SIGnature Digital Event: Geofencing of Employees, Onshoring and More - The New Normal





April 21, 2021


Agenda for Digital Event 

Times are based on Eastern Time (UTC -5)

12:00 PM Executive Roundtable for director level delegates and above 
Concurrent Grand Roundtable for general session delegates
1:20 PM Speed Networking
1:55 PM SIG Talks (2 "Ted Talk" format presentations)
2:35 PM Sponsoring Provider Keynote Presentation
3:10 PM SIG Talks (2 "Ted Talk" format presentations)
3:50 PM Buy-Side CPO Presentation
4:30 PM Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Executive Roundtable Discussion: Energy Transition and Opportunities for Procurement to Help Go Green

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00

This exclusive, invitation only, senior buy-side executive discussion, led by Oliver Wyman's Energy Practice will provide a robust view on energy transition with a focus on the most green initiatives taking place across industries today. Massive transitions are taking place in an effort to reduce carbon, increase renewable energy initiatives, and reduce waste. Bring your experiences and expertise to this on-camera, open-microphone, interactive discussion as we explore current energy trends and transitions, corporate green initiatives and opportunities on the horizon.

This presentation will be followed by an executive panel, including Adrian Dragomir, REI, Alejandro Gusis, Univar Solutions and Ryan Takach, Applied Materials, who will share insights on their current corporate green initiatives and a Q&A session. Bring your questions and comments to contribute to this discussion and learn from your industry peers.

 

Mussadiq Akram

Principal
Oliver Wyman

Muss is a principal in Oliver Wyman’s Energy practice based in Houston. He serves clients across the energy value chain, primarily focused on energy transition, corporate strategy and planning as well as in public sector policy projects related to energy. Additionally, he has led a number of projects in M&A among US utilities. Prior to that, Muss led sourcing and supply chain projects when many North American energy companies embraced category management. He has 10 years of experience in the Americas and the Middle East. Muss holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BA in International Relations from Syracuse University and a MEng in Energy Economics and Engineering from Cornell University. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Muss worked at PwC’s Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) and at PowerAdvocate. He started his career as an engineer designing offshore pipelines.

Christine Oumansour

Partner
Oliver Wyman

Christine Oumansour is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Energy and Operations practices. Her teams focus on strategy, market scenarios and economics, and capital program design and execution with a view to maximizing value and supporting executives to develop resilient and living strategies. Christine’s industry experience is focused on the Energy sector, serving electric and gas utilities as well as oil & gas companies across the US, Canada, and the Middle East.  Christine and her team have worked a portfolio of over $400Bn of energy capital projects covering all forms of generation, electric and gas transmission, and distribution, as well as upstream E&P. Christine Co-leads Oliver Wyman`s Global Gas Center ofExcellence.

Experience:

  • Energy Transition Strategy: Advises various utility and Gas clients across North America on Energy Transition scenarios, strategic approaches, and corporate resilience and business planning to address and tackle the evolving set of challenges posed by the Energy Transition.
  • Natural Gas of the Future: Ongoing work on how natural gas players across upstream, midstream, downstream and utility distribution can anticipate and proactively respond to the pressures shaping the discussion on Gas across North America and globally.
  • Execution Optimization Advisory: Advises various North American utilities and O&G companies on the direction and planning for their capital portfolios, including: optimization of make v buy decisions, delivery approach effectiveness, organizational optimization, market-led planning activities, long-range forecasting and scenario planning, as well as rate case support and regulatory advisory for Utilities.
  • Economic Advisory: Provides strategic advice to utility executives addressing organizational direction, cost competitiveness of assets and construction programs, anticipation of market movements in labor and materials, and impact of the various, and fluctuating, economic factors on energy markets and planned project execution.
  • Capital Program Execution: Supports the planning and execution processes for large capital projects or programs, including developing contracting approaches, advising on negotiations and cost structuring, and assessment of total portfolio costs.

Additional qualifications

Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Business Administration from London Business School.

