This is the Future of Sourcing

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New technology, competitive drive and the desire to upend the status quo to influence innovation and enhance value are important characteristics for sourcing and procurement professionals in today’s world. As the digital transformation continues to accelerate at an unprecedented and exciting pace, SIG wants to recognize the change makers, movers and shakers who show innovation, leadership and transformation in areas critical to the sourcing industry.

This week, SIG announced the finalists for the inaugural Future of Sourcing Awards taking place at the Fall Global Executive Summit in Rancho Mirage, California, on October 17. A panel of 14 senior executives judged nominees in eight team categories and two individual categories. The teams and individuals listed below demonstrated ingenuity, initiative and innovation and showed the greatest achievements in terms of fundamentally changing the nature of their business and/or industry.

Please join us in congratulating the 2018 Future of Sourcing Awards finalists!

Innovations in Sourcing

  • GEP - Digital Procurement Transformation for a University System
  • GEP - Procurement Transformation with a CPG Client
  • HERE Technologies - Internal Sourcing Transformation Project
  • VSP Global - Spend It Like Its Yours (SILIY) project

Innovations in Outsourcing

  • Denali - Savings Initiative for a Specialty Beverage Company
  • GEP - Procurement Transformation with a CPG Client
  • Russell Investments - Procurement Best Practices Project

Innovations in Third Party Management

  • Fannie Mae - Asset Management Solution Project
  • FedEx - Intelligent Dashboard Project
  • Florida Blue - Customer of Choice Project

Innovations in Supplier Performance

  • Florida Blue - Customer of Choice Project
  • Ivalua and Fannie Mae - Procurement Transformation Project
  • Microsoft - Supplier Management 3.0 Project
  • SAP Ariba and Microsoft - Digital Transformation and Supplier Collaboration Project

Innovations in Digitization

  • IBM - Pricing IQ Project
  • Microsoft - Supplier Onboarding Project
  • Microsoft - Product Catalog Project

Innovations in Governance/Compliance

  • GE - Master Supplier Data Portal Project
  • Microsoft - My Order Project 
  • Microsoft - Supplier Management 3.0 Project

Innovations in Talent Management

  • Beeline – Self-Sourcing Project
  • Microsoft – Digital Talent Marketplace Project
  • University of Tennessee – Online Training on Vested Methodology Project

Innovations in Sustainability

  • Ivalua and Fannie Mae – Procurement Transformation Project
  • Microsoft – Global Impact Sourcing Project

Rising Star Finalists

  • Krystelle Bilodeau, Director, Retail and Wholesale Debt Administration, Bank of Canada
  • Natalie Fahrner, Category Manager II, Strategic Sourcing, FedEx
  • Biswajeet Panigrahi, Category Manager II, Strategic Sourcing, FedEx
  • Komal Patel, Global Process Owner, Source-to-Pay (S2P), Kellogg Company
  • Conor Quarry, Analytics as a Service Lead, IBM

Sourcing Star Finalists

  • Deepak Bansal, Enterprise Head of Sourcing Vendor Management, Envision Healthcare
  • Kristin Gallagher, Director, Russell Investments
  • Tim Hopper, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Microsoft
  • Lawrence Kane, Senior Leader, Strategic Sourcing Functional Excellence & First Time Quality, Boeing
  • Debbie Manos-McHenry, Chief Sourcing Officer, Huntington Bank
  • Rohan Ranadive, SVP, Head of Intelligent Automation, BB&T
  • Jennifer Shepherd, Director, Global Sourcing and Procurement, Russell Investments
  • Greg Tennyson, CPO, VSP Global
  • Linda Tuck Chapman, President, Ontala Performance Solutions
  • Kate Vitasek, Author and Faculty, University of Tennessee

You are invited to join us to celebrate these remarkable achievements, which will feature the awards, a plated dinner and special entertainment. Finalists will also hold Ted-style talks during the Summit. You are invited to attend these talks and learn more about their innovative strategies, challenges and solutions.

We hope that you will be inspired to take what you've learned back to your company and start thinking about submitting an award application for 2019! If you are registered for the Summit, you are automatically registered for the Future of Sourcing Awards event. To purchase a ticket for the awards dinner only, simply select that option on our Summit registration page.


Sponsorship opportunities and packages are also available. For maximum branding, secure one of the limited Future of Sourcing marquee sponsorships with the following benefits:

  • Promotion on the SIG Summit/Future of Sourcing Awards sites, social media and event emails 
  • Ability to introduce an award category, nominees and winner 
  • Premier VIP table with signage and premium wine served for up to eight 
  • Featured ad in the event program  
  • Exclusive cocktail party for sponsors, nominees and delegates by invitation 
  • Prime placement of logo on a "red carpet backdrop," with photos instantly available and shared on social media 
  • Scrolling individual slide with sponsorship ad/logo on-screen throughout the evening  
  • Opportunity to share branded items in Summit delegate bag  

Smaller sponsorships are also available. Ready to be a part of this incredible inaugural event? Reach out to us today to put your best foot forward.  

Stacy Mendoza, Digital Marketing Specialist

Stacy Mendoza is a Digital Marketing Specialist with Sourcing Industry Group (SIG). Stacy began her career in market research as an editor for Hart Research Associates in Washington, D.C. Since moving back to Florida in 2014, she has worked in marketing and public relations, specializing in content creation, media relations and crisis communications. Stacy is a passionate volunteer who donates her time to help nonprofits develop marketing strategies and awareness campaigns. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Follow her on Twitter and tweet at @SIG_Stacy.