The pandemic shined a light on so many areas when managing an extended workforce program. From finding out who worked where to how to work with them remotely, and finding new sources for talent, managers and providers together had new challenges to tackle. Many of those challenges were addressed with technology that drove an accelerated adoption process. Staying on top of the available tools, technology and strategies became more important in our virtual world.

And that’s where’s SIA events like the CWS Summit North America and the Collaboration in the Gig Economy come in.

They provide the opportunity to see capabilities in action and hear first-hand how your peers are contending with some the same challenges your program is facing. And as Covid-19 vaccination rates climb in the US, the events mark the return to in-person conferences for SIA, making the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown the place to be from Sept. 20-23.

CWS Summit, Sept. 20-21. If direct sourcing is your thing, the conference program offers sessions that cover the many different flavors of direct sourcing and why one may be better for your program than another. If you are interested in promoting diversity and inclusion, there are sessions covering everything from the business case to contingent diversity hiring. Statement-of-work/services procurement has been talked about for years; program managers will share how they are managing their services procurement business and measuring savings and efficiencies in the process. So much has happened in the last 15 months; the conference will be a great opportunity to catch up and prioritize your next program enhancement.

Conference sponsors. This year’s CWS Summit has 45 sponsoring companies from different parts of the ecosystem with focus on the latest trends in solutions delivery. Some sponsors are focused on the technology that supports direct sourcing; others are focused on the talent curation needed for direct sourcing solutions. We have specialty firms focused on diversity recruitment by gender, sexual orientation, minority status and neurodiversity status. There are firms specializing in upskilling the workers of tomorrow to prepare for the future of work, firms that offer remote worker solutions and all of the usually suspects with advanced management strategies to move your program forward along the maturity curve.

VMS is no longer just a vendor management system; you will meet VMS technology companies offering the ability to tap into multiple point solutions associated with managing the extended workforce with modern integrations, and APIs to support a higher level of efficiency whether your program is run by a third party MSP or internally managed.

Gig-E, Sept. 22-23. Following the CWS Summit, the Collaboration in the Gig Economy event will showcase how much tech has changed the business of acquiring, assessing and managing talent and the impact on the service providers.

If you are as ready to gather as the rest of us, but not sure how the company feels about it, check out our website for the top reasons to attend as well as a letter of justification to help you make your case.

Coming back together in person brings so many questions: What will it be like? Will you recognize people? Did we forget how to network? Not to mention, how we will put regular shoes on again! The energy will be amazing when we have everyone back together. We can’t wait to finish off our year with the focus on “Workforce Strategies for a New Tomorrow.” Our commitment to building a great experience for everyone remains.