Karina Swette

Partner
Oliver Wyman

Karina has +15 years of experience in management consulting and investment banking across the globe. She has a specialty in strategic sourcing, supply chain, operational improvements, due diligence, capital deployment, market entry, and administrating Project Management Offices (PMO).

She has worked for private equity firms, distributors, manufacturers, global and national oil companies, major and regional airlines, aircraft manufactures, global maintenance facilities, government agencies and non for profits. Karina has worked in the US, Mexico, Latin America, Canada, Europe, South East Asia, Middle East, Brazil and South Africa.

Specific client examples include:

  • For a PE-held distributor of construction material, delivered 6% savings through market testing to drive incumbent leverage, should cost analysis and new supplier introductions
  • For a leading office supplies distributor, evaluated the procurement organization, redefined category management strategy across +30 categories, executed sourcing initiatives and saved +$35M, 9% on direct spend
  • For a global health organization, evaluated existing contracts for efficiency improvements and developed systematic recommendations for future award process utilizing best practices from private sector, with annual savings of $1.5B
  • For a distributor of food service products, evaluated procurement sophistication and sourcing opportunity identifying 8% cost improvements
  • For a Middle East aerospace company, performed a sourcing due diligence, identifying purchasing inefficiencies, reviewed the organizational design and effectiveness
  • For a global airline, created a total cost of ownership model and led negotiations with engine manufactures to purchase over 400 engines, savings 20% from initial proposals
  • For a major U.S. airline in bankruptcy, defined the engine maintenance strategy, modeling unique deal structures, and facilitating negotiations , resulting in 10-year savings of over $650M 

Adrian Dragomir

Head of Procurement
REI, Inc (Recreational Equipment, Inc)

Adrian Dragomir is Head of Procurement for REI. Adrian’s experience spans across technology, marketing, defense, logistics, and art. He is extremely passionate about building amazing teams, helping others grow, and delivering real-world results.

Alejandro Gusis

Global Vice President Indirect Procurement and Real Estate
Univar Solutions

Highly accomplished international Supply Chain leader with in-depth expertise in helping organizations improve their bottom line through the design, implementation and management of procurement, sourcing strategies, and vendor management initiatives.

Delivered significant results in cost reduction, productivity, and quality improvement by aligning critical procurement processes and key vendors/partners with market strategies and business objectives.

Ryan Takach

Director, Strategic Sourcing
Applied Materials

Global supply chain leader with over 15 years’ experience and a passion for strategic sourcing, international business, and environmental sustainability.

 

Dawn Tiura

CEO and President
Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)

Dawn Tiura, CEO and President of SIG, SIG University and Future of Sourcing digital publication, has more than 26 years of 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.

Mike Matheis

Partner
Oliver Wyman

Mike is Oliver Wyman's Global Industry Association, Civic, and Economic Organization Lead, directing Board strategy and C-Suite forums across approximately 20+ organizations around the  world.  Mike’s 35 years of cross-industry expertise is grounded in 13+ years at Procter & Gamble, Global Marketing Practice Leadership and Global Growth & Innovation Practice Leadership at Accenture, North American CPG and Retail Practice Leadership at A.T. Kearney, and his published thought leadership.

Selected experience

  • For the CEO and Board of the most significant financial services association in the world, helped lead the development of its long-term strategy, operating model requirements, and transformation plan
  • For the CEO of the largest consumer products and retail association in  the world, helped  the CEO and its Board align on a plan to accelerate the Board’s top 3 priorities 
  • For the CEO of the largest travel & tourism association in the world, developed its Executive Committee engagement strategy and transformation plan, its ExCom governance plan, and its global CEO Forum strategy
  • For the CEO and Board of the most important civic and economic organization in New York Metro, developed its 2017 Federal priorities, helping share them with the Trump administration
  • For the CEO of one of the automotive industry’s most significant equipment manufacturer associations in North America, helped assess its large cap CEO Council capability and approach, helping establish a new Global CEO Forum
  • For the CEO of  the most important wholesaler association in North America, help lead its billion dollar CEO, CFO, and CIO networks
  • For the CEOs and boards of the most significant CPG manufacturer and food retail associations in North America, led the development of each’s long-term strategy, annual operating plan, and internal operating model requirements
  • For the CEO of the most important health insurance association in the US, advising on its confidential long-term strategy
  • For the CEO of the largest consumer products and retail associations in Russia and Turkey, leading 3-4 CEO Forums per year

Mike has a B.S. from Cornell University and was sponsored by P&G for Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Executive Masters Program.

