IT Procurement Summit

Starts:  Nov 5, 2023 05:30 PM (ET)
Ends:  Nov 7, 2023 05:00 PM (ET)

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Are you the person in charge of negotiating vendor contracts or managing supplier relationships for your organization?

A best-selling event for the IT procurement industry, the 26th Annual IT Procurement Summit promises remarkable collaboration opportunities for technology professionals from around the world. This time-tested summit teaches you how to negotiate better deals and offers exclusive insights into the latest trends. Not only will you be acquainted with valuable presentations from the brightest IT minds in the world, but you'll also receive abundant benefits as a participant:

  • Learn to develop effective and meaningful industry relationships with peers and vendors
  • Improve foundational principles with the use of better SLAs and remedies
  • Negotiate successfully with suppliers through strategic interventions
  • Develop excellent efficiencies in IT procurement, vendor management, contract management and more
  • Learn to reduce any risks to your organization and streamline processes
  • Build supply chain efficiencies through strategic sourcing and mediating
  • Identify best practices for migrating to the cloud, data privacy, data security and much more

You will also get unique networking opportunities to learn how your industry peers deal with similar challenges you face within your organization. You'll be empowered with new insights and strategies to overcome these challenges in the most efficient manner. The IT Procurement Summit will allow you to experience:

  • Theme-oriented panel discussions to help you with effective tactics to build leverage with suppliers and vendors
  • Powerful presentations to teach you to negotiate cross-border agreements with local and international vendors in your industry
  • Networking conversations to develop stronger vendor and supply chain management programs for your organization

If you are involved in IT acquisitions for your organization, then this annual conference is an absolute must-attend event. You cannot afford to miss it as you seek new ways to improve efficiency, productivity and better deals in your department. Session topics include:

  •        Trends in IT Procurement
  •        SOW Pitfalls to Avoid
  •     Procurement Automation
  •     Countering Vendor Ploys
  •     The Managed Acquisition Process
  •     Navigating SaaS Agreements
  •     Improving your SLAs
  •     RFP Development
  •     Data Privacy
  •     Negotiating Tactics and Techniques
  •     Building a High-Performing Procurement Team
  •     Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM)
  •     Optimizing Supplier Relationships
  •     Lots of Networking Opportunities


The 2023 IT Procurement Summit Agenda:

Session Descriptions

The Future of Procurement

Trends, Technologies, and Innovation

Robert Wright, ICN

The future is now! Join ICN Principal Robert Wright as he kicks off ITPS by revealing the secrets to staying ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. Never one short for words, Robert will provide keen insights on how to leverage new technologies for maximum impact. Mitigating risk and maximizing savings has never been easier! Robert will also discuss the importance of creating a culture of innovation inside of your procurement team and how to nurture it going forward.

  • Gain insights into the latest trends shaping the future of procurement.
  • Explore innovative technologies and their potential impact on procurement processes.
  • Discover strategies to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing procurement landscape.

Emerging Threats and Trends in Data Security

Staying Ahead of Cyber Risks

Stephanie Akerly, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission

Ten million dollars. That's the average cost of a data breach in the United States in 2023. Take a proactive approach towards mitigating cyber risks by staying on top of emerging threats and trends in the field. During this session, Stephanie Akerly will share insights into common challenges and practical solutions to safeguard your organization's data and protect against potential breaches. Stephanie will also provide tips and strategies for how to negotiate contractual provisions that will help your organization mitigate cyber risks and protect against data breaches.

  • Understand emerging threats in data security and their potential impact on your organization.
  • Learn practical strategies to mitigate data security risks and protect sensitive information.
  • Stay informed about the latest trends and best practices in data security management.

SOW Pitfalls to Avoid

Common Challenges and Practical Solutions for Project Success

Christine Stolz, ABC Supply Co

Getting what you pay for starts with a well-written Statement of Work. Putting one together, though, can be very challenging. Enter ABC Supply's very own Statement of Work expert, Christine Stolz.  Christine will help you successfully navigate the Statement of Work minefield by exploring common challenges and proposing practical solutions. Christine will also help you learn how to manage scope effectively, improve communication, and proactively mitigate risks for successful project outcomes.

  • Identify common pitfalls and challenges in crafting and managing Statements of Work.
  • Learn effective strategies for scope management and communication to ensure project success.
  • Understand the importance of proactive risk mitigation and explore practical solutions.

