Supply Chain Perspective

Purchasing & Materials Management Roundtables

For those in the procurement, storage, warehousing, and materials management areas of the energy industry


2023 Dates and location TBD

Expert Presentations | Relevant Topics | Industry Specific

Hear from other gas and electric utilities and purchasing managers at this unique forum that brings together utilities across the nation to discuss current challenges, successes, and trends in procurement, storage, warehousing, and materials management. MEA members drive the content from questions that come up in their professional lives focused on cost-effective methods, work process improvements, and procurement strategy enhancements. This conference provides attendees the platform to deliberate practices, ideas, and recommendations in a dedicated setting.

While we plan the 2023 event, check out the 2022 agenda!

2022 Agenda

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
3:00 PM – 4:30 PMOptional activity – Chicago Architecture Boat Cruise
5:00 PM – 7:00 PMNetworking Reception
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
8:15 AM – 8:30 AMWelcome
8:30 AM – 9:30 AMSupply Chain Challenges
Speaker: Robert Hofto, demand planning engineer, Southern Company GasRobert will address the question of what caused the supply chain challenges so many are facing today, how far have we come on the path back to “normal” and what the future may hold for the supply chain industry.
9:30 AM – 10:00 AMNetworking Break
10:00 AM – 11:00 AMCategory Management
Speaker: Jesse Martinez, category manager, EvergyJesse will provide an overview of Category Management, discuss the Category Planning process at Evergy and learn about SRM functions.
11:00 AM – 12:30 PMNetworking Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMSupplier Relationships
Jana Darling, west region branch manager, GROEBNER
Kristopher Murray, material availability manager, ComEdKristopher will discuss how ComEd and its sister utilities have changed their strategies with respect to managing key supplier relationships within the electric utility sector. From more frequent executive level meetings to weekly production reviews, now more than ever, Exelon Utility Supply teams have needed to be more hands on in managing communications both internally and externally to mitigate business and customer impact. Jana will discuss how GROEBNER is forecasting lead times, what challenges they face as they try to help their customers, and where their company is succeeding.
1:30 PM – 2:00 PMNetworking Break
2:00 PM – 3:30 PMSupplier Diversity/Second Tier Spend
Danielle Bly, supplier diversity VP, WEC Energies
Vernice Lewis, director for diverse business empowerment, Exelon
Jennifer Morrison, AM water program director, supplier diversity and community outreach- Illinois, American Water
Courtney Williams, supplier diversity manager, EvergyPanelists will each give their unique perspective on their company’s strategy and practices surrounding Supplier Diversity/Second Tier Spend. We will learn about American Water/IL American Water and their Supplier Diversity – Business Imperative, Tier II Spend Structure/Execution and Growth strategy. Attendees will also learn about the WEC Energy Group Supply Diversity Initiative, their Supplier Diversity Second Tier Spend and its Economic Impact. We will also hear from panelists from Evergy and Exelon on how they manage their respective programs.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PMOpen Discussion
Thursday, September 29, 2022
8:30 AM – 10:00 AMAn Overview of Washington Legislation for Energy
Speaker: Jason Klindt, sr. director of government affairs and economic development, Evergy and Mark Skerjan, director of legislative policy and analysis, Southern Company GasJason will give an overview of the Inflation Reduction Act, describe what’s in the IIJA and tell us what else we can expect from Washington.Mark will continue to educate us with an overview of recent legislation impacting natural gas utilities.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMNetworking Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 AMGAINS Multi-enterprise Supply Chain Collaboration Network
Speaker: Willis Wendell, GAINSystemsWillis will discuss enhancing supply chain performance by leveraging accelerated exchange of information, adaptive data analytics, business process automation, and cross-enterprise collaborative planning.
11:30 AMAdjourn

2022 Rates

MEA Member Rate | $225 per person
Non-Member Rate | $425 per person


Focuses on supply chain management, warehousing and procurement procedures, performance metrics and surveys on industry trends in purchasing and materials management.

Committee FAQ

For information, please contact Leslie Thomas at (651) 289-9600 x129.