ET. The format is open mic, collaborative and topic will focus on shifting from reactive to proactive as we move into the second half of 2020. The featured speaker is Karen Coker, Head of VMO & Strategic Sourcing at University Federal Credit Union.

To join this event, RSVP on our website. There is a cap on attendance to keep the conversation flowing and to build connections with other buy-side industry executives.

Set Yourself Apart from the Rest

An area that has seen an uptick in hiring amid record unemployment are jobs in sourcing, procurement and supply chain management, but the skill sets required for these positions are now more specialized than they were pre-COVID-19. 

With more people working from home, SIG University is offering an additional semester to help sourcing, procurement, risk and supply chain professionals earn an industry certification. Certification programs are a cost-effective alternative to lengthy degree programs, especially in an economic recession.

All four certification programs create a common language among procurement teams that break down silos, improve business outcomes and fortify compliance. Delivered entirely online, a certification can be completed in five, six, 10 or 12 weeks depending on the area of study. Join us for the next round of classes that begin on August 17.

New Defenses Against Sophisticated P2P Fraud

There is no better way to learn about the importance of fraud protection than to hear first-hand experiences from your industry peers. This Payment Fraud Report highlights six real-world payment fraud cases and the solution that could have prevented them all: Bank Account Ownership Validation.

August Webinars

Why the Agile Workforce Will Be Critical for 2020 (and Beyond)

August 13
Presented by: Coupa

Businesses are in flux as they balance challenging times with trepidation over global economic re-openings. Join this webinar to learn how businesses can harness the power of emerging talent channels and why the contingent workforce is rightfully positioned for increased growth and impact for 2020 (and beyond).

>>Get best-in-class strategies for transforming contingent workforce management 

Break the Bottleneck: Tips to Speed up your Vendor Onboarding Process

August 20
Presented by: OneTrust

Onboarding vendors can be a time-consuming process for procurement teams and even companies with the best intentions can have bottlenecks if they don't put proactive processes in place. In this session, we'll discuss how you can streamline and speed-up the onboarding processes while still taking cost, risk and capabilities into account. 

>>Learn how to vet and validate vendors

Outsourcing Pricing: Key Opportunities to Improve Costs Now

August 27
Presented by: Everest Group

When it comes to outsourcing pricing, do you know what you don’t know? The method and manner of pricing outsourcing deals never stops changing. Some recent changes have come on the scene rapidly and are significant – others are simply incremental shifts. This webinar will cover major disruptions – including our current economic environment, the impact of geopolitical restrictions and key commercial contract terms. Nothing is off the table.

>>Hear the experts share research-based insights


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Stacy Mendoza, Senior Marketing Manager

Stacy Mendoza is a senior marketing professional with a nose for news and a heart for storytelling. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, a proposal writing certificate from The Graduate School in Washington, D.C., and is Inbound Certified through Hubspot Academy. Connect with her on LinkedIn.