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Annual Meeting 2018: Key Note Speakers

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Our Opening Monday Keynote

Leadership and Sourcing and Procurement at Disney

Rick Wertsching, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, Disney Theme Parks & Resorts

Ever wonder what it's like to work at Walt Disney World's procurement office? Our Monday keynote speaker will share insights, strategic sourcing best practices and a few Disney secrets from their world-class procurement department!

About Our Keynote Speaker: Rick is Vice President, Strategic Sourcing for Disney Theme Parks and Resorts.  He leads global sourcing strategy for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Florida, California, Hong Kong, Paris and Shanghai.  In 1996 he joined ESPN as the Director of Sourcing and Procurement.  He was subsequently promoted to Vice President, Sourcing and Procurement, Media Networks prior to transferring to Theme Parks and Resorts in 2005.

Rick began his sourcing career with Aetna Life and Casualty.  He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and received his MBA from the University of Hartford.  He has served on several boards including the Greater Bristol United Way, the Connecticut Association of Purchasing Management, Florida Minority Supplier Development Council and Lighthouse Works.


Our Tuesday Keynote Workshop Sessions

Chief Business Officer Panel Discussion

Start your morning with a panel discussion with several Chief Business Officers of higher education institutions.

High Impact Education (HIED) Workshops

Following our panel discussion, you will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into one of four professional development topics. We will announce details very soon but come prepared to learn and engage in a unique way!

Our discussion workshops will focus on 4 areas:

  • Negotiations
  • Women in Leadership
  • Communications
  • Leadership from John Maxwell's 21 Laws of Leadership

Our Closing Wednesday Keynote

Check back shortly to see our big keynote speaker announcement! Start your final morning of the conference with big dose of creativity!



Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring a keynote speaker? A keynote sponsorship allows you great visibility and the opportunity to introduce the speaker and say a few words about your company. For more information, contact our Business Development Manager today!

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