ProcureCon Indirect East 2020

March 23 - 25, 2020

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

DAY 1 - Monday, March 23, 2020 The Future Is Ours: Accelerating Digital Transformation In Your Organization (Practitioner Only)

7:15 am - 8:15 am Registration And Breakfast (Practitioner Only)

8:15 am - 8:30 am Welcome Remarks

8:30 am - 8:40 am Chairperson’s Opening Remarks - TripActions

With increasing levels of stakeholder demands, technological advances, and drive for additional efficiency, you can’t afford to be behind the curve during the ever-increasing pace of change and disruption affecting the procurement function. To kick things off, we’ll have leading procurement practitioners will provide their vision and action steps to help you on your digital transformation journey. Key discussion points include: 
•Which trends are worth the cost and risk? What is the hype vs. reality? Which are gaining traction in 2020?
•Creating a blueprint for digital transformation
•Building a circle of internal influencers to help build the case for digital transformation
•How emerging tech will change the sourcing teams of tomorrow - and the role of the CPO

Joseph Martinez, Global Chief Procurement Officer at BNY Mellon

Joseph Martinez

Global Chief Procurement Officer
BNY Mellon

John Fafian, Director, Head of Strategy and Sourcing at PwC

John Fafian

Director, Head of Strategy and Sourcing
PwC

Perneet Malhotra, Head of Category Management at Vanguard Investments

Perneet Malhotra

Head of Category Management
Vanguard Investments

Jill Robbins, Senior Director, Global Procurement - Indirect Goods & Services at Elanco Animal Health

Jill Robbins

Senior Director, Global Procurement - Indirect Goods & Services
Elanco Animal Health

Jason Mudd, Director, IBM Source to Pay Transformation and Operations, Accounts Payable and Procurement at IBM

Jason Mudd

Director, IBM Source to Pay Transformation and Operations, Accounts Payable and Procurement
IBM

9:25 am - 9:30 am Transit Time

Now that you have some coffee it’s time to meet up with some like-minded colleagues so you can make the most out of the conference. No signup required however we’d politely ask that if a room is full you go to your second choice. 

ProcureCon Spring Training Meet Ups (Self-Led)

9:30 am - 10:20 am Rookies (Conference First Timers and Those Recently Transitioned Into Indirect)

New to ProcureCon and/or Indirect itself? Check out this meetup and compare notes!

Still trying to figure out all the terminology, nuances, and issues within the Indirect Procurement field? We’ll have a few members of our advisory board/experienced professionals in the room that can get you on the right track.

9:30 am - 10:20 am Hall of Famers (Attended ProcureCon 5+ times)

Have you attended ProcureCon more than 5 times? Reconnect with similar experts who are familiar with the conference and the profession to share updates, stories, and more.

9:30 am - 10:20 am Small But Mighty (Small Procurement Teams)

As a small procurement team (1 – 5 FTEs focused on Indirect), you have your own set of unique challenges and issues. This meetup allows you to identify similarly-minded practitioners who are likely facing some of the same issues and constraints as yourself.

9:30 am - 10:20 am ProcureCon MVPs (Rising Stars/Career Developers)

Have some words of wisdom to share? Or looking for “next steps” guidance? Whichever category you fall into, this meetup will bring together both sides for some meaningful mentorship.

9:30 am - 10:20 am High Velocity (Silicon Valley/High Tech Sourcing Leaders)

Are you part of a high tech firm looking to make the most out of the conference? Or gain some insight from those who do? This meetup will help you connect with all of those who work in Silicoln Valley and/or High Tech firms making the trek to the east coast.

9:30 am - 10:20 am From the Minors to the Majors (Recently Promoted to Head of Indirect/CPO)

New to your role and/or managing staff for the first time? Trying to figure out what your first 60/90/120 days should look like? You won’t want to miss this meetups with like-minded colleagues!

9:30 am - 10:20 am ProcureCon Fitness Club (Fitness Minded Individuals)

Looking for a like-minded fitness lover to take a jog or work out with during the conference? A member of the Omni fitness team will be on hand to talk to you about all the different ways you can ensure your fitness goals are maintained during the next few days. 

9:30 am - 10:20 am The Bleachers (Everyone Else)

Don’t feel comfortable choosing one of the other 7 meet-ups? Well come here, where anything goes! Perhaps you’ll all figure out what you have in common after 50 minutes of chatting.

