Drive your value from incremental to exponential

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

September 13-14, 2018

Venue Six10, Chicago



Welcome to the Business Advancement 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:

  • While 84% of functions attribute greater alignment with stakeholder needs as a key benefit of Transformation;

  • Only 14% of procurement execs report that they have a “very productive” relationship with stakeholders.

  • Meanwhile, 47% of supplier collaboration projects end in failure. SRM capabilities must be improved to get to the next level in third-party interactions.

The Business Advancement Forum addresses these issues and more head on, helping you maximize your relationships to deliver significantly increased value.


Key agenda themes:

These carefully curated topics have been chosen to help you develop the blueprint to take your value creation from incremental to exponential:

Improving procurement’s brand within the 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

Being defined by cost savings is limiting and risky. If procurement teams want to be decision makers, they need to demonstrate the capabilities and mindsets 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 are those who can create an environment for those traits to flourish.

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

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

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

Business Advancement Forum in numbers


senior procurement professionals


CPO titles


USA states represented


speakers & facilitators


hours of networking opportunities


unique companies represented

Don’t just take our word for it

This is just some of the feedback we received from attendees in 2017:

"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

"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
"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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Partnership opportunities

Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from the region by becoming a partner of Procurement Leaders Business Advancement 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 7501 0540 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.


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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


Insight Partner


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.



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USD 1,750 (Save USD 900*)

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

*Book by May 4, 2018, to save USD 900 off the full booking rate of USD 2,650.
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