Why Attend


This report highlights attendee and speaker participation, program content and networking events from the 2018 Fall Global Executive Summit in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Take a moment to learn about who attended, their feedback on the Summit and the program content. The report also lists the top of mind topics that are of most concern to the delegates.


Prospective attendees will find this information helpful to understand the current sourcing trends and challenges. You will also be prepared to attend the next SIG Summit as you will gain a good understanding of who your fellow attendees will be, where and how you will be spending your time, and what you should expect from the sessions.


The best way to learn about SIG is to hear it straight from our members and delegates. Watch this short video and listen to SIG Summit delegates share their thoughts on why SIG is the place to go for sourcing, procurement and outsourcing content, thought leadership, networking and implementable ideas:

"After attending the SIG Global Summit, I now have an even greater realization of what a treasure trove of resources SIG truly is, and I hope to leverage these resources and work with SIG much more closely going forward!"
VP of Lead Sourcing, PNC Bank
"I have tried many sourcing conferences over the last 12 years but the one that I keep returning to is SIG. It is simply the best source of current and real-world information available for the sourcing professional."
Carter Cherry, Director Supply Chain, PNM Resources, Inc.
"SIG's regional and national conferences are packed with forward-thinking, thought-provoking, and enjoyable sessions."      
Michele Flynn, Vice Chairman Hiperos, Director, Opus Global
"The SIG Summit is the most advanced and forward-thinking procurement-related event I've ever attended in my career. It is a powerful networking platform which offers a number of opportunities to connect, learn and grow through a great variety of tools, workshops and channels."
Emmanuel Cambresy, Global Supplier Performance and Innovation Manager, Novartis Business Services
"SIG is a close group of people ... you have an opportunity to really form relationships. There is no selling involved, so it's an open forum to get to know what's available in the marketplace without being sold to."
Debra Bronzo, Vice President, New York Life
"SIG's Leadership Summit is the destination event for Strategic Sourcing best practice sharing. The "no selling" environment combined with formalized networking opportunities and progressive thought leadership guarantees an unparalleled learning experience."
Joe Walsh, Director Strategic Sourcing, Intermountain Healthcare
"My observation after attending the Global Summit was that the quality of the sourcing professionals was the best I had been exposed to compared to any other sourcing conferences. I believe SIG membership is a necessity."
Ken Goins, VP, BPO Strategy, Equifax, Inc.
"The emphasis that SIG has, which I think is unique, is that you are dealing with a community of practitioners here to discuss their experiences, their techniques, their situations. And I am not being sold to."
John St. Hilaire, Senior Purchasing Officer, International Monetary Fund
"SIG's global depth and breadth of membership translates to virtually no separation between member inquiry and unparalleled industry insight." 
Charles H. Nobs, Managing Director, UBS Wealth Management USA
"The non-commercial aspect of SIG enables members to get to know each other and develop lasting relationships."
Carrie Ericson, Vice President , A.T. Kearney
"SIG brings together the top minds of sourcing and outsourcing to discuss issues and best practices that can really change your organization."
Tim Minahan, Chief Marketing Officer, Ariba
"The strength of the SIG Summit is reflected in the caliber of the attendees, presenters, and SIG staff members. The Summit is the must-attend for all sourcing professionals."
Carol Britton, SVP Corporate Procurement, Regions Financial
"SIG is where I meet thought leaders and keep up with key industry trends."
Brad Peterson, Partner, Mayer Brown
"SIG's no-sales environment enables participants to be open, honest and engaged - which is unique."
Jonathan James, VP of Marketing/Global Outsourcing and Infrastructure Services, Unisys