Supercharging procurement's business value

13 September 2018 - 14 September 2018
08:30 - 17:30

September 13-14, 2018

Venue Six10, Chicago

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Welcome to the Agility & Transformation Forum 2018

This two-day event is dedicated to strengthening procurement’s business partnerships, helping you deliver increased business value through innovation, revenue generation and competitive advantage.

Expect to be challenged by industry experts and inspired by case studies from your peers, all while growing your network for benchmarking and idea-sharing long after the Forum ends.

Strong alignment and business partnerships are key to delivering increased value. To make the leap from good to great, procurement must prioritize business alignment and collaborative partnerships to create value.

However, according to recent Procurement Leaders research:

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of functions attribute greater stakeholder alignment as a key benefit of Transformation

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of procurement execs say they have “very productive” stakeholder relationships

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of supplier collaboration projects end in failure

The Agility & Transformation Forum addresses these issues and more head-on, providing most cost-effective way to accelerate your value-creation and business alignment efforts.

Key themes:

Improving procurement’s brand within the wider business

Showcasing the ways in which procurement can think strategically and embed behaviours that work to further the goals of the business – first and foremost.

Pivoting procurement’s role to include value-add activities

Being defined by cost savings is limiting and risky. If procurement teams want to be decision makers, they need to demonstrate the capabilities to create real value for their business partners.

Developing a team that shares the vision of procurement as a business partner

Building capabilities to meet business need requires a balanced combination of acumen, leadership and commercial insight. True leaders create an environment for those traits to flourish.

Using innovation as a catalyst for ongoing co-creation & collaboration

Innovation doesn’t just happen, it requires aptitude, workflows, buy-in and a culture that embraces working beyond the normal remit of procurement.

What’s new for 2018

New Location

With Chicago acting as the hub for a host of FMCG, manufacturing, chemical, transportation and publishing companies– it’s the perfect central location for American procurement functions. Venue Six10 will provide the perfect atmosphere to be reinvigorated with new ideas with it’s panoramic views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.

Improved agenda theme

You requested an opportunity to really focus on a specific yet common challenge and we’re delivering. You’ll be able to dedicate two-days to crowdsourcing ways to strengthen your stakeholder relationships with the shared goal of delivering increased value to the business.

New networking app

The most effective way to accelerate your strategic objectives is by connecting with someone who’s already found success or is on your same journey. Finding these connections can be difficult, so we’ll do the leg work for you by facilitating connections at the event through our Match & Meet event app.

Improved member experience

The Procurement Leaders membership community is all about harnessing the power of the network to go further, faster. With specific deep-dive member-only workshops and a variety of follow-up resources, as a member, you’ll receive a true VIP event experience.

Who attends the Agility & Transformation Forum?


senior procurement professionals

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CPO titles


US states represented


speakers & facilitators


unique companies represented

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hours of networking opportunities

Be inspired by the best

Industry leaders who shared their knowledge and insights in 2017 included:
  • David Kern, Head of Procurement, TripAdvisor
  • Kipp Podlewski, Head of Indirect Procurement, Harley-Davidson
  • Robin Vogel, VP Procurement, Mars Wrigley Confectionery
  • Sarah Coulter, Innovation Sourcing Manager, The Clorox Company
  • Steve Hrubula, Global Head of Procurement Strategic Sourcing, The Carlyle Group
  • Todd Larkin, Vice President, Contracting, Intalere

What you’ll leave with:

Lessons in stakeholder collaboration and engagement

To thrive off of shared objectives by ensuring “value” is mutually agreed upon and efforts are aligned to deliver upon it.

Inspiration for building a company-wide culture of collaborative innovation

To collectively contribute to the business’ competitive advantage and revenue generation objectives.

New connections and deeper relationships

To tap into your expanded network and continually crowdsource new ideas and validate strategies.

Enterprise value-creation ideas and tips

To ensure procurement proactively collaborates as an integral part of the corporate strategy.

Don’t just take our word for it

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"The presenters were clearly accomplished experts who entertained and informed. There was a great cross section of industries, non-commercial organizations and consultants. I took away several valuable themes that I can apply. I look forward to attending again."
Jim Kneece, VP Supply Chain
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"It was a productive couple of days, where I gained valuable insights into how other industries work to solve some of the problems I contend with daily."
Gia Van Haute, Director, Procurement Operations
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"A member of my team just came to me and said she will do something different tomorrow as a result of the forum, that’s the main aim. Collaboration and the opportunity to compare to other functions is crucial."
Eric Duarte, Head of Group Supply Chain
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"I’m never disappointed after leaving a Procurement Leaders’ event!"
Christina Najjar, Director of Procurement
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"It was refreshing to be at the event full of other people that carry the same vision and also the same challenges in the procurement environment."
Mike Klobe, Procurement Director
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"An excellent networking opportunity."
Trevor Bailey, Head of Procurement Strategy and Relationship Management

Confirm your place today

Partnership opportunities

Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from the region by becoming a partner of Procurement Leaders Agility & Transformation Forum 2018.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 150+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact us via email or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.