Procurement Automation and Digital Transformation

Streamlining Processes and Increasing Efficiency

David Hatch, Schneider Electric

Automation technologies are being leveraged to streamline procurement processes at scale. David Hatch works regularly with technologies like RPA and AI to improve the overall procurement process at Schneider Electric.  By harnessing the power of procurement automation and digital transformation, Hatch has been able to streamline processes and drive operational efficiency throughout his organization.  Discover how you can leverage technology to optimize decision-making, enhance efficiency, and revolutionize procurement practices in your own company by learning from David’s own experiences.  

  • Gain insights into the benefits of procurement automation and digital transformation.
  • Learn to leverage technologies that streamline processes and increase efficiency.
  • Explore strategies for implementation and adoption of automation in your company.

Behind Enemy Lines

Tips and Tactics for Countering Vendor Ploys

Frank Bruno

Knowledge is power! In this session, veteran sales professional Frank Bruno will show you how sales professionals are trained to manipulate the sales cycle. With Bruno's advice, you'll learn how to negotiate stronger contracts and how to identify the hidden variables in the sales cycle. You'll also discover how to use data to your advantage and how to use psychological tactics to get the best possible outcome for your negotiations. If you're interested in mitigating more risk and maximizing more savings with your suppliers, this session is a must attend.

  • Recognize common vendor ploys and negotiation tactics.
  • Master effective strategies to counter vendor ploys and negotiate favorable terms.
  • Understand how to secure the best value and build successful vendor relationships.

Government IT Procurement

What Your Contract Representative May Not Be Saying

Michael Porter

Join Michael Porter as he unveils the untold aspects of government IT procurement. In this session, you will gain valuable insights into what your contract representative may not be sharing. Discover key strategies and tactics to navigate the intricacies of government procurement processes successfully. Equip yourself with the knowledge to effectively negotiate contracts, optimize value, and overcome common challenges in government IT procurement.

  • Understand the hidden aspects and considerations in government IT procurement.
  • Learn effective negotiation strategies for government contracts.
  • Identify common challenges and how to overcome them in government procurement processes.

Crafting Effective SLAs

Best Practices for Setting and Managing Service Expectations

Brian Walsh, Judicial Council of California

Meaningful service levels are the key to a successful service engagement.  In this session, Brown Walsh will share actionable tips and tactics for crafting effective Service Level Agreements.  With a wealth of experience drafting SLAs, Walsh will share how to establish and manage service expectations, ensure mutual accountability, and achieve desired results by understanding best practices for setting and managing service expectations.  Brian will also explore ways in which you can use SLAs to optimize service performance and build strong relationships with service providers.

  • Define clear and measurable metrics within SLAs to track and evaluate service performance effectively.
  • Get realistic and achievable targets in SLAs that align with business needs and consider the capabilities of service providers.
  • Implement proactive SLA management strategies, including regular performance reviews, effective communication, and timely issue resolution.

It’s Raining Software Renewals

What Do You Do?

Kimberly Bowlin, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

Software renewals can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Join Kimberly Bowen as she shares her expertise on how to effectively handle the deluge of software renewals. In this session, you will learn practical strategies and best practices to manage software renewals, negotiate favorable terms, and optimize costs. Gain insights into assessing software needs, evaluating alternatives, and making informed decisions that align with your organization's goals.

  • Understand the importance of proactively managing software renewals and the potential impact on costs and operations.
  • Learn strategies for negotiating favorable renewal terms and optimizing software expenses.
  • Gain insights into assessing software needs, evaluating alternatives, and making informed decisions for successful software renewals.

Crafting Winning RFPs

Strategies and Techniques for Procurement Excellence 

Steven Jeffery

Crafting compelling and effective Request for Proposals (RFPs) is essential for procurement success. In this session, Steven Jeffery will share valuable strategies and techniques to enhance your RFP development process. Learn how to create RFPs that attract top-quality vendors, effectively communicate your requirements, and drive competitive responses. Gain the skills to craft winning RFPs that lead to successful procurement outcomes and elevate your organization's procurement excellence.

  • Understand the elements of a well-crafted RFP and its impact on vendor responses.
  • Learn techniques to effectively communicate requirements and expectations in an RFP.
  • Discover strategies to evaluate vendor responses and select the best-fit supplier for your organization.

Maximizing Value through Managed Acquisitions

Techniques for Negotiation and Cost Optimization

Robert Wright, ICN

Join Robert Wright as he dives into the art of managed acquisitions and the tactics for maximizing value through effective negotiation and cost optimization. In this session, you will explore strategies to identify, evaluate, and negotiate with potential acquisition targets. Gain insights into optimizing acquisition costs, minimizing risks, and driving value creation. Walk away with practical techniques for successful managed acquisitions that yield superior outcomes for your organization.