10:20 am - 10:40 am AM Break

These in-depth, interactive workshop sessions led by subject matter experts will guide you to actionable strategies you can use immediately use back in the office. Each group is limited to 40 participants to ensure personal interaction and practical takeaways. 

Deep Dive Workshops

10:40 am - 12:00 pm Deep Dive Workshop 1: Advancing Indirect’s Value And Contributions In A Direct-Oriented Company

Typically (but not exclusively) in manufacturing firms, you might find yourself outmatched in influence by your direct procurement colleagues. How does one take advantage of this opportunity and make a difference in world of indirect procurement?

This workshop will provide you with support of other like-minded individuals and help develop a roadmap for success.

10:40 am - 12:00 pm Deep Dive Workshop 2: Getting Your Head(s) In The Game: Making The Business Case For Procurement Headcount

Your CFO and executive team is likely inundated with headcount requests across your company – so you better make your requests stand out in order to get results. 

This workshop will focus on the preparation, research and delivery required to get the results you need.

Joseph Martinez, Global Chief Procurement Officer at BNY Mellon

Joseph Martinez

Global Chief Procurement Officer
BNY Mellon

Alexis Ryan, Head of Global Strategic Sourcing at BioMarin

Alexis Ryan

Head of Global Strategic Sourcing
BioMarin

10:40 am - 12:00 pm Deep Dive Workshop 3: KISS – Finding Ways To Simplify Procurement Processes

We’re all familiar with the seven (or is it eleven) step sourcing process. While good intentioned, are there ways to simplify your procurement processes to make life a bit easier for you and your stakeholders? 

This workshop will focus on approaches taken by procurement to simplify its processes and make them more stakeholder friendly.

John Becvar, VP, Chief Procurement Officer at Groupon

John Becvar

VP, Chief Procurement Officer
Groupon

10:40 am - 12:00 pm Deep Dive Workshop 4: Procurement System Implementation War Stories – The Good, Bad And The Ugly

Lets face it, at any given point your either in the RFP phase, Blueprinting, Pre-implementation phase, Phase I, II, etc. of an eSourcing system implementation. 

Swap stories, techniques, lessons learned in this practitioner-only forum to set yourself up for future success in any eSourcing implementation.

10:40 am - 12:00 pm Deep Dive Workshop 5: Culture Shock: Managing Expectations And Workload During An Acquisition

Given ongoing merger and acquisition activity, it’s a question of when (not if) you’ll encounter a similar circumstance in your own career. 

As procurement professionals, what are some best practices to consider when being acquired, meeting your ‘new’ team for the first time, and handling all the underlying contractual changes that go along with a merger/acquisition? Not to mention keeping your team’s morale up during this difficult time?

This workshop is critical for anyone undergoing a merger/acquisition or just wants some insight on what to expect in such a situation.

Jill Robbins, Senior Director, Global Procurement - Indirect Goods & Services at Elanco Animal Health

Jill Robbins

Senior Director, Global Procurement - Indirect Goods & Services
Elanco Animal Health

10:40 am - 12:00 pm Deep Dive Workshop 6: Saving Big With Sustainable Sourcing And Supplier Diversity

Sustainable sourcing and supplier diversity may seem like two separate sourcing methods, but in the modern age of procurement, these innovative programs have become more interwoven, as social and environmental responsibility are now vital to a company's reputation.

This workshop will focus on key success stories and challenges encountered by sourcing professionals in developing supplier diversity and sustainability programs.

Patrique Veille, Senior Program Manager - Indirect Sourcing at Tempur Sealy International

Patrique Veille

Senior Program Manager - Indirect Sourcing
Tempur Sealy International

Feeling lonely in the office, with everyone spread out over multiple geographical regions? Having difficulty communicating with everyone on your team all at once? This is becoming more and more common in today’s procurement world. This session will provide a forum to listen to (and share) some techniques and approaches for you and your team to achieve success.
Neil Aronson, Global Head of Strategic Sourcing, Contingent Labor & Logistics at Uber

Neil Aronson

Global Head of Strategic Sourcing, Contingent Labor & Logistics
Uber

Sarah Wasson, Manager, Strategic Category and Operations Analytics at HP

Sarah Wasson

Manager, Strategic Category and Operations Analytics
HP

If you’re business is facing a challenging financial crisis or recently bought out by private equity, how do you continue to motivate your team and yourself to be seen as more than just a cost-cutter to your stakeholders? This workshop will discuss some tools, techniques, and therapy to get you through this difficult time.
Jerry Chico, VP, Procurement & Real Estate at Cross Country Healthcare

