Optimal: The AI Conference for Procurement Teams

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Optimal 2021: The AI Conference for Procurement Teams

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What: Virtual conference for modern procurement teams

When: March 24, 2020 7 AM-2:30 PM PST

Why: Optimal is where procurement meets AI to drive innovation and digital transformation. Engage with well-respected thought leaders, discuss industry topics, network with peers, win prizes, and attend professional development workshops.

Is your team on a digital procurement journey? Join this virtual gathering of digital procurement leaders, subject matter experts, and technologists for an engaging one day conference on how AI is transforming procurement:

  • Hear from the world's leading procurement innovators
  • Learn best practices on how to create more business value
  • Participate in expert-led practical skills workshops
  • Network with other high-impact procurement teams and leaders
  • Let loose with fun activities from procurement-themed trivia to raffles with fabulous prizes

You can receive Continuing Education (CE) for attending Optimal.

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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


8:00 AM (PT)-MasterClass Workshop: Digital Business Negotiation & live Q&A- Matthias Schranner, CEO and founder of the Schranner Negotiation Institute

8:30 AM (PT)-Breakout Sessions

Data, Data, Data: How To Fix Dirty Data For Strategic Sourcing AI Success- 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 Procurement Operations Best Practices- Dominic Harris, Co-Founder at Harler and CarbonQuota and Sanjay Agarwal, Founder at 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


10:00 AM (PT)- Procurement League Workshop: How to Select a Source-to-Pay Provider- 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 technology and solution providers

12:00 PM (PT)- MasterClass 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)- Magic Show featuring Christian Cagigal

2:00 PM (PT)- Closing Remarks- Edmund Zagorin, CEO and Founder at Bid Ops

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