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
TD Securities

After an extensive career in the retail sector purchasing soft and hard goods from manufacturers and wholesalers, managing logistics, and contracting technology providers, Michele switched to the financial industry seven years ago. Upon joining, she found herself managing a very different type of supplier in a very different environment. She learned quickly that regulators are demanding, and third parties introduce a very different type of risk, however the art of procurement didn't change one bit. 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! 

Michele leads the TD Securities' Global Third Party Management Office with a mandate to manage TD Securities' third party risk and spend proactively, centralize third party management, and implement an operating model aligned with rapidly changing regulatory requirements. Previously, Michelle held a series of progressively senior roles across TD, including leading TD's Global Compliance Training Program, developing a new mandatory compliance training program for over 80,000 employees globally, and managing TD's Learning and Development Vendor Management portfolio. 

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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