This Month at SIG – May 2019

You know the saying…April showers bring May flowers, and May happens to be my favorite month of the year. With the flowers blooming, the humidity low (at least where I am in Mid-Atlantic US) and more hours of sunlight to enjoy, I can’t help but get excited for the start of May. If your April was full of showers (real or figurative), I hope you can seize the opportunity this month to make things bloom and reap the benefits of your hard work. Here are a few important things happening at SIG in May to give you a boost.


Speaking of reaping the rewards of your work, have you considered submitting a nomination to win a Future of Sourcing Award? We are accepting nominations until May 15 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 bring together some of the brightest minds in the industry to create a truly remarkable experience.  

Has your team 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. There are also individual award categories to honor the personal accomplishments of sourcing professionals.

  • 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 are for people who have demonstrated ingenuity, initiative and innovation in their careers. There are two individual award categories, 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.


When it Comes to Sourcing, ERPs Can’t Do It All: Here’s How Modular Software Solutions Help
May 2
Presented by: Bonfire

Most enterprise organizations use a procurement module within a traditional ERP to facilitate major purchasing decisions. While ERPs can do a lot, they most often leave some critical sourcing activities like evaluations, to be conducted ‘offline.’ From the time you receive the submission, evaluate with appropriate stakeholders, and analyze results, chances are that you’re required to complete part of the process through other channels because the system isn’t flexible enough to work with your process. Here lies a gap in your ERP that can lead to detrimental risks in your organization. To solve this, companies are turning to modular esourcing solutions that work alongside their existing ERPs. Learn how out-of-box sourcing solutions can be leveraged to support traditional ERPs and avoid unwanted risk.

 Key Takeaways from this Webinar: 

  • Realize the challenges and associated risks of using an ERP system for RFx activities.
  • Understand how the entire strategic sourcing workflow can be completed online to complement your existing ERP system.
  • Discover what you’ll be able to capture utilizing a stand-alone sourcing solution and their related, advantageous results.
  • Leverage data analytics to make smart sourcing decisions, easily.


The Western Regional SIGnature Event takes place in Bellevue, WA at the Hilton Garden Inn on May 16. The event includes a fantastic lineup of speakers from Starbucks, REI, University of Tennessee, Premera Blue Cross, Everest Group, SC&H Group and Sound Partnership Strategies who will present on topics that include reducing value leakage, lean and agile portfolio management, how to build amazing teams, customer experience outsourcing, risk management in marketing sourcing and more.

The event will begin with an executive roundtable for director-level and above delegates, while their teams take part in a deep dive training workshop on reducing value leakage in complex contracts with industry experts Lawrence Kane and Jeanette Nyden.

Attendance is free for buy-side companies and if you bring a team of five or more, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of four $250 gift cards. To learn more about the day’s events, speakers and to register you and your team, visit our website.

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.