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    Sophie Serhan

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      WHAT IS VIP DAY?

      30-40 senior procurement practitioners will join a tailored, personalized, one day business summit, where they can enjoy exclusive, private discussions with a select group of sourcing peers.

      In addition to personalized conversations, VIPs are carefully profiled and matched to innovative solution providers who directly meet their immediate strategic objectives.

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        Claire Barnes
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              DAY 1

              Blue Sky Thinking

              Wednesday 2nd November

              7:30 AM
              Registration & breakfast

              Pick up your badge and join your peers for a coffee and a chat prior to kick-off!

              8.15 AM
              Welcome

              Chair’s welcome to FORGE: ENGAGE - let’s get started!

              Chairman:

              Jake Wojcik, EVP, Insight Sourcing Group and SpendHQ 

              & Welcome from Mike Cadieux, CEO, Procurement Foundry

              Sponsor:

              Insight-Logo

               

               

              8.30 AM
              OPENING SESSION

              Improv/e yourself!

              Join a fun, ‘outside the box’ learning opportunity with this expert Improv company who through unscripted theatre and a bit of comedy will refresh the way you think about communicating and collaborating. This revolutionary learning technique will leave you inspired with new ways of thinking to take back to the office and ensure you are fully charged for the day ahead!

              The Hideout Theatre

              9:30 AM
              Take a Break

              Expo & coffee

              PROCUREMENT PATHWAY - If you are new to procurement, sign up to meet one of our Procurement Foundry fellows over coffee and enjoy a 1-2-1 with someone who can help you take the next step in your journey.

              9:50 AM
              FUTURIST KEYNOTE

              Challenges and opportunities for procurement in turbulent times

              Join top-ranked economist and financial futurist Jason Schenker for this timely discussion of critical risks and opportunities facing procurement organizations, functions, and executives. Topics for this talk will include the economic outlook, financial market dynamics, labor market data, supply chain disruptions, inflation and Interest rates, capital expenditure expectations, bond yields, energy prices, Cold War Two®, and more. 

              Jason has been ranked the #1 forecaster in the world in 26 different categories by Bloomberg since 2011. He is the Chairman of The Futurist Institute and the President of Prestige Economics. 

              Speaker:

              Jason Schenker, Chairman, President & Author, The Futurist Institute / Prestige Economics –the #1 forecaster in the world, Bloomberg News

              10.50 AM
              FIRE-SIDE CHAT

              Procurement State of the Union / Golden age of procurement

              • Why this is the best time to be in procurement – our ability to make an impact
              • Trends and priorities, navigating through complexities – pandemic / war
              • ESG – how as a business are you decarbonizing?
              • Resilience & risk
              • Business partnering and technologies helping drive engagement with stakeholders
              • Capability / build out of teams
              • People resilience / the war on talent – risk and opportunity

              Speakers:

              Cyril Pourrat, Chief Procurement Officer, BT

              Lisa Martin, SVP, Chief Procurement Officer, GSK 

              Adam Brown, Head of Digitalization, AP Moller Maersk

              Host:

              Rujul Zaparde, CEO, Zip

              Sponsor:

              zip-logo

               

              11:30 AM
              Take a Break

              Grab a coffee & hit the Expo

              Live Interviews/Podcasts with Mark Raffan, Negotiations Ninja and Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, Let's Talk Supply Chain

               

               

              11:50 AM
              PLENARY

              High tech transformation

              • Applying transformative thinking for process clarity and simplification
              • The value in small, incremental change
              • Embedding a never-ending commitment to excellence within the team

              Speakers:

              Conrad Smith, CEO, Graphite Connect

              Dave Hearn, Head of Procurement, Pure Storage 

              Sponsor:

              graphite-logo

               

               

              12:20 PM
              CONTENT HUDDLES

              Your choice of Huddle topics:

