Reflections on the SIG Fall Global Executive Summit

I’m proud to say the feedback from delegates on the Fall Global Executive Summit is some of the best I’ve received for any Summit yet. The beautiful Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa was the perfect destination to engage with our cutting-edge keynote panelists, along with hands-on learning in how-to labs, breakout sessions and outdoor networking with a breathtaking view of the mountains. But what excited me the most at this Summit was the inaugural Future of Sourcing Awards, where we recognized individuals and teams who are making a transformative impact on the industry.

Future of Sourcing Awards

The energy at the Future of Sourcing Awards was electric! It was inspiring to be in the presence of both the titans who have helped shape the industry, the leaders who are taking sourcing and procurement to the next level, along with the up-and-coming talent that is our future.

It was my extreme pleasure to present SIG’s original founder, Barry Wiegler, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Barry gave a moving speech and was even surprised by his daughter and grandson who flew in for the special occasion. There was barely a dry eye in the room.

Throughout the night, we presented awards in eight team categories, two individual categories and honored our first inductees into the SIG Supernova Hall of Fame. Visit the Future of Sourcing Awards website for the full list of Award winners.

Additionally, the finalists in each category presented the details of their innovative projects in Ted-style Awards Talks, which you can find content from in the SIG Resource Center. If you want to see your team under the bright lights, consider submitting a nomination for 2019! The Awards submission portal will open in February.

Summit Anthology and Resource Guide

After every Summit, we post the Summit Presentation Anthology, which is a snapshot of each presentation. This is a great resource for an overview of the content to share with your team members who were not able to attend and to demonstrate key takeaways and ROI to your executive team.

The Summit Resource Guide has direct links to each presentation to download. If you have any follow-up questions for the presenters, or simply want to connect or network, just let us know and we’ll help you get in touch. 

Interested in presenting at our next Summit? We’ll be in Amelia Island, Florida, on April 15-17. Presentation slots are limited, so we suggest reaching out sooner rather than later. Contact Mary Zampino to share your idea!


If you attended this Summit, we hope that you took advantage of our professional photographer to update your headshot. If so, you can download your headshot below.

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We hope you’ll join us in for the Spring Global Executive Summit in Amelia Island, Florida, April 15-17, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Through executive roundtables, keynote sessions, workshops, breakout sessions and networking events, you'll hear from industry thought leaders, discover the latest innovative trends and have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals facing similar challenges.


Dawn Tiura, President and CEO, SIG

Dawn Tiura is the CEO and President of SIG, SIG University and Outsource and has over 26 years leadership experience, with the past 22 years focused on the sourcing and outsourcing industry. In 2007, Dawn joined SIG as CEO, but has been active in SIG as a speaker and trusted advisor since 1999, bringing the latest developments in sourcing and outsourcing to SIG members. Prior to joining SIG, Dawn held leadership positions as CEO of Denali Group and before that as a partner in a CPA firm. Dawn is actively involved on a number of boards promoting civic, health and children's issues in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Dawn is a licensed CPA and has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS in taxation from Golden Gate University. Dawn brings to SIG a culture of brainstorming and internal innovation.