“Acting Local, Winning Global” is the first Aspire / PwC joint annual Shared Services and Outsourcing conference.

Over two days the conference will bring together leaders in the shared services, outsourcing and IT space to explore successful strategies for building local capability, to drive reverse innovation and to compete globally.

The conference will draw on the collective experience of ASPIRE members, PwC’s Shared Services Advisory Centre of Excellence and carefully chosen experts in the field to network around themes ranging from global industry perspectives and their potential to impact on our centres, initiatives to harness and develop local talent, best practices in negotiating local culture and collaborative approaches to ensure each and everyone of us is a winner.

On the first morning of the conference, an open plenary will set the context, with a series of keynotes exploring global industry trends and the developing role of the CEE region, the vision and investments required by cities to support and stimulate industry growth and the business leadership which is a prerequsitie to drive the industry forward.

The afternoon session will explore the power of co-opetition, drawing on the experiences of Aspire’s Expert Groups in a series of interactive work streams looking at areas such as working with universities, talent development, infrastructure and corporate responsibility.

The theme of the second day is the power of people with the first presentation of the joint Aspire/Aon Hewitt Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey and keynotes on Work-Life Balance and Coaching and Mentoring. We will wrap up with working groups summing up their experience of the two days with action plans how best to partner in moving our centres forward to face new challenges.

One of Poland’s most celebrated soldiers, Major General Roman Polko, will headline a gala event on the first evening, celebrating ASPIRE’s second anniversary. Major General Polko we will address the conference theme, drawing on his unique experience leading elite teams in battle zones in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.