 

The Changing Landscape of Supplier Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00

Organizations must look at where they have been and reassess if what they have done in the past will apply to the future – especially on the topic of supplier diversity and inclusion. Through the years, we have seen sourcing strategies change regarding supplier diversity. Nearshoring, for example, has been providing opportunities for diversity suppliers, and over this last year diversity suppliers have pivoted by looking at adjacent markets and attempting to play in those markets as well.

In this session we will look at the future of procurement and at what opportunities are available in terms of supplier diversity and inclusion. Key items to be discussed:

  • The most critical factors for adapting to future sourcing strategies.
  • Nearshoring and diversifying suppliers.
  • Making sure you are forward thinking when working with corporations on supplier diversity and inclusion – the critical issues that need to be addressed.
  • What enterprise executives have learned over the past 12 months and how those learnings are impacting future processes.

Join us for this timely and dynamic panel discussion on supplier diversity and inclusion facilitated by Dr. Janice Greene, Women’s Business Enterprise Council - Pacific and joined by Lisa Roben, Comcast, Erica Hill, CBRE, Sandra Duckworth, Delta Air Lines, and Stacie Harwood, T-Mobile. This session is sure to deliver an educational and thought-provoking conversation.

 

Dr. Janice Greene

President & CEO
Women’s Business Enterprise Council Pacific (WBEC Pacific)

Dr. Janice Greene is an experienced leader who has demonstrated the ability to successfully design, integrate and align economic development and strategic work placement into enterprise business objectives. She is a recognized subject matter expert in various political, trade, industry, and professional associations supporting economic development, supplier diversity, and business intelligence. Through her career, Janice continues to provide leadership to several domestic and international industry associations.

Industry strengths: strategic planning, key stakeholder relationships, cross functional leadership, program development and implementation, and effective communication skills 

Erica Hill

Vice President Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion
CBRE

I am an executive-level procurement strategist and sourcing team leader for multinational organizations seeking to create partnerships between the procurement function and stakeholders across the business. I am known for my talents in strategically sourcing goods and services quickly at impressively lower costs.

Most recently, I helped to launch a Boston flagship store for a European fashion retailer (Primark) planning to expand into the US market. Earlier roles (Brown Shoe Company, MeadWestvaco, and Georgia-Pacific) focused on building a top-shelf procurement program and identifying the processes, technologies, and teams to accomplish corporate goals. In my earliest career, I led procurement consulting functions for global Fortune 100 companies as a manager / senior consultant with both Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young / Cap Gemeni.

In fact, in every position, I lowered costs, increased diversity spend, and elevated the value of procurement within the organization and specifically to the executive team. By believing that the relationship between procurement and the various departments is one of true partnership, I also found ways to improve operations and decrease the time to market.

To learn more about my procurement and leadership expertise, please connect with me on LinkedIn. 

Lisa Roben

Program Manager, California Supplier Diversity Lead
Comcast

Lisa Roben, Program Manager, leads Comcast California’s Supplier Diversity Program, which is designed to promote, increase and improve participation of diverse businesses within the procurement process. Lisa and the Comcast California Region team, work with incumbent diverse suppliers and provide outreach/technical assistance to prospective diverse suppliers. The program focus includes Comcast California’s collaboration with business inclusion of women, minority, service-disabled veteran, LGBT+ and disabled enterprise. Over the past three years, Lisa has enjoyed her position in working together with procurement to advocate for diverse suppliers, advocate and strengthen Comcast California’s Supplier Diversity Program. Before joining Comcast in 2016, Lisa represented a minority business enterprise as a Corporate Account Manager. This experience helped her to become an advocate of diverse suppliers and understand the need for and value of supplier diversity programs – this truly prepared her for her role in Comcast.

