2018 is already shaping up to be a busy year for SIG and we don't anticipate slowing down. In fact, we're accelerating!
SIG INNOVATION ACCELERATOR
SIG recently announced the launch of the SIG Innovation Accelerator (SIA), which offers a portfolio of services to help develop and improve the innovation pipeline for Source through Supply Chain (SSC) and related functions.
The SIA was created to help SIG’s buy-side companies--and ultimately other Fortune 500/Global 1000 companies--capitalize on their combined knowledge, experiences and buying power to facilitate innovation and improve profits while simultaneously reducing risk for both buy-side companies and product providers.
Becoming an SIA Colleague is the first way for a provider to participate in and benefit from SIA’s services. Benefits of becoming an SIA Colleague include:
- Eligibility to nominate a product for review and consideration for SIA’s Acceleration Program
- Opportunities for product focus groups with procurement executives to get feedback on product and marketing/sales strategies
- Discounts for online certification programs or courses offered by SIG University
A Leadership Council comprised of approximately 24 CPOs and select other executives from SIG’s buy-side member companies will lead SIA's initiatives. All of SIG’s buy-side members are eligible to participate in various SIA activities and benefit from its services. SIA is managed and staffed by SIG and Creatze, which is led by SIG’s founder and former CEO Barry Wiegler.
Interested in participating? Buy-side members are invited to join the SIA meetings at the Spring Global Executive Summit in Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. where we will have several pre-screened emerging providers present their technologies. This is your chance to contribute to the discussion and help create SSC products that can best serve the needs of your organization.
If you are interested in submitting a product for review or want to be involved in the Leadership Council, visit the SIA website for more information.
SPRING GLOBAL EXECUTIVE SUMMIT
The Spring Global Executive Summit takes place March 26-29 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. This Summit will connect you with other executives and industry experts, so come with an open mind, plenty of business cards and a sincere interest in becoming more strategic and influential.
All seven keynote speakers for this Summit bring remarkable qualities and insights and will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired, with lots of great ideas to bring back to your team. Here's a look at two of our featured keynotes:
David Rowan -- How to Survive and Prosper in a World of Exponential Technologies
David Rowan is the Editor-Chief of Wired UK. Connected with the world's leading trend-setters and spotters, David travels the globe searching out the latest technology that is, or soon will be, impacting our lives and disrupting business in almost every sector.
Steve Ford -- Getting to the Top with Character
Steve Ford is the son of former U.S. President Gerald Ford. In an insightful and inspirational way, Steve will cover issues such as leadership, living life with values and character, setting and juggling priorities and making the right choices in life. See the full list of keynote speakers on our website.
Topics at this Summit include blockchain, artificial intelligence, risk, RPA and talent as they relate to the sourcing and outsourcing functions. Equally importantly, there will be ample time for networking, learning and fun! Join us after dinner on Monday, March 26 for networking and a guided bus tour of D.C. Bring extra business cards for Tuesday's Speed Networking and Provider Showcase, with refreshments and prizes.
We're excited to see old friends and make new ones in D.C.! We've negotiated an even lower hotel room rate, so be sure to register to attend and book your room before the room block is filled.
THE SOURCING INDUSTRY LANDSCAPE PODCAST
SIG has debuted The Sourcing Industry Landscape podcast. SIG CEO Dawn Tiura hosts interviews with global thought leaders and influencers in sourcing and procurement. A new episode is released on iTunes every other Wednesday and features conversations on the sourcing industry landscape with innovators who embrace technology to improve, influence and inspire procurement professionals. Here's what we've covered so far:
- Ezell leads a high-performing global Source-to-Pay team at Fidelity Information Services (FIS). But before he stepped into the role of Vice President with FIS, he started out as a physics major on a bowling scholarship at Arizona State University. A strong believer in mentorship and the power of continuing education and professional development, Ezell shares his thoughts on how the supply chain needs thought leaders from all disciplines.
- Kearns is the Vice President of Enterprise Strategy at Toptal, an on-demand freelance talent procurement network. As sourcing highly skilled workers becomes more competitive in the global market, Toptal is disrupting traditional talent procurement strategies by mobilizing a fully digital, on-demand workforce. Kearns talks about the changes in the contingent global workforce and how they are impacting businesses' overhead costs and driving more efficient business outcomes.
Share these short snippets of thought leadership with your procurement team. They can be listened to on breaks or during travel and will provide the momentum to encourage and inspire your team. Listeners are invited to connect with podcast guests to create conversations offline that help find solutions to challenges. Reach out to us if you'd like to connect.
You can check out all episodes of the Sourcing Industry Landscape to date and subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode. You can listen to the podcast in iTunes, your favorite podcast app in the Google Play store or through the Sourcing Industry Landscape website.
Stacy Mendoza is a Digital Marketing Manager 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. Since joining SIG, Stacy has taken a strong interest in advocating for more transparent supply chains to expose the exploitation of workers and the environment. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.