VMSA West 2019 is the two-day annual conference that brings together the full spectrum of the contingent workforce supply chain: from the Enterprise Buyers to the Suppliers of Contingent Labor services, and everyone in between including: Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Vendor Management Technologies (VMSs) and other providers that support the global talent ecosystem.  

“Look beyond the horizon” – The West Coast of California has long been a launching off point for innovation and new ways of thinking.  To “look beyond the horizon” means to consider more than what is – and look at what “can be”, to realize a better future NOW.  We have chosen to host this event at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay to help you “look beyond the horizon.”

Why should Suppliers attend?

Suppliers, MSP’s and Technology companies will meet the Enterprise clients face-to-face and be able to hear first hand their challenges, and market opportunities in a truly collaborative environment. Find out what the client wants without having to guess.

Why should Enterprise attend?

Enterprise members will have access to the entire Contingent Workforce Supply Chain at VMSA Live. Meet the top MSP’s, VMS Technologies and SOW and Supplier partners in the ecosystem. Learn about the latest technological advances in Talent retention and Global Workforce Management. Hear how the supply chain is innovating to service the next generation of Contingent Workforce Programs.

What Can I Expect?

During your two-day experience at VMSA West 2019 you can expect 5-star service from the staff at the Ritz Carlton, and a 5-star experience from ClubVMSA members and VMSA West attendees.  Share insights, best practices and make dozens of new connections as you meander along the coastline or work in small teams by the patio fire pits.


VMSA West 2019 is open to the entire Talent Ecosystem.

  • 2-day Ticket: Commute to The Ritz – $2,400
  • Single Day Ticket August 14 – $1,590
  • Single Day Ticket August 15 – $1,390 
  • MSP 2-day Full Event with 1:1s – $1,190 
  • MSP 1-day Summit only with 1:1s – Get free ticket from Jim@vmsaccel.com
  • Enterprise Clients – Procurement, Talent Acquisition -$99

Opportunities to connect and engage include:

  • 6 hours of breakout sessions and case studies on CW strategies and real-world implementations
  • 3 Educational and Inspiring Keynote Speakers
  • 1 Networking Cocktail Reception overlooking the Ocean
  • If Enterprise, 2 hours of peer-only benchmarking sessions
  • If Supplier and MSP, four 1-on-1 Meetings
  • Communication & Presentation Workshop
  • Negotiation Workshop
  • Compliance update by Club Legal Chair
  • Professionally-facilitated dialogues
  • Ample time to network and connect
  • Most meals & beverages
  • California coastline and surf with ocean breezes in a sustainable, eco-friendly and luxurious environment


View VMSA West 2019 cancellation & substitution policies here.


Carmine Gallo

Gallo is one of the most influential voices in communication, business and leadership. Gallo has been called “a master raconteur” by Worth Magazine and has “built a career sharing secrets we can all learn from,” according to ABC’s 20/20. He has also been featured on CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, and in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Costco Connection, and Success Magazine. Gallo has built a reputation for transforming leaders into powerful storytellers and communicators at the world’s largest brands including: Accenture, Allstate, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Chevron, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Ford, Google, HCA Health, Hyundai, Intel, Kaiser, KPMG, LinkedIn, McKinsey, Medtronic, Microsoft, Pfizer, Salesforce, SAP, Walmart, and many others. Gallo’s books are also required reading at some of the highest levels of the U.S. military where leaders are training the next generation of team commanders.

Jack W. Kaine

Any time two or more people are sharing information with the intent of changing the relationship, they are negotiating. This pretty much sums up what executives and talent leaders do all day long. Negotiation is particularly necessary when parties depend on one another; in such cases, both parties have more to gain by negotiating than competing. Rarely will you get 100 percent of what you ask for in a negotiation. However, each negotiation should end up with a positive solution for both sides. There is always a better deal for all parties involved in a negotiation than is first apparent at the start. LEARN from Master Negotiator - Jack Kaine!

Dr Peter Lovatt

Dr Peter Lovatt is a Psychologist based in the UK. Dr Lovatt carries out research in to the effects of movements on a range of human attributes, such as reading, writing, mood, pro-social behavior, problem solving, health and well-being. Dr. Lovatt is TED Talk contributor and is the author of Dance Psychology, a book about the psychology of dance. Get ready to wake and stimulate new pathways of thinking!

Larry McAlister

Larry McAlister is a strategic senior leader in global HR management, with proven success partnering with multibillion dollar businesses such as Equinix, Citibank and Philips Electronics, as well as dynamic software companies like TIBCO Software and Glu Mobile, to deliver highly effective talent management and organizational development strategies. Demonstrated excellence as a worldwide leader in defining and refining global HR policy, seeking to achieve process harmonization and a streamlined, stable HR function capable of supporting rapid business growth.

