2023 North America Procurement Executive Forum

November 2-3, 2023 | Chicago, IL

November 2-3, 2023 | Chicago, IL

McKinsey’s 2023 Procurement Executive Forum is excited to welcome you this fall in Chicago! The forum is your opportunity to connect with peers from a wide range of industries and regions. This year’s program is designed to appeal to cross-functional cost leaders (e.g., finance, category management, engineering & quality, information technology). We’re crafting a content-rich agenda on topics you won’t want to miss, including how to gain and maintain a competitive cost advantage amidst uncertainty and volatility as well as dedicated sessions on talent strategy, sustainability, and digital & analytics. Take a moment to Submit agenda topic ideas directly to our team.

In addition, we are hosting for the first time the Procurement Executive Women’s Brunch on November 2nd where female industry leaders are invited to connect, learn, and share in advance of the broader forum.

Forum details

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Date & time:

Day 1: Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 12:00PM – 7:00PM CT
Day 2: Friday, November 3, 2023 from 8:00AM – 3:00PM CT

Venue: Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown

Procurement Executive Women’s Lunch

Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown
Host: Jennifer Schmidt – Leader of McKinsey’s North America Product Development & Procurement Practice

Note: Conference participation is complimentary, however, neither travel nor hotel accommodations are being supplied by McKinsey. Given the tight accommodation availability, we have booked a contingent of rooms on a first come, first served basis, please let us know if you will require accommodation at the point of registration.

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6th floor

39th floor

Presenter IconAgenda

Thursday, November 2nd (all times CST)

09:00 - 13:00

Arrivals + Registration

11:00 - 12:30

Women's Brunch

12:00 - 13:00

Small Bites

13:00 - 13:15


13:15 - 14:15

State of the Economy and Implications for Procurement

14:15 - 15:15

Panel: Procurement's Role as a Business Partner

15:15 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:15

Future of Work

16:15 - 17:00

Sustainable, Inclusive Growth

18:00 - 22:00

Reception + Dinner (off-site)

Friday, November 3rd (all times CST)

08:00 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10

Day 2 Kick-Off

09:10 - 10:45

Future of GenAI & Technology

10:45 - 10:55

Coffee break (transition to Sector Breakouts)

10:55 - 11:40

Sector Breakouts

11:40 - 11:45

Coffee break (transition to Gallery Walk)

11:45 - 12:50

Next-Gen Technology Gallery Walk

12:50 - 13:00


13:00 - 15:00

Lunch (Gallery Walk will be open)

Presenter IconEvent Overview: Dates, Times, and Locations:

Pre-Event Dinner

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM CT
Location: RPM Steak, 66 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Women’s Brunch

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Time: 11:00AM-12:30PM CT
Location: Royal Sonesta Downtown Chicago, 71 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Day 1 Program

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Time: 12:00PM-5:00PM CT
Location: Royal Sonesta Downtown Chicago, 71 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Event Reception & Dinner

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Time: 6:00PM-10:00PM CT
Location: Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
(transportation from venue provided)

Day 2 Program

Date: Friday, November 3, 2023
Time: 8:00AM-3:00PM CT
Location: Royal Sonesta Downtown Chicago, 71 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

Program Venue Address:

Royal Sonesta Downtown Chicago, 71 E Wacker Drive,
Chicago, IL 60601

Venue Access:

You can access the venue from the upper level of East Wacker Drive.

Venue Parking:

Valet parking is available for $75 a day at the Royal Sonesta Downtown. Self-parking can be found at 60 E. Lake or 111 E. Wacker Chicago for $56 per day for hotel guests.

Dress Code & Weather Advisory:

This is a professional event, and our attire is smart business casual. Some of our meal functions will require transfer to transportation outside, please plan accordingly for the weather (e.g., cold, wind and possibility of rain).

Luggage Check:

On Friday, the Dearborn room on the 6th floor of the venue will be available to store luggage during the event.

Event Reception & Dinner Logistics:

Round-trip transportation from the Royal Sonesta Downtown Chicago to the event reception & dinner will be provided. Shuttles will depart starting at 6:00PM CT and return trips will begin at 8:30PM CT, departing every 30 minutes until 10:00PM CT.

Post-Event Logistics:

All post-event travel related expenses (e.g., flights, hotel, ground transportation) are an expense of the registrant.

Presenter IconParticipants