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

June 16 - 17, 2021  | 1:00pm ET

ProcureCon Travel Connect Virtual Event


ProcureCon Travel Connect is a virtual, invite-only event created specifically for senior travel sourcing & procurement executives. From chaos comes clarity and we’ve built exactly what you need to ensure you’re able to navigate these turbulent times. ProcureCon Travel Connect provides you with best practices, timely perspectives and creative takeaways for a variety of topics. Ranging from duty of care, traveler safety, reworking contracts with suppliers, negotiation strategies to save, RFPs, forecasting the future of travel and much more.

We’re also including a variety of live interactive sessions, and personalized meet ups to keep you connected and ahead of the game. This is an invite ONLY event, so be sure to check and see if you’re eligible.

A Unique Experience


The ProcureCon Travel Connect Virtual Event is an online forum mirroring our in-person 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 amongst participants. Engage in in-depth discussions on how travel programs can continue to adjust to the "new normal" while at the same time retaining a forward focus on technology, traveler choice, and safety.

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.

T.J. Blue

T.J. Blue

Global Category Leader - Travel & Expense

IBM

Brenda Crocker-Pierce

Brenda Crocker-Pierce

Senior Manager, Operations

GE

Steven Schoen

Steven Schoen

Senior Director, Mobility Services Americas

SIEMENS Corporation

Alicia King

Alicia King

Global Category Manager, Commercial Air and Ground Transportation

Chevron

Steve Sitto

Steve Sitto

Senior Manager, Travel, Mobility & Events

Tesla Inc.

Kim Hamer

Kim Hamer

Global Sourcing – Travel, Meeting & Events

VISA

Simona Rabsatt Butler

Simona Rabsatt Butler

Sr. Director - Global Strategic Sourcing, Marketing

VISA

Peggy Medeiros

Peggy Medeiros

Manager, Integrated Travel Service

SIEMENS Corporation

Harriet Washburn

Harriet Washburn

Director, Sourcing

Arthur J Gallagher & Co

Steven Mandelbaum

Steven Mandelbaum

Vice President

Business Solutions, EAB

Marc Newman

Marc Newman

Procurement & Business Services, Senior Manager of Travel

Novo Nordisk Inc.

Martin Ohiro

Martin Ohiro

Procurement Director

Hempel

Martha Ferguson

Martha Ferguson

Director, Global Travel Services

Lazard

JJ Giachetti

JJ Giachetti

Assistant Vice President & Manager

Corporate Travel at Umpqua Bank

Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo

Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo

Category Manager, Travel

Rogers Communications

Jeff Daily

Jeff Daily

Director of Global Travel

Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

Sean-Michael Callahan

Sean-Michael Callahan

Principal

The NiVACK Group

Raquel Hefferan

Raquel Hefferan

Director, Procurement Services and Strategic Travel

KPMG

Eric Bailey

Eric Bailey

Global Director of Travel

Microsoft

What Attendees Are Saying

Creative Strategies

“Love the eclectic group of speakers ProcureCon pulls together for their events. This cross industry event allows me to hear out of the box approaches to my challenges, from various viewpoints.”

Jeanette Flores
 Procurement Manager and Travel Manager
 Asics America

Exceptional Speakers

"ProcureCon has afforded me the opportunity to be around a wealth of knowledge. The networking and idea sharing has been amazing! The speakers have been exceptional and don’t bore you to death with PowerPoints.”

Courtney Noble
Strategic Sourcing Manager
Vulcan Materials

Practical Takeaways

The content is crafted to deliver real practical takeaways for me to bring back to my organization."

Stacy Hirons
Global Travel Manager
The Hershey Company

ProcureCon Travel Connect Agenda

All Sessions listed in Eastern Time (ET)

Day One - June 16, 2021

  • 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

    12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

    During this 45 minutes live networking opportunity, attendees will have the chance to network and connect with peers. Grab a coffee and get ready for the chance to connect with new and old peers. Compare notes and swap ideas before the event starts!

    Please Note: Signup required during registration!

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  • 1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

    1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

  • 1:05 pm - 1:45 pm

    1:05 pm - 1:45 pm

    Marc Newman, Procurement & Business Services, Senior Manager of Travel, Novo Nordisk Inc.
    Martha Ferguson, Director, Global Travel Services, Lazard
    Steve Sitto, Senior Manager, Travel, Mobility & Events, Tesla Inc.

    Your business travel landscape has changed forever. Work from home has proved you don’t need to be in an office to be productive, what is the ROI for a future business trip, will all trips even get approved? As finance has it’s hands on a high category of spend, procurement is be faced with this new reality to overcome. As 2021 halfway through, and restrictions on travel the cusp of returning to “normal”, we’ll explore what travel procurement can be doing now to prepare for the remainder of the year, and for the future.


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  • 1:45 pm - 2:05 pm

    1:45 pm - 2:05 pm

  • 2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

    2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

    Harriet Washburn, Director, Sourcing, Arthur J Gallagher & Co

    Following a year (and then some) of uncertainty around travel spend, procurement will have to review the 2022 travel budget at some point in the near future. Why not get a leg up and start considering what you can do? But how is a budget going to be set, when the future of travel remains to be unclear? What sort of impact can your company’s sustainability goals have on business travel budget? Listen as we review how to budget for the future the future.

