Sharpen your competitive edge: Trust, Transparency and Profitability

10 September 2019 - 11 September 2019
08:30 - 17:30
Ritz Carlton, Chicago
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Sharpen your competitive edge:
Trust, Transparency and Profitability

The Agility & Transformation Forum is dedicated to helping you and your team deliver hyper-performance and competitive advantage to your wider business, through increased Trust, Transparency & Profitability.

Join 150+ peers for a unique networking and learning opportunity and ensure you aren’t left behind by on-going digitalisation, business model disruption, changing supply-market dynamics and macro & geo-political disruption.

Take a look at the highlights from last year for an idea of what to expect.

Move to the next stage of your transformation journey

In 2019 the Agility & Transformation Forum looks at the next phase of transformation for procurement organizations, specifically the vital facets required to sharpen competitive edge and increase business value:


How to change the perception of procurement from a policy enforcer and road blocker to a respected business partner


Increase visibility with internal business partners and external suppliers, to develop stakeholder trust & clear business partnerships


Ensuring the procurement function continues to expand its scope to include further revenue enhancing activities

Inspiration from the best

Industry leaders who shared their knowledge in 2018 included:
  • Chuck Hatsis, CPO, CME Group
  • Amanda Prochaska, VP, Procurement, MGM Resorts International
  • Tim Herrod, VP Procurement, Nutrien
  • Claudia Rodriguez, Corporate VP - CPO, Motorola Solutions
  • Scott Ottenheimer, Vice President, QBE North America
  • Natasha Gurevich, VP Global Procurement, Salesforce Inc

Features tailored to you

CPO Challenger Series

Explore the strategic priorities that matter to you most with other CPOs
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Sustainable Procurement Leaders

Promoting partnerships with suppliers for a sustainable planet and business growth
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PLx Speakers

Gain perspectives on leadersip, performance and more from out of industry experts
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It’s much more than just an agenda

Your time at the Forum won’t just be spent listening to presentations. There are more than six hours of dedicated networking time build into the agenda.

The 2018 Forum attracted senior attendees from some of the world’s leading brands, with 2019 set to be even bigger and better.

Join us in Chicago in September to tap into this fantastic network, and for the perfect opportunity to benchmark your activities and plans for 2020 against the very best.

You’ll be in great company - 2018 attendees included

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senior procurement professionals

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CPO titles


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expert speakers & facilitators

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hours of networking opportunities

We can’t wait to welcome you in Chicago

Ritz Carlton, Chicago

Your two-days of inspiration and learning will take place at The Ritz Carlton in downtown Chicago.
The venue provides the perfect setting to help you maximise the value available through the agenda sessions and networking opportunities, providing you with a new sense of energy and motivation to make more business impact on your return to the office.

The Ritz Carlton
160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place
Chicago, IL 60611

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Your agenda journey

To develop, influence and execute strategies based on Forum insights, you’ll be taken on a journey from vision to reality as you learn techniques to supercharge your value to the business. View the latest agenda.

Day 1 opens with quickfire presentations showcasing functions that have achieved maximum business impact through collaboration as equals, building trust through transparency and being agile and responsive to support business growth.

Break-out sessions will then explore the more tactical facets required to deliver and achieve these objectives of increased trust, transparency and profitability.

Day 2 will then move onto explore how these elements can be optimised to increase procurement competitiveness and agility, to help accelerate the delivery of solutions to solve business challenges faster.


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Our Partners

Agility & Transformation Forum 2019 partners

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

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 Partner

Insight Sourcing Group

Insight Sourcing Group is the leading boutique consulting firm in North America focused exclusively on Strategic Sourcing and procurement-related services. The firm has developed a reputation for the collegiality and high calibre of our team, our tremendous focus on client results, our entrepreneurial and innovative approach to the space, and for our ability to consistently deliver strong outcomes.
Founded in 2002, the firm works with senior executives and procurement leaders to accelerate Strategic Sourcing savings, increase Spend Visibility, provide category intelligence, and implement procurement best practices. Insight Sourcing Group has worked with hundreds of corporate clients of all sizes and over 50 Private Equity firms.
Typical client results include 20% average savings per indirect spend category, 5 – 15% for direct spend categories, 400 – 600% first-year return on investment, and project payback periods measured in months.

Exclusive Diversity & Inclusion Partner


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 CPUC-certified minority-owned business enterprise based in Mason, Ohio with local, regional and international capabilities.


Engagement Partners


Basware is the global leader in providing networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services. Basware’s commerce and financing network connects businesses in over 100 countries and territories around the globe. As the largest open business network in the world, Basware provides scale and reach for organizations of all sizes, enabling them to grow their business and unlock value across their operations by simplifying and streamlining financial processes. Small and large companies around the world achieve significant cost savings, more flexible payment terms, greater efficiencies and closer relationships with their suppliers. Find out more at


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. Follow us at @Ivalua.

Networking Lounge Partner


GEP helps global enterprises operate more efficiently and effectively, gain competitive advantage, boost profitability, and maximize business and shareholder value. Fresh thinking, innovative products, unrivaled domain and subject expertise, and smart, passionate people – this is how GEP creates and delivers unified business solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness. With 14 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, GEP – based in Clark, NJ - helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. To learn about our comprehensive range of strategic and managed services, please visit For more about SMART by GEP, our cloud-native, unified source-to-pay platform, please visit


Book your place today!

Procurement Practitioner Package


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    2 day Forum pass (September 10-11, 2019)

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    2 nights accommodation at Ritz Carlton, Chicago

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    Procurement practitioners only

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    Book by Friday, May 3, to save $800 off the full booking rate $3,399

Service Provider Networking Package


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    2 day Congress pass (September 10-11, 2019)

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    Procurement service providers only

Alternatively please contact for assistance securing your delegate pass, or for help arranging a service provider networking package.

Are you a Procurement Leaders member?


You will be eligible for a preferential rate to attend the Congress. Contact us at or +44 (0)20 7501 0547 for assistance arranging your attendance in accordance with your membership level.

All bookings will be qualified by Procurement Leaders, please make sure you have selected the correct delegate pass type before proceeding. You will be asked to pay the difference if the incorrect option is selected. By proceeding you agree to the terms and conditions of this booking.