Optimal: The AI Conference for Procurement Teams by Bid Ops


The AI Conference for Procurement Teams

March 24, 2021, 7am - 2:30pm PST



24 Mar 2021
7:00 AM (PT)


Keynote: The Subscription Economy: A Once in a Century Business Model Shift

Tien Tzuo, CEO at Zuora and SaaS Pioneer

7:20 AM (PT)

Keynote: AI Demystified

Joanna Martinez, Transformation Thought Leader and Author

7:35 AM (PT)

Successful AI Sourcing Case Studies

Learn how your peers are accelerating their procurement transformation journey with AI

7:55 AM (PT)


8:00 AM (PT)

Master Class Workshop: Using Data to Win Digital Business Negotiations

Matthias Schranner, CEO and founder of the Schranner Negotiation Institute

8:30 AM (PT)

Breakout Sessions

The Dangers of Dirty Data for Strategic Sourcing…and how to spot it

Susan Walsh, Founder of The Classification Guru

Funding, Data, Talent: Overcoming Three Common Obstacles To Implementing AI In Procurement

Dr. Karsten Machholz, CEO and Founder at CPO Consulting

Digital Sourcing Operations Best Practices for Supplier Onboarding

Moderated by: Corey Turoff, Bid Ops. Agrima Agarwal, Proacure. Emma Jennings-Frisby, Harler. Dominic Harris, Harler and CarbonQuota. Sanjay Agarwal, Proacure

9:00 AM (PT)

CPO Keynote and Executive Panel: The Business Case For Sourcing Productivity

Dr. Elouise Epstein, VP at Kearny Jacob Gorm Larsen, Head of Digital Procurement, Maersk Linda Chuan, CPO at Box Angela Moy, VP Procurement Americas, Fareva

9:45 AM (PT)


9:55 AM (PT)

Fast Forward to a Smarter Procurement Future

Lance Younger, CEO ProcureTech

10:00 AM (PT)

Workshop: How to Select Best of Breed Procurement Technologies

Rajiv, Founder at Procurement League | Anders Lillevik, Founder and CEO at Focal Point Procurement Solutions

10:30 AM (PT)

Best of Breed: Startup Showcase

Leading procurement startups 

12:00 PM (PT)

Master Class Workshop: How the Power of Machine Learning is Transforming Sourcing

Ben Leiken, CTO at Bid Ops Chandra Khatri, Chief Scientist and Head of Conversational AI at Got It AI

12:30 PM (PT)

The Opties Awards Ceremony

Celebrate the industries most innovative and data-driven procurement teams across industries

1:00 PM (PT)


2:00 PM (PT)

Closing Remarks

Edmund Zagorin, CEO and Founder at Bid Ops

Attendance to sessions at this event are eligible for Continuing Education (CE) credits towards the maintenance of SIG University certifications, subject to the topics of the sessions and their applicability to your certification. For more information on SIG University certifications and CE credit eligibility, visit the SIG website.