Program 2020

All timings in US Central Time

8:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

9:05 AM - 10:00 AM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

What can Manufacturing Leaders do to Optimize their Productivity and Operations During a Health Crisis?

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

Heinz Avendano, Vice President of Manufacturing, Primex Technologies Inc

Tom Butkiewicz, Ph.D., Core Faculty-Research, Walden University

Matthew Patrick, Owner, C2 Engineered Solutions

Markus Mehrtens, Head of Logistics Sourcing & Partners, MediaMarktSaturn

  • How have you, your operations and the manufacturing and supply chain industry as a whole been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Which short-term, emergency measures did you and the industry at large have to put in place in order to keep your production and operations going?
  • How can manufacturing and supply chain leaders motivate and engage their employees in a time of change (and with obstacles such as working virtually, less face-to-face contact etc. to contend with)?
  • What lessons have you, and the industry as a whole, learnt in this tumultuous time?
  • What should manufacturing leaders be doing in the medium to long-term in order to optimize productivity in a COVID and post-COVID industry?

10:05 AM - 10:40 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Successfully Leading a Global Supply Network Through COVID-19

Gregory Toornman, Vice President Global Materials, Logistics & Demand Planning, AGCO Corporation

  • Learn how AGCO Corporation was able to successfully navigate through COV19 headwinds by leveraging agile innovation and globally integrated supply network.
  • Learn out how AGCO Corporation was able to identify early supply risk and execute mitigation actions
  • Learn how early decisions focusing on supply network safety were a critical enabler of AGCO’s success
  • Learn how globally integrated teams, tools, innovation, processes, and operating culture enable supply chain agility    

10:40 AM - 11:30 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:05 PM - Solution Spotlights

Logistics & Inventory Management

Warehousing – Back to the Basics

Amy Marzonie, Director, Operations Excellence, Carlisle & Co., Inc.

Eric Francucci, Manager , Carlisle & Co., Inc.

Through decades of supporting motor vehicle OEM aftersales supply chains, Carlisle has developed a toolkit of best practice warehousing techniques. Using a fundamental, “Back-to-Basics” approach, Carlisle has worked with several OEMs to achieve double-digit annualized productivity gains, far surpassing industry rates

12:10 PM - 12:45 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

COVID & Leather: A Short Story About How We Coped and Managed the Crisis

Marco Padilla-Ordonez, Director, Administration and Supply Chain, Grupo Cuinba

  • COVID-19 came not only to risk our health but also, disrupted our live styles in many ways. The impact, consequences and changes that this pandemic has brought can be seen in many areas of human activity
  • This session intends to talk about the specific experience that we had in the leather manufacturing industry, facing the crisis and most important, we will share some of the experiences and actions are done in order to minimize the negative consequences.

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:20 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Industry 4.0: System Transformation Requirements

Nourredine Boubekri, Ph.D., Professor, College of Engineering, University of North Texas

The fourth industrial revolution has resulted in a number of technologies being developed in a number of areas including: information systems, smart materials, robotic systems, smart technologies, and others. The focus of this contribution highlights the challenges of implementing some of these technologies as well as some of the research trends.

2:25 PM - 3:00 PM - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

Time to Bring Manufacturing Back To America (1)

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

We live in turbulent global manufacturing times. Dealing with the pandemic, tariffs, trade wars, and global politics is causing manufacturers to rethink their global manufacturing strategies. Should you keep sourcing parts and products from China or is it time to bring manufacturing back to America? Explore the possibilities with the leader of the Reshoring Institute.

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Networking Break

3:50 PM - 4:25 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Tales From the COVID Front

Motz Feinberg, Vice President Supply Chain, Operations, Cedars-Sinai

  • Throughout history, front line operators have relied on the logistics tail to ensure their survival and effectiveness in the field. The battle against COVID19 is no different from those waged over millennia – only that our enemy is invisible. 
  • As a key logistician in the war on COVID19, Motz will share his experiences supporting two large hospital systems based in California. The talk will include a view to how hospitals activate and manage 24 hour command centers - often stretching beyond the hospital buildings.
  • Further examples will include how healthcare workers and other industries have innovated in a time of urgent supply shortages.  Motz will share personal stories of chasing “vapor” PPE, enabling local and global manufacturing, and helping stand up a surge hospital in 2 weeks.

4:30 PM - 5:05 PM - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

People-Centered Manufacturing During Covid Times

Heinz Avendano, Vice President of Manufacturing, Primex Technologies Inc

  • Can people-centered manufacturing be more resilient during a crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Heinz Avendano, Industrial Engineer and Organizational Psychologist, will explore the psychological side of manufacturing and share his experience of leading Primex as a people-centered organization during covid times
  • The crisis is far from over, but Heinz will present the results of some of his battles and ideas to arm your teams through these unprecedented times

5:05 PM - 5:10 PM

Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

5:10 PM - 6:10 PM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

8:15 AM - 9:20 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

9:20 AM - 10:15 AM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

What Measures can Manufacturers Take Today to Protect and Reduce the Impact of a Potential Economic Downturn?

Dr Aristides Matopoulos, Associate Professor in Supply Chain Design & Logistics, Aston University

William Pratt, Vice President of Operation, Kinamed

Prof. Sujit Banerji, Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick

Ken Guity, President, Guity Executive Coaching

  • What are the current and immediate issues that the manufacturing and supply chain industries are facing?
  • Should we be preparing for a prolonged recovery and is now the time to evaluate new processes, suppliers, inventory etc.?
  • What are the potential long-term issues that the manufacturing and supply chain industries should guard from?
  • Has this time accelerated the need and adoption of more digitalized processes, operations and manufacturing as a whole?
  • What can manufacturing and supply chain leaders do now to prepare for a post-COVID world?