Jerry Chico

VP, Procurement & Real Estate
Cross Country Healthcare

Corey Ladusky, Head of Global Indirect Procurement at Restaurant Brands International (Burger King/Popeyes/Tim Hortons)

Corey Ladusky

Head of Global Indirect Procurement
Restaurant Brands International (Burger King/Popeyes/Tim Hortons)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch For All Attendees

For the first time, we’re hosting practitioner only support groups for some of the major technology providers. Led by an experienced procurement professional you’ll have the chance to swap stories with others who are using similar technology within their own organization. You’ll have the opportunity to get a first hand perspective on how well (or not so well) the technology is working for other procurement teams – valuable input if you’re looking to enhance your own relationship with your supplier or looking for alternatives. 

Procurement Tech User Groups (Practitioner Only)

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Tech User Group 1: SAP – Ariba

Robert Saini, Director, Procurement at Astellas

Robert Saini

Director, Procurement
Astellas

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Tech User Group 2: Coupa

John Becvar, VP, Chief Procurement Officer at Groupon

John Becvar

VP, Chief Procurement Officer
Groupon

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Tech User Group 3: VMS Technology For Contingent Labor (Fieldglass/Beeline/Others)

Elizabeth Mozley, Senior Category Manager at Sonoco

Elizabeth Mozley

Senior Category Manager
Sonoco

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Tech User Group 4: Ivalua

Luis Gonzales, Project Procurement Manager at Volkswagen of America

Luis Gonzales

Project Procurement Manager
Volkswagen of America

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Tech User Group 5: Zycus

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Tech User Group 6: Jaegger

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Tech User Group 7: Basware

Sarah Lane, Category Manager at Willis Towers Watson

Sarah Lane

Category Manager
Willis Towers Watson

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Tech User Group 8: Other Technology Providers

1:45 pm - 1:50 pm Transit Time

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm Fireside Chat: Digitization All Stars: Taking Your Program To The Next Level

This keynote fireside chat will provide some tangible examples of how leading procurement teams are successfully addressing the digitization challenge within their organizations. Key takeaways include how to:
•Strategize and plan: Advocate digitization from the top and align your team’s vision with your organization’s
•Build a supportive ecosystem: Onboard your partners to realize the maximum benefits, foster collaboration across functions, and strive to establish a data-driven organization.
•Enable the digitization: Drive a customer-centric mindset in procurement while also attracting, retaining, and upskilling procurement team members.

John Thong, Director, Sourcing at Sprint Corporation

John Thong

Director, Sourcing
Sprint Corporation

Matt Deem, Global Digital Procurement Lead at Mondelez

Matt Deem

Global Digital Procurement Lead
Mondelez

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm Presentation By Insight Sourcing Group

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Brews & Bites Networking Break - Grand Opening Of The Solution Zone

Tracks

Procurement On The Edge: Questioning Standard Assumptions 

Track A

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm Panel: Challenging Assumptions On Traditional Spend And Savings Analysis: Does Another Model Make Sense?
As procurement professionals, specifically those within the indirect space, we know that spend data and related reporting takes up a valuable amount of our team’s time. Whether it be explaining to executives why our data doesn’t match the G/L, or is coded differently than the way A/P does it, etc.,
•Side A. The current method is broken. As Procurement professionals we should focus on Committed (Not Actual) Spend 
•Side B. Traditional Spend Reporting should continue, and continue to be enhanced/improved upon.

Linda Chuan, Head of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at Box

Linda Chuan

Head of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement
Box

Lisa Becker, Americas Head of Procurement at GfK

Lisa Becker

Americas Head of Procurement
GfK

Track A

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Presentation: Surpassing The Pareto Principle: How To Strategically Tackle Your Tail
Anthony Mignogna, Director at Source One, A Corcentric Company

Anthony Mignogna

Director
Source One, A Corcentric Company

Track A

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Interactive Case Study: Challenging Assumptions On Category Experts: Why A Fungible Procurement Team Makes Sense
For years, procurement teams have been organized by defining your team by means of categories – but does that model even make sense anymore? The team at World Bank didn’t think so and came up with a more flexible model that allows them to meet stakeholder demand in a more effective manner. You’ll learn how the World Bank accomplished this feat and gain the know how to do the same at your own organization. 

As a part of this session you’ll have an opportunity to create your own procurement team “manifesto” in an interactive exercise.

