Global Summit to Address Outsourcing, Offshoring and Globalization

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Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to Keynote IAOP Event in Florida

In addition to the outstanding early response from customers, we also are projecting a strong turnout from providers and advisors, with more than 75 exhibitors already signed up to participate

The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) today announced its 2008 Outsourcing World Summit® will feature Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and address how outsourcing is changing business in today’s economy.

Themed “Reconceptualizing the Corporation in an Era of Outsourcing, Offshoring, and Globalization,” the 11th annual event will be held Feb. 18-20, 2008 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, FL.

More than 600 customers, advisors and providers of outsourcing services who are IAOP members from around the globe are expected to attend this world-renowned executive series to share thought leadership, shape the industry’s future and advocate for the outsourcing profession.

Produced by IAOP, the global standard-setting organization and advocate for the outsourcing profession, with Fortune Custom Projects, the event is the longest running of its kind.

“We expect The 2008 Outsourcing World Summit® to be another sold-out event that will enable companies to use outsourcing to change the very core of their organizations to adapt, respond to, anticipate and, most importantly, capture markets in ways never before thought possible,” said IAOP Executive Director Christina Powers.

Program Highlights

Based on an unprecedented response to its call for papers from speakers interested in presenting at the Summit, IAOP is expecting the 2008 event to outpace all prior years, particularly in terms of the number of customers sharing their experiences in using outsourcing to transform their business.

“The overwhelming interest shows that customers really want to get more actively and visibly involved in having a voice in shaping our field and its future,” said Debi Hamill, IAOP senior managing director, global membership. “The Summit will give delegates the opportunity to change the game for their companies and the outsourcing profession.”

The Summit program will offer more than 30 individual sessions across six tracks filled with game-changing insights for customers, providers, and advisors alike. It also will feature several first-time events for customers.

The Summit will address such topics as outsourcing’s impact on designing new corporations, business units and processes; new organizational roles; and emerging and innovative business models.

Keynote Speakers

As one of the keynote speakers, Robert Reich, who served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton, will address the delegates Feb. 19 on “The Art and Practice of Change Insurgency.”

Other keynote speakers include Michael F. Corbett, Chairman, IAOP; Oren Harari, Business Visionary, Best-Selling Author, and Professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of San Francisco; and Jag Dalal, Managing Director, Thought Leadership, IAOP.

Outsourcing Customer Panels and Networking

The program will include several panels featuring companies who are involved in outsourcing. Topics include “Global Destinations Panel,” where customers will share experiences on emerging destinations; “Frontline Experiences in Managing Across The Outsourcing Lifecycle;” which will offer real-world management advice; and a keynote session with C-level executives revealing their agendas for change.

Customer organizations sharing their experiences at the upcoming Summit include: Aetna, Arrow Electronics, Australian Customs Service, BASF, CA, JPMorgan Chase, McGraw-Hill Companies, Province of British Columbia, Procter & Gamble, Safeco Insurance, Thomson, Vodaphone and Washington Gas.

The new “Customer-Only Speed Networking” will give customers an opportunity to network before the event kick-off and share experiences with fellow customers in an informal, fast-moving and fun invitation-only atmosphere

Strong Provider Participation

Also speaking at the event will be thought-leaders and visionaries from: Accenture, ACS, Archstone Consulting, Booz Allen Hamilton, CB Richard Ellis, Colliers International, EMS, Genpact, HOV Services, LLC, Kirkland & Ellis, neoIT, PA Consulting, Pitney Bowes, Pretium Partners, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Quint Wellington Redwood, Simmons & Simmons, SNC Lavalin-Profac, Towers Perrin, Wipro, WNS North America, Vantage Partners and others.

“In addition to the outstanding early response from customers, we also are projecting a strong turnout from providers and advisors, with more than 75 exhibitors already signed up to participate,” Hamill said.

Full program information is available at: http://www.outsourcingprofessional.org/content/23/154/1099/.

About IAOP
The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) is the global standard-setting organization and advocate for the outsourcing profession with 40,000 members.

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