Day 1 | Tuesday, February 26, 2019

8:00 AM | Registration and Breakfast

Join us in the SFJAZZ 1st and 2nd Floor Lobbies and B-Side for coffee, breakfast, and networking to kick off the day!

9:00 AM | Opening Scout Keynote: Do More with Unified Sourcing and Supplier Engagement

How does “obsessing over the customer” translate to big business value? Before Scout’s inception in 2014, industry conversations exposed an overlooked, yet pivotal, business challenge for Sourcing and Procurement. Fast forward to hundreds of interviews, refined prototypes, many late nights, and over 175 customers later, now we’re onto something big. Join Scout’s co-founders for SPARK’s opening keynote as we take you on this journey to re-define the future of Strategic Sourcing.

9:40 AM | The Anaplan Way: Building a More Connected Sourcing Strategy

By connecting people, data, and plans Anaplan empowers global businesses to compete with real-time decision-making in rapidly changing business environments. But, long before the company’s 2018 IPO, Sarah Toomey, Head of Global Strategic Sourcing at Anaplan, needed to get the deluge of suppliers, purchase requests, and contracts under control. With her consulting expertise in tow, Sarah executed a framework to connect procurement, legal, operations, and the business into a single, cohesive plan. Find out how quarterbacking the Sourcing process can triple the capacity of your team and keep your financials on track.

Speaker: Sarah Toomey, Head of Global Strategic Sourcing at Anaplan

9:45 AM | Enterprise Integrations: Ensuring Success from Source to Contract with Workday

It’s time to unleash the combined power of planning and analysis tools for finance, human resources, and procurement. Find out what it means to join forces with Workday’s exclusive partner program. Join strategic Workday executives John Bruno, Vice President of Global Real Estate, the Workplace and Procurement and Betsy Bland, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, as they unveil new developments that complement Workday Financials and ensure ultimate success for source-to-contract initiatives.


John Bruno, VP of Global Real Estate, the Workplace, Procurement and Sourcing, Safety and Security, and Travel at Workday

Betsy Bland, VP of Corporate Strategy at Workday

10:05 AM | Wellmark Shares How They Do More with Scout

Wellmark’s Chief Procurement Officer had a vision for the sourcing team. By streamlining the intake process for stakeholders, they could better manage the heavy volume of ongoing requests across multiple business units. As a result, the team could truly drive a unified sourcing process--from request to report to risk review--that enabled more analysis and understanding about what mattered most to the business. Join Kenny Chasten as he walks you through eliminating manual sourcing methods and doing more with Scout’s unified sourcing and supplier engagement platform.

Speaker: Kenny Chasten, Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer at Wellmark

10:10 AM | Keynote: Jeff Immelt on Leading Through Change and Focused Transformation

We’re thrilled to welcome Jeff Immelt to the main stage at SPARK. Jeff has written extensively on the practice of leadership and transformation, both on a global and local stage, and his experience leading through cycles, helping teams navigate crises, and driving focused, digital transformation are unmatched. At SPARK, Jeff will dive deep into these topics and demonstrate how Sourcing and Procurement can be a catalyst of change for any organization.

Speaker: Jeff Immelt, Chairman of athenahealth and former CEO of General Electric.
The 9th Chairman of General Electric (GE), Jeff Immelt served as CEO for 16 years, transforming GE into a simpler, stronger, and more focused digital industrial company. To accomplish that, he set out to completely revamp the company’s strategy, global footprint, and culture, positioning GE for the future. What was the effect of that change? During his tenure, industrial earnings doubled and GE returned $143B in dividends.

10:45 AM | Break

An abundance of refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Location: 1st and 2nd Floor Lobbies

11:00 AM | The Untapped Power of Dynamic Negotiation: See the World from McKinsey's Perspective

With decades of experience, often behind the scenes, helping the world’s greatest brands identify, optimize, and execute on sourcing transformation projects, McKinsey & Co are perhaps the world’s experts on sourcing optimization, dynamic negotiation, and unlocking the value of supplier relationships. Join Teresa Liptak, Operational and Digital Procurement Expert from the McKinsey Procurement Practice and Chetan Ghatge, Associate Principal at McKinsey.


