2020 Fall Supply Chain Forum

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Learn. Network. Recruit.

With priority access to UT's top-ranked supply chain management (SCM) faculty and the largest assembly of corporate partners of any university-based SCM program, the Global Supply Chain Institute's Supply Chain Forum members have a unique opportunity to learn, network, and recruit. You can find our full list of Forum partners here:


Registrants will receive a confirmation email with instructions regarding how to access the GSCI app. The app contains the most up-to-date information about the fall Supply Chain Forum, including links to live sessions, the full agenda, student resumes, and more.

Week 1: October 13-15

Building Sustainable and Resilient Partnerships: From Theory to Practice

The pandemic has taught us the only thing that is certain is uncertainty. Join industry leaders, Kate Vitasek, Elijah Ray, and Amanda Lundell, to learn how companies have put the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s award-winning research about the Vested business model into practice, helping supply chains effectively navigate uncertainty in the midst of a pandemic.

  • October 14, 11:00-12:00 PM ET
  • Kate Vitasek, Graduate and Executive Education Faculty at UT's Haslam College of Business
  • Elijah Ray, Chief Customer Officer at Sunland Logistics Solutions, Inc.
  • Amanda Lundell, Consultant Supply Chain & Operations at EY New York

Ask Me Anything with Kate Vitasek, Elijah Ray, and Amanda Lundell

After the morning Mega Session, join the panelists, Kate Vitasek, Elijah Ray, and Amanda Lundell, for an “Ask Me Anything” breakout. This is your chance to revisit topics of interest from the Mega Session, explore the panelists’ areas of expertise, and ask about, well, anything!

  • October 14, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
  • Moderator, Mary Long, Managing Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute's Supply Chain Forum at UT

Leading Through Challenging Times

In this Mega Session, Janet Duffey, Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, will explore the pandemic’s short- and long-term impact. This fireside chat will also focus on how critically important integrated supply chain teams are to the success of large corporations.

  • October 15, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
  • Janet Duffey, Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
  • Justin Dillard, Director, Integrated Fighter Group Supply Chain Management at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Week 2: October 20-22

Talent Talk: The New Virtual Reality

Supply Chain Scholars of Distinction will join Cole Burns, Director of SCM Career Management, to discuss what they learned during their summer 2020 internships. You’ll hear students’ perspectives on what works and doesn’t work for virtual positions, including onboarding, remote working, instilling a sense of community and culture, and mentoring/supervising students.

  • October 20, 11:00-12:00 PM ET
  • Cole Burns, Director of SCM Career Management at UT's Global Supply Chain Institute

Navigating a Global Supply Chain

How have global integrated supply chains managed to navigate 2020’s turbulent seas? In this Mega Session, David Morgan, Executive Vice President of Operations, and Kevin O’Meara, Vice President Integrated Supply Chain at Shaw Industries, will talk with us about identifying and developing supply chain talent that can adapt to changing market dynamics.

  • October 21, 11:00-12:00 PM ET
  • David Morgan, Executive VP, Operations at Shaw Industries
  • Kevin O’Meara, Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain at Shaw Industries

White Paper: Future Trends Shaping Transportation

Did transportation meet your needs as a shipper, customer, or consumer in 2020? What does the future hold? Join Dr. Mary Holcomb and Mary Long for an engaging discussion on five key trends and some surprising predictions for the future. Have you considered how technology, hyperlocal design, last yard logistics, tomorrow’s workforce and VUCA will impact your future? This will be an interactive session with polling and active chat.

  • October 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
  • Mary Holcomb, UT Professor of Supply Chain Management, Gerald T. Niedert Professor, and Martin and Jean Mills Faculty Research Fellow
  • Mary Long, Managing Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute's Supply Chain Forum at UT

Week 3: October 27-29

Faculty Lightning Rounds

In this lightning round session facilitated by Dr. John Bell, you'll hear from some of the Department of Supply Chain Management's top-ranked faculty on the latest developments in their research fields. Hang around after the lightning rounds for a chance to network with SCM faculty and discuss their presentations in more depth.

  • October 27, 11:00-12:30 PM ET
  • Facilitator, John Bell, UT Ratledge Professor of Supply Chain Management, Daniel & Karen Myers Faculty Scholar, Stewart Bartley Family Faculty Research Fellow, and Director of SCM Ph.D. Program
  • Speakers include: Dr. Christopher Craighead, Dr. Stephanie Eckerd, Ph.D. student Jenny Hoang, Ph.D. student Kelly Huang, Dr. Justin Kistler, Dr. Lance Saunders, Dr. Andrea Sordi, and Dr. Wendy Tate

Executive Speed Networking with Scholars of Distinction

Engage one-on-one with students in the SCM Scholars of Distinction program. In this session, you’ll connect with top supply chain talent in all academic years in five-minute increments. Forum Partners will be assigned to a virtual table, and students will rotate between tables for short video conversations with each company. Through these quick interactions with students, we hope that you’ll be able to offer insight into career opportunities, become a part of students’ professional networks, and identify potential candidates for future positions.

