ProcureCon Travel Connect Virtual Event

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

November 17 - 18, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:50pm ET

Moving Forward: Travelling With Confidence & Strategies To Save In 2021

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.

Kelly Christner

Kelly Christner

Head of Global Travel, Fleet, and Meetings

Edgewell Personal Care

Ann Dery

Ann Dery

Global Category Lead, Director, Travel & Meetings of Global Travel

S&P Global

Teddy Oberts

Teddy Oberts

Strategic Sourcing Manager


Malcolm Davis

Malcolm Davis

Sr. Manager, Procurement

The Home Depot

Alicia King

Alicia King

Global Category Manager, Commercial Air and Ground Transportation


Cheryl Benjamin

Cheryl Benjamin

Manger, Travel Services

Dart Container

Szilard Simon

Szilard Simon

Global Category Chair


Geert Behets

Geert Behets

Head of Global Travel, Meetings & Fleet Management


Steve Clagg

Steve Clagg

Travel Technology Manager


Claire Blades

Claire Blades

Director, Global Procurement

Veritas Technologies LLC

Christian Widmann

Christian Widmann

Principal Category Manager, Indirect Procurement


Rick Wakida

Rick Wakida

Global Travel Manager


Nancy Murray

Nancy Murray

Vice President of Sourcing, Procurement & Travel Operations


Ryan Webster

Ryan Webster

Manager, Indirect Procurement

ViaSat Inc.

Jeff Daily

Jeff Daily

Director of Global Travel

Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

Leslie Andrews

Leslie Andrews

Global Category Leader, Travel


Jennifer Steinke

Jennifer Steinke

Associate Director, Global Travel


Marybeth Roberts

Marybeth Roberts

Senior Director - Global Travel & Meetings Procurement and Operations

TEVA Pharmaceuticals

Valerie Layman

Valerie Layman

VP of Product


Alon Zaibert

Alon Zaibert

Business Consultant & People Connoisseur

Travel Leaders Corporate

Sean-Michael Callahan

Sean-Michael Callahan


The NiVACK Group

Andy Neilson

Andy Neilson


Twisted Orange

ProcureCon Travel Connect Virtual Event Agenda

All Session times displayed in Eastern Time

Day One - November 17, 2020

  • 1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

    1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

  • 1:05 pm - 1:45 pm

    1:05 pm - 1:45 pm

    Leslie Andrews, Global Category Leader, Travel, JLL
    Cheryl Benjamin, Manger, Travel Services, Dart Container
    Nancy Murray, Vice President of Sourcing, Procurement & Travel Operations, Endeavor

    Preparing for travel into 2021 and beyond is like trying to hit a moving target, while skydiving, blindfolded. It’s tough. But just because it’s hard to pin point, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be preparing for the eventual return to travel… Whatever it looks like. During this panel discussion, we’ll examine some key components of your travel program to consider. Ranging from employee bleiure trips, ride share/home share policies, pre-trip approval and more. 

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  • 1:45 pm - 2:05 pm

    1:45 pm - 2:05 pm

    Valerie Layman, VP of Product, Coupa

    Through all the chaos caused by the pandemic, one thing remains clear: the previous ways of managing corporate travel are no longer appropriate today. To safely reintroduce business travel, travel managers will need more comprehensive visibility and tighter control over every aspect of their programs, from travel sourcing to employee T&E spend and payments. Join this session to hear Valerie Layman, VP of Product at Coupa, discuss what travel management will look like in a post-COVID world and reveal the technologies that will help organizations adjust to their new normal.

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  • 2:05 pm - 2:35 pm

    2:05 pm - 2:35 pm

    Kelly Christner, Head of Global Travel, Fleet, and Meetings, Edgewell Personal Care
    Ryan Webster, Manager, Indirect Procurement, ViaSat Inc.
    Alon Zaibert, Business Consultant & People Connoisseur, Travel Leaders Corporate

    Procurement is a vital part of your organization. Navigating through troubled terrain can be incredibly difficult. But the pandemic can help to improve broken ways of doing things and strengthen your travel program, and improve relationships with suppliers. Listen to how to embrace the change and keep travel moving forward.

