July 23 - 25, 2019
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, MN
Past Speakers (2018)
Cesar Ayala is a Category Manager with LyondellBasell’s Global Procurement team in Houston. He leads indirect Corporate Services categories and projects with responsibility for over $100,000,000 in annual spend globally. Cesar’s main objective is to maximize value for his company by developing business strategies based on comprehensive market and spend analysis. Creative in issue resolution, he builds relationships critical to success.
Cesar previously worked in Shell’s Market Intelligence team, enabling better negotiations through market research and total cost models for Downstream Manufacturing. He was part of the award-winning team that redesigned Shell’s Category Management and Contracting Process, their end-to-end process for procuring goods and services. Prior to joining Shell, Cesar was part of Dresser-Rand’s Supply Chain Management team, responsible for strategic leadership of a global portfolio of Corporate Indirect categories, including HR, IT, Finance and other Professional Services.
Eager to give back to our community, Cesar has been active in professional organizations, including serving as a board member and mentor to current college students and recent graduates through the Institute for Supply Management’s Houston chapter. A lifelong learner, Cesar reads for pleasure every day and enjoys exploring historic cities with nothing more than a good map and list of key phrases.
Cesar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from The College of New Jersey, a Master’s degree in Molecular Genetics from Rutgers University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University.
Chief Executive Officer
Sunil is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who is transforming the way world-class companies think about and acquire talent. Blending vision, technology and business skills honed in the most innovative corporate environments, he has launched a new model for recruitment called Crowdstaffing which is being tapped successfully by global brands such as Google, MasterCard, SpaceX, and Walmart.
Sunil is passionate about building a company that provides value to the complete staffing ecosystem including clients, candidates and most importantly, recruiters.
Sunil is an investor and advisor in several Silicon Valley startups, including Loudr.FM, Creative Gig, and Good.co
Chief Executive Officer
For over 15 years, Arpit Bitta and his team have been leading multiple-platform global implementation projects focused on innovative software designs, infrastructure, and process improvements for various industries ranging from Pharmaceutical, Consumer, Energy, and Automotive to the Public Sector. His extensive experience as an architect and leader enable him cover a wide range of topics from best business practices to automating and standardizing global processes with operational deliveries embracing technical, functional and executive perspectives.
While leading Global Payroll initiatives,
Arpit and his team also focus ondesigning, developing, and deploying custom
SaaS HCM solutions to enhance process utilizations and
with providing daily operational support for thousands
of users world-wide.
Arpit infuses a business-delivery perspective into all deliverables from change management to solution delivery strategies to ensure business initiatives and programs align for optimal results. Arpit has vast experience in full IT life cycles and project methodologies along with expertise in planning, configuring, integrating, and testing industry leading solutions.
lives with his wife and 2 children in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
Stakeholder Liaison, Communications & Liaison Division
Internal Revenue Service
Karen Brehmer represents the IRS at outreach events working with tax professionals and small business organizations, as well as in conjunction with other Federal, State and local government agencies.
Karen has been with the IRS for over 30 years. She has served as a customer service representative, a tax collector, and spent the last nine years in education and outreach. She regularly speaks at meetings and workshops, both face-to-face and via webinars, on tax topics that are relevant to the given tax professional or small business audience.
Procurement Category Manager
Category Manager for WestRock, formerly Rock-Tenn for three years. Responsible for managing temporary labor-$123 Million, Copiers $7 million, printers, and office supplies-$6 million
- $123 Million in Temporary Labor spend
- 72 Temp agencies under agreement
- VMS tool-Fieldglass
- Previously worked for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Atlanta Ga, Fort Worth TX
- MCI- AT&T- Equifax- Beazer Homes-Russell Athletic-all in Procurement in Atlanta Ga
Originally from Chicago Illinois, attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Arkansas Major Business Administration.
KH Brown Solutions
Chief Executive Officer
Jim Burke joined ZeroChaos in June, 2018, as Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Jim led three other technology enabled services businesses: Advanced Discovery, a global e-Discovery and risk management firm, vRad, the world's largest telemedicine company, and Global Compliance, a leading ethics and compliance services firm. Jim also held senior leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies, and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Jim earned a BSBA from Villanova University, and an MBA from The Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.
Director, MSP/VMS and Client Management
VeriKlick, a product of Synkriom
Monique is a results-oriented professional with 21 years of extensive experience in large program management, staff management, mentoring, training, and program delivery by providing significant growth and expansion to her clientele. This includes over 11 years Operational Experience managing all aspects from within an MSP/VMS program along with its supporting team efforts and growth.This unique combination of experience allows for her to become a trusted adviser and partner to associates and clients at all levels. Monique's continued long term business relationships are a testament of her overall efforts.
