Virtual Supply Chain Forum Agenda

Week 1: April 6-8

Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable

Premium Partner Exclusive Session facilitated by Robert F. Loggins, Human Resources Manager - Recruiting and Onboarding, Bush Brothers and Company

Tuesday, April 6 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

GSCI is thrilled to kick off the Spring 2021 Supply Chain Forum with this Premium Partner-exclusive roundtable discussion on fostering diversity and inclusion within organizations. Facilitated by Robert Loggins, Human Resources Manager - Recruiting and Onboarding at Bush Brothers and Company, this session will provide an opportunity for our partners to share their best practices, challenges, and future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion in a meaningful way. Come prepared to participate in the discussion!

Supply Chain Storytelling

Mega Session with Kevin O’Marah, Director and Chief Storyteller, Amazon Global Communities and Distinguished Fellow, GSCI; Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel, Director, Global Integrated Logistics, Caterpillar; and Elaine Thibodeau, Vice President, North American Deliver Operations, Johnson & Johnson

Wednesday, April 7 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

In 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic brought the criticality of supply chain management to the forefront. Now how do we take advantage of this increased awareness and expedite necessary change? In this session, Kevin O'Marah, Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel and Elaine Thibodeau will discuss how to create and deliver a compelling narrative for any audience featuring supply chain as the hero and a call to action as the kicker.

Interactive Storytelling Breakout

Breakout Session with Kevin O’Marah, Director and Chief Storyteller, Amazon Global Communities and Distinguished Fellow, GSCI

Wednesday, April 7 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

We’ll break up into small groups of four or five people to try out some of the techniques discussed in the main session. Each group will work together using a guiding set of questions to “choose their audience and find their story arc” and then write a compelling “one-liner” that summarizes their version of the “Story of supply chain and COVID-19”. The panel will offer feedback and call out hot, memorable or intriguing submissions during the closing roundtable discussion.

Advancing E2E Agile Resiliency in Supply Chains

Breakout Session with David Demers, GSCI Fellow and CEO of Avicon, Inc.; Tom Goldsby, Professor and Haslam Chair of Logistics; and Shay Scott, Executive Director of UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute and Benz Supply Chain Leadership Fellow

Thursday, April 8 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

Join us for a discussion about GSCI’s recently released white paper, a leadership guide offering practical and contemporary insights on how to incorporate E2E agile resiliency capabilities into your supply chain design requirements.

Faculty Lightning Rounds - Teaching Innovation

Breakout Session facilitated by John Bell, Ratledge Professor of Supply Chain Management, Daniel & Karen Myers Faculty Scholar, Stewart Bartley Family Faculty Research Fellow and Director of Supply Chain Management Ph.D. Program; Mark Collins, Director, Technology-Enhanced Education and Distinguished Lecturer of Marketing; Pam Donovan, Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management; and Sining Song, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

Thursday, April 8 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

In this lightning round session facilitated by Dr. John Bell, our Department of Supply Chain Management and Haslam College of Business top-ranked faculty will briefly share their most unique and engaging teaching practices. Dr. Bell will present alongside panelists Dr. Pam Donovan, Dr. Sining Song, and Dr. Mark Collins.

Week 2: April 13-15

Network Strength, Reinvention, Partnerships and Community Connections

Mega Session with Jimmy Haslam, Chairman of Pilot Flying J, Co-Owner of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League, and Co-Owner of the Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer facilitated by Kaitlin Floyd, UT MBA Candidate and Gochberg Scholar

Tuesday, April 13 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

In the midst of an ongoing global pandemic and rebounding from a series of environmental disasters, the latest of which devastated Texas and much of middle America, supply chains around the world have faced unprecedented disruptions and shown unmatched resilience. Jimmy Haslam, Pilot Flying J Chairman, Co-Owner of the Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew SC, and member of the namesake family of the Haslam College of Business, will speak to the significance of dynamic leadership, strong teams, and agile supply chain support networks in this fireside chat with UT MBA student and Gochberg Scholar, Kaitlin Floyd.

Global Leadership Scholars Thesis Presentations

Breakout Session facilitated by Lance Saunders, Assistant Professor of SCM

Tuesday, April 13 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

Every year, Haslam’s incredible Smith Global Leadership Scholars (GLS) complete a year-long research project. In this lightning round session, you’ll hear from the Supply Chain Management GLS seniors, some of UT’s best and brightest students, as they present the final results of their theses.

Digitalization and Sustainability

Mega Session with Kevin O’Marah, Director and Chief Storyteller, Amazon Global Communities; Michael Ku, Vice President, Global Clinical Supply, Worldwide Research, Development and Medical, Pfizer; and Ann Tracy, Chief Sustainability Officer, Colgate-Palmolive

Wednesday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

Climate change rumbles on as a mortal threat to our world even as social justice and other accountabilities inherent in running a global supply chain weigh heavy. Meanwhile, digitalization promises lighter, cleaner and more transparent operations. Join Kevin O’Marah, Michael Ku and Ann Tracy as this panel of experts explore how digitalization is helping to build sustainable supply chains in every industry.

Building a Successful Supply Chain Data Strategy

Breakout Session with Randy Bradley, Associate Professor, Haslam Family Faculty Research Fellow and Mary Long, Managing Director of GSCI’s Supply Chain Forum

Wednesday, April 14 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

Data strategy and governance are the foundation of supply chain digitalization. Exploratory research has revealed interesting findings in several areas. This session will discuss navigating a single source of truth versus multiple sources and assessing data value, reliability and attenuation in the supply chain network. Please join us for this breakout discussion, including a capability assessment for your supply chain data strategy journey.

Defining the Greatest Decade in UT’s History

Mega Session with Randy Boyd, President of the University of Tennessee System and Founder and Executive Chairman of Radio Systems Corporation facilitated by Jessica Thomas, UT Smith Global Leadership Scholar and NeXxus: Women in Supply Chain President

Thursday, April 15 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

UT System President Randy Boyd will outline four things that organizations need in order to be successful, plus share a collective vision for creating the greatest decade in UT history. This fireside chat will be facilitated by UT Smith Global Leadership Scholar and NeXxus: Women in Supply Chain President Jessica Thomas.

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