Teresa Liptak, Operational and Digital Procurement Expert at McKinsey & Company

Chetan Ghatge, Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company

11:40 AM | The Power of Inclusion with VSP Vision Care's President, Kate Renwick-Espinosa

"Culture eats strategy for breakfast” was put to task at VSP Global. Kate will share how a large organization turned their culture into action. How? VSP Global rallied around smaller goals like: spend it like it’s yours, fiscal fitness, and summer of sight, to drive enterprise wide impacts. Kate will share real world examples of how adoption of these activities creates tighter alignment between groups.

Speaker: Kate Renwick-Espinosa, President at VSP Vision Care

12:30 PM | Lunch

Off the Grid is bringing their iconic Bay Area Food Truck experience to serve up delicious food and cultural experiences that best represent the melting pot that San Francisco is! Trucks will be ready to serve you right outside of SFJAZZ.

Location: Fell Street and Franklin Street

1:40 PM | Afternoon Keynote: Allen Gannett, Flashes of Genius - Learning the Art and Science of Creativity

The standard view of creativity is one of constant brainstorming punctuated by sudden flashes of genius - it is not something you can be intentional or methodical about. This talk will disprove this, explain how flashes of genius actually happen and provide ways any creator can increase their odds of having one.

The talk is based on two years of research for Gannett's upcoming book The Creative Curve (June 2018, Penguin Random House). As part of this, he interviewed dozens of the world's leading creatives such as celebrity chefs, multi-platinum musicians, billionaire entrepreneurs, and fine artists. In addition, he talked to the leading scientists and academics who study the field. Based on this, he found four patterns—The Four Laws of Creative Curve—that all creatives engage in. These laws are not only scientifically valid, but can be followed by any aspiring creative. This talk will give a sneak peek into Gannett's research and a look at how you can leverage it.

Speaker: Allen Gannett, Chief Strategy Officer at Skyword

2:25 PM | Leveraging a Center of Excellence Strategy for Procurement Technology Operations with Biogen – Lessons Learned and Insights Gained

Technology additions by themselves rarely pay-off and can be prone to adoption issues, resistance to change and actually impede the advantages we expect from them. By starting off with a Center of Excellence (COE) framework from the beginning we can set these initiatives up for success and begin delivering results immediately.

Speaker: Bob Amareld, Associate Director, Strategic Operations & Technology, Global Procurement at Biogen

3:00 PM | Break

An abundance of refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Location: 1st and 2nd Floor Lobbies

3:20 PM | Track One: Transformation | Miner Auditorium | Sessions with LendingTree and Salesforce

3:20 PM | Our Procurement Evolution: How we embraced Innovation and Disruption to Transform
The answer is different for all of us. Different types of transformations require different strategic approaches, but there does seem to be one mantra that rings true across successful transformations - simplicity. Join Michael J. Leiken as has shared his transformational journey at Lending Tree and the lessons learned on how to make a bigger impact on overall performance.

Speaker: Michael J. Leiken, Head of Spend Management at Lending Tree

4:00 PM | The Puzzle of Transformation Trinity: People, Technology, and Leadership

Are you approaching transformation with a people-first mindset? Learn from the unique perspective of Natasha Gurevich, Vice President, Global Procurement at Salesforce, as she shares what it means to support $13+ billion dollars in growing revenue and tackle transformation with your eyes wide open. Natasha will take you on this fast-paced, globally influenced journey and share indispensable advice about leadership and communication skills needed for successful procurement transformation.

Speaker: Natasha Gurevich, Vice President, Global Procurement at Salesforce

3:20 PM | Track Two: Impact | Joe Henderson Lab | Sessions with Denali Sourcing Services and Gilead Sciences

3:20 PM | True Stories from Sourcing Desk Warriors - Learn Tried and True Methods for Implementing a Sourcing Desk with Denali Sourcing Services, Inc.