Assistant Professor, Department of Management
Old Dominion University - Strome College of Business
Founder & CEO
ICON Information Consultants, LP
Pamela Chambers O’Rourke is the Founder and CEO of Houston-based ICON Information Consultants, LP. Established in 1998, ICON Consultants is a national “Top Tier” provider of human-capital solutions with core competencies in IT, Accounting, Finance, HR, and Procurement with most recent annual sales exceeding $280 million and more than 3,250 consultants servicing Fortune 500/100 clients throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Pamela thrives on being a mentor and leads by example. She believes that giving back is an important business strategy; one in which she demonstrates through her continuous support of women-owned companies. Pamela is a past National Board Member of Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a past Board Member for Women’s Business Council-Southwest (WBCS). She is a current board member of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and University of Houston Board of Visitors. In addition, Pamela is a member of Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO) and Committee of 200 (C200).
Global Ecosystem Advisory
VeriKlick, a product of Synkriom
based in San Francisco with 20+ years of leadership track record in building
ecosystem for technology companies primarily in the IoT-AI and SaaS platform
space. Has been associated with VeriKlick and associate company
Synkriom from formative stages.
Peter G. Christian is an employment litigator at Schaefer Halleen, LLC committed to protecting the rights of individuals in the workplace. As an advocate who takes pride in representing a wide range of employees – from top level executives to blue collar laborers – Peter has secured significant victories for an array of clients in many areas of employment related litigation, and against some of the biggest corporations in the world. For his advocacy on behalf of employees, he was named a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business.
Prior to joining Schaefer Halleen, Peter worked with the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Division, primarily representing children accused of crimes. While in law school, he received awards for his trial and appellate advocacy skills and was a director of the Special Education Law Clinic, working on behalf of students with disabilities.
Before law school, Peter taught fifth grade in the Mississippi Delta with the Teach for America Corps, leading his students to record-setting results in reading and math proficiency, and co-founded the Delta Youth Empowerment non-profit organization. Peter received his J.D. with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School and his B.A. with high honors from Marquette University.
Vice President, Global Sales
Geometric Results, Inc.
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Work & Organizations, Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
Chief Executive Officer
VeriKlick, a product of Synkriom
Komal is an IT professional with over 15 years experience and holds a Master degree in Computer Science and MBA from NJIT.
Founded in 2015, Synkriom lnc, is an Global IT staffing company that has become a premier organization that supports both on / off - shore clientele and resources.
Our success was such that we patented a product proudly named VeriKlick. This is a key web based tool for use in the HR space that will eliminate candidate bait and switch, fake resumes and increase your ROI
Synkriom / VeriKlick is an organization that creates new opportunities for Women every day. Komal, is also an active member of Lions to promote STEM to the younger generation.
Global Category Chair - Subcontract Services
Director, Industry Business Unit
With over twenty years of experience in Sales, Procurement, Supply Chain, and IT Applications, Gijo George most recently worked at Americold Logistics LLC, as the Director of Strategic Sourcing. Based in Atlanta, GA, his team supports Americolds’ 170+ global facilities executing procurement strategies on a daily basis.
He inherited the VMS/MSP program two years ago with less than 10% adoption and now manages a stable and industry-leading multi-million dollar program; including both traditional Contingent Workforce and SOW programs. Prior to Americold, Gijo worked for Rock-Tenn, The Home Depot, The Hackett Group, GeP, and consulted for several Fortune 500 companies. Gijo also serves on the Procurement Advisory Board for CoreTrust (GPO).
He holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, India and a Master’s in Computer Applications from IGNOU, India.
Vice President, Strategic Account Development
Chief Operating Officer
Toni Halleen is an employment law attorney and the Chief Operating Officer for Schaefer Halleen, LLC in Minneapolis. Schaefer Halleen represents employees who have been discriminated against or subject to sexual harassment, retaliation, and other unfair workplace practices. Over the course of Toni’s legal career, she was the Director of Employment Law for ADC Telecommunications, Inc., and practiced employment law with the Twin Cities law firm of Briggs and Morgan. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Mitchell Hamline College of Law, and has presented at numerous continuing legal education seminars. Toni has advised a number of companies as in-house counsel and has trained thousands of managers and employees on sexual harassment prevention and respect in the workplace. Toni is also a writer and comedian who performed stand-up and improv comedy for many years. She has combined her talents by developing a workshop for legal professionals that is based on the rules of improv. Toni’s seminars are presented across the country, and are designed to build listening, thinking, communication, team-building, and presentation skills. Toni’s play, “Soulless, Bloodsucking Lawyers: A Musical!” was the Best Selling Show and voted Best Musical at the Minnesota Fringe Festival of 2003, and played to sold out audiences in 2004 at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Toni’s writing has appeared in literary magazines, and in 2013 she was awarded a Mentor Prize at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Toni received her J.D. with honors from the University of Minnesota School of Law, and her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.