Sandra Duckworth

Program Manager, Supplier Diversity
Delta Air Lines

Sandra Duckworth serves as Program Manager in Delta Air Lines Supply Chain Management, Supplier Diversity & Inclusion team, which identifies and builds relationships with high quality small, minority and women-owned business enterprises.  Sandra is responsible for the Tier 2 Program, managing the diverse reporting of 88 of Delta’s large businesses. Additionally, Sandra fosters and maintains relationships with our advocacy organizations, in which Delta serves as a corporate partner.

Prior to joining Delta, Sandra worked for CSM Bakery Solutions as an SAP Analyst managing contracts for several ingredients across 23 different US plants.  Before then, she worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 23 years in various Procurement and Supply Chain roles.  Her latest role at Coca-Cola was Tier 2 Program Manager in Supplier Diversity, where she worked to increase 2nd Tier spend by 26%. 

Sandra holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Shorter University in Business Management.  She and her husband, Danny, live in Fayetteville, GA.

Stacie Harwood

Program Manager, Supplier Diversity
T-Mobile

Stacie Harwood is a 12-year T-Mobile veteran and responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Un-carrier’s Supplier Diversity team, which oversees organization-wide initiatives concerning diversity and opens doors for minority-owned businesses to thrive with the carrier.

In her current role, Stacie utilizes her proven interpersonal skills to speak with organizations about possibilities within T-Mobile while also working with suppliers to help get them certified and primed for success. Her impact spans multiple regions and national markets and can provide significant beneficial opportunities for professional entities across the U.S.

Before T-Mobile, Stacie built her repertoire as an accounts receivable specialist first at U.S. West Communications, then at kidney dialysis company DaVita before taking her talents to T-Mobile. Prior to her current role, Stacie gained invaluable experience as a program manager for the Un-carrier’s tower operations and safety team, ensuring tower climbers and their overseers remained safe and secure while helping to make the T-Mobile network sing.

Originally from Montana, Stacie and her husband currently reside in the greater Seattle area with their three dogs and two cats. The two humans of the household support various animal rescue organizations and love to travel abroad, preferably to lounge on warm sandy beaches. 

Speed Networking

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 13:20

Speed Networking is an exciting way to make multiple like-minded connections in a short amount of time. You will be matched (virtually) for 3-minute meetings to learn and connect with your industry peers. Buy-side will connect with sell-side sponsors to learn more about solutions as well as with other buy-side delegates to strengthen your networks. This is a fast-paced, fun, and easy way to create the connections needed to increase value in the event as well as in your day-to-day professional lives.

Breaking Down Silos in Vendor Risk Mitigation at Smartsheet

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 13:55

In order to vet a new vendor for onboarding, a number of functional areas may need be involved in that vetting process, whether Procurement, Legal, IT, Compliance, Risk, Information Security and perhaps others! When each functional area is focused on their individual piece of the assessment puzzle, how do you effectively share information to ensure that risk to the enterprise is mitigated or eliminated? Open channels of communication and coordinated information sharing across teams increases the likelihood that your organization is adequately protected.  In this session, we will share what Smartsheet is doing to create cohesive and collaborative cross-functional vendor risk management. 

 

Julia Braun

Sr. Director, Procurement, AP & Travel
Smartsheet

Julia Braun joined Smartsheet, Inc. in July 2019 and is the global head of Procurement, Accounts Payable & Travel for Smartsheet, Inc.  Prior to Smartsheet, Julia was a VP of Third Party Risk Management for Bank of the West and is a certified Third Party Risk Management professional. She was a National Director of Operations with ManpowerGroup Solutions Australia, and a Sr. Director of Operations with MPG/TAPFIN in North America.  Prior to her time with ManpowerGroup, Julia headed up the Contingent Workforce Management program at Microsoft where she was responsible for North America program operations and led the effort to expand and implement that program across Microsoft globally.  Prior to Microsoft, she held a variety of sourcing and leadership positions in retail, banking and financial services, including Nordstrom and JPMorgan Chase. 

