Western Regional SIGnature Event





November 10, 2021

Pacific Time

Executive Roundtable - Concurrent Session

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00

This session brings our most senior buy-side attendees together for an exclusive, topic-based meeting. This is a Zoom style meeting, where delegates are on-camera with an open mic for open discussions, executive learning and peer networking. This is an invitation only meeting.

Contracting in the New Economy presented by Kate Vitasek

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 12:00

Join us to learn from industry expert, author and educator, Kate Vitasek as we explore the important concepts of Contracting in the New Economy. This educational session will provide you with immediately applicable tools and information on learning targets such as:

  • What is the difference between a relational contract and a transactional contract?
  • when to use a relational contract.
  • A proven 5-step method for relational contracting.

Kate Vitasek

Faculty, Graduate & Executive
University of Tennessee

Kate Vitasek is an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested® business model for highly collaborative relationships. Vitasek, a Faculty member at the University of Tennessee, has been lauded by World Trade Magazine as one of the “Fabulous 50+1” most influential people impacting global commerce.

Her pioneering work has led to 6 books, including: Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing, Vested: How P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships and Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships. Vitasek’s work also won the APICS/Supply Chain Council’s Academic Advancement award for advancing the business.

Vitasek is internationally recognized for her practical and research-based advice for driving transformation and innovation through highly collaborative and strategic partnerships. She has appeared on Bloomberg, CNN International, NPR, and Fox Business News. Her work has been featured in over 300 articles in publications like Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Journal of Commerce, World Trade Magazine and Outsource Magazine.

Prior to joining the University of Tennessee, Vitasek’s storied career includes positions with P&G, Microsoft, Accenture, Stream International and founding Supply Chain Visions – a boutique-consulting firm recognized by ARC Advisory Group as one of the “10 Coolest” Boutique Consulting firms.

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.

SIG Talk #1 with Ecovadis

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 13:55

SIG Talks allow our valued provider sponsors 15-minutes to highlight themselves in a "Ted Talk" style format providing you with an overview on how they may apply to your business. We find that these short talks deliver maximum value in a short amount of time and uncover great value for our buy-side delegates.

SIG Talk #2

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 14:15

SIG Talks allow our valued provider sponsors 15-minutes to highlight themselves in a "Ted Talk" style format providing you with an overview on how they may apply to your business. We find that these short talks deliver maximum value in a short amount of time and uncover great value for our buy-side delegates. 

Sponsoring Provider Keynote by JAGGAER

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 14:35

Sponsoring provider or senior buy-side keynote presentation will take place to bring you. powerful solutions to industry problems.

SIG Talk #3

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 15:10

SIG Talks allow our valued provider sponsors 15-minutes to highlight themselves in a "Ted Talk" style format providing you with an overview on how they may apply to your business. We find that these short talks deliver maximum value in a short amount of time and uncover great value for our buy-side delegates. 

 

SIG Talk #4

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 15:30

SIG Talks allow our valued provider sponsors 15-minutes to highlight themselves in a "Ted Talk" style format providing you with an overview on how they may apply to your business. We find that these short talks deliver maximum value in a short amount of time and uncover great value for our buy-side delegates. 

 

Executive Presentation by Adrian Dragomir, Head of Procurement, REI

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 15:50

Join us for this Executive Buy-side Presentation by Adrian Dragomir, Head of Procurement at REI. Come prepared to learn and ask questions. As an executive member of the REI Team, you can expect a presention packed with top of mind disucssion points as well as tangable take-aways. 

Session details will be updated shortly. Consider joining us in person at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bellevue Washington to get your questions answered in person!
 

Adrian Dragomir

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

Adrian Dragomir is Head of Procurement in REI’s Strategic Sourcing group, where he leads a team focused on technology and marketing. 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.

Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 16:20

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.