Enterprise Clients Attending

Emily Adams

Program Lead, Global Contingent Workforce, KLA-Tencor

Shashank Balaji

Manager - Global Contingent Workforce Program, Google

Maria Centeno

Head of Procurement, Zuora

Todd Davis

Global Talent Leader, IBM

Amy Dawson

Global Contingent Workforce Operations Excellence Lead, LinkedIn

Irenee French

Global Category Manager, Equinix

Jennifer Hall

Director of Talent Acquisition, Intuitive Surgical

Maria Jimenez

Senior Manager, Global Contingent Workforce, Sony PlayStation

Michelle Johnson

CCWP, Manager, Americas CW Procurement, Oracle

Alan Kumar

Sr. Manager Contingent Workforce, Upwork

Mel LoVetri

Strategic Sourcing and Contingent Workforce Program Manager, Autodesk

Lysa Marcoullier

Sr. HR Professional, Program Manager, Agilent Technologies

Jean-Marie Medina

Associate Director, Contingent Workforce Programs at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC)

Angela Mikolaitis

Senior Manager, Global Contingent Services, ServiceNow

Rona Petroni

Contingent Workforce Program Manager, Bank of the West

Mike Qian

Global Contingent Workforce, Google

Lizbeth Rocha

CW Program Business Analyst, LinkedIn

Chirag Sheth

Head of North American Contingent Workforce Program, Genentech

Jennifer Vanis

Third Party Workforce Specialist, U.S. Cellular

Erica Wright

Vice President of Human Resources, Agilent Technologies

Keith Wulffraat

Head of Contingent Workforce, Facebook

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) Attending

Sunil Bagai

CEO, Crowdstaffing

Hans Bukow

Chief Strategy Officer & VP of Sales, SmartERP

Tiffany Bulowski

Executive Sales Leader, GRI

David Cooper

Chief Commercial Officer, GRI

Kristen Esones

Director, Supplier Partnerships, PRO Unlimited

Jake Hazen

Sr. Program Manager, TAPFIN

Daniel Kalman

Sr. Director, Program Management, Guidant Global

Debbie Lauth

Executive Program Director, GRI

Karen Maarouf

Vice President, Supplier Engagement, Workforce Logiq

Jody Mohammed

Global Head, Supplier Partnership, Pontoon Solutions

Lori Montalvo

Global Program Director, Workforce Logiq

Mike Mulder

Senior Vice President, Program Management, Guidant Global

Sunita Palla-Angani

Global MSP Program Manager, Randstad Sourceright

John Poore

Sr. Global Director, Client Services, PRO Unlimited

Charlene Pounds

Director, Global Supplier Partnership, Pontoon Solutions

Monica Schnitzer

VP Global Solutions, Guidant Global

David Swanz

Head of CWS, Alexander Mann Solutions

Ashley Wheeler

Sr. MSP Program Professional, TAPFIN

Erica Wright

Vice President of Human Resources, Agilent Technologies

Jason Zinder

Director, Client Engagement, TAPFIN


Jim Coughlin

Creative Director, ClubVMSA

Kai Cummings

Senior Account Manager, Cypress HCM

Rick Bowman

CEO / CTO, Shiftgig

Amy Dawson

Global Contingent Workforce Operations Excellence Lead, LinkedIn

Bruce Hay

Vice President Business Development, VDart Inc

Eddie Lou

Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Shiftgig

Jody Mohammed

Global Head, Supplier Partnership, Pontoon Solutions

Jeannine Parise


David Swanz

Head of CWS, Alexander Mann Solutions

Mark Zisholtz

Partner, Baker & Hostetler; Legal Chair at ClubVMSA


Wednesday, Aug 14 2019

  • Time


  • 7:00 AM

    Breakfast & Registration

  • 8:30 AM

    Welcome, ClubVMSA

  • 8:45 AM

    Keynote: Putting Humans in the Center of your Strategy, Larry McAlister, NetApp

  • 9:00 AM

    Expert Negotiation Training: “Stop bargaining and start negotiating by making the pie bigger,” Jack Kaine

  • 10:00 AM

    Transition Break

  • 10:15 AM

    Enterprise Unplugged:  Welcome and Enterprise Landscape, ClubVMSA Talent Solutions for the Entire Workforce, Chirag Sheth, Genentech

  • Roundtables

    1. Managing Talent through a changing social landscape with higher visibility: John Poore, PRO Unlimited
    2. Disruptive/New technologies to acquire & care for Talent: Rick Bowman, Shiftgig
    3. The Top 5 reasons suppliers succeed on our accounts: Cynet + Karen Maarouf, WFL
    4. The Top 10 Most Important Legal Provisions in Payrolling and Staffing Contracts: Mark Zisholtz, BakerHostetler

  • 1-on-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings

  • 11:15 AM

    Small Groups

    Possible Topic Areas: Direct Sourcing, Total Talent, Global Expansion, Compliance, Technology/AI, Supplier Optimization, and more…