  • Discover effective methods for identifying and evaluating potential acquisition targets.
  • Understand negotiation strategies and techniques specific to managed acquisitions.
  • Explore approaches to optimize costs and drive value creation in the acquisition process.

Data Privacy

A Comprehensive Overview of Key Laws, Rules, and Regulations

Daniel Pepper, Norton Rose Fulbright

In an era of increasing data privacy concerns, understanding the intricacies of data privacy laws, rules, and regulations is crucial for procurement professionals. Join Daniel Pepper as he provides a comprehensive overview of the landscape of data privacy. Explore key legislation, such as GDPR and CCPA, and their impact on procurement operations. Gain insights into best practices for compliance, data protection, and managing privacy risks within procurement processes.

  • Develop an understanding of key data privacy laws and regulations affecting procurement.
  • Master strategies for maintaining compliance and protecting sensitive data in procurement operations.
  • Gain insights into managing privacy risks and implementing privacy-conscious procurement practices.

Negotiation Tactics and Techniques for Procurement Professionals  

Vivien Dougan, Pacific Life

Effective negotiation is a critical skill for procurement professionals. Join Vivien Dougan as she shares proven tactics and techniques to enhance your negotiation prowess. Explore strategies for successful vendor negotiations, contract terms, and pricing agreements. Learn how to leverage your strengths, communicate effectively, and achieve optimal outcomes through strategic negotiation techniques. Elevate your negotiation skills and elevate your procurement effectiveness.

  • Master effective negotiation tactics for achieving favorable contract terms and pricing agreements.
  • Develop strategies for building successful vendor relationships through negotiation.
  • Gain effective communication techniques to influence outcomes and achieve win-win.

Building a High-Performing Procurement

Team Effective Talent Development for Leaders 

RSM Team

Building and nurturing a high-performing procurement team is essential for organizational success. Join the RSM Team as they delve into effective talent development strategies for procurement leaders. Discover how to attract top talent, foster a culture of excellence, and develop the skills and competencies of your procurement team. Gain insights into leadership practices, talent retention strategies, and fostering collaboration for achieving procurement excellence.

  • Discover strategies for attracting and retaining top talent in procurement.
  • Understand how to create a culture of excellence within your procurement team.
  • Develop leadership skills and foster collaboration to drive procurement excellence.

Technical Procurement for the Non-Technical 

Carrier Goetz

Navigating technical procurement processes can be challenging for non-technical professionals. In this session, Carrier Goetz will demystify technical procurement and equip non-technical individuals with the knowledge and skills to effectively engage in technical procurement activities. Explore essential concepts, terminology, and best practices for successful technical procurement. Walk away with a better understanding of technical requirements, evaluation criteria, and vendor selection to confidently engage in technical procurement endeavors.

  • Gain an understanding of technical procurement concepts and terminology.
  • Explore best practices for evaluating technical requirements and selecting vendors.
  • Develop the skills to effectively engage in technical procurement activities as a non-technical professional.

From Chaos to Control

How to Implement a CLM Solution

Scott Thomas, Humana Inc.

Implementing a Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution can transform procurement processes from chaotic to controlled. Join Scott Thomas as he guides you through the steps to successfully implement a CLM solution. Learn how to assess your organization's needs, select the right CLM software, and effectively manage the implementation process. Gain insights into optimizing contract management, reducing risks, and enhancing collaboration through the power of CLM technology.

  • Understand the benefits of implementing a CLM solution in procurement processes.
  • Explore how to assess organizational needs and select the appropriate CLM software.
  • Gain insights into managing the implementation process and maximizing the benefits of CLM technology.

Optimizing Supplier Relationships

Strategies for Effective Vendor Management 

Joani Scott, First Advantage

Building strong and mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers is crucial for procurement success. In this session, Joani Scott will share strategies for optimizing supplier relationships and effective vendor management. Discover how to establish strategic partnerships, foster open communication, and drive value with your suppliers. Learn best practices for supplier evaluation, performance management, and continuous improvement. Gain the skills to nurture productive relationships that lead to increased efficiency and superior procurement outcomes.

  • Understand the importance of supplier relationships and the impact on procurement success.
  • Learn strategies for establishing and nurturing strategic partnerships with suppliers.
  • Gain insights into supplier evaluation, performance management, and continuous improvement for optimal vendor management.