Vice President - VMS Sales
As Vice President, VMS Sales, Marc spearheads PeopleFluent’s industry-leading sales team with representatives in the US and UK. He has more than 20 years’ experience in vendor management, recruitment management, and talent management systems with a focus on the non-employee labor industry. An industry veteran, Marc has established and maintained extended workforce solutions programs at various Global 1000 companies. Drawing on his experience integrating total talent solutions on a global scale, Marc brings first-hand insights that drive value for clients and partners throughout their talent ecosystems.
Vice President, Business Development
Innovative Employee Solutions
Sara Jensen is the vice president of business development at Innovative Employee Solutions, a leading nationwide provider contingent workforce solutions, specializing in employer of record payrolling and independent contractor compliance services. Founded in 1974 in San Diego, California, IES has grown into one of the city’s largest women-owned businesses and been named one of its “Best Places to Work” for nine years in a row.
Prior to joining IES in 2011, Sara worked in development for the nonprofit sector, where she honed extensive skills and experience in account management, corporate relations and sponsorship development in various roles at both national and local nonprofit organizations.
A Washington native, Sara earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Western Washington University. Sara is a Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP), a member of the American Staffing Association’s “Women in Leadership Council”, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Young Leaders and Advance program, as well as the San Diego Sales and Marketing Alliance.
In her downtime, Sara loves going to the beach, practicing yoga and enjoying all that SoCal has to offer with her husband and their two children.
CEO & Founder
Ashish Kaushal is a successful entrepreneur who runs a nationwide contingent staffing firm focused on diversity staffing in Procurement, Human Resources, Healthcare, Clinical / Scientific, Finance and Technology. Ashish also founded a movement called Consciously Unbiased which is promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He has served on the advisory council for American Staffing Associations Executive Search group and is a board member of regional chapter of Tech Serve Alliance. Prior to founding HireTalent, Ashish worked at an internet incubator and venture capital firm focused on the retail and fashion industry, which funded startups and joint ventures. He graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
As Toptal's VP of Enterprise, Michael is responsible for driving the rapid scaling of Toptal Enterprise by establishing processes, service offerings, and strategies to enable Toptal's largest global clients to successfully leverage our elite global talent network at scale. Michael has crafted enterprise solutions and built global teams for clients across a wide range of industries through a career in consulting and entrepreneurship, with leadership positions at Slalom Consulting and Accenture, where he helped establish a scaled Business Process Outsourcing model that grew into a very successful business unit. Michael has a BS from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.
Global Non-Agilent Worker (NAW) Program Manager, Human Resources
Sourcing Lead Consultant, Sourcing & Procurement Solutions
Allstate Insurance Company
Cynthia Moore manages Allstate’s $100 million contingent/temp labor program. Since joining Allstate, Cynthia has been working to enhance Allstate’s existing contingent labor program. Enhancements include, but not limited to, supplier optimization (from 50+ suppliers down to 16), increasing diversity spend, supplier scorecard revamp, measuring hiring manager response time, a new MSP strategy, and making the program overall a data driven program. In addition, she is a SME on the expansion of Fieldglass across the enterprise as the single source of truth for all contingent workers.
Prior to Allstate Cynthia spent six months creating Discover's newly formed Supplier Diversity program, ran and completed multiple LEAN initiatives and managed Risk and Controls in Global Procurement. She originally joined Discover as the Sr. Manager for Professional Services Management in 2007. In that role her responsibilities included, managing a team responsible for all offshoring, consulting, staff augmentation vendor and engagement relationships. Successes included the implementation of a contractor tenure policy and overall program to mitigate co-employment risks across the organization, development of a non-employee policy to drive awareness of how resources should be leverage, centralization of all non-employee resources in the VMS(Beeline) tool which helped not only in identifying resources but identified savings opportunities and reduced risk as well as on boarding time by 80%.
Prior to joining Discover she was the Team Lead for Alternative Workforce at TransUnion. She was responsible for establishing Centralized Vendor Management at TransUnion LLC. She was instrumental in the selection and management of TransUnion’s web based vendor management system (Beeline).
Before TransUnion, Cynthia was a successful sales, project and operations manager for a variety of IT consulting environments. As an account manager, Cynthia exceeded revenue and gross profits expectations on numerous occasions and received several sales awards for her efforts.
Cynthia is co-founder and Vice President of a national user group called VMS Professionals. This group was founded in 2001 as a not for profit and continues today. VMS Professionals has multiple chapters and has completed 15 annual conferences. The 16th annual conference is scheduled for June 2018. VMS Professionals has 300 + member companies with members made up of corporate end users who are responsible for contingent labor.