  • Roundtables

    1. Managing Talent through a changing social landscape with higher visibility: John Poore, PRO Unlimited
    2. Disruptive/New technologies to acquire & care for Talent: Rick Bowman, Shiftgig
    3. The Top 5 reasons suppliers succeed on our accounts: Cynet + Daniel Kalman, Guidant Global
    4. The Top 10 Most Important Legal Provisions in Payrolling and Staffing Contracts: Mark Zisholtz, BakerHostetler

  • 12:15 PM


  • 1:15 PM

    Roundtables (6)

    1. How Upwork drinks their own Champagne when it comes to Freelancers, Alan Kumar, Upwork
    2. Lessons learned when rolling out a program Jennifer Hall, Intuitive Surgical + Tiffany Bulkowski, GRI
    3. Building Blocks of a maturing program; Jean-Marie Medina, DTCC
    4. SOW led by Michael Matherly, SOW Geek
    5. How to get Access to talent with a supplier that can manage the process, Erica Wright, Agilent Technologies
    6. Gig Platforms for Diverse Talent, Allison Robinson, The Mom Project

  • Negotiation Workshop

    with Jack Kaine

  • 1-on-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings

  • 2:30 PM

    Transition Break

  • 2:45 PM

    A-Player Partner Panel

    Brian Church, Pyramid Consulting + Jason Zinder

    TAPFIN Kai Cummings, Cypress HCM + Amy Dawson, LinkedIn

    Bruce Hay, VDart + Jody Mohammed, Pontoon Solutions

    Faciltated by Jim Coughlin, ClubVMSA

  • 1-on-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings

  • 3:45 PM

    Transition Break

  • 4:00 PM

    Keynote: How Moving your body can change the way you think and solve problems

    Dr. Peter Lovatt, Dance Psychologist

  • 5:00 PM

    Cocktail Reception by ICON Information Consultants

Thursday, Aug 15 2019

  • Time


  • 7:00 AM

    Breakfast & Registration

  • 8:15 AM


  • 8:30 AM

    Keynote Panel: Putting Talent at the Center of your Company’s Strategy

    Enterprise; Rick Bowman, Shiftgig; John Poore, PRO + Supplier Faciltated by Michael Matherly, IC PreCheck

  • 9:15 AM

    Legal Update by ClubVMSA Legal Chair – Mark Zisholtz, Baker Hostetler

  • 9:30 AM


  • 10:00 AM

    3 Meetup Dialogues

    1. Gig Platforms for Diverse Talent, Allison Robinson, The Mom Project
    2. Outsource then Optimize or the other way around? Reflections on the importance of automation before labor arbitrage, Maria Centeno, Zuora
    3. Update on IC Misclassification and Joint Employment, and Its Impact on Buyers & Sellers, Mark Zisholtz, Baker Hostetler plus the Dynamex Decision and how that impacts CA employers with Maria Jimenez, PlayStation

  • 10:45 AM

    Transition Break

  • 11:00 AM

    4 Meetup Dialogues

    1. Understanding the current and impending changes to Immigration and sponsorship legislation. What can be done to mitigate these potentially catastrophic impacts to the attraction and retention of key talent resources, Jean-Marie Medina, DTCC
    2. Leadership + Transformation: Moving from transactional to strategic in services procurement, – TBD
    3. Future-proofing your CW Programs through Direct Sourcing, Davd Swanz, Alexander Mann Solutions
    4. Global Talent Acquisition, – TBD

  • 11:45 AM


  • 1:00 PM

    Keynote:  “Talk like TED” with Carmine Gallo

  • 2:00 PM

    Transition Break

  • 2:15 PM

    Charity Auction

    Alan Kumar, Upwork for TBD

  • 2:45 PM

    Transition Break

  • 3:00 PM

    “Talk like TED” Workshop with Carmine Gallo

  • 5:00 PM

    Program Concludes


The Ritz-Carlton
1 Miramontes Point Rd
Half Moon Bay CA 94019

The ClubVMSA discounted room block for $355/night is SOLD OUT. Book Ocean View Upgraded Rooms Online call 877-266-8087.  Group is VMSA West 2019.  Enterprise members may be able to secure their hotel room with their registration here.

Other nearby hotels by proximity (Price subject to change / No Discounted Room Block):

https://halfmoonbaylodge.com – $237/night

https://www.beach-house.com – $265/night
https://oceanohalfmoonbay.com – $299/night



Thank you for the ongoing support of all our sponsors.  ClubVMSA is proud to share our strong network of members with our sponsor partners.  Contact us today if you are interested in generating increased exposure and support our ecosystem.  For more information on sponsor and exhibitor opportunities, please contact sponsor@vmsaccel.com.

Contact Us

Please contact questions@vmsaccel.com with any questions.
We look forward to seeing you on the beach in August 2019!!!


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