Julia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and resides in Bellevue, WA with her husband Eric, daughter Liliana (15) and labrador retrievers, Dash and Arlo.

Table Topic Roundtable Discussions

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 14:30

Join these table topic roundtable discussions to gain insights and share ideas with your industry peers. You may join two of the three 15- minute topic-based discussions. These on-camera, open microphone format meetings will allow for a short introduction by our group facilitator followed by an open discussion. The topics to choose from are:

  • 2:30 & 2:45 PM - Fundamentals of the Energy Transition and the Role Procurement Can Play Within It, facilitated by Mussadiq Akram, Principal, Oliver Wyman and Karina Swette, Partner, Oliver Wyman
  • 2:30 & 2:45 PM -  Supplier Diversity and Inclusion - Targeted Discussions, faciliated by Dr. Janice Greene, President and CEO, WBEC - Pacific
  • 2:30 PM - Rebranding Procurement, facilitated by Julia Braun, Sr. Director, Procurement, AP & Travel, Smartsheet
  • 2:45 PM - Why Education Never Goes Out of Style, facilitated by Dawn Tiura, President and CEO, Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)

 

 

Transformation in Today’s New Normal by Jeff Amsel, CPO, BCBS

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 15:05

In this discussion we will explore how to successfully drive transformation in our new remote settings, we will share stories and strategies for what you need to be doing to ensure total success and who needs to own this function for your team and stakeholder buy-in. Come ready to learn and ask questions as Jeff Amsel, CPO, BCBS takes us through the most critical layers of a successful transformational journey.

Jeff Amsel

CPO
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Global operations leader with experience in building best in class organizations while managing direct and indirect spend between $600m - $2.5billion with leading organizations and consulting firms. Deep expertise in operational transformation, turn-around efforts, strategy, M&A, vendor management, procurement and real estate and driving change management efforts across operations in the Americas, APAC and EMEA. Results oriented leader of 25+ years; standing up new teams to drive value, improve relationships and lead strategic planning efforts to influence and achieve goals.

Our team won the SIG - Innovation in Sourcing Award, 2018
https://futureofsourcingawards.com/winners-gallery

Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 15:35

Closing remarks by Dawn Tiura, President & CEO, SIG. Stay with us for our closing comments, a final wrap of the day, and information on how to view the on-demand sessions and how to keep the networking and connections going. 

Event Sponsor: 
Oliver Wyman

About SIGnature Events

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Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting that combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. 

Oliver Wyman's global Value Sourcing and Supply Chain Practice is one of our key capabilities in Operational Efficiency and helps organizations transform procurement into a strong competitive advantage, delivering sustained value. 

Our dedicated team of 20 Partners and 200+ experienced consultants and managers based in North America, Europe and Middle East is supported by the Procurement Expertise Center. This network of experts provides in-depth category expertise, supplier market insight as well as methodologies and tools development support. 

For more information, visit https://www.oliverwyman.com or email valuesourcing@oliverwyman.com

 

Keynote Speakers

Mussadiq Akram
Principal
Oliver Wyman

Muss is a principal in Oliver Wyman’s Energy practice based in Houston. He serves clients across the energy value chain, primarily focused on energy transition, corporate strategy and planning as well as in public sector policy projects related to energy. Additionally, he has led a number of projects in M&A among US utilities. Prior to that, Muss led sourcing and supply chain projects when many North American energy companies embraced category management. He has 10 years of experience in the Americas and the Middle East. Muss holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BA in International Relations from Syracuse University and a MEng in Energy Economics and Engineering from Cornell University. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Muss worked at PwC’s Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) and at PowerAdvocate. He started his career as an engineer designing offshore pipelines.




Jeff Amsel
CPO
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Global operations leader with experience in building best in class organizations while managing direct and indirect spend between $600m - $2.5billion with leading organizations and consulting firms. Deep expertise in operational transformation, turn-around efforts, strategy, M&A, vendor management, procurement and real estate and driving change management efforts across operations in the Americas, APAC and EMEA. Results oriented leader of 25+ years; standing up new teams to drive value, improve relationships and lead strategic planning efforts to influence and achieve goals.

