Welcome and Introduction
Joel Sutherland, Supply Chain Management Institute

Session 1: Opening Keynote--The Future at Work: Can Supply Chains Solve a Social Problem?
Deverl Maserang (Starbucks)
In today’s global competitive economy, businesses and communities can no longer afford the high cost of an underdeveloped workforce. This understanding has sparked a movement of innovative leaders who are proactively addressing the skills-gap challenge, while helping to diminish the youth unemployment crisis. These young, motivated workers are a vital and untapped resource looking to fill millions of open roles. However, young people are often unaware that these opportunities are available, don’t know the steps they need to take to pursue and secure these jobs, and routinely face systemic barriers. At the same time, many employers do not have clear strategies to effectively recruit, train, and retain young workers. While there is no one solution to youth unemployment, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people. This movement, supported by Starbucks, LeadersUp and other NGO’s, and more than a dozen U.S.-based companies, provides a platform, resources and strategy for bridging the widening talent-divide.

Session 2: The Non-Disposable Supply Chain
Jim Barnhart (Cymer)
In this session, attendees will learn how Cymer has created a unique supply chain focused on maximizing the sustainability of their products through a variety of techniques. Cymer has applied a holistic supply chain approach from sourcing to delivery, learning from past experiences and applying lessons-learned to create ever-increasing levels of reusability and sustainability. The speaker will share the benefits experienced by Cymer in the effective reuse of products versus disposal.

Session 3: Panel Discussion: Improving Supply Chain Performance with Increased Visibility
Jill Donoghue, Andrew Lam, Ruby Popp (Bumble Bee Seafoods)
This session describes three initiatives to increase visibility in the supply chain at Bumble Bee Seafoods. These initiatives focus on three areas: Global Planning, Global Transportation and Customer Collaboration. Visibility in the supply chain opens the potential for faster data movement and faster product movement that will lead to increased efficiency through the supply chain, all the way to the end customer.

Session 4: Interactive Peer Workshops
These workshops will focus on specific topics. Each session will begin with a brief presentation to set the stage, then move to an interactive discussion where attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and share experiences. Come prepared to actively participate and learn from the subject matter experts.

  • Lean Culture--The Burning Platform
    Sammy Obara (Honsha), Moderator
    Lean should never be perceived like a tool box, as lean goes well beyond techniques, practices and tools. To better understand what it takes for a solid transformation from a traditional to a lean environment, we must understand the principles and the philosophy behind it all. This interactive workshop will highlight key myths and beliefs that are preventing serious transformation from taking place. Participants will see comparative examples of common mental models, a case study of the most reluctant workforce and how Toyota fosters the total engagement culture. More importantly, participants will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions in their quest to better understand what it takes to create a lean culture.
  • Value-Driven Services Procurement
    David Burt (USD, retired), Merle Roberts (Perpetual Frontiers), Moderators
    In an Institute for Supply Management - Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (ISM-CAPS) survey on service procurement, respondents rater their organization's performance in the procurement of goods as a "90," but reduced their rating to a "69" for services. This is consistent with the wide gap in performance that exists in many organizations today when comparing their effectiveness in the procurement of services with that of materials. One of the keys to closing this gap is improved statements of work. This interactive workshop will challenge participants to explore the role and importance of collaboration in the development of effective statements of work (SOW). Whether participants are seasoned veterans or rookies in supply, this session will provide a heightened level of awareness of the issues related to creating high performance SOWs.
  • Fundamental Tools to Improve Supply Chain Management Performance
    José Muñoz (AMETEK), Moderator
    Supply chain management is being recognized as a key strategic function that must be mastered to help any organization to become financially sustainable and support its business growth and profitability objectives. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn and share how to use some of the key supply chain management tools that could be used strategically to make business decisions. These include: where to focus in order to reduce material and transportation costs; and where to focus to reduce inventory levels while improving material availability. The tools that will be presented and discussed during this workshop include: how to construct a Supply Segmentation; how to perform an ABC Analysis; and what type of Pull Systems (e.g., Re-Order Point, Two-Bin Kanban process, etc.) could help organizations achieve their goals.
  • Career Planning & Development
    Steve Ogg (Raytheon), Moderator
    This interactive workshop will provide participants with meaningful insights and practical strategies for thriving and growing in today’s work world. By attending this workshop, you will be better prepared to enhance your personal career plan by understanding the powerful role a mentor can play. This workshop will help participants augment their career direction and provide them with specific insights and best practices to achieve their career goals. Whether you are ready to start your career, preparing for a change, or a seasoned veteran, you will benefit from this workshop where you will  learn from subject matter experts and exchange ideas with peers. This is a great opportunity to get answers and share ideas related to career-related questions with respect to how mentor/protege relationships are developed and maintained. Topics include the following:
  • The history behind the concept of mentors and proteges
  • How to develop an effective and mutually beneficial relationship with a mentor
  • Formal vs informal mentoring relationships
  • What works and what doesn't work in mentoring relationships
  • How mentor/protege relationships benefit the enterprise as well as the mentors and proteges

Session 5: Interactive Peer Workshops (repeat of Session 4)

Session 6: Panel Discussion: Optimizing Procurement's Impact on the Bottom Line
Jaime Bohnke (Northrop Grumman Corporation)
Remko van Hoek (The Walt Disney Company)
Denita Willoughby (Sempra Energy)
Jimmy Anklesaria (Anklesaria Group), Moderator
In an ever increasing competitive marketplace, serious questions are being raised also to procurement's real value to the company. CEOs and CFOs are not are not satisfied with year-on-year price reductions alone. This panel will discuss the various ways procurement has contributed to the bottom line at leading companies, what it takes to get a seat at the CEO's table, the metrics used to measure such contribution, and ways to reward teams that make recognizable contributions to the bottom line. Panelists will share their experiences at their respective current and previous companies. The panelists will discuss the way procurement's impact can be optimized followed by the opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Session 7: Closing Keynote--Transforming from a Traditional Retailer to an Online-Offline, Hybrid Retailer
Jun-Sheng Li, PhD (Walmart eCommerce)
In this session, Li will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing traditional physical store retailers as they transform into the new online-offline, hybrid retail business model. Li will share his vision and lessons learned for the world's largest retailer to achieve this transition, while maintaining excellence throughout its complex global supply chain.