Supply Chain Forum Spring 2018

Apr. 10-12, 2018

3:00pm - 3:00pm

Holiday Inn World's Fair Park

Knoxville, Tennessee

Addressing Change & Transformation for Today’s Supply Chain

Twice a year, more than 200 professionals from 60 top companies meet for a day and a half of keynote presentations, breakout sessions networking receptions and recruiting opportunities.

Our agenda is developed with input from the senior executives who comprise our executive board and come from supply chain leaders including Walmart,, Lockheed Martin and Dell. To further ensure relevancy, supply chain managers are surveyed on the supply chain issues that keep them up at night. This feedback is used to recruit expert speakers and develop case studies and panel discussions. The result is a twice-per-year meeting that addresses the real-world issues our members are facing in optimizing their supply chains.

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Registration will open February 10.

Tuesday, Apr. 10

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Speed Networking Registration

Tennessee Ballroom

For more information and to pre-register, contact Dianne Marshall.

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Speed Networking Session

Tennessee Ballroom

This session is a lively and interactive event with Supply Chain Management Scholars of Distinction, a select group of sophomores, juniors and seniors, eager to meet you and gain firsthand knowledge about SCM job fields and career paths.

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening Reception

Park Level Atrium

Please join colleagues and faculty for refreshments and stimulating conversation before the forum begins. This is an opportunity to meet with a group of top undergraduates who have earned the SCM Scholar of Distinction designation.

Wednesday, Apr. 11

7:30am - 8:00am

Supply Chain Forum Registration & Continental Breakfast

Park Level Atrium

8:00am - 8:30am

Welcome & Agenda Review

Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business and Executive Director Supply Chain Forum
Paul Dittmann, Executive Director, Global Supply Chain Institute

8:30am - 9:30am


A Senior Executive's View of Supply Chain Challenges

9:30am - 9:45am


Pavilion Pre-Function

9:45am - 11:00am

11:00am - 11:15am


Pavilion Pre-Function

11:15am - 12:15pm

Using Analytics in the Supply Chain: Panel


Panel led by Karin Bursa, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Logility, Inc.
Ken Evans, CEO, Konexial, Inc.
David Dittmann, Director, Business Intelligence & Analytics Services, P&G
John Hellriegel, Former VP, Demand Management at Estee Lauder & now on Rutgers University Faculty

12:15pm - 1:00pm


Tennessee Ballroom

Optional: Special Interest Roundtable Discussions - First Come, First Serve!
Logistics Operations - Lloyd Rinehart
Transportation - Mary Holcomb
S&OP - Mark Moon
Sustainability - Diane Mollenkopf
Network Optimiztion - Lance Saunders 

1:00pm - 1:15pm

Assemble and Breakout Option Review


1:15pm - 2:00pm

Breakout Hot Topics: Breakout One (Breakout Two - 3:45-4:30 - Same Topics)

Crystal Ballroom

New Product Introduction

Craig Elonen, VP, Manufacturing & Logistics, Bush Brothers & Company
Scott Meline, Best Practice Researcher, Global Supply Chain Institute, UT
Facilitator: Mike Burnette, Associate Director, Global Supply Chain Institute, UT

Parlor 2


Eric Preiffer, Sr. Director, Supply Chain Management, HAVI
Lisa Sembach, Director, Advanced Analytics & Consulting, HAVI
Mark Moon, Lyle & Marcella Flaskerud Faculty Fellow & Associate Professor, UT
Mike Policastro, Best Practice Researcher, Global Supply Chain Institute, UT

Parlor 4

Digitization of the Supply Chain 

Joanne Wright, Vice President, IBM SUpply Chain, IBM
Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business & Executive Director, SCF, UT
Shay Scott, Managing Director, Global Supply Chain Institute, UT

Parlor 6

Supply Chain Analytics

Karina Bursa, Executive Vice President, Logility, Inc.
David Dittmann, Director, Business Intelligence & Analytics Services, P&G
Facilitator: Randy Bradley, Assistant Professor of Information Systems & SCM, UT


2:00pm - 2:15pm


Pavilion Pre-Function

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Global Excellence in Distribution Operations


3:15pm - 3:45pm


Pavilion Pre-Function

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Breakout Hot Topics: Breakout Two

See above for session details

4:45pm - 5:45pm

Nexxus Reception Open to all

Tennessee Ballroom

Outstanding Women in Supply Chain Presentation
Sue Spence, VP, Procurement & Sourcing, FedEx Services

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Networking Evening Reception

Maple Hall - Shuttles Provided

Be ready to relax and reconnect with colleagues at one of Knoxville’s
favorite venues. This reception is also an opportunity to meet an exclusive
group of SCM MBAs.
Meet in main lobby area for shuttles to event.

Thursday, Apr. 12

7:30am - 8:45am

Buffet Breakfast and Business Meeting - All attendees are invited

Tennessee Ballroom

Center for Graduate and Executive Education Update - Shay Scott
PhD Research - Studetns TBD
Topic Survey
Nexxus Update - Diane Mollenkopf
White Paper Update - Paul Dittmann
Development Update - Seth Reagan
Communication Update - Katie Williams
Professional Sales Forum - Tom Van Dorselaer

8:45am - 10:00am


Supply Chain and Manufacturing Excellence in the Global Supply Chain

10:00am - 10:15am


Pavilion Pre-Function 

10:15am - 11:45am

Supply Chain Mega Trends: Panel


Todd Steffen, Managing Director, Supply Chain & Logistics, Colliers International
Andy Smith, SVP & Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Supply Chain
Amy Bare, Strategy & Program Director, Kimberly-Clark
Facilitator: Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business and Executive Director, Supply Chain Forum, UT

11:45am - 12:00pm


12:00pm - 1:15pm


Tennessee Ballroom

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