Igniting Transformation

Practical Steps for Implementing Lessons Learned from ITPS

Robert Wright, ICN

In this session, Robert Wright will provide practical guidance on how to implement the valuable lessons learned from the IT Procurement Summit (ITPS). Discover the essential steps and strategies to ignite transformation within your procurement organization. Learn how to apply key takeaways, leverage new ideas, and drive impactful change in your procurement processes. Gain insights into overcoming implementation challenges, fostering innovation, and achieving measurable results inspired by ITPS.

  • Understand the steps and strategies to implement lessons learned from ITPS in your procurement organization.
  • Learn how to apply new ideas and insights from ITPS to drive impactful change in procurement processes.
  • Gain insights into overcoming implementation challenges and fostering innovation for measurable results inspired by ITPS.

Sip, Savor, and Socialize: Networking Social

Join us for an evening of networking, relaxation, and building meaningful connections at our "Sip, Savor, and Socialize" Networking Social. This social event provides a unique opportunity to connect with industry peers, share insights, and foster new collaborations in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. 

Indulge in a selection of beverages and culinary delights as you engage in stimulating conversations with fellow professionals from various sectors of the industry. Whether you're looking to expand your professional network, seek potential partnerships, or simply unwind after a day of insightful sessions, this social event is the perfect setting to make meaningful connections and establish lasting relationships.

  • Engage in lively conversations with professionals from diverse backgrounds and industries.
  • Expand your professional network and establish new connections.
  • Enjoy a delightful selection of beverages and culinary treats while fostering meaningful relationships in a relaxed atmosphere.

Breakfast Roundtables

Start your day off right with our engaging and interactive Breakfast Roundtables. Join industry experts, thought leaders, and fellow attendees for intimate and focused discussions on a variety of topics. These small-group sessions offer a unique opportunity to dive deep into specific areas of interest, share insights, and gain valuable perspectives from experienced professionals.

Choose from a range of roundtable topics that align with your interests and expertise. Engage in lively discussions, ask questions, and contribute your own knowledge and experiences. Whether you're seeking to expand your understanding of emerging trends, explore best practices, or connect with like-minded professionals, the Breakfast Roundtables provide a dynamic platform for meaningful conversations and networking.

  • Intimate and focused discussions with industry experts and thought leaders.
  • Deep dive into specific topics of interest to gain valuable insights and perspectives.
  • Engage in meaningful networking with professionals who share similar interests and challenges.

2023 Speakers

Daniel Pepper

Daniel Pepper
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

With more than 25 years of experience in data privacy, cybersecurity and information technology law, including leadership roles at Fortune 50 public companies, Dan Pepper is highly knowledgeable in identifying, evaluating and managing risks associated with privacy and information security practices. Dan advises clients on proactive data privacy and security practices, data breach incident response and regulatory compliance. He also supports clients on compliance with domestic and international security laws, regulations and standards, including PCI-DSS, the NIST and ISO. He is proficient at structuring technology acquisitions, licensing and distribution arrangements, as well as cloud-based/SaaS transactions. With his substantial industry knowledge, Dan has drafted and negotiated thousands of technology and intellectual property-based transactions.

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.

David Hatch

David Hatch is a seasoned executive consultant and coach specializing in IT and indirect sourcing. With over 25 years of experience, he drives innovation and delivers exceptional results. Certified in mid-management administration and holding a Master of Education degree, David excels in managing complex IT procurement projects and optimizing technology resources. Currently an Assistant Director of Technology Support Services / Purchasing for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, he oversees software renewals for over 118,000 students and 19,000 employees. As a licensed attorney, David brings comprehensive legal insights to his consultancy work. He empowers organizations to optimize IT strategies, streamline operations, and achieve significant cost savings.

Frank Bruno

Frank Bruno
Arrow Electronics

Frank Bruno is a dynamic sales leader and solutions architect with a deep understanding of customer relationship management. With a strong work ethic, efficient time management skills, and extensive product knowledge, he builds channels for success. Frank has a proven track record of building, training, and leading high-performing sales teams and solutions architects. He excels in guiding complex integrations, implementing technologies like, Pardot, and Hubspot, and negotiating multi-million dollar deals. Frank's "Get Stuff Done" attitude and hands-on approach make him a valuable asset in driving business growth. 