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Headline Partner


Proxima is the world’s leading independent provider of procurement solutions, with a single focus on partnering with organizations to achieve high performing, agile procurement functions. We provide a full range of services and solutions that support the change orientated CPO, including consulting, managed services, on-demand and supplier technology solutions. Through our consulting services, we help our clients design and deliver next generation procurement solutions, whether that is reducing costs, building or evolving your team, supporting your existing capability, or helping to transform your business. We run and support Procurement functions in some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations; our success hinges on hitting ambitious targets year after year. Procurement is our business.

Insight Plus Partner


Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform. Recognized as a Leader by Gartner, Ivalua’s Source-to-Pay suite is leveraged by over 250 leading companies across the globe to manage over $500 Billion in direct and indirect spend. The platform’s combination of ease-of-use, depth, breadth and flexibility ensures high employee and supplier adoption, rapid time to value and the ability to meet unique or evolving requirements, evidenced by the industry’s leading 98%+ retention rate. Realize the possibilities at Follow us at @Ivalua

Bain & Company

Bain & Company is the management consulting firm that the world’s business leaders come to when they want results. Bain advises clients on strategy, technology, organization, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and helps companies reinvent their operations to uncover a new competitive edge. Bain develops practical insights that clients act on and transfers skills that make change stick. We align our incentives with our clients’ by linking our fees to their results. Bain clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. Founded in 1973, Bain today has 55 offices in 36 countries, and our deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector.

Insight Partners


Since 2000, SynerTrade has headquarters in Munich, Paris, and New York, with offices in over 20 global locations – SynerTrade is a leading international Source to Contract provider with cloud-based solutions to digitalize your company’s procurement processes. SynerTrade’s full service and flexible procurement suite ACCELERATE comes with over 30 applications set to assist with advancing your procurement process all built around simplifying your work. A recognized leader in solutions from strategic sourcing to spend analysis, SynerTrade focuses on the simplicity of being a technology partner, and customer advocate. With more than 650 clients worldwide, SynerTrade has built the expertise to transform your time-consuming activities into a digital environment.



• Source to Contract

• Procure to Pay

•Supplier Management

• Spend Analysis

• Purchasing Intelligence



Founded in 2010, Tradeshift is the world’s largest business commerce platform that connects buyers and sellers. Tradeshift connects over 1.5 million companies across 190 countries, processes over half a trillion USD in transaction value yearly, and has a marketplace containing 28 million SKUs. It offers solutions for procure to pay, supplier engagement and financial services, and enables companies and partners to build custom or commercial apps on its business commerce platform. Tradeshift is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Copenhagen, New York, London, Paris, Suzhou, Chongqing, Tokyo, Munich, Frankfurt, Sydney, Bucharest, Oslo, and Stockholm.


Engagement Partners


ConnXus supplier management software solutions simplify the complexities of global supply chains and allow buyers to achieve their goals of responsible and sustainable sourcing. ConnXus is a NMSDC, CPUC, CAMSC and State of Ohio-certified minority-owned business enterprise based in Mason, Ohio with local, regional and international capabilities.


Networking Lounge Partners

APS Group

We’ve been delivering marketing and customer communications since 1961. Helping brands talk to their customers in a relevant, rewarding way, with every campaign.

Strategy and insight

Our strategy offers better research, stronger insight and hard-earned expertise, taking projects from conception to completion.

Ideas and design

Because we’re truly integrated, we can write, create and execute ideas to suit any channel or desired customer experience.

Multichannel production

Whether it’s a poster, a website, a loyalty card, or a fully-fledged multimedia campaign, we bring marketing and communications to life.

Delivery and management

All our services wouldn’t be possible if our delivery and management mechanisms weren’t in place. We offer trusted, feedback-driven services at every stage, guaranteeing a secure and simple supply chain.

Make more possible.

Become an Agility & Transformation Forum 2018 Partner

Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from the region by becoming a partner of Procurement Leaders Agility & Transformation Forum 2018.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 150+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact us via email or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.

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USD 1,950 (Save USD 800*)

  • 2 day Forum pass (September 13-14, 2018)

*Book by May 4, 2018, to save USD 800 off the full booking rate of USD 2,750.
For procurement practitioners only.

Are you a Procurement Leaders member?

You will be eligible for a preferential rate to attend the Forum. Contact us at or +44 (0)20 7819 1029 for assistance arranging your attendance in accordance with your membership level.

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