OWS24: Uniting Minds, Igniting Connections


Join us at OWS24 to stay ahead of the curve in the fast-evolving world of outsourcing and sourcing. Together, we'll explore how emerging technologies, innovative strategies, and collaborative partnerships can drive success in the global marketplace. This year's Summit, taking place May 21-22 in Chicago, aims to bridge the gap between innovative technologies and industry best practices, offering a unique platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and strategic insights.

Key Focus Areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning: Understand how these technologies are reshaping service delivery, operational efficiency, and competitive advantage in the sourcing landscape.

  • Digital Technologies: Dive into the world of digital transformation and its implications for our industry. From cloud computing to blockchain and beyond, discover how cutting-edge digital technologies are enabling more resilient, agile, and scalable solutions.

  • The Future of Work: Examine the evolving dynamics of the workplace in the context of outsourcing and sourcing. Learn about remote work trends, the gig economy, talent management, and how organizations are adapting their models to the future of work.

  • Risk and Governance: Address the critical aspects of risk management and governance in outsourcing and sourcing relationships. Sessions will cover regulatory compliance, data security, privacy issues, and best practices for ensuring transparent and ethical outsourcing partnerships.

  • Social Impact: Highlighting the social responsibility aspect, this theme focuses on impact sourcing as a means to create positive social and economic change. Discover how companies are leveraging social impact strategies to generate employment in underserved communities, ensuring inclusive growth and sustainable development.

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6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Welcome Networking Event/Badge Pick-Up, Location TBA


8:30 AM – 9:15 AM  Registration and Morning Coffee
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM   Welcome and Opening Comments
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM 

Keynote: The Power of T
Kate Vitasek, Faculty, University of Tennessee, Author

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Part I: EU Policymakers Clear Way for Passing of Landmark AI Act
Emma Flett, Partner; Max Harris, Partner and Ben Zeris, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Refreshment Break
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Part II: AI Governance in Health Care
Robert Kantrowitz, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Dennis Williams, Partner, Healthcare & Life Sciences Regulatory,   Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Caitlin Kierum, Associate, Healthcare & Life Sciences Regulatory and Micah Desaire, Associate, Healthcare & Life Sciences Regulatory, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM 

Making a Difference Leveraging Unconventional Talent
Jon Browning, CEO, GMI; Marv Richardson, Co-Founder and Board Chair, Driving Forward; Yele Adelakun, Associate Professor of MIS and Founder of DePaul University ID Lab

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Luncheon
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Global Business Solution Providers as Impact Agents to Effect Positive ChangeJames Donovan, CEO, ADEC Innovations, and Chairman, Global CEO Alliance

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM The Evolution of Supplier Governance from Managers of Vendors to Governance Maestros
Mike Wheeler, Partner & Global Supply Chain Practice Lead and Jim Lee, Principal and Global Supplier Governance Practice Lead, Avasant
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Partnering for Mission-Critical Work: The UPS and Sparq Story
Harry Bolton, Global Procurement Director Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management UPS and Alex Bruce, Chief Revenue Officer, Sparq
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Refreshment Break
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Ahead Talk 
4:30 PM – 5:15 PM  Panel: Investing in the Workforce of the Future 
Moderated by Mark Voytek, Chief Advisor, Thought Leadership, IAOP, and featuring members of IAOP's Future of Work CoE
5:15 PM – 5:30 PM Review & Ready for Tomorrow
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM  IAOP Awards Ceremony & Reception hosted by Avasant
8:00 PM Evening Networking Event - Chicago Architectural Tour (Fee applies.)




8:30 AM – 9:15 AM  Registration and Morning Coffee
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM   Welcome and Day Two Overview
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM 

Keynote: 2024 and Beyond: Unveiling Future Industry Trends 
Dan Schuffert, Divisional Vice President Strategic Sourcing, HCSC (Health Care Service Corporation)

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Data Security and Privacy in the Age of AI
Baker McKenzie

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Refreshment Break
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Ahead Talk
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM  Ahead Talk 
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Luncheon - Hosted by IAOP’s Centers of Excellence
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

CX and Sustainability Maturity Tools Adapted to Our Industry
Dan Lang, SVP, Sutherland and Christiane Laframboise, Vice President, Experience Team, Sutherland Global Services

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM 

Panel: Best Practices in Governing the Procurement and Deployment of AI
Vinny Sanchez, Partner, DLA Piper

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM  Refreshment Break
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM    Leadership Session  
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Newbies and the Old Guard Face Off on CSG Trends and Challenges 
Members of IAOP's Collaborative Supplier Governance Leadership Team

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM Review & Ready for Tomorrow
5:15 PM – 6:30 PM  Until Next Time Cocktail Reception
7:30 PM Evening Networking Event - TBA (Optional. Fee applies.)


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration and Morning Coffee
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Governance In-Depth: Practical Tools to Fix What is Ailing You  An interactive workshop led by IAOP's Collaborative Supplier Governance CoE Leadership Team (Complimentary but you must reserve your seat.)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  It’s a Wrap Luncheon

Subject to change.

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Why Attend?


  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry leaders, innovators, and peers from around the globe. OWS24 offers unparalleled opportunities for networking, fostering collaborations, and sharing experiences.

  • Insightful Sessions: Benefit from a rich agenda of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and workshops led by renowned experts. Gain actionable insights into the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in outsourcing.

  • Innovation Stations: Experience firsthand the latest technologies and solutions driving the future of outsourcing. The innovation stations will highlight groundbreaking products and services transforming the industry.

  • Strategic Guidance: Whether you're looking to refine your outsourcing strategy, explore new opportunities, or mitigate risks, OWS24 provides the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the complexities of the outsourcing ecosystem effectively.


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