              1. How to build your procurement presence within the organization – Karen Hodson, Global Procurement & Real Estate Officer, CM Group
              2. Lessons learned in digital transformation - Jamie Martino, Head of Procurement, Aryaka Networks
              3. Increasing supply chain resilience and transparency - Anna McGovern, MD, Pond View Consulting
              4. Kick starting ESG within procurement - Kelly Lopez, Vice President of Enterprise Services, Scout Sourcing
              5. Reporting from the trencheshow to solve for today’s IT procurement challenges - Jim Hussey, SaaS Optimization & SAM Advisory Practice Lead, NPI
              6. World-class change management - Amanda Prochaska, Chief Wonder Officer, Wonder Services
              7. Software renewals - Alan Poulin, Manager, Procurement & Third Party Risk Management, & Trace Lewis, Lead, Procurement & Third Party Risk, Transamerica 
              8. Supplier innovation - Ernie Hernandez, Director Global Procurement, Equipment & Innovation, Primo Water
              9. Leveraging the benefits of public sector procurement into the private sector – Sarah Alexander, Sr, Legal Counsel, Corporate & Governance, HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan)  
              10. Lone Wolf strategy - Michael Leiken, VP, Procurement Strategy at InMarket
              11. Discussing automating savings tracking and broadening procurement's spend influence - Anders Lillevik, Founder, Focal Point
              12. Bridging the gap between procurement and legal - Leo Rodriguez, Product Marketing, & James Honsa, Director of Solution Strategy, Ironclad
              13. Leading procurement teams are building ProcOps - learn why and how to do it - Colin Glazier, VP of Solutions  & Eric Rucker, Strategic Procurement Advisor, Zip

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              1:05 PM
              lunch break

              Take a lunch break & visit our solution providers in the Expo

              2:05 PM
              FIRE-SIDE CHAT

              What's hot in ProcureTech, what's not and what we should be watching

              Speaker:

              Dr. Elouise Epstein, Partner, Kearney

              Host:

              Seb Butt, GM, EMEA, Craft

              Sponsor:

              craft

               

              2:45 PM
              PLENARY

              Risk & resilience

              • How are companies pivoting to build resilience into their procurement playbooks?
              • A risk-based approach to procurement
              • Supply chain rationalization and localization
              • Supply security vs. low-cost supply chains
              • Investment priorities to build resiliency
              • Ongoing disruption and firefighting

              Speakers:

              Kelly Lopez, Vice President of Enterprise Services, Scout Sourcing

              Thiago Braga, Director of Supply Chain Management & Chief of Logistics, City of Edmonton

              Nicole Thomas, Director, P2P Consulting & Project Management, Apexanalytix

              Host:

              Jason Gorski, VP Strategic Sourcing – Sales, Workday

              Sponsors:

              Workday_Logo

              APEX_Analytix_Logo 2019

               

              3:15 PM
              PLENARY

              Cyber exposure and cyber insurance

              • Where are the intersections with procurement
              • What can procurement people do to help their business
              • Driving down costs and or driving cost avoidance
              • Mitigating risk
              • Understanding the categories of vendors and associated dos/don’ts, pricing models, pricing trends, leaders, etc.

              Speaker:

              Brian Schnese, AVP, Senior Risk Consultant, Organizational Resilience, Risk Services, HUB International

              Or,

              Hop into one of the Content Huddles you didn't get to join earlier. Repeat discussions are taking place 3.15-4.00pm

              3:45 PM
              Caffeine recharge

              Visit the Expo & get involved in the gamification

              4:05 PM
              Disruptive innovation

              Disruptive innovation - TEDx-style!

              Join this fast-paced session to glean first-hand insights from our speakers who will be revealing golden nuggets of innovation info!

              Kick starting the session, Melissa Drew will set the theme around suppliers and AI, answering key questions such as “What is AI and where do I employ it? How do I evaluate which suppliers truly have AI? What 10 questions do I need to ask?

              Melissa will be joined by 2 thought leaders who will unveil something truly disruptive and innovative!

              Speakers:

              Shachi Rai Gupta, Global Head of Strategy, Intelligence and Digital Transformation, Bristol Myers Squibb

              Kerry Calnan, DBA in Finance, CMA, VP of Innovation & External Affairs, Associate Professor of Accounting & Finance, Nichols College

              Host:

              Melissa Drew, Associate Partner, IBM

               

               

              4:50 PM
              PLENARY

              The year of the supplier

              • Supply chain management
              • Best practice in integrations throughout the supply chain
              • Supplier development
              • Next steps in prioritizing ESG, inclusion and sustainability goals
              • SRM
              • Measuring impact

              Speakers:

              Sheri Spinks, Sr. Director, Global Procurement Strategy, Primo Water 

              Brandon Card, Founder & CEO, Terzo

              Brad Veech, Sr. Director, IT Sourcing, Walmart

              Gala Lyne, GVP & GM, Americas East Region, Rimini Street

              Kenyatta Lewis, ED, Supplier Diversity & Sustainable Procurement, MGM Resorts

              Host:

              Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, Founder & Host, Let's Talk Supply Chain 

              Sponsor:

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              5:30 PM
              INNOVATION KEYNOTE

              Observations of a Myopic Futurist

              The business world is changing more quickly - and more dramatically - than it ever has before. Over the next few years advances in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, and a handful of cutting-edge technologies will have a greater impact on the global economy than any force since electricity - and nowhere will that impact be greater than in the fields of procurement and supply chain management.