Peter Easley, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer at World Bank

Peter Easley

Deputy Chief Procurement Officer
World Bank

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You – Category Trends and Updates

Track B

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm Panel: Making The Most Of Marketing Suppliers – Trends, Techniques And Discussion For 2020 And Beyond
Most people in procurement will tell you: when it comes to marketing suppliers, the old rules may not apply. Procurement’s emphasis on cost savings can cause agencies get unmotivated – they may not put their best people on the job or go the extra mile for those inevitable last-minute changes that marketing teams often need. Additionally, the last few years have seen a boom of digital marketing and technology offerings from innovative service providers. With such complexity, the lines between what each vendor offers are often blurred, making the category even more complex to source - but this panel will explore how to overcome these hurtles and get with the program.

Barry Kull, Senior Director, Americas Category Management at AstraZeneca

Barry Kull

Senior Director, Americas Category Management
AstraZeneca

Ernest Hernandez, Purchasing & Logistics Executive Director at Westgate Resorts

Ernest Hernandez

Purchasing & Logistics Executive Director
Westgate Resorts

Track B

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Presentation: Accelerating Procurement Value – Using A GPO As Your Competitive Advantage
Identifying and capturing greater savings, increasing your spend under management, and improving your internal and external relationships are the foundation of the modern GPO. Today, the world’s leading companies are adopting GPO programs for both direct and indirect goods and services and the results are undeniable. 
Ara Arslanian, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Sales at OMNIA Partners

Ara Arslanian

Senior Vice President, Private Sector Sales
OMNIA Partners

Track B

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop: IT Procurement In 2020 -What Every CPO and Head Of Indirect Must Know
In today’s business environment, just about any critical business initiative involves sourcing technology in some manner. As a CPO or Head of Indirect, what guidance should you be providing to ensure success? Even if you think you know everything about IT Sourcing, you won’t want to miss this engaging discussion with the leader of IT Sourcing at Walmart.
You’ll leave this session with an understanding of:
•Key questions to ask stakeholders when initiating IT-embedded projects or activities
•Current trends and challenges impacting the IT category
•How to set up your IT sourcing function for success

Brad Veech, Senior Director, IT Sourcing at Walmart

Brad Veech

Senior Director, IT Sourcing
Walmart

Procurement Process Automation And Digitization
Decreasing error, increasing efficiencies. Robotic Process Automation allows you the opportunity to free up time for your team to conduct more strategic, cognitive-intense work. So what are the ins and outs of working with RPA? And what are some real life examples where it’s being used? Find out in this in-depth panel with our panel of leading procurement and technology experts.
Jerry Chico, VP, Procurement & Real Estate at Cross Country Healthcare

Jerry Chico

VP, Procurement & Real Estate
Cross Country Healthcare

Robert Saini, Director, Procurement at Astellas

Robert Saini

Director, Procurement
Astellas

Terri Payne, Senior Manager, Indirect Procurement at Godiva Chocolatier

Terri Payne

Senior Manager, Indirect Procurement
Godiva Chocolatier

Ernest Dilworth, Chief, Office of Acquisition at Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Ernest Dilworth

Chief, Office of Acquisition
Bureau of Engraving and Printing

David McMinn, VP, North American Operations at Scanmarket

David McMinn

VP, North American Operations
Scanmarket

Track C

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Presentation By Procurement Advisors
Whether your managing your tail spend, spend analysis, or vendor scorecards, there are a plethora of niche providers that can complement your existing procurement technology?

But how do you separate fact from fiction, and ensure you’re setting your team up for success? This panel will talk through innovative ways to assess and incorporate such technology in your own organization.
Eric Smith, Corporate Commodity Manager at Harvey Building Products

Eric Smith

Corporate Commodity Manager
Harvey Building Products

Gina Monger, Director, Sourcing at H&R Block

Gina Monger

Director, Sourcing
H&R Block

Elizabeth Mozley, Senior Category Manager at Sonoco

Elizabeth Mozley

Senior Category Manager
Sonoco

Dawn Luttrel, Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing at Carnival Cruise Line

Dawn Luttrel

Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing
Carnival Cruise Line

First Aid For Your Small (But Mighty) Procurement Team

Boardroom #1

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm Boardroom: Gaining Leverage – Small Procurement Team Negotiation Strategies
Leading a small-midsize firm procurement team creates its own set of challenges and opportunities when it comes to managing suppliers. This session will go through the tools, techniques, and best practices needed to get the most of out your suppliers independent of your companies, size, and presence. 
Our presenter, Lara Nichols, has a unique perspective. While currently at mid-market firm NFP, she has 20+ years in global Fortune 200 organizations with authority for $16+ million annual budgets, 150+ employees, 500+ suppliers, and multimillion-dollar cost reductions. 

