West Coast Conference Guest Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Cris Fortes, Executive Director, Strategic Sourcing – AMGEN


Cris Fortes is Executive Director, Strategic Sourcing at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, California. He joined the company in 2009 as senior manager, Strategic Sourcing and ever since has enjoyed roles of increasing responsibility largely focused on marketing, sales and general & administrative (G&A) categories of spend. In May 2017, Cris was appointed leader of Next-Generation Sourcing (NGS), a company-wide initiative with full support from and direct performance check-ups with the CEO and his staff with the ultimate goal of instilling an ownership culture across all 19,200 employees. In January 2018, Cris assumed additional responsibilities as package owner for Meetings & Travel and Professional & Administrative Services as part of the company’s ongoing transformation objectives.

Prior to joining Amgen, he worked in strategic sourcing, marketing or sales at WPP, Johnson & Johnson, Yahoo! and DIRECTV in the U.S. and Brazil.

Cris holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil and a master’s degree in business administration from the Yale School of Management.


Guest Speaker – Adam Meyer

Beyond Motivation. Beyond Inspiration. Adam Meyer’s speaking presentations offer the opportunity for transformation.

At just 18 months old, Adam was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease and given only 6 years to live. Rather than give up, he fought through years of pain and illness until at age 10, he became the first pediatric patient on a trial treatment for his condition. Adam grew healthy, and he grew up. He knew from early on that he wanted to help people, and has dedicated his life to doing just that. As an author, coach, and motivational speaker, Adam shares his experiences and the profound lessons they have taught him, in order to inspire others to achieve their goals and live their dreams. After all, “Never doubt the things you can do, there is a Superhero in you!”

Adam lives in San Diego with his wife and two incredible daughters. For more information about him and his work, visit www.meyermethodcoaching.com.