UPMG2020

Virtual Event

November 17 - 18, 2020

RESILIENCE: Advancing Utilities in the Current Environment

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Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) Annual Conference

ISM®'s Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) Annual Conference is recognized as one of the premier educational events within the utility supply chain industry. Given the current environment and the impact to supply chain, this event will be focused on resilience. Working with our executive committee of utilities professionals, suppliers and thought leaders as well as our continued research data on the impact of COVID, we have put together a focused virtual event packed with education and yes, connection with other supply chain professionals and suppliers within the utilities industry.

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UPMG Topics

NERC CIP-013

Based on the COVID outbreak, FERC has accepted a 3 month delay (October 1, 2020) on the compliance of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standard that establishes new cybersecurity requirements for electric power and utility (P&U) companies to ensure, preserve, and prolong the reliability of the bulk electric system (BES). Focus will be on the recent compliance and the vision moving forward.

Supplier Risk

COVID has had an immediate impact on the global supply chain and has exposed vulnerabilities and lack of visibility into tier two and three suppliers. Like other industries, utilities are looking into supplier risk management as well as opportunities for innovation. Sessions will discuss research, trends and case studies involving supplier risk mitigation. 

Managing Disruption

During times of such major disruption comes opportunities for reinvention and innovation on policies and practices to help circumvent risk in the future. Sessions wil focus on tools, research and real-world examples of next steps in developing resiliency in your risk management planning and practice.

COVID-19 Impacts

Sessions will be filled with research as well as attendee interactivity with thought leaders and utility peers to share out stories, actions and develop a think tank across the procurement practice for best next steps for the utilities industry.

Cybersecurity & Technology

With a remote workforce and an increase in cyber attacks, 70 percent of organizations are seeing the value of increasing their investments in cybersecurity solutions (Security Magazine). Sessions will discuss solutions and procurement tactics around cybersecurity solutions.

Talent Management

The pandemic caused an almost immediate remote workforce. Utilities organizations are faced with a potential reinvention of work practices. The challenges, however, can also become opportunities for recruitment and modernization to appeal to future generations. Sessions will discuss talent management amid the pandemic and case studies and tools to bring back to the office.

Pricing

Best Deal: Group Pricing

Register a group of 5 to 25 individuals and receive 50% off the applicable member or non-member rates for each person.

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$199 - Individual (Member)

$299 - Individual (Non-Member)

$99 - Group (Member)

$150 - Group (Non-Member)

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* Pricing does not include 90-day on-demand access. Access to sessions and keynote following the event can be purchased for $59 per person.

Keynote Speaker

Dominique Dawes is an Olympic Gold Medalist, three-time Olympian, entrepreneur, brand ambassador and motivational speaker. She is the only American gymnast to medal at three different Olympic Games in the team competition and the first African-American gymnast to win an individual Olympic medal.

Dominique paved the way for other young African-American gymnasts to strive for Olympic glory, including the last two reigning Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist Simone Biles (2016) and Gabrielle Douglas (2012). At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Dominique became the first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal, capturing bronze with her floor exercise performance, helping solidify her place in the USOC Hall of Fame.

Today, Dominique is a highly requested keynote speaker who delivers powerful and inspiring messages on leadership, personal drive, building your foundation for success and living a healthy lifestyle.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Anirban Basu is one of the Mid-Atlantic region's leading economic consultants. He was appointed as chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission in 2014 by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. He serves as the chief economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and chief economic advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association.  He performs or has performed similar functions for Visit Baltimore, Maryland Realtors, and Marcum, LLC.  

He lectures at Johns Hopkins University about global strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Johns Hopkins. Anirban hosts his radio show on 88.1FM, WYPR, Baltimore.  

Anirban completed his graduate work in mathematical economics at the University of Maryland and earned a master's in public policy from Harvard University in 1992. His bachelor's in foreign service is from Georgetown University.  He is currently working toward his Juris Doctorate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Agenda at a Glance

Day 1 Agenda

November 17, 2020


11:00-4:00PM ET

Exhibit Hall

12:00-12:45PM ET

Keynote Speaker

12:45-1:00PM ET

Session Review

1:00-2:00PM ET

Breakout Sessions - Round 1

1:00-2:00PM ET

Workshop

2:15-3:15PM ET

Breakout Sessions - Round 2

3:15-4:00PM ET

Reception

Day 2 Agenda

November 18, 2020


11:00AM-3:15PM ET

Exhibit Hall

12:00PM-1:00PM ET

Workshop

12:00-1:00PM ET

Breakout Sessions - Round 1

1:00-1:30PM ET

Networking Round Table Discussions

1:30-2:00PM ET

Student Perspectives

2:15-3:15PM ET

Breakout Sessions - Round 2

3:15-4:00PM ET

Closing Keynote Speaker

Speakers

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Jason Allukian

Senior Director at GEP
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DaShawn Baker

DaShawn Baker

Data & Analytics Manager for Supply Chain Management at Southern Company
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Inho Cho

Inho Cho

Data Analytics Analyst at Southern Company
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Rob Chubbuck

Head of Academic Program at Mission Critical Institute for Cybersecurity
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Amber Clayton

Knowledge Center Director at Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
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Bryan Fuller

Executive Director at CAPS Research
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Jeff Franklin

Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Southern Company
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James Gellert

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at RapidRatings
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Chonchol Gupta

Chonchol Gupta

Founder and CEO at Rebirth Analytics
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Johnny Howze

Vice President of Supply Chain at Southern Company
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John Lindley

Vice President, Chief Supply Officer Entergy Corporation
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Cristin Lyons

Partner and Energy Practice Leader at ScottMadden
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Ian McCulloch

Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting LLP
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Scott Moore

Senior Vice President of Power Delivery at Alabama Power
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Leonard Smith

Director of Shared Services at Southern Company
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Micah Sze

Director at GEP
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Jim Thomson

Jim Thomson

Vice Chairman, US Power, Utilities & Renewables Leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP
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Richard Waugh

VP Corporate Development at Zycus
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Geoff Zwemke

Director of Benchmarking CAPS Research
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The Virtual Conference Experience

Virtual Exhibits and Engaging Sponsorships

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