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 Walsh is an experienced professional with a diverse background in fiscal supervision and procurement. Currently serving as a Fiscal Supervisor for the Judicial Council of California, he brings over four years of expertise in managing fiscal operations. Prior to this role, Brian served as an Assistant Category Manager - Technology at the State Compensation Insurance Fund, overseeing enterprise procurement initiatives. He also held positions as a Contracts Officer at the California Public Utilities Commission and as an Interim Office Manager at Redfin. With a proven track record in purchasing coordination and fiscal management, Brian's career highlights his strong capabilities in financial oversight and procurement strategy.

Kimberly Bowlin

Kimberly Bowlin
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

With a proven track record of driving innovation and delivering outstanding results, Kim Bowlin has a wealth of expertise in technology services and procurement. Bowlin has over 25 years of experience managing complex IT procurement projects and optimizing technology resources.  In addition to being certified in mid-management administration in Texas, Kim is a graduate of Houston Christian University with a Master of Education degree.  As Assistant Director of Technology Support Services / Purchasing for the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Kim oversees over 118,000 students and 19,000 employees' software renewals. 


Steven Jeffrey

Steven Jeffrey

Steven Jeffrey is a results-driven professional with a proven track record in creating successful vendor management practices from scratch. With an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for driving bottom-line results, Steven excels in introducing cost-saving opportunities and process improvements. He has international exposure and a talent for developing high-performing teams. As an acknowledged expert, writer, and speaker in strategic sourcing and vendor management, Steven brings extensive expertise to deliver exceptional value. 

Stefanie Akerly

Stefanie 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.

Vivien Dougan

Vivien Dougan
Pacific Life

With over 18 years of contracts experience, Vivien Dougan has led successful procurement initiatives in the insurance and global market sectors. Known for a collaborative and data-driven approach, Vivien consistently delivers winning outcomes across a diverse range of sourcing situations. Dougan’s expertise as a negotiator has earned her recognition as a top performer, consistently rated in the top 5% of performers. With a track record of driving success in IT sourcing, Vivien brings valuable skills and insights to enhance procurement strategies.

Luke Montoya

Luke Montoya

Luke Montoya leads the Strategic Sourcing group at RSM US LLP, the fifth-largest accounting and consulting firm, reporting directly to the CFO. With a background as a legal counsel to RSM, specializing in M&A, finance, client, and vendor contracts, Luke brings a comprehensive understanding of legal and business dynamics to their role. Prior to his tenure at RSM, Montoya worked as a transactional attorney with a focus on corporate finance at a national law firm. Currently pursuing an MBA degree at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Luke is expected to complete their studies by May 2025.

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.

Renee Levensaler

Renee Levensaler

Renee Levensaler is a skilled attorney and procurement/sourcing professional with extensive experience in the information technology industry. Specializing in drafting and negotiating agreements with Fortune 200 companies, she brings a wealth of expertise in various contract types, including software licensing (on-premise and cloud), IT services, hardware, security, OEM arrangements, distributor agreements, marketing partnerships, and M&A agreements. Renee's ability to build strong relationships internally and externally, across multiple countries and management levels, is a testament to her effective communication and collaboration skills. She consistently demonstrates value by managing multiple responsibilities, adhering to corporate contracting policies, and delivering cost-effective, results-oriented solutions for the company.

John Cooley

John Cooley

John Cooley is a top-performing professional with a consistent track record of outstanding achievements in commercial agreements, team leadership, and operational oversight. Known for creating and fostering strong relationships, he excels in meeting aggressive goals. As a proven leader, John has a talent for mentoring others and replicating best practices. With expertise in licensing, contracting, mergers and acquisitions, and more, he brings a comprehensive skill set to the table. A strategic visionary, John effectively executes multiple concurrent projects while keeping a constant focus on big-picture objectives. His ability to deliver results and align with strategic goals sets him apart.  John is the 2022 CAUCUS Member of the Year. 


Carrie Goetz

Carrie Goetz

Carrie Goetz is a highly accomplished professional with over 40 years of global experience in designing, running, and auditing data centers, IT departments, and intelligent buildings. As a fractional CTO for multiple companies, she brings invaluable expertise to her clients. Carrie is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, published in 69 countries across over 250 publications. She holds numerous certifications, including honorary doctorate in Mission Critical Operations, RCDD/NTS, PSP, CNID, CDCP, CSM-Agile, and AWS CCP. Carrie is also a best-selling author, with her book "Jumpstart Your Career in Data Centers Featuring Careers for Women, Trades, and Vets in Tech and Data Centers" making a significant impact in the industry. She actively contributes to various industry boards and committees, championing STEM education through outreach projects.

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.

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.

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.

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