Our team won the SIG - Innovation in Sourcing Award, 2018
https://futureofsourcingawards.com/winners-gallery




Julia Braun
Sr. Director, Procurement, AP & Travel
Smartsheet

Julia Braun joined Smartsheet, Inc. in July 2019 and is the global head of Procurement, Accounts Payable & Travel for Smartsheet, Inc.  Prior to Smartsheet, Julia was a VP of Third Party Risk Management for Bank of the West and is a certified Third Party Risk Management professional. She was a National Director of Operations with ManpowerGroup Solutions Australia, and a Sr. Director of Operations with MPG/TAPFIN in North America.  Prior to her time with ManpowerGroup, Julia headed up the Contingent Workforce Management program at Microsoft where she was responsible for North America program operations and led the effort to expand and implement that program across Microsoft globally.  Prior to Microsoft, she held a variety of sourcing and leadership positions in retail, banking and financial services, including Nordstrom and JPMorgan Chase. 

Julia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and resides in Bellevue, WA with her husband Eric, daughter Liliana (15) and labrador retrievers, Dash and Arlo.




Adrian Dragomir
Head of Procurement
REI, Inc (Recreational Equipment, Inc)

Adrian Dragomir is Head of Procurement for REI. Adrian’s experience spans across technology, marketing, defense, logistics, and art. He is extremely passionate about building amazing teams, helping others grow, and delivering real-world results.




Sandra Duckworth
Program Manager, Supplier Diversity
Delta Air Lines

Sandra Duckworth serves as Program Manager in Delta Air Lines Supply Chain Management, Supplier Diversity & Inclusion team, which identifies and builds relationships with high quality small, minority and women-owned business enterprises.  Sandra is responsible for the Tier 2 Program, managing the diverse reporting of 88 of Delta’s large businesses. Additionally, Sandra fosters and maintains relationships with our advocacy organizations, in which Delta serves as a corporate partner.

Prior to joining Delta, Sandra worked for CSM Bakery Solutions as an SAP Analyst managing contracts for several ingredients across 23 different US plants.  Before then, she worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 23 years in various Procurement and Supply Chain roles.  Her latest role at Coca-Cola was Tier 2 Program Manager in Supplier Diversity, where she worked to increase 2nd Tier spend by 26%. 

Sandra holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Shorter University in Business Management.  She and her husband, Danny, live in Fayetteville, GA.




Dr. Janice Greene
President & CEO
Women’s Business Enterprise Council Pacific (WBEC Pacific)

Dr. Janice Greene is an experienced leader who has demonstrated the ability to successfully design, integrate and align economic development and strategic work placement into enterprise business objectives. She is a recognized subject matter expert in various political, trade, industry, and professional associations supporting economic development, supplier diversity, and business intelligence. Through her career, Janice continues to provide leadership to several domestic and international industry associations.

Industry strengths: strategic planning, key stakeholder relationships, cross functional leadership, program development and implementation, and effective communication skills 




Alejandro Gusis
Global Vice President Indirect Procurement and Real Estate
Univar Solutions

Highly accomplished international Supply Chain leader with in-depth expertise in helping organizations improve their bottom line through the design, implementation and management of procurement, sourcing strategies, and vendor management initiatives.

Delivered significant results in cost reduction, productivity, and quality improvement by aligning critical procurement processes and key vendors/partners with market strategies and business objectives.




Stacie Harwood
Program Manager, Supplier Diversity
T-Mobile

Stacie Harwood is a 12-year T-Mobile veteran and responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Un-carrier’s Supplier Diversity team, which oversees organization-wide initiatives concerning diversity and opens doors for minority-owned businesses to thrive with the carrier.

In her current role, Stacie utilizes her proven interpersonal skills to speak with organizations about possibilities within T-Mobile while also working with suppliers to help get them certified and primed for success. Her impact spans multiple regions and national markets and can provide significant beneficial opportunities for professional entities across the U.S.

