ProcureCon Indirect Connect Virtual Event

The Invite-Only Event For Senior-Level Procurement & Sourcing Practitioners

March 23 - 24, 2021 | ET

Where Sourcing Innovators Connect And Inspire


For over 20 years, ProcureCon has helped companies develop and implement world-class sourcing programs. ProcureCon Indirect Connect is a private, invitation-only virtual event customized for senior-level procurement and sourcing practitioners. 

The mission of ProcureCon Indirect Connect is to provide an interactive, high-level forum to exchange ideas, best practices and timely perspectives on the transformation of the procurement organization.

A Unique Experience


The ProcureCon Indirect Connect Virtual Event is an online forum mirroring our in-person Connect events. We’re bringing you 
exclusive knowledge from top-notch industry leaders at the touch of a button.

Here's what you get when you attend:

Pre-Scheduled 1:1 Meetings 

See someone on our attendee list you want to meet? Mutually matched and pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings with your prospects and peers make it easy to further business. No more fruitless conversation. No more tradeshows.

Executive-Level Content

We provide custom-made, high-level content that fosters a fruitful dialogue between participants. Engage in in-depth discussions on the changing nature of what indirect procurement is buying and strategies for success, building a diverse and inclusive procurement team, and the evolution of supplier relationships. 

Exclusive Networking

Meet only the most senior-level executives in an intimate and interactive environment at our breakout rooms, 1:1 meetings, roundtables, and more.

Our Speakers. Your Visionaries.

Kenny Cheung

Kenny Cheung

Chief of Procurement

The World Bank

Elisabeth Schlag Lawrence

Elisabeth Schlag Lawrence

Vice President Procurement

Sky Deutschland GmbH

Austin McKeehan

Austin McKeehan

Chief Procurement Officer

TIAA CREF

Keecia Scott

Keecia Scott

Sr. Director, Global Procurement,

Gilead Sciences

Ron Horner

Ron Horner

Vice President of Procurement

Vulcan Materials

Susie Freda

Susie Freda

Sr. Director Marketing & Sales and Professional Services Procurement

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Ammar Al-Rifai

Ammar Al-Rifai

Senior Manager, Global Indirect Procurement Systems & Operations

Zebra Technologies

William Rogde

William Rogde

Head of SG&A Procurement - Sr Procurement Manager

Ascend Performance Materials

Jessica Medei Rosman

Jessica Medei Rosman

Vice President of Procurement and Sourcing

Caesars Entertainment

Katie Streu

Katie Streu

Director of Global Sourcing

Zendesk

Walter Freeman

Walter Freeman

Director, Global Procurement

Apple

Michael Van Keulen

Michael Van Keulen

CPO

Coupa Software

Ali Ghasemi

Ali Ghasemi

Director, Sourcing & Supplier Management

Mastercard

Lawrence Kane

Lawrence Kane

Senior Leader, Strategic Sourcing Functional Excellence & First Time Quality

Boeing

Vidya Viswanath

Vidya Viswanath

Head of Strategic Supplier Relationships

Google

Naga Murali Vardhinedi

Naga Murali Vardhinedi

Strategic Sourcing Manager

Google

David Kern

David Kern

Head of Global Procurement

TripAdvisor

Jay Chauhan

Jay Chauhan

Senior Category Manager

IBM

Ryan Flynn

Ryan Flynn

Principal

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Sri Shenoy

Sri Shenoy

Co-founder & CEO

MECE Inc.

David Campbell

David Campbell

CEO

Tropic

Mudit Kumar

Mudit Kumar

Vice President, Consulting

GEP

Cecil Plummer

Cecil Plummer

President

Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council

Andy Neilson

Andy Neilson

Owner

Twisted Orange

Jamie Crump

Jamie Crump

President & CEO

The Richwell Group

Mike Simms

Mike Simms

Founder & CEO

The Simms Group

Bill Michels

Bill Michels

Vice President of Operations, Americas

Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

Ryan Kulp

Ryan Kulp

Program Director

WBR (ProcureCon)

The ProcureCon Indirect Agenda

All Sessions are listed in Eastern Time

Day One, March 23, 2021

  • 1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

    1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

  • 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

    1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

    Ron Horner, Vice President of Procurement, Vulcan Materials
    Kenny Cheung, Chief of Procurement, The World Bank
    Mike Simms, Founder & CEO, The Simms Group

    2020 certainly caught the world off guard and showed where there were issues with the program you have in place. Having a well mapped out program means you’re reviewing knowing what disruptions can impact your goods and services. Our panel of CPOs/Heads of Indirect will share their insights on how they’re staying ahead of the curve to ensure due diligence with suppliers, and eliminate risk with their business

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  • 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    Michael Van Keulen, CPO, Coupa Software
    Ryan Flynn, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

  • 2:00 pm - 2:25 pm

    2:00 pm - 2:25 pm

    Kenny Cheung, Chief of Procurement, The World Bank
    Andy Neilson, Owner, Twisted Orange

    During this 1-1 fireside chat, we’ll open up the playbook from a CPO/Head of Indirect, to map out their goals for 2021 and lay out their vision to enhance value beyond savings. We’ll examine how expectations in procurement have changed, and actions to layout for success that you can use to help your program flourish through the remainder of the year.

