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Haslam’s Fall Supply Chain Forum to Include Five Weeks of Virtual Sessions

September 3, 2020

Registration is now open for the Global Supply Chain Institute’s (GSCI’s) twice-annual Supply Chain Forum. With the COVID-19 pandemic still constraining in-person gatherings, the fall forum will continue the virtual format adopted this spring. Rather than being offered over the course of three days, virtual sessions will occur over five weeks.

Sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, GSCI’s Virtual Supply Chain Forum will be held from October 13 to November 12. In addition to breakout sessions, networking opportunities with students and research lightning rounds with faculty, forum partners will hear from the following mega-session speakers:

  • Week 1, October 13-15: Kate Vitasek, Graduate and Executive Education faculty member at Haslam, Elijah Ray, chief customer officer at Sunland Logistics Solutions, Inc., and Amanda Lundell, management consultant in supply chain and operations at EY New York
  • Week 2, October 20-22: David Morgan, executive vice president of operations, and Kevin O’Meara, vice president of integrated supply chain, at Shaw Industries
  • Week 3, October 27-29: Janet Duffey, vice president of global supply chain operations with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Week 5, November 10-12: Greg Smith, executive vice president of supply chain at WalMart U.S. and Ted Stank, GSCI faculty director, UT professor of supply chain management and Harry J. & Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence at Haslam

The weekly sessions will cover topics such as how supply chains can navigate uncertainty effectively during disruptions, identifying and developing supply chain talent adaptable to changing market dynamics, using supply chain to improve food security and close gaps brought about by the pandemic, latest developments in faculty research and the future of supply chain. The registration page provides a complete breakdown of forum activities.

Mary Long, managing director of the forum, says that rather than treating ongoing disruptions as an obstacle, GSCI is taking advantage of digital capabilities to expand the forum’s offerings and relax the time constraints of an in-person event.

“Instead of participants rushing between sessions, trying to grab lunch and worrying about catching flights, we are adapting the forum to current circumstances, using virtual platforms to make participation easier for our partners,” Long says. “Spreading the sessions over five weeks is possible in a virtual environment and makes engagement more convenient for those involved.”

Access to the forum is limited to Supply Chain Forum partners. If you would like to participate, please consider becoming a partner. Partnership offers many benefits, and different partnership options are available.


Scott McNutt, business writer/publicist,