July 30 - August 01, 2018
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, MN
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 and innovator that cares deeply about the future of work and maximizing human potential. Blending vision, technology and business skills honed in diverse corporate environments and startups, he has learned that great people are the most essential ingredient in building successful companies. His most recent venture, Crowdstaffing, has developed a machine, network and human-powered hiring ecosystem that enables businesses to dramatically improve hiring outcomes.
Assistant Director - Enterprise Vendor Management - Contingent Labor
Senior Manager, Sourcing
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.
K.H. Brown Solutions
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).
Vice President, Global Sales
Geometric Results, Inc.
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Work & Organizations, Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
Vice President & Global Solutions Vertical Business Leader
Global Category Chair - Subcontract Services
Director, Strategic Sourcing
With over twenty years of experience in Sales, Procurement, Supply Chain, and IT Applications, Gijo George now serves 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
Director, Talent Acquisition, North American Contingent Labor Program & Canadian Direct Hire
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.
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
Henry Murphy III is Sr. Manager, Global Sourcing & Procurement Contingent Labor & HR for Shire (formerly Baxalta). He has been active in the areas of Contingent Labor and HR procurement for over 15 years. His international experience includes developing successful global Contingent Labor and HR procurement programs for many of the top fortune 100 companies, including Allstate Insurance, United Airlines, Zurich Financial, and most recently Tyson Foods.
Mr. Murphy is also President of Relational Procurement Management Inc., which provides consulting services to organizations around the areas of effective supplier relationship management, cross-functional team dynamics and building global procurement functions. He has been a frequent contributor to industry conferences and publications on the topic.
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 MSP contingent talent program spanning 16 countries filling needs for diverse talent worldwide with approximately 5,000 assignments each year and has been instrumental in ideating and launching Microsoft’s first digital on-demand talent program this past year. 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 all 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.
Category Manager, Global Contingent Labor and Professional Services
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.
Procurement Manager, Category Strategy, Talent and Enterprise Services
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Werblun is the chief executive officer at ZeroChaos and has over 20 years of executive and leadership experience. Prior to assuming his current position Michael served as president, business development and global strategic relationships and prior to that executive vice president, enterprise solutions at ZeroChaos.
Michael joined the company in 2010 after its acquisition of eWork, a vendor management company focused on the healthcare vertical. At eWork Michael held the position of chief executive officer and led the company to a rapid expansion of services and growth. Prior to eWork, he held several leadership positions in the contingent labor industry. Michael has been a keynote speaker internationally on effectively managing contingent labor and a featured speaker with leading analyst organizations covering procurement and technology solutions around the globe.
Michael graduated with honors from California State University San Francisco with a B.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Michael serves on the board of the California Health Collaborative and volunteers his time with San Francisco Little League and the San Francisco Baseball Academy.