              Join us for a provocative conversation to understand what you can do to ensure your organization will be among the few to reap the future's rewards. In the course of a hold-your-hat, edutaining, candid conversation, you will learn about a host of cost-effective, easily implementable, actionable approaches you can begin to use right away to ensure your company can start to ready itself for tomorrow, today.

              Speaker:

              Dr. JT Kostman- a world Leader in applied AI and cognitive computing & Co-founder, ProtectedBy.AI

              6:30 PM
              CLOSE OF DAY 1

              Wrap up and key learnings from day one.

              Chairman:

              Jake Wojcik, EVP, Insight Sourcing Group and SpendHQ

              6:30 PM
              Drinks & nibbles

              Drinks & nibbles on the St Croix Patio, The Mirage Hotel

              Join the Procurement Foundry family for a bit of networking and socializing. Arrange dinner with your peers in one of the hotel restaurants, or go and explore vibrant Las Vegas!

               

               

              DAY 2

              Supercharge Your Skills

              Thursday 3rd November

              8:25 AM
              Welcome

              Welcome to FORGE: ENGAGE day two!

              Chairman:

              Jake Wojcik, EVP, Insight Sourcing Group and SpendHQ

              Sponsor: 

              ISG-2

               

               

              8:30 AM
              PLENARY

              Thoughts from the C-suite

              Procurement/supply chain professionals through CPOs have the same opportunity as IT had—and seized—when cybercrime became a serious disruption.

              Moderator Kathy Graham and her CFO/COO/CEO speakers will discuss how procurement/supply chain can become Partners to the C-Suite AND are being asked already to serve as public and private company Board Directors because your expertise is now in demand to transform supply chain disruptions into an opportunity for your company, your boss, and your own career.

              Speakers will provide real world examples from public, private, and private equity portfolio companies.

              Speakers:

              Jeff Blade, President, Herff Jones

              Host:

              Kathy Graham, CEO, The HQ Companies

               

               

              9:15 AM
              PLENARY

              Talent Management / Rising Stars

              This session will bring together procurement leaders and next gen inspirational future leaders who have entered the profession and are excited to share their journeys and what keeps them in the role.

              • Procurement today and tomorrow – in their eyes
              • The future direction / role of procurement and your ability to pivot and move at speed
              • What a world-class procurement function really looks like
              • Secrets to low levels of attrition; diversity and inclusion, motivation, values
              • Building a leading training and development program

              Speakers:

              Sopan Shah, Chief Procurement Officer, IHG Hotels & Resorts

              Jami Bliss, VP, Global Procurement, GSK

              David Ryu, Sourcing Specialist, Pacific Life

              Tiffani Kensler, Global Procurement Category Specialist, IT & Telecom, IHG

              Host:

              Farryn Melton, SVP, Chief Procurement Officer, Bristol Myers Squibb

               

              10:00 AM
              FIRE-SIDE CHAT

              State of the procurement recruitment market

              • What does the job search and recruitment landscape look like now and tomorrow?
              • Where are the challenges
              • Finding, attracting and selecting the next generation of talent
              • What skills and competencies are you looking for to take your business forward?
              • Navigating shallow talent pools and muddy waters
              • Procurement Foundry Salary & Compensation Review & results

              Speakers:

              Matt Trembicki, Head, Foundry Talent

              Jay Sklar, Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer, HUB International

              Carlos Garcia, Supply Chain & Operations Practice Leader, Heidrick & Struggles

              Host:

              Mike Cadieux, CEO, Procurement Foundry

              10:30 AM
              Take a break

              Expo & coffee 

              PROCUREMENT PATHWAY - If you are new to procurement, sign up to meet our Procurement Foundry fellows over coffee and enjoy a 1-2-1 with someone who can help you take the next step in your journey. 