Implementing a sourcing tool accelerates and centralizes your sourcing activity. But how do you structure the execution team to get the most out of this spiffy new infrastructure? Meet the Sourcing Buy Desk!  Establishing a centralized Sourcing Desk increases speed, efficiency, and effectiveness in sourcing while allowing the strategic team to focus on stakeholder alignment, satisfaction, and increasing the total business value delivered by procurement. 

In this presentation, you will learn 3 key elements to keep in mind when implementing a Sourcing Desk, and hear real-life examples that highlight best practices you can use in your own organization.

Speaker: David Gonzalez, Director, Global Program Management & Solutions at Denali Sourcing Services, Inc.

4:00 PM | It’s All About Adoption: How Gilead Sciences Forged a Path to Accelerate Value

Driving change is all about putting the right pieces together in the right order to achieve your long-term goals. But in a rapidly changing environment, how do you get everyone marching in the same direction? This scenario is played out in the extreme in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry: tasked not only with creating world-changing (and life-changing) treatments, they also have to navigate a complex path to market. Hear how Gilead Sciences and Blackline Group built and executed a plan with Scout’s full platform to deliver immediate results (and measure that success).


Brian Peters, Senior Director of Procurement at Gilead Sciences

Mike Browning, Principal at Blackline Group

3:20 PM | Track Three: Scout Product Deep Dives | B-Side | Sessions with Scout and Zebra Technologies

3:20 PM | Product Deep Dive: Cut Through the Chaos with Scout Contracts

Customers asked, and we listened. After working closely with PayPal, Joann Stores, Okta, and Anaplan, Scout Contracts was born: simple, flexible contract management paired with a better way to identify, track, and manage obligations.

Get a fast start with Scout Contracts and put ink on paper with Scout’s Customer Success team through our customer’s best practices and deployment examples, and see how Contracts can play a pivotal role in your team’s contracts workflow.


Stephen Macko, Customer Success Manager at Scout

Sandra Tedt, Product Manager at Scout

4:00 PM | Product Deep Dive: Building an Effective Project Pipeline in Scout
For Scout customers, cost savings is only the first step in the process. The next step towards building a more strategic team is building the most effective, usable, and enjoyable sourcing process possible. In the words of one Scout customer, “It’s about continually improving and re-evaluating how we’re buying to make sure we’re getting the best business outcomes.”

Join this product knowledge and training session led by Stuart Andrews of Zebra Technology and Dan Gray of Scout and see first-hand how you can use Pipeline and Intake to build a more strategic sourcing process for your team.


Stuart Andrews, Director, Global Indirect Procurement at Zebra Technologies

Dan Gray, Customer Support Manager at Scout

4:45 PM | Keep it Simple and Make it Fun: Change Management Success Stories from Unitywater and LendingTree

Sourcing and Procurement leaders must make fundamental changes in order to address today’s new, more challenging market environment and prepare for the future. How do you drive adoption of a new process and then ensure improvements stick across the business? In this session, learn from Namejs Kin, Branch Manager - Procurement at Unitywater and Michael Leiken, Head of Spend Management at LendingTree as they walk you through key factors to driving change management from a stakeholder perspective. Learn how to map out your timeline -- from build-out to go live -- and involve key stakeholders along the way. Above all, when it comes to change, these experts will share actionable examples to help keep it simple, make it fun, and ensure it sticks.


Namejs Kins, Manager, Procurement at Unitywater

Michael Leiken, Senior Director, Spend Management at Lending Tree

5:45 PM | Reception: Havana S̶o̶c̶i̶a̶l̶ Sourcing Club - Get Jazzed for the SPARK Party!

Networking should be fun, memorable, and even bring a bit of the unexpected. Join fellow SPARK attendees and close out day one with a Havana themed bash. Experience a speakeasy vibe with samba dancers, live jazz music, delicious tapas and cocktails, and more surprises. Thanks for joining us! We can’t wait to celebrate SPARK day one with you.