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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

    Brenda Crocker-Pierce, Senior Manager, Operations, GE
    Eric Bailey, Global Director of Travel, Microsoft

    Virtual meetings & events have replaced face to face (for now). Companies have leveraged technology to meet the demands of the world in which we operate. But with new and existing technology we must examine the risk, your strategic meetings management program, how everything is evolving & more. We’ll explore other elements that sprout from the state of the industry ranging from post event ROI, sustainability goals, savings, surveying and more.

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  • 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

    3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

  • 3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

    3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

    Steven Mandelbaum, Vice President, Business Solutions, EAB
    Steven Schoen, Senior Director, Mobility Services Americas, SIEMENS Corporation
    Peggy Medeiros, Manager, Integrated Travel Service, SIEMENS Corporation

    As the industry recovers from the pandemic, travelers will need a custom, seamless travel, to get them from to and from their destination. Companies are transforming their operations and indirect spend, by focusing on using technologies like mobility as a service. We’ll explore how one particular company is handling this movement, using intelligence & still making travel cost less.

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  • 3:50 pm - 4:00 pm

    3:50 pm - 4:00 pm

  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Live Interactive Zoom Roundtable discussions led by ProcureCon Sponsors. These 50 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. Hosted by Egencia
    2. Duty of Care
    3. Hotel
    4. Payment options
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  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    We’re pairing you up with other travel executives and procurement leaders to play some trivia! We’re bringing you an all-inclusive, game-based experiences that will test your knowledge while letting you network with your peers. A professional quiz master will challenge you and your team in real time. Prizes will be given to the winning team!

    Note: Advanced registration required! 

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  • 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    6:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Day Two - June 17, 2021

    Concurrent Interactive Think Tanks 12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    JJ Giachetti, Assistant Vice President & Manager, Corporate Travel at Umpqua Bank

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

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  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Alicia King, Global Category Manager, Commercial Air and Ground Transportation, Chevron

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

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  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo, Category Manager, Travel, Rogers Communications

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

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  • 1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

    1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

  • 1:05 pm - 1:35 pm

    1:05 pm - 1:35 pm

    Kim Hamer, Global Sourcing – Travel, Meeting & Events, VISA
    Simona Rabsatt Butler, Sr. Director - Global Strategic Sourcing, Marketing, VISA

  • 1:35 pm - 1:55 pm

    1:35 pm - 1:55 pm

  • 1:55 pm - 2:15 pm

    1:55 pm - 2:15 pm

    T.J. Blue, Global Category Leader - Travel & Expense, IBM

    RFP season is right around the corner and it’s rapidly approaching. This year has opportunity for travel buyers and your organization unlike any year before. During this discussion, we’ll examine reducing suppliers, delaying your RFP launch, negotiating dynamic rates, rolling over 2020 rates and more.

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  • 2:15 pm - 2:20 pm

    2:15 pm - 2:20 pm

  • 2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

    2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

    Marc Newman, Procurement & Business Services, Senior Manager of Travel, Novo Nordisk Inc.
    Raquel Hefferan, Director, Procurement Services and Strategic Travel, KPMG

    To carry on the conversation from our previous 2 events, ProcureCon is continuing the discussion on sustainable travel in 2021. Our panel will answer what their business is doing, what their suppliers are working on, and provide their perspective on ways to reduce carbon emissions, set goals, move the industry forward. Each panelist will have the chance to provide how they’re helping to manage this today/tomorrow, partnering with suppliers & sourcing accordingly.

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  • 2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

    2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

  • 3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

    3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

    Martin Ohiro, Procurement Director, Hempel
    Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo, Category Manager, Travel, Rogers Communications
    Jeff Daily, Director of Global Travel, Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
    Sean-Michael Callahan, Principal, The NiVACK Group

    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 panelists will review this intriguing conversation and discuss how they’re improving their soft skills and that of their teams.

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  • 3:40 pm - 3:40 pm

    3:40 pm - 3:40 pm

What Attendees Are Saying 

Peer Led

“I really appreciated the track and breakout sessions – it gave me a chance to sit with my peers and really dive deep into the topics we were most interested in. I connected with so many industry peers that were able to offer valuable insights into the challenges I’m currently facing.”

Erin Stewart
Procurement Manager
Charter Communications

Valuable Contacts

“The sense of community at ProcureCon is unlike any other event. I made tons of new valuable contacts (and friends!) that I couldn’t get elsewhere.”

Cherith Nase
Procurement Operations Manager
Arkema

The Place To Go

“ProcureCon is the place to go to a real pulse on not only what’s happening in procurement, but what’s changing in the future. It’s important to know what technologies and initiatives will be game-changers, and I can only get that information at ProcureCon.”

Melissa Boyd
Purchasing Manager
Nissan North America

Bringing Together The Best In Procurement

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Our Audience Breakdown

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!

Registration is limited to qualified corporate travel managers and procurement/sourcing professionals who are responsible for managing their company’s or organization’s corporate travel/meetings program. Registration from travel suppliers including travel management companies, travel agencies, 3rd party meeting planning companies, consultants or other solution providers to these organization 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.