SIG is Coming to Chicago for Chief Procurement Officer Event and All-Day Thought Leadership Forum Focused on Talent

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Executives from McDonald’s, ULTA Beauty, Health Care Service Corporation, Abbott Labs and more to convene and share best practices.

Sourcing and outsourcing executives gather at SIGnature event

SIGnature events give our members a chance to really connect and learn from their peers in a local community.

SIG, the premier membership organization for sourcing, procurement and outsourcing executives, today announces a one-day talent-focused SIGnature event to be held in Chicago, Illinois on April 19, 2017, followed by a 3-hour CPO networking event and breakfast meeting on April 20th.

The Chicago SIGnature event takes place on Wednesday, April 19 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and is focused on the issues related to talent management with topics ranging from workforce strategies to employee retention in a competitive environment. Specific sessions will be held on: Effective Workforce Strategies for the New World of Work; The Growth of the Midwest Labor Market: A Further Look into the Workforce; and Procurement’s Role in the Future of Talent Management – How to Hire, Engage and Retain Sourcing Talent with an Inter-Generational Workforce. SIG will be joined by thought leaders, Allegis Global Solutions and SIGMA and other buy-side executives to deliver best practices. In addition, delegates will participate in a facilitated peer-to-peer grand roundtable and smaller round-robin breakout discussions on driving efficiency in the procurement process, optimizing supply chain management and artificial intelligence and its impact on the new world of work. Attendees will wrap up the day with a networking reception.

Health Care Service Corporation is hosting this event, which provides education and local networking for professionals from Fortune 500 companies. A combination of practitioner presentations, facilitated roundtables and panel discussions, a SIGnature event enables delegates to converse in a collegial, non-commercial environment.

“SIGnature events give our members a chance to really connect and learn from their peers in a local community,” says John Powell, Director of Member Development. “We facilitate the day and get the dialogues started, but we are always thrilled when we hear that the conversations have continued months and even years later.”

The Chicago CPO Meet & Eat will take place the following day on Thursday, April 20, where an exclusive group of C-level executives will convene to discuss the CPO agenda and priorities for 2017, share a meal and hear from their peers. CPO Meet & Eat events include “day in the life” conversations by local CPOs, followed by roundtable discussions on hot topics.

“The CPO Meet & Eat program is really a hotbed of innovation,” said Stephani McGarry, Vice President, SIG Global Events. “The three hours go by quickly with ideas flying and issues being raised and discussed at in-depth levels. Although the half-day program is perfect for busy executives, the CPOs tend to walk away wishing they had more time with these other leaders in their communities.”

About SIG
SIG, is a membership organization that provides thought leadership and networking opportunities to executives in sourcing, procurement and outsourcing from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies and the advisors who serve them. SIG is widely known as a forum for sharing “next” practices and thought leadership through live networking events, virtual forums and a comprehensive online SIG resource center (SRC), which was developed by and for professionals in sourcing and outsourcing. The organization is unique in that it blends practitioners, service providers and advisory firms in a non-commercial environment. SIG is also the parent organization for SIG University, a one-of-a-kind certification and training program for professionals and executives seeking deep expertise in sourcing and governance for themselves or their teams, as well as Outsource, which provides unrivaled digital content for the opinion-formers and decision-makers at the heart of the outsourcing space.


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