  • October 27, 4:30-6:00 PM ET
  • Registrants will receive an email with further information on the session from Cole Burns. You can contact him at with any questions.

Week 4: November 3-5

Premium Partner and ASCC Roundtable

Mary Long and Dr. Tom Goldsby will facilitate a roundtable discussion with our Premium Supply Chain Forum Partners and members of the Advanced Supply Chain Collaborative on current supply chain issues and challenges. We want to hear from you! What issues has your company faced in adjusting to our new reality since the beginning of the pandemic? What effects on industry do you foresee in regard to changes in government leadership and the political landscape? This will be a collaborative space in which we can discuss these challenges and anything else that may be top of mind come November 4.

  • November 4, 2:00-3:15 PM ET
  • Facilitator, Tom Goldsby, UT Professor of Supply Chain Management and James A. Haslam, II Chair of Logistics
  • Facilitator, Mary Long, Managing Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute's Supply Chain Forum at UT

Humanitarian SCM: Food Supply Chain Coalition Research

Students from the MS in Supply Chain Management – Tri-continent program will join Dr. Andrea Sordi to share how they have made a difference with their humanitarian supply chain work focused on resolving challenges in the farm-to-food bank supply chain. Collaborating with the University of Wisconsin and Arizona State University, a group of students are working on national and local projects to improve food security and close gaps brought about by the pandemic.

  • November 5, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
  • Facilitator, Jon Holztrager, Director of Supply Chain Partnerships at UT's Global Supply Chain Institute
  • Facilitator, Andrea Sordi, UT Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management
  • Presenters, MS SCM - Tri-Continent students

Supply Chain Trivia

Network among students and Forum Partners while engaging in a fun and competitive game of supply chain trivia! Teams of 5-8 will be composed of employers and/or undergraduate and graduate students. Registrants will receive an email on October 22 with more information about creating your teams. This event is cohosted by our amazing SC student organizations, CSCMP, NeXxus, and SC Automation. Don’t forget to follow our social media pages for some clues that might make it or break it for your team. We’ve got some pretty great prizes lined up!

  • November 5, 4:00-6:00 PM ET
  • Facilitator, Cole Burns, Director of SCM Career Management at UT's Global Supply Chain Institute
  • Facilitator, Hannah Kirby, Program Manager of the Global Supply Chain Institute's Supply Chain Forum at UT

Week 5: November 10-12

Thesis Presentations by Greg and Lisa Smith Global Leadership Scholars

Every year, our incredible Smith Global Leadership Scholars complete a year-long research project on a topic of interest. In this lightning round and networking session, you’ll hear from the Supply Chain Management seniors in the program about their thesis ideas and explore opportunities for you and your company to get involved with this upcoming research from some of our best and brightest students.

  • November 10, 1:30-2:30 PM ET
  • Facilitator, Mark Moon, UT Associate Professor of Marketing, Director, Greg & Lisa Smith Global Leadership Scholars, and Lyle & Marcella Flaskurud Faculty Fellow
  • Facilitator, Lance Saunders, UT Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management
  • Presenters, Global Leadership Scholars in Supply Chain Management

The Future of Supply Chain

Greg Smith, Executive Vice President of Walmart U.S. Supply Chain will discuss the nature of how supply chains have increasingly becoming the front end to customers and key determinant of loyalty – giving the customer what they want, how they want it and when they want it, over and over again. Following Mr. Smith’s remarks, Ted Stank will join to facilitate a fireside chat.

  • November 11, 11:00-12:00 PM ET
  • Greg Smith, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain at Walmart U.S. 
  • Ted Stank, GSCI Faculty Director, UT Professor of Supply Chain Management, and Harry J. & Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence

Blockchain in Supply Chain: ROI or RIP

Blockchain has received an enormous amount of hype. Is it justified? GSCI Fellow, Alan Amling, and Dr. Randy Bradley will separate fact from fiction based on in-depth research conducted over the last year and reveal a Blockchain Decision Support Framework that companies can apply to their unique situation.

  • November 12, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
  • Alan Amling, Distinguished Fellow at UT's Global Supply Chain Institute
  • Randy Bradley, UT Associate Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management

Executive in Residence with Greg Smith

Through our Scholars of Distinction Executive-in-Residence series, we host a seasoned supply chain professional each semester to engage with participants and offer guidance and advice on what it means to be a leader in the business world. This semester, we’re happy to be partnering with the Smith Global Leadership Scholars to host Greg Smith, EVP for Supply Chain with Walmart U.S. to share about executive leadership.

  • November 12, 4:00-5:00 PM ET
  • Greg Smith, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain at Walmart U.S. 
  • Exclusive session for undergraduate students in the Smith Global Leadership Scholar program and the SCM Scholars of Distinction

Forum Fridays: Grad Student Networking Sessions

In order to provide additional access to our amazing MBA students, we’re hosting a series of virtual, company specific, networking sessions on Fridays throughout the Fall semester for our Forum Partners to have small group conversations about career opportunities with students in our graduate programs.

  • Every Friday through November 20
  • All September slots are filled, but there is availability in October and November. For more information or to set up a session, email
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