Lara Nichols, SVP, Procurement at NFP

Lara Nichols

SVP, Procurement
NFP

Boardroom #1

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Boardroom: Small Procurement Team P2P Implementations
While P2P implementations are always challenging, small-mid-size firms have their own unique challenges and constraints that aren’t always addressed or discussed….until now. 

George Huffman of the CFA Institute will lead an engaging boardroom discussion, sharing with you his journey and providing some therapeutic discussions for those about to initiate similar initiatives.

George Huffman, Director, Global Procurement at CFA Institute

George Huffman

Director, Global Procurement
CFA Institute

Specialized Topics And Activities (Critical Industries and Categories)

Boardroom #2

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm Boardroom: Indirect Procurement In The Pharmaceutical Industry
From clinical equipment to regulatory challenges, leading indirect procurement in the pharmaceutical industry presents its own set of unique challenges. This interactive boardroom will allow you to meet, mingle, and discuss some of the pressing issues facing procurement leaders in the pharmaceutical industry.

Alexis Ryan, Head of Global Strategic Sourcing at BioMarin

Alexis Ryan

Head of Global Strategic Sourcing
BioMarin

Boardroom #2

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Boardroom: MRO Category Workshop
The MRO category still remains one of the most fractured, especially in decentralized, non-mandated corporations. Discuss with your peers ways to tackle:
•Cleaning up the mismatched data permeating through the MRO category
•Breaking the integrated model so each component can be sourced independently
•Tools to help extract hidden savings that wouldn’t be seen otherwise•Can mandating suppliers in the MRO space yield cost reductions?
•Can outsourcing MRO yield additional benefits?


Brian Holbrook, Director, Indirect Procurement at Kerry

Brian Holbrook

Director, Indirect Procurement
Kerry

Anusuya Ramdass, Category Manager at Home Chef

Anusuya Ramdass

Category Manager
Home Chef

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hot Topic Beer Bucket Roundtable Discussions (2 Rounds: 30 minutes)

These interactive hot topic roundtable sessions take a deep dive into the specific areas you came to talk about. Sit and learn in an intimate format from the speakers who have had an impact on their company and industry. Take control of your own event experience and don’t be shy! Ask questions (or answer them!) alongside other conference attendees who are dealing with the same challenges as you network with industry peers with very similar challenges, interests and responsibilities.
1.Spend Analysis and Reporting Milan Popovic, Director - Strategic Sourcing and Global Procurement, Tiffany & Company
2.Managing Stakeholder Relationships In Action Carla Hendon, Director, Indirect Procurement, Meijer
3.The Procurement Team of The Future Adam Fledderman, Senior Category Manager - Technical Services, Roche Diabetes Care
4.TBD, Jenn Smukler, Director Of Sales
Commercial Americas, American Express Global Business Travel
5.TBD, Insight Sourcing Group

(Additonal Roundtables To Be Added)




6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Around The World Reception In The Solutions Zone

Let’s make a difference together! We’re thrilled to have our leadership keynotes, Charlotte de Brabandt and Brian Harman, co-lead the women’s dinner this year.This energetic session will not only focus on empowering women and underrepresented groups but also celebrate their achievements in the workplace.

In 30 short years, Charlotte de Brabandt has led a life that most people could only dream of. She speaks 5 languages, has traveled to more than 60 countries over 5 continents, and has led expeditions across the Swiss Alps. All this while maintaining her day job in the procurement field, with 10+ years managing global procurement teams at leading consumer goods, automotive, and other leading brands.

Brian Harman is a leadership professor that has been inspired by women his whole life, starting early on with his single mother. While researching behavioral psychology and humor as a fun way to finish his PhD, he never knew it would uncover the disturbing truths about gender equality in the workplace. 

***An invitation to RSVP will be sent in mid-January to procurement practitioners registered for the conference. However, if you would like to confirm your spot earlier you may do so by emailing Michael.Dunlap@wbresearch.com after registration. 

Charlotte Anabelle de Brabandt, Digital & Technology Keynote Speaker and Author at ProcureCon

Charlotte Anabelle de Brabandt

Digital & Technology Keynote Speaker and Author
ProcureCon

Brian Harman, Leadership Coach and Expert and Author of “How To Support Women At Work” at ProcureCon

Brian Harman

Leadership Coach and Expert and Author of “How To Support Women At Work”
ProcureCon