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  • 2:25 pm - 2:30 pm

    2:25 pm - 2:30 pm

  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Ammar Al-Rifai, Senior Manager, Global Indirect Procurement Systems & Operations, Zebra Technologies
    Lawrence Kane, Senior Leader, Strategic Sourcing Functional Excellence & First Time Quality, Boeing
    Sri Shenoy, Co-founder & CEO, MECE Inc.
    Jamie Crump, President & CEO, The Richwell Group

    Three different industry leaders will breakdown the technology that is allowing procurement to grow their business. Each leader will give a detailed outline of their new cost saving initiates and provide context into technology that is driving savings for their organization. To wrap the panel up, each panelists will deliver their big takeaway to help you execute your own digital transformation within your business.

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  • 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

    3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

  • 3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

    3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

    Jay Chauhan, Senior Category Manager, IBM
    David Campbell, CEO, Tropic

    The process can seem daunting, but once you break down the steps, it’s really quite clear. The roadmap to understanding digitization at your company is underway, but that doesn’t mean you should stop evolving the progression of the program. This one on one conversation will outline the speaker’s digital journey and help the audience understand what they can be doing to continually evolve their programs to ensure success is met.

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  • 3:40 pm - 3:45 pm

    3:40 pm - 3:45 pm

  • 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

    3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

    Mudit Kumar, Vice President, Consulting, GEP
    David Campbell, CEO, Tropic

    Live Interactive Zoom Roundtable discussions led by ProcureCon Sponsors. These 45 minute Zoom discussions will allow you to interact and engage with your peers in a small group setting. No rotating here, so pick whichever table you need to focus on right now!

    1. Procurement’s Moment of Truth: Now is your opportunity to add strategic value

    Hosted By Mudit Kumar, Vice President, Consulting, GEP



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  • 4:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    4:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Day Two, March 24, 2021

  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

    12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

    William Rogde, Head of SG&A Procurement - Sr Procurement Manager, Ascend Performance Materials
    Naga Murali Vardhinedi, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Google
    Vidya Viswanath, Head of Strategic Supplier Relationships, Google

    During this interactive roll-up-your-sleeves workshop, compare notes and discuss with other procurement executives. We'll have two different think tanks to join, but please note, you can only join one! space is limited to 8 participants per group.




    NOTE: Think Tanks are reserved for a maximum of 8 procurement executives. Advanced registration required

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  • 1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

    1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

  • 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

    1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

    Cecil Plummer, President, Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council
    Walter Freeman, Director, Global Procurement, Apple
    Keecia Scott, Sr. Director, Global Procurement,, Gilead Sciences
    Jessica Medei Rosman, Vice President of Procurement and Sourcing, Caesars Entertainment

    The success of a company’s supplier diversity program comes from the companies leaders. It’s essential to Continually highlight the importance on an ethical level, and financial level, to continue to champion change at your organization. This panel will explore the strengths and challenges your program will face this year.

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  • 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

  • 2:00 pm - 2:25 pm

    2:00 pm - 2:25 pm

    Ali Ghasemi, Director, Sourcing & Supplier Management, Mastercard

    Given the size and scope of services large consulting firms provide it can seem nearly impossible to make inroads negotiating with them. Savvy procurement professionals however have put together a playbook to bring additional value into the space. This session will provide you with tangible ways to bring your “A Game” when it comes to the Big 4 and other large consulting firms.

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  • 2:25 pm - 2:35 pm

    2:25 pm - 2:35 pm

  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Elisabeth Schlag Lawrence, Vice President Procurement, Sky Deutschland GmbH
    Jamie Crump, President & CEO, The Richwell Group

    As work from home continues, ensuring your team is aligned and ready to handle another challenging year is essential to the success of your organization. We’ll discuss ways to boost your teams wellbeing, along with effective strategies to stay committed and succeed with the plan you have in place.  

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  • 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

    3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

  • 3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

    3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

    Austin McKeehan, Chief Procurement Officer, TIAA CREF

  • 3:40 pm - 4:15 pm

    3:40 pm - 4:15 pm

    Susie Freda, Sr. Director Marketing & Sales and Professional Services Procurement, Teva Pharmaceuticals
    Katie Streu, Director of Global Sourcing, Zendesk
    David Kern, Head of Global Procurement, TripAdvisor
    Bill Michels, Vice President of Operations, Americas, Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

    Improving soft skills is absolutely essential in 2021. With face to face meetings being drastically reduced, ensuring your team is able to properly communicate in this new world is vital to increase productivity. Our panelist will review this intriguing conversation and discuss how they’re improving their soft skills and that of their teams

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  • 4:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    4:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Bringing Together The Best In Procurement

Rated #1 By The ProcureCon Community

Amazing Networking


"The best part of ProcureCon events is the collaborative sessions that constantly take place. Amazing networking for all levels of professionals that you don’t get at other events. Two thumbs up – count me in for the next one!"

Byron C. Stopfer, Strategic Sourcing Director, CBS Corporation

Great Event


“ProcureCon gives us the ability to think and dream about what we can become! Great event! Also great suppliers; I’m able to bring multiple solutions back to the company.”

Geoffrey Tonini, Head of Indirect, Hess

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"ProcureCon has been so helpful for us, especially the networking and learning about new tech!"

Mithun Sharma, Global Strategic Sourcing Vice President, Visa

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How Our Virtual Events Work

Participating in a virtual event is easy. Once you and your team register, each of you will receive a link to access the presentations. You can also add the event to your Outlook or other calendar as a reminder. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. All you need is Internet access. The sessions will be recorded, and will be available for a limited time afterwards. It’s going to be a great event!

This event is exclusively for procurement and sourcing practitioners. Solution providers to these organizations and others will not be allowed to attend. Please register with your full company name and your corporate email address or you risk not gaining admittance. WBR reserves the right to not admit registrants based on company type.