2023 Info:

Location: AMGEN - Thousand Oaks, CA


9:00am – 9:45am

Badge Check-In. No onsite registrations. All attendees must arrive no later than 9:15am and have their ID to show through security. Please note we are unable to accommodate late arrivals.


Cluster Conversations
Refreshments and Conversation to reconnect with old colleagues and meet new friends.


Cluster Introduction – Joyce Eggers, DA4S President


Cluster Host Welcome – Michelle Younghouse, Amgen Chief Procurement Officer


The WhyThe Perspective of Risk in Large Corporations 

Third Party Risk Management helps organizations answer a few seemingly simple yet critical questions:

  • Who am I doing business with?
  • What risks do they impose?
  • How do I successfully manage those risks?

It’s an essential process because third parties inherently introduce significant risk to an organization, including information security risks, like a data breach; lack of financial stability; supply chain disruption; environmental or social accountability issues; regulatory compliance concerns; bribery, fraud, and corruption risk, to name a few. All Corporations need to address these risks as it is a necessary process that Suppliers need to manage to do business with large corporations, but also something Suppliers should ensure they are focusing on
and are aware of for their business. This session will include which areas suppliers should be focused on and how they can best prepare.

Presenter: Chris Sawchuk, Principal, Global Procurment Advisory Practice Leader – The Hackett Group


Mitigating Business Continuity Risk in the Face of Increasing Macro-Environment Challenges

As a life science industry, we are experiencing the effects of current socioeconomic and geopolitical circumstances impacting the macroenvironment, including the progression of a global economic downturn due to recession, inflationary pressures, and supply chain issues, to name a few.
This panel will provide both a corporate and supplier perspective that focuses on how these issues are shaping expectations and the way organizations identify, evaluate, and manage suppliers, including the use of tools/technology, to mitigate potential business continuity risks.

Sergei Brussovansky
, Executive Director, Global Procurement –  Amgen

Sev Sislian
, Executive Director, Head of R&D & Ops Global Strategic Sourcing –  Amgen
Sam Yadav, CEO –  Quest Safety Products
James Gellert, Chairman and CEO –  Rapid Ratings


Cluster Nourishment – Outdoor Lunch and networking with colleagues.

1:00pm – 1:50pm

Supply Chain Cyber Security Risk Management

Typically a Risk Assessment includes questions as it relates to Cyber Security. You might think that corporations look to the four walls of their company in terms of cyber security, but they actually look to how they can also protect their supply chain, as that is an additional level that needs to be addressed when it comes to cyber security. In this session, we will review what corporations are looking at, how they can help suppliers, what is expected of the supplier, and what suppliers need to put in place for their companies. We will learn of real-life situations and steps corporations and suppliers can take to mitigate these issues that may arise. Understand the journey of supply chain cyber security management. We will explain how to strengthen cyber security in your supply chain and to be aware of the importance of assessments, audits and goal setting for creating a more robust structure to protect your assets and business partners.

Nima Heydarian, Sr. Staff Cybersecurity Engineer –  Dexcom
Elwyn Monroe, Sr. Manager Supplier Risk, Diversity & Sustainability –  Dexcom
Todd Neilson, Global Field Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) -Worldwide Technology

2:00pm – 2:45pm

The Process of a Risk Assessment from Corporate and Supplier Perspectives

Join our dynamic discussion on third-party risk assessment, where our expert speakers will provide valuable insights from both the corporate and supplier perspectives. Learn about the typical process, key areas of focus, and sample questions asked by Corporates during a Third-Party Risk Assessment. Additionally, gain unique viewpoints and best practices on effectively responding to the risk assessment. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your understanding and enhance your approach to third-party risk management.

Anna Hakobyan, Global Supplier Diversity, Sustainability  & Government Compliance Lead –  AstraZeneca
Donna Howell, Sr VP Customer Success – AMPCUS


Afternoon Break – Light refreshments and beverages


Beyond the Match

Ample time for networking enables a different formalized approach to interaction between suppliers and buying organizations during the Cluster. Get a close-up and more specialized view of what it takes to become a Supplier of your most coveted representing Indirect, Direct, and R&D procurement areas sharing steps, processes, and timelines leading to SOWs and contracts. Perfect your questions rather than your Pitch and get the inside scoop that will give you a competitive advantage.

Session One 3:00 – 3:25pm
Session Two 3:30 – 3:55pm
Session Three 4:00 – 4:25pm
Session Four 4:30 – 4:55pm

Companies (subject to change) Amgen, AstraZeneca, Dexcom, Eli Lilly & Company, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Regeneron,  Takeda,  


Cluster Networking – Join us for appetizers and beverages during our Networking Reception.


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