Sessions

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Mary Long, managing director, Supply Chain Management Institute

Trailhead: Opening Keynote Panel

Trade, Tariffs, & Supply Chain
A panel of industry experts will provide a variety of perspectives on how rapidly changing geo-, socio-, and political policies are transforming trade/trade relations, business strategies, industry supply chains, and operating models.  With these changes come both opportunity and risk.  

This session will help attendees identify, understand and navigate trade and supply chain issues in continuously changing world markets.  What levers are being used by governments and business to gain a competitive advantage?  What risks arise as to when country and industry leverage shifts?  What are the implications to the assets that are used to create value in the market; human capital, digital, physical, and third-party relationships?  

  • Rick Blasgen, CEO at CSCMP
  • Rene Buck, CEO at BCI Global
  • Nikia Clarke, executive director at World Trade Center San Diego
  • Mary Long (moderator)

Switchbacks: Breakout Sessions 

  • Blockchain - Recent Research and a Decision Rubric:  Dave Pyke, professor of operations and supply chain management, University of San Diego School of Business; Michael Erquitt, MBA/MSF student, University of San Diego School of Business
    Blockchain has become one of the hottest topics in supply chain management. This interactive session briefly introduces blockchain and the supply chain issues it could resolve. Examples of successful company implementations and pilot projects will be provided, as well as some of the pitfalls companies could face. The session will conclude with a rubric for deciding whether, or when, to use blockchain in your supply chain.

  • Building Personal Resilience: Joel Gruber, teaching professor of theology and religious studies, University of San Diego College of Arts & Sciences; Mary Long, managing director, University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute; Andrea B. Ruskin, CEO at Blum Consulting Partners
    Supply chain leaders deal with a lot of complexity, competing priorities, and conflicting goals. This session will look at the science behind mindfulness and how to use it as a tool to build personal resilience and manifest your goals.

    Attendees, come prepared to get a new vision to change the way you approach business and the way you think, act, and operate. As a supply chain leader, you can help transform company culture and create a better working world!

  • Continued Risk/Trade Discussion: Rene Buck, president & CEO of BCI Global
    Continuing the theme of the opening panel, this session will look at how trade disputes and tariffs change global supply chains.  Some of the topics to be addressed are:
    • Drivers changing global business environments
    • The need to adjust manufacturing and supply chain footprints
    • Offshoring, nearshoring or on-shoring in a trade restricted world?
    • Responding to C-suite questions and concerns
  • Do You Take Risks or Do You Manage Risks? A Workshop on Tools and Techniques: John Hanson, associate professor of decision science and supply chain management, University of San Diego School of Business
    Using a selection of mini-cases, attendees will look at the role of risk in supply chains and the difference between taking risks and managing them.  A key element of supply chain design is whether to absorb risk, out-source it or pass it on.  
  • Risk Management in Suja's Supply Chain: Rob Church, supply chain director at Suja Juice
    This session will provide a brief look at risk factors that are present in the supply chain of Suja Juice, the nation's largest Ultra-Premium cold-pressed juice operation, and how those risks are mitigated. Suja has developed a complex supply chain for the procurement of up to 1M pounds of organic produce weekly, primarily from California-based growers, and the distribution of finished product through a refrigerated, consolidated freight system. Produce can be harvested, processed, and distributed to stores in as little as seven days. Some risk factors that will be discussed include seasonality of produce, demand and capacity planning, and supply/service interruption.

  • Analytics for Risk Management: Daniel Lin, assistant professor of operations management, University of San Diego School of Business; Mary Long
    Analytics is important. But where and how can we apply it in supply chain and risk management? In this session, attendees will explore the current trend and applications of analytics in supply chains management and how analytic models can be used for risk management.

Summit: Closing Keynote Session

Building Regional Competitiveness and Improving Cyber Security: Mark Fields, CTO at Thermo Fisher Scientific