Before T-Mobile, Stacie built her repertoire as an accounts receivable specialist first at U.S. West Communications, then at kidney dialysis company DaVita before taking her talents to T-Mobile. Prior to her current role, Stacie gained invaluable experience as a program manager for the Un-carrier’s tower operations and safety team, ensuring tower climbers and their overseers remained safe and secure while helping to make the T-Mobile network sing.

Originally from Montana, Stacie and her husband currently reside in the greater Seattle area with their three dogs and two cats. The two humans of the household support various animal rescue organizations and love to travel abroad, preferably to lounge on warm sandy beaches. 




Erica Hill
Vice President Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion
CBRE

I am an executive-level procurement strategist and sourcing team leader for multinational organizations seeking to create partnerships between the procurement function and stakeholders across the business. I am known for my talents in strategically sourcing goods and services quickly at impressively lower costs.

Most recently, I helped to launch a Boston flagship store for a European fashion retailer (Primark) planning to expand into the US market. Earlier roles (Brown Shoe Company, MeadWestvaco, and Georgia-Pacific) focused on building a top-shelf procurement program and identifying the processes, technologies, and teams to accomplish corporate goals. In my earliest career, I led procurement consulting functions for global Fortune 100 companies as a manager / senior consultant with both Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young / Cap Gemeni.

In fact, in every position, I lowered costs, increased diversity spend, and elevated the value of procurement within the organization and specifically to the executive team. By believing that the relationship between procurement and the various departments is one of true partnership, I also found ways to improve operations and decrease the time to market.

To learn more about my procurement and leadership expertise, please connect with me on LinkedIn. 




Mike Matheis
Partner
Oliver Wyman

Mike is Oliver Wyman's Global Industry Association, Civic, and Economic Organization Lead, directing Board strategy and C-Suite forums across approximately 20+ organizations around the  world.  Mike’s 35 years of cross-industry expertise is grounded in 13+ years at Procter & Gamble, Global Marketing Practice Leadership and Global Growth & Innovation Practice Leadership at Accenture, North American CPG and Retail Practice Leadership at A.T. Kearney, and his published thought leadership.

Selected experience

  • For the CEO and Board of the most significant financial services association in the world, helped lead the development of its long-term strategy, operating model requirements, and transformation plan
  • For the CEO of the largest consumer products and retail association in  the world, helped  the CEO and its Board align on a plan to accelerate the Board’s top 3 priorities 
  • For the CEO of the largest travel & tourism association in the world, developed its Executive Committee engagement strategy and transformation plan, its ExCom governance plan, and its global CEO Forum strategy
  • For the CEO and Board of the most important civic and economic organization in New York Metro, developed its 2017 Federal priorities, helping share them with the Trump administration
  • For the CEO of one of the automotive industry’s most significant equipment manufacturer associations in North America, helped assess its large cap CEO Council capability and approach, helping establish a new Global CEO Forum
  • For the CEO of  the most important wholesaler association in North America, help lead its billion dollar CEO, CFO, and CIO networks
  • For the CEOs and boards of the most significant CPG manufacturer and food retail associations in North America, led the development of each’s long-term strategy, annual operating plan, and internal operating model requirements
  • For the CEO of the most important health insurance association in the US, advising on its confidential long-term strategy
  • For the CEO of the largest consumer products and retail associations in Russia and Turkey, leading 3-4 CEO Forums per year

Mike has a B.S. from Cornell University and was sponsored by P&G for Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Executive Masters Program.

 




Christine Oumansour
Partner
Oliver Wyman

Christine Oumansour is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Energy and Operations practices. Her teams focus on strategy, market scenarios and economics, and capital program design and execution with a view to maximizing value and supporting executives to develop resilient and living strategies. Christine’s industry experience is focused on the Energy sector, serving electric and gas utilities as well as oil & gas companies across the US, Canada, and the Middle East.  Christine and her team have worked a portfolio of over $400Bn of energy capital projects covering all forms of generation, electric and gas transmission, and distribution, as well as upstream E&P. Christine Co-leads Oliver Wyman`s Global Gas Center ofExcellence.