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  • 2:35 pm - 2:40 pm

    2:35 pm - 2:40 pm

  • 2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

    2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

    Jeff Daily, Director of Global Travel, Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
    Jennifer Steinke, Associate Director, Global Travel, PPD

    Agreements with suppliers will need to be renewed. Contracts Adjusted. Where do you start to find the value? Starting from the top, we’ll compare how budgets have been impacted, where they’ve been impacted and what is impacting Travel for the next year and how procurement can help. We’ll examine contracts you have in place and ways you need to rework them to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Value beyond savings is vital at this moment in time, and we’ll examine ways in which you can achieve those results. 

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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

    Ann Dery, Global Category Lead, Director, Travel & Meetings of Global Travel, S&P Global
    Claire Blades, Director, Global Procurement, Veritas Technologies LLC
    Rick Wakida, Global Travel Manager, Informatica

    With so many new changes coming to your policy, the way managers are booking travel, and how you’re establishing pre-trip approval, you need to ensure you’re effectively communicating with your team internally to ensure everyone is aligned. Now more than ever, capturing this value will do wonders for your program. Listen to how procurement is taking the steering wheel and finding ways to capture information from stakeholders and create actionable takeaways to drive success.

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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 1 hour 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.      Hosted by Oversight

    3.      Hotel RFP; Where You Can Save

    4.      Negotiating With Airlines

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  • 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    5:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Day Two - November 18, 2020

  • 1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

    1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

  • 1:05 pm - 1:35 pm

    1:05 pm - 1:35 pm

    Geert Behets, Head of Global Travel, Meetings & Fleet Management, UCB

    Besides not traveling, lets take time to discuss how you can go green in 2021. We’ll examine what is top of mind and improve their carbon footprint. 

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  • 1:35 pm - 1:55 pm

    1:35 pm - 1:55 pm

  • 1:55 pm - 2:15 pm

    1:55 pm - 2:15 pm

    Christian Widmann, Principal Category Manager, Indirect Procurement, Citrix
    Sean-Michael Callahan, Principal, The NiVACK Group

    We’ll sit down with a seasoned travel executive to hear their take on the future of Travel. This session will be conducted live so please bring your questions and submit them in real time.

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  • 2:15 pm - 2:20 pm

    2:15 pm - 2:20 pm

  • 2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

    2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

    Szilard Simon, Global Category Chair, IBM

    There’s been massive leaps forward in what your data analytics and travel technology can do for your travel program. This session is geared toward providing perspective on what you can be doing to help understand your spend and put it to good use. 

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  • 2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

    2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Steve Clagg, Travel Technology Manager, Microsoft
    Marybeth Roberts, Senior Director - Global Travel & Meetings Procurement and Operations, TEVA Pharmaceuticals
    Andy Neilson, Owner, Twisted Orange

    Investigating new technology can be daunting. Especially now that cost is a big factor. But It’s worth examining what to consider, before you pull the trigger and invest. This benchmarking conversation will examine new tools, tools that panelist have heard of, and more. We’ll examine the need for data, partners to help deliver more, and new providers to look at as you when you return to travel and when you’ll jump on another video conference call. 

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  • 3:30 pm - 3:40 pm

    3:30 pm - 3:40 pm

  • 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm

    3:40 pm - 4:40 pm

    Teddy Oberts, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Salesforce
    Malcolm Davis, Sr. Manager, Procurement, The Home Depot
    Alicia King, Global Category Manager, Commercial Air and Ground Transportation, Chevron

    Live Interactive Zoom Roundtable discussion led by a travel sourcing & procurement executive. These 1 hour Zoom discussions will allow you to interact and engage with your peers in a small group setting. Please note, You’ll ONLY be able to attend ONE roundtable

    1.      Establishing A Well Maintained T&E Policy – Hosted by Malcolm Davis – Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager, Home Depot

    2.      Duty Of Care & Safety: Compare & Contrast

    3.      Negotiating With Airlines - Hosted by Alicia King Global Category Manager, Commercial Air and Ground Transportation, Chevron

    4.      Strategic Meetings/Event Management – Hosted by Teddy Oberts – Strategic Sourcing Manager, Salesforce

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  • 4:40 pm - 4:40 pm

    4:40 pm - 4:40 pm

Bringing Together The Best In Procurement

Rated #1 By The ProcureCon Travel Community

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

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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!