Director Global Talent, Contingent Workforce Solutions
Hazzen Muñoz is Director, Global Talent – Contingent Workforce Solutions at Ecolab. In his role, he is responsible for creating a global contingent workforce program. Working in partnership with human resources and procurement, he is contributing to diversifying Ecolab’s talent sourcing channels and making Ecolab the premier destination for the world’s most capable talent; regardless of their preferred engagement relationship.
In his 10+ years at Ecolab, Hazzen has been both an HR Business Partner and a COE leader. In his last role, he led Ecolab’s U.S. Employee Relations and Compliance team. Leveraging his strong business acumen, Hazzen has consistently been able to gain the respect and collaboration of business leaders and peers alike. He took on his career’s toughest challenge in early ‘17 when he decided to create Ecolab’s first contingent workforce program.
Global Director, Indirect Procurement
Director, Strategic Sourcing
Chad is a highly experienced change agent and inspirational leader in procurement and finance with demonstrated results managing high performing global teams delivering sourcing and talent programs, implementing innovative strategic sourcing practices, and negotiating complex partnership deals for leading companies. He’s a recognized cross-functional leader leveraging strong negotiation, collaboration, analytical and leadership skills to make the case for change and implement innovative business solutions that support revenue growth and lower costs. In his role leading Microsoft’s Strategic Sourcing group, Chad combined previously disparate category groups into one global high performing sourcing team with oversight for $12B+ in annual indirect procurement spend spanning Real Estate, Marketing, Professional, and Contingent talent services spend portfolios.
Chad leads Microsoft’s global contingent talent program spanning 16 countries filling needs for external talent spanning thousands of engagements each year. He's also been instrumental in ideating and launching Microsoft’s first digital on-demand talent pilot program enabling access to global freelance talent through a modern, digital-first user experience. He aspires to be a “student not a critic”, fueled by a growth mindset and a people-first mentality. He’s proud to serve a global high performing team with Work Health index scores consistently above Microsoft averages.
Supplemental Workforce Program Manager
Southern California Edison
Dawn O’Bryan-Lamb started her career in Staffing with Snelling Personnel in Bakersfield as a recruiter, eventually becoming branch manager. From there she went to Silicon Valley and became the program manager for Adecco at Cisco Systems. After a couple of years with Adecco she was hired by Cisco HR to be the Operations Manager for their global temporary staffing program.
During her 13 year tenure at Cisco, in addition to work as an HR Generalist in IT and an IT-Vendor Manager, she developed, implemented, and operationally managed several contingent workforce related programs specifically developed by and for individual business units, including IT, Customer Advocacy, Finance and Global Procurement. Her tenure at Cisco culminated in oversight of the global, Enterprise-wide Consulting and Professional Services MSP under Global Procurement Services.
Dawn has a husband, two adult children and 5 cats. She once was featured in a Taiwanese soda commercial.
Surajit Sengupta is the co-founder and President of nTech Solutions, Inc. He has over 20 years of experience in the software industry and information technology, including consulting for government and commercial companies.
Considered a thought leader in the data-driven field of customer analysis, Mr. Sengupta has excelled in providing advisory services to both middle and senior management of mid- and large sized organizations regarding various aspects of technology implementation with the eventual goal of providing a 360 degree view of the customer.
Mr. Sengupta is a CTO who brings his clients technical challenges into nTech’s excellent team to strategize and provide effective solutions which include business process changes. Mr. Sengupta is also highly skilled in strategic planning, project and program management, resource and financial management, business and practice development, and offshore methodology, development, and deployment. nTech was founded with one clear mission – to earn the trust of clients by consistently delivering superior, proven solutions. Mr. Sengupta achieves this by embracing a partnership philosophy that creates relevant, innovative solutions that improve program performance and ensures success. He believes in collaboration and learning from peers’ successes and challenges, which has helped him become the successful entrepreneur he is today.
Mr. Sengupta, an avid Ravens fan, lives in Woodstock, MD with his wife, two children and a lovely dog.
Sourcing Analyst, Labor Services Procurement
Sidney Vand is a category lead specializing in IT Services and Contingent Labor, and has been at Visa Inc. since 2015. In her role, she manages $150M in IT services and $100M in contingent labor spend, globally. She is also leading the implementation of strategic organization transformations to drive resource optimization and improve cross-team cooperation.
Prior to Visa, she managed direct and indirect spend including business process outsourcing, facilities, fixture design and development, and procurement of owner furnished equipment. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University, a Master Certificate from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts from St. Edward’s University.
Global Enterprise Business Development
For 21 years, Ken Salapatek has played a key consulting role in the contingent labor industry both on the supply (regional and global) and on the outsourced contingent labor management side. Ken has shared his deep subject matter expertise on contingent labor program modeling including cost reduction in mature programs, budget-savings through Direct Sourcing/Talent Network optimization, and most recently, Artificial Intelligence and VMS.