Experience:

  • Energy Transition Strategy: Advises various utility and Gas clients across North America on Energy Transition scenarios, strategic approaches, and corporate resilience and business planning to address and tackle the evolving set of challenges posed by the Energy Transition.
  • Natural Gas of the Future: Ongoing work on how natural gas players across upstream, midstream, downstream and utility distribution can anticipate and proactively respond to the pressures shaping the discussion on Gas across North America and globally.
  • Execution Optimization Advisory: Advises various North American utilities and O&G companies on the direction and planning for their capital portfolios, including: optimization of make v buy decisions, delivery approach effectiveness, organizational optimization, market-led planning activities, long-range forecasting and scenario planning, as well as rate case support and regulatory advisory for Utilities.
  • Economic Advisory: Provides strategic advice to utility executives addressing organizational direction, cost competitiveness of assets and construction programs, anticipation of market movements in labor and materials, and impact of the various, and fluctuating, economic factors on energy markets and planned project execution.
  • Capital Program Execution: Supports the planning and execution processes for large capital projects or programs, including developing contracting approaches, advising on negotiations and cost structuring, and assessment of total portfolio costs.

Additional qualifications

Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Business Administration from London Business School.




Lisa Roben
Program Manager, California Supplier Diversity Lead
Comcast

Lisa Roben, Program Manager, leads Comcast California’s Supplier Diversity Program, which is designed to promote, increase and improve participation of diverse businesses within the procurement process. Lisa and the Comcast California Region team, work with incumbent diverse suppliers and provide outreach/technical assistance to prospective diverse suppliers. The program focus includes Comcast California’s collaboration with business inclusion of women, minority, service-disabled veteran, LGBT+ and disabled enterprise. Over the past three years, Lisa has enjoyed her position in working together with procurement to advocate for diverse suppliers, advocate and strengthen Comcast California’s Supplier Diversity Program. Before joining Comcast in 2016, Lisa represented a minority business enterprise as a Corporate Account Manager. This experience helped her to become an advocate of diverse suppliers and understand the need for and value of supplier diversity programs – this truly prepared her for her role in Comcast.




Karina Swette
Partner
Oliver Wyman

Karina has +15 years of experience in management consulting and investment banking across the globe. She has a specialty in strategic sourcing, supply chain, operational improvements, due diligence, capital deployment, market entry, and administrating Project Management Offices (PMO).

She has worked for private equity firms, distributors, manufacturers, global and national oil companies, major and regional airlines, aircraft manufactures, global maintenance facilities, government agencies and non for profits. Karina has worked in the US, Mexico, Latin America, Canada, Europe, South East Asia, Middle East, Brazil and South Africa.

Specific client examples include:

  • For a PE-held distributor of construction material, delivered 6% savings through market testing to drive incumbent leverage, should cost analysis and new supplier introductions
  • For a leading office supplies distributor, evaluated the procurement organization, redefined category management strategy across +30 categories, executed sourcing initiatives and saved +$35M, 9% on direct spend
  • For a global health organization, evaluated existing contracts for efficiency improvements and developed systematic recommendations for future award process utilizing best practices from private sector, with annual savings of $1.5B
  • For a distributor of food service products, evaluated procurement sophistication and sourcing opportunity identifying 8% cost improvements
  • For a Middle East aerospace company, performed a sourcing due diligence, identifying purchasing inefficiencies, reviewed the organizational design and effectiveness
  • For a global airline, created a total cost of ownership model and led negotiations with engine manufactures to purchase over 400 engines, savings 20% from initial proposals
  • For a major U.S. airline in bankruptcy, defined the engine maintenance strategy, modeling unique deal structures, and facilitating negotiations , resulting in 10-year savings of over $650M 



Ryan Takach
Director, Strategic Sourcing
Applied Materials

Global supply chain leader with over 15 years’ experience and a passion for strategic sourcing, international business, and environmental sustainability.

 




Dawn Tiura
CEO and President
Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)

Dawn Tiura, CEO and President of SIG, SIG University and Future of Sourcing digital publication, has more than 26 years of 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.