The Summit program will provide participants with the opportunity to find solutions to their current challenges, contribute their leadership expertise, help shape the Council’s guidance programs and build valuable relationships. The below combination of intensive workshops, plenaries and networking sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to do all of those things. Participants are encouraged to review the pre-reading PDF, as well as the category workshop pre-readings.

Monday, May 19
3:00-5:00pmBoard Meeting
Convention Center Room 205
4:30-7:00pmRegistration Desk Open for Badge Pick-up
Convention Center Room 201
5:00-6:00pmJoint Board & Strategic Advisory Committee Meeting
Convention Center Room 203A
6:30-9:00pmEve of Meeting Networking Dinners   Learn how to participate!
(optional; dutch treat)
Tuesday, May 20
8:00amRegistration & Breakfast
Convention Center Room 201
9:00amWelcome & Opening Remarks
Convention Center Room 201
9:45amEnvironmental, Social and Economic Sustainability in Purchasing Leadership
Convention Center Room 201
10:45amWorkshops Preview
Convention Center Room 201
11:00amNetworking Break
11:30amChallenges & Solutions Workshops (Round 1)
  • Winning Support for Sustainable Purchasing Programs
  • Spend Analysis: Identifying Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts & Risks *
  • Sustainable Purchaser Training and Credentialing
  • Influencing Purchasers: Challenges Selling Sustainable Products & Services
* Due to the high level of interest, we're offering Spend Analysis twice, with different lead-off speakers each time.
12:45pmLunch & Networking
Convention Center Room 201

CPO Roundtable Luncheon
Convention Center Room 205
1:45pmChallenges & Solutions Workshops (Round 2)
  • Measuring Success: Choosing Metrics and Setting Goals
  • Supplier Engagement: Surveying, Evaluating, Collaborating and Supporting
  • Changing End-user Behavior
  • Requests for Product Transparency and Disclosure: What Makes Sense?
3:00pmNetworking Break
3:20pmChallenges & Solutions Workshops (Round 3)
  • Spend Analysis: Identifying Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts & Risks *
  • Selecting Labels, Standards & Certifications for Use in Purchasing
  • Performance-Based Specifications: Getting Best Value and Innovation
  • Making Sustainability Part of the Bid Award Decision
* Due to the high level of interest, we're offering Spend Analysis twice, with different lead-off speakers each time.
4:35pmRoom Change
4:45-5:30pmClosing Conversation: Leadership Stories from the Day
Convention Center Room 201
Hotel Monaco, Athens Ballroom (700 F St NW, Washington, DC)
7:30-9:00pmBanquet & Keynote
Hotel Monaco, Paris Ballroom (700 F St NW, Washington, DC)

Wednesday, May 21
9:00amOpening Remarks
Allen Lew, City Administrator for The District of Columbia
Dan Tangherlini, Administrator of the US General Services Administration
9:15amOverview of SPLC's Shared Program of Guidance
Convention Center Room 201
10:00amNetworking Break
10:30amPurchasing Category Workshops (Round 1)
  • Food Service
  • Transportation and Fuels
  • Chemically-intensive Products
  • Information Technology (IT) Hardware and Services
12:30pmLunch & Special Presentation: "SPLC in a Global Context"
Panel discussion featuring:
Karin Kreider, Executive Director, ISEAL
Farid Yaker, Programme Officer, Sustainable Public Procurement, UNEP
Hodayah Finman, Office of Global Affairs and Policy, US EPA
Alan Krill, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, US Department of State
Convention Center Room 201
1:30pmPurchasing Category Workshops (Round 2)
  • Electricity
  • Construction & Facility Renovation
  • Fiber- and Timber-based Products
  • Professional Services
3:30pmNetworking Break
4:00pmCouncil Update & Forum
Convention Center Room 201
5:00pmClosing Awards Ceremony
Convention Center Room 201
Thursday, May 22
10:00am-12:00pmSPLC Global Linkages Meeting
In recognition of the growing international interest in SPLC's multi-sector programmatic vision, we are excited to share that following the Summit we will have a meeting with global affairs experts to discuss SPLC-related opportunities regarding international efforts. Space is limited, but we would welcome the participation of interested members. If you plan to attend, please email for location details.