              10:45 AM
              SKILLS ACCELERATOR

              Join hands-on, skills-building workshops where you get to experience situations live and learn first-hand how to enhance your skills in core areas. Seats are limited and allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

              Choose from:

              1. Dr. Elouise unscripted – AMA on all things digital

                Dr. Elouise will host a 90 minute AskMeAnything. Come ask her any question about digital procurement, skills, or competencies (or even history, politics, the collapse of Western Civilization). This audience driven session will go where the audience takes it. There will be no pre-scripted lectures, no agenda, and no slides (unless requested). Participants are welcome to ask about topics in her new book including which supplier risk management, intelligent process design, analytical competency, and digital wallets, among others. If you want an intimate audience with one of the leading minds in procurement and the chance to put your question, any question, to Dr. Elouise, make sure you reserve your seat.

                Leader: Dr. Elouise Epstein, Partner, Kearney

              2. Tackling the elephant in the room: change management
                There are a variety of tools available today that can help evolve your legacy procurement process to one that is faster and more efficient. Ultimately, this can make you a strategic partner to the business. However, implementing a new tool often comes with organizational change, which is always hard. This workshop will walk through a variety of approaches to tackling organizational change in procurement. You’ll walk away with practical next steps you can use today to start moving to a procurement process that is seen as a business enabler, and not just a roadblock.
                Leader: Colin Glazier, VP of Solutions, Zip

              3. What procurement leaders can do to achieve world-class outcomes for large software renewals
                Gone are the days where procurement leaders could defer to IT to keep IT costs in check. Today, it’s procurement’s job to manage cost and risk in the IT spend category. One of the most important areas of focus are software renewals. How you manage, negotiate and prepare for a large software renewal can materially impact your bottom line and critical transformation initiatives. In this session, we will discuss tactics every procurement team should be doing to prepare for a large software renewal negotiation (e.g. Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce, etc.).
                Leader: Jim Hussey, SaaS Optimization & SAM Advisory Practice Lead, NPI

              Sponsors:

              2022-03-09-new-npi-logo-1Zip-primary-logo-black

               

              12.15 PM
              Caffeine recharge & snack break
              12.30 PM
              SKILLS ACCELERATOR

              Seats are limited and allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

              Choose from:

              1. What procurement leaders can do to achieve world-class outcomes for large software renewals
                Gone are the days where procurement leaders could defer to IT to keep IT costs in check. Today, it’s procurement’s job to manage cost and risk in the IT spend category. One of the most important areas of focus are software renewals. How you manage, negotiate and prepare for a large software renewal can materially impact your bottom line and critical transformation initiatives. In this session, we will discuss tactics every procurement team should be doing to prepare for a large software renewal negotiation (e.g. Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce, etc.).
                Leader: Jim Hussey, SaaS Optimization & SAM Advisory Practice Lead, NPI

              2. Fixing Dirty Spend Data
                We’re all expected to cleanse or fix data, but no one tells us how to do it! Well fear not, with a decade of experience fixing your dirty data, Susan Walsh is the Classification Guru and will guide you through her very own process of normalising suppliers, and cleansing names and addresses in Excel.
                Susan is Founder and Managing Director of The Classification Guru Ltd, a specialist data classification, taxonomy customisation and data cleansing consultancy. She is an industry thought leader, DataIQ100 Thought Leader 2022, TEDx speaker and author of ‘Between the Spreadsheets: Classifying and Fixing Dirty Data’. She’s also the founder of COAT. While there are many tools out there, we all use Excel, and it’s important to be familiar with your data. Before you use them you need to be able to spot and fix errors, and this session will help you achieve this. Takeaways:
              • Normalisation best practice
              • Checking normalised suppliers
              • Cleansing names in Excel
              • Cleansing Addresses in Excel
              • Make sure your data has its COAT on
                Leader: Susan Walsh, Founder and MD, The Classification Guru

               

              1. 5 types of negotiations biases and how to avoid them
                Imagine if you understood which 5 major biases you, and others, may be susceptible to in your negotiations. In negotiation, as in life, we have many biases that affect our thinking and our decision quality. Without recognizing the major biases that may exist in our life or in other’s lives, we will not be able to defend against our own biases or use the biases of others to negotiate a better deal.
                Leader: Mark Raffan, Founder, Negotiations Ninja 
              1:30 PM
              Close of FORGE: ENGAGE

              A heartfelt thank you from all of us at Procurement Foundry.

              Host:

              Michael Cadieux, CEO, Procurement Foundry

              2:00 PM
              Lunch & relax

              Join us for a leisurely late lunch before flying home.

              GET INVOLVED

              If you would like to get involved in this event, please contact us.

              Speaking opportunities: 

              Claire Barnes
              cbarnes@procurementfoundry.com 

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