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 - Welcome and Delegate Breakfast

8:45 - Live Peer2Peer Discussion

10:00 - Break

10:15 - Executive Buy-side Presentation by David Kevane, Director of Sourcing Operations and Dina Arellanes, Chief, Supply Chain Systems at Pacific Gas & Electric Company

11:15 - Sponsor Provided General Session Keynote

Afternoon Agenda


1:00 - Roundtable Breakout Sessions (Each Delegate will attend 2-3 roundtable discussions)

2:30 - Perform a Fearless Inventory of Your Brand to Enable Value Opportunity, Nathan Haydn-Myer, Corporate Procurement & Travel, VSP Global

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


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.

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.


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