Breakout 18 - The Workplace Has Changed Forever: Will You Thrive or Survive?

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 12:20

One year later, the pandemic has managed to completely change our workplace forever. We have gone from working in the office with minimal flexibility permitted in some business → to working where we live → to living where we work → to work life integration. Let's face it, the way we work will most likely never go back to what it was. So what's next? What impact will a "hybrid" way of working have on how we communicate, connect, create and innovate? What will work mean if our offices are sometimes virtual and we lose those day-to-day social interactions because only some of us are physically there?  Join us in this interactive session as we share our thoughts on the challenges and the opportunities of the post-pandemic workplace.

Michele Wesseling

Associate Vice President | Global Third Party Management Office
TD Securities

After an extensive career in the retail sector purchasing soft and hard goods from manufacturers and wholesalers, managing logistics, and working with technology providers, Michele switched to the financial industry ten years ago. Upon joining, she found herself managing a very different type of supplier in a very different environment. With the aftermath of the financial crisis in full swing, and regulators ramping up their third-party regulations, Michele faced the challenge of aligning the internal practices for third party due diligence and risk mitigation as a top priority. Interestingly, Michele observed that the art of procurement didn't change one bit from industry to industry. The commodities and services purchased change dramatically every year, and most of the people she encountered didn't understand procurement practices, offering her an interesting and fun challenge! 

Today, Michele leads the Vendor Management Office accountable for TD Bank's Commercial Platforms, which includes Canadian Banking, Wealth, TD Securities, Insurance, Data & Corporate. In addition, Michele leads the Technology Vendor Management Enablement Team, who develop best practices and tools to streamline work effort. This aligns with her passion to create an environment where Vendor Managers can work smarter rather than harder.  


Rajeev Karmacharya

Head of the Strategic Sourcing and Category Management
Fannie Mae

Rajeev Karmacharya is Head of the Strategic Sourcing and Category Management group in Fannie Mae.

Rajeev leads a team of category management, sourcing / contracting and supplier enablement professionals managing $4.5+ billion in external spend.

Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Rajeev was a Principal at global management consulting firm Kearney, where he was one of the leaders in their Strategic IT and Operations Practice. Rajeev holds a Master of Industrial Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

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