Event Sponsor: 
EcoVadis
JAGGAER

About SIGnature Events

SIGnature Events are powerful one-day meetings in which buy-side practitioners benchmark with other organizations and network with colleagues facing similar issues. The event offers executive roundtables, general session speakers, lunch, CPO presentations, analyst overviews and SIG Talks (15-minute discussions in a "Ted Talk" format), as well as our famous Provider Showcase program. Delegates will learn and network throughout the day, then wind down the afternoon with a happy hour, casual one-on-one discussions and a pocket full of long-term collegial relationships. Keep an eye on our event calendar for specific dates and topics of upcoming events!

Sample Agenda for SIGnature Events

Times are based on Eastern Time (UTC -5)

9:00 AM Executive Roundtable for director level delegates and above 
Concurrent Grand Roundtable for general session delegates
11:30 AM Lunch and general session keynote presentation
12:30 PM CPO presentation
1:15 PM BREAK
1:30 PM CPO or industry analyst presentation on current trends and state of the industry
2:15 PM SIG Talks ("Ted Talk" format presentations)
3:30 PM Provider Showcase and Happy Hour
5:30 PM Adjourn
Time Zone: 
Pacific

SIGnature Hybrid Events are powerful one-day meetings in which buy-side practitioners benchmark with other organizations and network with colleagues facing similar issues. This hybrid event offers an Executive Roundtable, General Session Speakers offering training and practical, implementable tools, CPO Presentations, Analyst Overviews, and SIG Talks (15-minute discussions in a "Ted Talk" format). This event runs simultaneously in an in-person and virtual format so delegates on-site will experience the same programming for those online. Our day will wrap with a Networking session to allow all delegates the opportunity to connect. In-person participants will visit our Provider Showcase sponsor tables where our providers will showcase their industry expertise, all while enjoying a happy hour reception. Our virtual attendees can meet one-to-one or one-to-many for more targeting networking as well as enjoy sponsor demos or explore sponsor booths. 

The maximum number of registrations per provider company for a SIGnature Event Sponsor is 5 delegates.

All attendees must agree to abide by the SIG Terms & Conditions.

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EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 190 purchasing categories and 150 countries. Industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Nestlé, Schneider Electric, Michelin and BASF are among the more than 45,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth. Learn more on ecovadis.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

JAGGAER is the world’s largest independent spend management company, with over 2000 customers connected to a network of 4 million suppliers in 70 countries, served by offices located in the Americas, APAC, Asia and EMEA. JAGGAER offers complete SaaS-based Source to Pay eProcurement solutions with advanced Spend Analytics, Sourcing, Supplier Management, Contract Lifecycle Management, Savings Tracking, and intelligent workflow capabilities all on a single platform, JAGGAER ONE. JAGGAER has pioneered spend solutions for over two decades and continues to lead the innovation curve by listening to customers and stakeholders in all industry sectors, public services and academia. Additionally, JAGGAER holds 37 patents–more than any other spend management company.  For more information: https://www.jaggaer.com/.

Keynote Speakers

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

Adrian Dragomir is Head of Procurement in REI’s Strategic Sourcing group, where he leads a team focused on technology and marketing. 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.




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.




Kate Vitasek
Faculty, Graduate & Executive
University of Tennessee

Kate Vitasek is an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested® business model for highly collaborative relationships. Vitasek, a Faculty member at the University of Tennessee, has been lauded by World Trade Magazine as one of the “Fabulous 50+1” most influential people impacting global commerce.

Her pioneering work has led to 6 books, including: Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing, Vested: How P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships and Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships. Vitasek’s work also won the APICS/Supply Chain Council’s Academic Advancement award for advancing the business.

Vitasek is internationally recognized for her practical and research-based advice for driving transformation and innovation through highly collaborative and strategic partnerships. She has appeared on Bloomberg, CNN International, NPR, and Fox Business News. Her work has been featured in over 300 articles in publications like Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Journal of Commerce, World Trade Magazine and Outsource Magazine.

Prior to joining the University of Tennessee, Vitasek’s storied career includes positions with P&G, Microsoft, Accenture, Stream International and founding Supply Chain Visions – a boutique-consulting firm recognized by ARC Advisory Group as one of the “10 Coolest” Boutique Consulting firms.