Dallas SIGnature Event - Talent Focused

November 07, 2017

PepsiCo Inc.
5600 Headquarters Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Sponsored By:

Morning Agenda

10:00 - Welcome and Introductions by SIG

10:15 - Effective Workforce Strategy for the New World of Work by Jon Kesman, CSP, Global Procurement Director, Allegis Global Solutions

11:10 - Procurement in the Gig Economy by John Evans, President & CEO, ProcureAbility and Marrena Anderson, Senior Vice President, ProcureAbility

Afternoon Agenda


12:45 - Roundtable Breakout Sessions (Each Delegate will attend 2 roundtable discussions). Topics include: 

  • Managing a Remote Workforce
  • How to Attract the Best Talent in a Tight Labor Market
  • How to Improve and Drive Efficiency in the Procurement Process
  • What is the Best Way to Optimize Your Supply Chain Management?
  • Leading the Work: How are Companies Rethinking the Way Work Gets Done?

2:00 - Right Place, Right Time, Why AI Needs Procurement by Ryan Davis, SVP Procurement Management, Bank of America

2:50 - 5 Actions That Will Enhance Your Talent Management by Mark Pollack, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, SIG

3:40  - Closing Discussion and Wrap-up

4:00 - Adjourn


Effective Workforce Strategy for the New World of Work

From contractors to crowd sourcing, the world of work is changing.  In this new climate, workforce design and having a business that is built to deal with these changes is key to success.  What does your organization need to do to get to where it needs to be?  In this session you will learn about three key pillars that support effective workforce design:

  • Becoming a talent platform
  • Leading work as well as people
  • Fusing workforce design with consumer design

Jon Kesman

Global Procurement Director
Allegis Global Solutions


Jon Kesman is a Global Procurement Director with Allegis Global Solutions. In this role, Jon is responsible for working with clients to implement and expand Allegis’ Services Procurement Solutions to better manage complex spend categories, introducing greater visibility, increased compliance and improving efficiency and cost control.


Jon has spent his entire 20 year career in indirect procurement, with a focus on Contingent Labor and Professional Services. Jon has a breadth of experience in developing and delivering category, strategic sourcing and spend management strategies in the complex areas of Consulting, HR Services, and Legal.  He also has extensive experience in implementing and managing multi-country Contingent Labor programs. 


Throughout his tenure in roles across consulting, procurement outsourcing, and steady-state strategic procurement organizations, Jon has kept focus on delivering cost savings, increasing visibility and insight, mitigating risk, introducing process efficiency and focusing on compliance to regulations and laws governing the management of non-employee resources.


Jon is a frequent presenter on his experience and successes at various procurement and industry best practice events, and he holds a B.A. in Purchasing and Operations Management from Michigan State University.


Procurement in the Gig Economy

As Baby Boomers resume their workforce exodus and Millennials continue to grow as the nation's largest generation, workforce trends and the shifting talent pool have significant implications for Procurement. In this session, ProcureAbility will share insights from their latest thought-provoking benchmarking study. They will look at trends, forecasts and best practices that leading procurement organizations are using to thrive in this new era of talent.


Learning Objectives
  • About hybrid organizational models and building a culture with virtual employees
  • How to apply crowdsourcing to the Procurement function
  • About automation and AI and their role in the organization of the future
  • How to manage knowledge and measure success

John Evans

President & CEO

John Evans is President and CEO of ProcureAbility™ and has worked in the procurement and supply chain space for more than 20 years—including senior positions with McDonnell Douglas and A.T. Kearney—before co-founding ProcureAbility in 1996 (formerly known as Denali Advisory, Talent, Recruiting, and Intelligence).

John has advised dozens of Global 1000 companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia/Pacific. He focuses exclusively on strategic procurement and supply chain solutions, and has led engagements relating to Supply Chain and Procurement Transformation, Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Management and Development, Supply Chain Strategy, and Logistics Optimization.

John has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Marenna Anderson

Senior Vice President

Marrena L. Anderson is Senior Vice President with ProcureAbility, formerly known as Denali Advisory, Talent, Recruiting, and Intelligence. With over 20 years of experience in the Human Capital industry, Marrena has started, managed, and strengthened client-driven talent acquisition organizations. Prior to joining ProcureAbility, Marrena served many leading Fortune 1000 companies in procurement recruitment, business development, and project management. In these roles, she was responsible for developing and leading best-in-class operations and driving business growth.

Marrena is an often-sought expert providing current insights into hiring trends and best practices in the procurement and supply chain talent space.  She maintains an extensive network of procurement and supply chain professionals.

Marrena holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Western Michigan University.

Driving Productivity Through Competency Alignment

Business needs change and skill sets have to keep up. But how do you know if you are making the right changes and developing the correct skills as roles and responsibilities grow? And how do organizations transition from job-centered to people-centered as routine tasks shift to knowledge-based work? Enter the ideas of competency mapping, skills assessment and 360-degree feedback. Each of these can help you fill any gaps by developing your talent holistically and completely.

During our time together, Mark will introduce the concept of competencies and how they differ from skills, he will discuss competency mapping in the workplace, demonstrate a competency card sort and share some immediate implementable tools and techniques. These tools will include attracting, on-boarding, developing, and retaining top-talent.

Event Sponsor: 
Allegis Global Solutions