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Special Discounted Rate to attend The Conference Board's annual Strategic Sourcing Supplier Relationship Management Conference for SupplyChainBrain Readers

Moving Beyond Transactional Processes to Harness the Strategic Value of Partnerships

March 11-12, 2014

Regents Hall, Lewis Towers at Loyola University, Chicago, IL


Organizations across the world have some form of supplier management program in place with varying degrees of success.  The discrepancies in the results achieved is traditionally due to the fact that the sourcing strategy employed is not truly strategic in nature and tied to the overall business goals of the organization.  Often, traditional sourcing practices seek to reduce costs while also trying to leverage suppliers to obtain the greatest value from their engagements through innovation, resources and knowledge.  These polarizing goals can create challenges in obtaining the desired results, but when a strategic program is in place, along with an enterprise wide change in the way we view suppliers, vast new opportunities and value can be realized that goes beyond the terms and conditions of the contract. 


During The Conference Board's 2014 Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management Conference ( leading practitioners from a diverse group of companies who will share how they have been able to bridge the gap between competitive cost pressures and the desire to foster collaborative partnerships with suppliers to deliver step changing value creations to the business in a long-term and sustainable way.


The event will begin with a half day pre-conference morning workshop on March 11th titled "Change and Stakeholder Management: Essential Tools for Realizing True Value through Collaboration".   The main conference will commence the afternoon of March 11th where you will expand and capitalize on the knowledge of trends and best practices in supplier management as well as:


  • Embed SRM into the DNA of the organization to overcome the internal barriers to success
  • Learn how to use supplier management to optimally balance competitive cost pressures with collaborative engagement across the supply base
  • Ensure your corporate culture is collaborative and not combative when working with suppliers
  • Master performance measurement and metrics to ensure the results desired are the results achieved
  • Gain the ability to partner with business leaders to deliver innovations and savings through supplier relationship management and effective sourcing/procurement execution


Senior executives from world class organizations will share their thinking. Presenters include: 


Kim Berney-Brooke, Director, Supplier Relationship & Risk Management - Americas Regional Lead, UBS

Roger Bont, Global Quality Assurance Director, Cargill

Jill Bossi, C.P.M., Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, Supply Chain & Real Estate Management, American Red Cross

John A. Caltagirone, Director, Supply and Value Chain Center, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago

 Marc J. Campbell, Senior Vice President, Procurement, Jones Lang LaSalle

Jim Gomes, Senior Manager, Sourcing and Procurement, The Walt Disney Company

Jonathan Hughes, Partner, Sourcing & Supplier Management Practice Leader, Vantage Partners

Kreg Koford, Director, Supply Chain Solutions, Intermountain Healthcare

William F. Kornegay, Senior Vice President, Supply Management, Hilton Worldwide

Cathy Kutch, Director of Supplier Relations and Diversity, Kellogg Company

Jamie Napper, Head of Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management, Best Buy Europe at the Carphone Warehouse Group

Chas Nardoni, Vice President, Sourcing and Procurement, The Walt Disney Company

Jim Pazzanese, Vice President, Supply Management, Sodexo

Sally Potter, Shared Value Partnership Manager, Global Sustainable Procurement, The Coca-Cola Company

Edward Sawicki, Associate Director, Transactions, Sustainability and Academic Relations, Procter & Gamble

Kate Shanahan, Head of International & Commercial, Synectics Solutions

Debra Utko, Director Global Procurement, Corporate/Shared Services, BD

Barnaby Wallace, Supplier Integration Business Development Director, Kraft Foods Group

Bonnie Welshons, Director, Quality and Regulatory Operations, Ingredients, Packaging Materials & External Supply Chain, General Mills


Registration Information:

As a special promotion to SupplyChainBrain readers, The Conference Board is offering a discounted rate of $1800.00 to attend the conference and $100.00 off of the pre-conference workshop.  To view the Conference information please visit  If you wish to take advantage of this special offer please reference code DC1 by calling The Conference Board Customer Service at 212-339-0345 or via e-mail at


About the Conference Board

The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world's leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States.


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Casey Greenzweig
1 914 734 9834

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