10:20 AM - 10:55 AM - Keynote

Technology & IoT

Industry 4.0 - Why Digitalization is (Not) an IT Project

Paul Mairl, Chief Digital Officer, GKN Powder Metallurgy

We are moving fast with the latest digital technologies and many companies are overwhelmed by the new opportunities and solutions provided. Many are struggling to turn all this into real benefits and lacking speed and clear decision making.

Adaption is more than ever required and traditional manufacturing need to be turned into an agile organization. COVID-19 has increased the pressure on digital transformation.

What is agile manufacturing?
  • Agile, which is the capability to adapt itself continuously to complex, turbulent and unsecure environment
  • Leaders capable to lead and develop employees/teams to drive towards self-managed teams
  • A future-oriented and attractive work environment focused on high value activities
  • Develop highly skilled employees capable to utilize new digital technology and be innovative problem solvers
  • Employees acting on data and driving for improved utilization of resources to harvest the benefits of digitalization

10:55 AM - 11:45 AM

Networking Break

11:45 AM - 12:20 PM - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

Flipping the Fashion Supply Chain For A More Sustainable, Profitable Future

Sydney Badger, CEO & Co-Founder, Public Habit

  • The fashion industry is infamous for overproduction that creates waste. By some estimates 30% of clothing made is never even sold
  • History of a lowest-cost, supply-driven supply chain and the environmental and social problems it has created
  • Upside of moving away from lowest-cost driven sourcing is powerful. Up to 30% market capitalization could be regained by rethinking the supply chain
  • The future fashion supply chain is a demand-driven supply chain that is quicker, more flexible, and less risky

12:25 PM - 1:00 PM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Design for Product, for Manufacturing or for Supply Chain?

Dr Aristides Matopoulos, Associate Professor in Supply Chain Design & Logistics, Aston University

This session is brought to you from the United Kingdom, Europe.

This session discusses how you can support your manufacturing/engineering business to strengthen resilience through a structured approach. Attend this session to:

  • Understand the connection between Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Readiness Levels.
  • Become aware of the trade-offs between TRL/MRL/SCRL as an integral part of the new product development process.
  • Learn about the above in the context of a case study

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:35 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Virtual Leaders Applying Emotional Intelligence and Restorative Practice During Times of Uncertainty

Tom Butkiewicz, Ph.D., Core Faculty-Research, Walden University

  • Investigate leadership values to enhance purposeful and sustainable relationships with employees at all levels, which can be incredibly difficult during times of uncertainty
  • Describe the requisite competencies leaders need to upskill for effectively applying emotional intelligence and restorative practice after pivoting to work virtually with remote workers
  • Complete an emotional intelligence self-assessment and a restorative practice exercise to increase leadership capacity that could influence employee motivation and engagement     
  • Build multicultural social capital through a leadership framework and resources that might lead to positive social change for the greater good in organizations worldwide

2:40 PM - 3:15 PM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Scaling the Alternative Protein Supply Chain

Zak Weston, Food Service & Supply Chain Manager, The Good Food Institute

  • Introduction and overview of the growth in plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cultivated protein foods
  • Key challenges in scaling the plant-based and alternative protein supply chain
  • Investment needs, commercial opportunities, and research projects to accelerate industry growth
  • The future of the protein supply chain

3:20 PM - 3:55 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Launching Innovation During Uncertain Times

Elaine Finley, Managing Director of Innovation Commercialization & Continuous Improvement, Daily Harvest

  • Supply Chain Agility A case study of our innovation at Daily Harvest: the objective, the approach, the obstacles, & the execution
  • Continuous Improvement Leveraging direct customer feedback drives our iterative development
  • Good Food. Great People We’re a mighty band of scrappy seekers, inventors, visionaries—and we’re all genuinely passionate about good food. We’re reimagining how easy it can be to eat well, and we’re growing and searching for talent each and every day

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

Supply Chain Transparency: Current innovations and Future Opportunities

Alexis Bateman, Research Scientist, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics Director, MIT Sustainable Supply Chains Course Lead, MITx MicroMasters Program, MIT Center of Transportation & Logistics

  • Many agree that supply chain transparency is more critical than ever. But there is much disagreement over what it constitutes, how to do it, and who is doing it well. In this presentation, we will explore what supply chain transparency really means, how some companies are approaching, as well as how and when it makes the most sense. And to conclude, we will explore what current trends are in transparency amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions, and how supply chain transparency is more critical than ever.

  • The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and CSCMP have partnered on an annual report exploring the annual State of Supply Chain Sustainability. Please take a moment to participate in this 2nd annual survey and share on to other professionals who may be willing to participate.

    Survey Link 

    The objective is to survey professionals globally across industries, regions, and positions to get a fuller picture of supply chain sustainability. As a benefit of completing the survey, you have a chance to opt in to receive a full copy of last year's report, be registered to participate in an exclusive webinar with industry and academic experts in supply chain sustainability, and you will be entered in a raffle to be one of 10 respondents to receive a MIT CTL & CSCMP swag bag. The survey should take 10 minutes or less and is anonymous.

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings