IT Procurement Summit

Starts:  Oct 3, 2024 07:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Oct 4, 2024 05:00 PM (ET)

Join us this October at the premier IT Procurement Conference!

Connect with global IT procurement professionals and learn from the industry's leading minds. Our conference offers a packed agenda designed to enhance your skills and knowledge in IT procurement, including:

• Key insights on cybersecurity, data governance, and AI applications.

• Advanced strategies for managing SaaS agreements and cloud services.

• Hands-on sessions on negotiation, vendor performance, and contract management.


What to Expect:

  • Expert-Led Sessions: Learn about building robust RPPs, mastering Microsoft CoPilot, elevating cloud excellence, and more.
  • Interactive Breakouts: Engage in focused discussions on optimizing supplier relationships and digital transformation challenges.
  • Networking Opportunities: Participate in breakfast roundtables and industry break•outs to share experiences and strategies with peers.

Special Features:

  • Live negotiation simulations and case studies on SLAs.
  • Panels on creating leverage with suppliers and managing international agreements.

Whether you're looking to sharpen your skills or expand your professional network, our annual conference is the essential event for IT procurement professionals.

Join us to gain invaluable insights and advance your career in IT procurement. Register now and be a part of shaping the future of IT procurement.

Added:  Foundations Track at the ITPS  -  Get the IT procurement fundamentals with sessions like Procurement Basics, Finance in Procurement, a Contract Management Summary, Understanding the Technology, and Legalese for the Non-attorney.

2024 IT Procurement Summit Agenda:

2024 ITPS Speakers

Christine Stolz

Christine Stolz
ABC Supply Co.

Christine Stolz leads IT Contracts and Vendor Management for ABC Supply Co. Technology is a true passion of Stolz’s and she is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion in tech.   Over the past decade, Christine has served as a senior project manager at Cabela’s, Kohl’s, Claire’s and Walgreens, enabling retail technology both front-of-house and back-of-house. In 2021, she assumed responsibility for ABC Supply’s Contracting and Vendor Management function, handling everything from small purchases to enterprise contracts. Christine is a member of the CAUCUS Executive Advisory Committee.

Michael Porter

Michael Porter
State of Tennessee

Michael Porter is a results-oriented professional with expertise in relationship building, customer care, business management, analytics, and leadership. He thrives in leveraging his skills and experience to drive success within an innovative team. Michael is passionate about finding the best products and services through effective supply chain management processes. With a proven track record, he brings a strategic and collaborative approach to optimize operations and deliver exceptional results. If you’re seeking a dedicated professional to enhance your supply chain operations, connect with Michael to explore synergies and opportunities.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh
Judicial Council of California

Brian has been in procurement for nearly twenty years in both the private and public sectors. He is currently the manager of IT Administration at the Judicial Council of California (JCC), overseeing IT Budgets, Contracts, Administrative Support and Human Resources. Prior to his current role, Brian oversaw the JCC Non-Facilities Contracts unit, working with two thousand agreements per year with an estimated total value exceeding $550M. In addition to his years of IT procurements, Brian has sourced materials for hundreds of retail store construction projects; developed and implemented procurement plans for startups; and negotiated a multi-million dollar invoice and claim management system agreement for the one of the largest workers compensation carriers in the U.S.

Stefanie Akerly

Stephanie Akelry
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Stephanie Akerley is a seasoned Corporate Procurement Program Manager with over 27 years of experience in public procurement. For the past 14 years, she has excelled in handling all aspects of IT procurement for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Stephanie's love for IT procurement lies in its ever-changing nature, where each transaction brings new insights. She has honed her skills through ICN's classes and seminars, even contributing to content development and teaching others. As a presenter, Stephanie aims to expand her network and enhance her knowledge base among peers in the field.


Maxim Zakharchenko
Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Sarepta Ridgeway

Sarepta Ridgeway

Sarepta Ridgeway is an accomplished IT Procurement and Strategic Manager, specializing in strategic sourcing, process improvement, and risk mitigation. With expertise in contracts drafting and negotiation, cost avoidance, value engineering, warehousing, logistics, and change management, she brings a diverse skill set to her role. Sarepta is known for her proficiency in optimizing business processes, including developing purchasing policies and procedures, conducting procurement training, and managing asset management databases. She has achieved significant cost savings and avoidance milestones, successfully led major negotiations, and contributed to technological advancements. Sarepta also serves as a company representative in international contract tariff and e-procurement matters. Additionally, she shares her knowledge as an adjunct college professor.

Scott Thomas

Cynthia Farren
Cynthia Farren Consulting

Cynthia Farren is the president of Cynthia Farren Consulting, a national firm renowned for its expertise in IT compliance and Software Asset Management (SAM). With a strategic focus on cost reduction, risk management, and competitive advantage through effective software asset management, Cynthia has successfully partnered with business units to align technology implementations with corporate strategies. A distinguished business visionary, she is adept at identifying future directions for companies and deploying the right technologies to support those goals. Her specialties include SAM, volume licensing agreements, bulk purchasing negotiations, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and a range of other critical business functions, making her a pivotal asset in navigating complex business transformations and technology integrations.

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas is a highly experienced procurement executive with over 20 years of expertise in managing complex sourcing and supply chain operations. Known for his proven track record in cost savings, risk mitigation, and supplier optimization, Scott is driven by a passion for delivering value in procurement. As the Contract Management Lead at Humana, he spearheads the development and execution of procurement strategies across diverse categories, including logistics, IT, and raw materials. Scott is a down-to-earth and collaborative leader, fostering continuous improvement and empowering his team for success. With multiple degrees, he possesses the knowledge and expertise to tackle any procurement challenge.


Suzanne Sui
City of Apopka

Suzanne Siu is a seasoned Procurement Administrator currently overseeing purchasing operations for the City of Apopka. With a strong foundation in business insights and data analytics, Suzanne has previously served as Assistant Director at The School Board of Orange County, Florida, where she managed procurement processes for over eight years. Her expertise is certified by CTPE, NIGP-CPP, and CPPB credentials, emphasizing her commitment to excellence in public procurement and administration. Suzanne's strategic approach to procurement ensures compliance, efficiency, and alignment with both governmental policies and community needs, making her a key asset in fostering sustainable municipal operations.

Joani Scott

Joani Scott
First Advantage

With extensive experience in global strategic sourcing, vendor management, and procurement transformation, Joani Scott serves as the Procurement Director, Operations at First Advantage. Reporting to the VP of Global Procurement, she plays a key role in all strategic procurement activities, collaborating closely with Operations teams. Joani has a successful track record of implementing category-specific best practices for cost reduction, spend management, and budget optimization. She shares her valuable expertise gained from leading collaborative spend management initiatives, technical projects, procurement transformations, and organizational development. Joani's contributions extend beyond her role as she serves as Co-Chair on the CEAC Advisory Board and holds leadership positions in local Women in Business chapters.

Danny Mays
Maryland Judiciary

Danny Mays brings over 15 years of specialized experience in public procurement and administration to his role as Assistant State Court Administrator at Maryland Judiciary. A highly credentialed professional, Danny holds certifications such as CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP, CPSM, CPSD, and CMPO, underlining his extensive expertise in managing complex, high-value contracts, grants, and agreements for state agencies and institutions. He adeptly oversees the procurement process from start to finish, ensuring compliance, transparency, and fairness, while also reviewing and negotiating critical legal and contractual issues. Danny's leadership extends to developing and monitoring programs for minority and veteran businesses and leading diverse teams in support of strategic organizational goals. Committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, his mission is to deliver exceptional service and value to both internal and external stakeholders, enhancing the effectiveness and integrity of the Maryland Judiciary's procurement operations.

Christine Stolz

Katie McEwen
The Procurement Girl - Influencer

Katie McEwen, founder of The Procurement Girl and a motivational coach, is a Kentucky native turned Ohio influencer who combines her love for Faith, family, procurement, and music into a dynamic career. Raised in a lively household reminiscent of a real-life "Steel Magnolias," Katie has cultivated a unique approach to procurement, focusing on community building and long-term impact. Her agency champions underrepresented procurement technologies and services, helping them break through industry noise. Katie is dedicated to reinvigorating procurement professionals, emphasizing the importance of their work beyond the need for external validation. Through her work, Katie aims to transform procurement's image, proving its value effortlessly and fostering a supportive community for industry professionals.

Robert Wright

Robert Wright
International Computer Negotiations

Robert Wright is a highly experienced technology contracts negotiator with a strong focus on managing real risks and maximizing financial savings. With over 20 years of expertise, he is adept at drafting and negotiating various agreements, including software licenses, SaaS/cloud licenses, consulting services, statements of work, and non-disclosure agreements. Robert is entrusted with closing "high-risk/high-reward" deals valued from $500K to $5MM, recognized by executive leadership. He excels in implementing process improvements to enhance speed-to-value in the contracting and negotiating process.

Doreen Loska

Doreen Loska
Trane Technologies

Dr. Doreen Loska is a versatile global business leader with extensive experience in supply chain management, project management, and change management. With a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, she is dedicated to developing equitable solutions and implementing effective programs and strategies for diverse individuals, teams, and organizations. Known for her collaborative and data-driven approach, Doreen excels in neuro-leadership, analytics, innovation, sustainability, and creating reliable workplace environments. As an advocate for community and inclusivity, she shares her research on neuroleadership and the connection between worker engagement and workplace environments, inspiring audiences and teams alike.

HURRY! Sign up today – if you haven't already – and get access to exclusive insights from the best IT experts, and step on the right track toward advancing your career as a highly successful IT procurement professional.

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