San Francisco SIGnature Event

April 25, 2018


851 Howard Street
(Between 4th and 5th streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Sponsored By:

Morning Agenda

8:00 -Delegate Breakfast & Check-in

8:30 - Welcome & Live Peer2Peer Discussion

9:30 - Break

9:45 - Executive Buy-side Presentation: PG&E's Supply Chain Logistics Emergency Response Support, Victor Villar, Supply Chain Emergency Management Specialist, Principle at Pacific Gas & Electric Company

10:30 - Perform a Fearless Inventory of Your Grand to Enable Value Opportunity, Nathan Haydn-Myer, Corporate Procurement & Travel, VSP Global

11:30 - Becoming a Client of Choice: How to Attract and Retain the Best Contingent Talent: Kristen Dussel, Manager, Contingent Labor, Salesforce and Jodi Hallerman, VP Strategic Account Development, MBO Partners

Afternoon Agenda


1:15 - Roundtable Breakout Sessions (Each Delegate will attend 2-3 roundtable discussions)

2:30 - Implementing a Full-Service, Source-to-Settle Procurement Operation: A Life Sciences Case Study - Vanessa Tello, Director, Services Procurement, Allegis Global Solutions

3:15 - Creating a Team of Catalysts - Insights from Top Procurement Professionals, Philip Ideson, Host of the Art of Procurement Podcast

4:15 - Closing Discussion

4:30- Adjourn


Implementing a Full-Service, Source-to-Settle Procurement Operation: A Life Sciences Case Study

Building and implementing a Procurement solution can be complex – challenges can arise due to lack of visibility, internal communication, compliance protocol, and cultural resistance. Navigate through the steps and challenges faced when implementing a new Procurement operation. Gain insight into what solutions you can utilize in order to bridge the gap between Procurement and other departments, and how to best design a Change Management work stream to address the cultural movement within the organization.


Vanessa Tello

Director, Services Procurement
Allegis Global Solutions

With more than 16 years of procurement experience, Vanessa Tello has worked to foster a breadth of expertise providing strategic sourcing, supplier contract negotiations, process improvement, supplier relationship management, RFx preparation and management, along with team leadership and development.

Prior to joining AGS, Vanessa spent 15 years creating and implementing successful procurement departments, strategies, and teams at large organizations including: Farmers Insurance, the Estee Lauder Companies, the Limited Brands, BCBG Max Azaria Group and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.  In these roles, Vanessa developed RFX policies and procedures, stakeholder management, and supplier risk management programs.  

Vanessa achieved a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from Berkeley College.  A Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver and a candidate of the Doctorate of Business Administration program at Walden University.  


Becoming a Client of Choice: How to Attract and Retain the Best Contingent Talent

Today more than ever, businesses must compete in a War for Talent that is not just about finding and retaining high-performing full-time employees, but also about engaging and re-engaging top independent professionals. An enterprise that is not attractive to this top talent will find these workers taking their skills to your competitors. Learn how to position your company as a Client of Choice and reduce churn for your most valuable contractors, saving vast amounts of money while benefiting from the best talent in the industry.

Kristen Dussel

Manager, Contingent Labor

Kristen Dussel, Manager Contingent Labor, oversees the Global Contingent Workforce Program at Salesforce. Prior to joining Salesforce, Dussel worked in strategic sourcing at Gap Inc. and Target Corporation.

Jodi Hallerman

VP Strategic Account Development
MBO Partners

Jodi Hallerman, MSOD, brings a broad foundation of experience and expertise in operations leadership as well as in sales, career development and HR consulting. Currently VP of Strategic Account Development at MBO Partners, Jodi utilizes her knowledge and background to consult with organizations who are faced with the risk and challenges of the new independent workforce.

Perform a Fearless Inventory of Your Brand to Enable Value Opportunity

For a procurement, sourcing, travel function to thrive and be relevant it must focus on valued business outcomes.  The compliance role needs to be balanced.  In keeping with that mindset, don't miss out on value opportunities by self-selecting the role you play. It is important to take stock and do a fearless inventory of the business needs to understand perceptions, capabilities, reputational risks and how they align to your customer. Only by fearlessly looking at your team and the noted elements can you begin to understand your true brand potential.  The goal should be a trusted advisor to the business.

Nathan Haydn-Myer

Head of Brands and Insights
VSP Global

Nathan Haydn-Myer is an internationally accomplished business leader with experience in transforming perceptions and performance across various industries and teams.  Currently he is the head of brand and analytics for VSP Global’s Corporate Procurement and Travel division where he has been instrumental in renovating the processes and image that help secure Procurement’s seat at the proverbial table.  Prior to VSP Global, Nathan managed the Workforce Planning and Analysis team at Blue Shield of California where he facilitated the forecasting, and navigation of the growth and impacts associated with the Affordable Care Act.  Prior to that he was the marketing manager for Angelo Investments, an Italian, early-stage capital provider, where he provided end-to-end marketing services for the start-ups associated with the company, including Blackshape Aircraft, which was awarded best ultralight aircraft in the world, in 2013.
Nathan earned his MBA from UC Davis Graduate School of Management where he also obtained a fellowship in their leadership program.  He earned his Certified Sourcing Professional certificate through SIG University, holds a certificate in lean six sigma and is fluent in Italian.

Creating a Team of Catalysts

Procurement professionals can have tremendous impact on their organizations as catalysts. They are in the fortunate position of being able to see across the entire company, however all too often do not take full advantage of that opportunity. While technical procurement skills are definitely table stakes, do we place too much importance on them as we build our teams? Does that result in teams skilled at getting the best value for money for the products and services that your stakeholders think they want . . . rather than creatively using supply markets to solve difficult problems, or to take advantage of revenue opportunities? How can we be catalysts personally and create an environment for our teams to do the same? 

This session is based on learnings and insight from over 100 interviewees.

Philip Ideson

Host of Art of Procurement Podcast
Art of Procurement

Philip Ideson is the founder, editor and host of the Art of Procurement Network.  His prior experience includes work at Accenture, Ally Financial Inc., and Chiquita Brands International Corporation. 

The Art of Procurement podcast delivers multi-channel learning and development programs to help procurement leaders increase the capabilities of their internal teams.


Previous Attendees

  • Accenture (Provider)
  • Adobe
  • Altera Corporation
  • Apollo Group
  • Apple, Inc.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Boeing
  • California State Automobile Association
  • California Water Service Company
  • Chevron
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • eBay, Inc.
  • Expedia, Inc.
  • Fieldglass
  • FireEy Inc.
  • Flextronics
  • Franklin Templeton
  • Gap, Inc.
  • Genentech, Inc., A Member of the Roche Group
  • Google Inc.
  • InFor500
  • Intuit Inc.
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • McKesson Corporation
  • Netapp, Inc.
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Rearden Commerce
  • Ross Stores, Inc.
  • SAP (User)
  • Sony Network Entertainment
  • Stanford University
  • Symantec Corporation
  • Twitter, Inc.
  • Visa, Inc.
  • Yahoo! Inc.
Event Sponsor: 
Allegis Global Solutions