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Supply Chain Summit hosts industry leaders and recognizes students

Supply Chain Summit hosts industry leaders and recognizes students

Chicago Supply Chain and Sustainability Summit attendees fill the room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

More than 300 people from 100 organizations attended the 5th annual Chicago Supply Chain and Sustainability Summit on October 17, 2016.

Held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, the summit featured industry leaders from organizations including The Home Depot, Mattel, and A Safe Haven Foundation discussing supply chain operations, sustainability, social enterprise, economic development, and other critical issues in supply chain management.

In addition to the presentations and panels, supply chain professionals and Loyola students were recognized during the summit.

  • The annual Supply and Value Chain Center Awards recognized five individuals and teams for excellence in supply chain. Read more →
  • The Supply and Value Chain Center recognized the summit’s three featured speakers by creating $2,000 student scholarships in each of their names.
  • The Loyola Business Leadership Hub awarded $2,500 scholarships to five Loyola University Chicago students. Read more →

Following the formal presentations, attendees enjoyed a reception in Wintrust Hall in the Schreiber Center, the new home of the Quinlan School of Business in downtown Chicago.

The summit is hosted by Quinlan’s Supply and Value Chain Center, a member of the Loyola Business Leadership Hub.

Event Photos

View summit photos in the gallery below or on Quinlan’s Flickr page.

Supply Chain Summit 2016

Presentation Highlights

Highlights from the summit presentations included:

  • Morning Keynote Speaker
    Michelle Livingstone, Vice President, Transportation, The Home Depot
    Livingstone shared how The Home Depot’s transportation team has adapted to support the explosive growth in their business including on-line channel. She candidly described what she believes is at the heart of The Home Depot’s success: the “inverted pyramid” approach that puts customers and the store-level associates who help them first, while the role of everyone else is to support those efforts. Livingstone then challenged attendees to increase diversity across all levels of the supply chain.
  • Afternoon Keynote Speaker
    Philippe Lambotte, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Mattel
    Supporting products including Barbie, Hot Wheels, and the newest toys tied to major movies calls for a very segmented and flexible supply chain that can ramp up production quickly. Lambotte described the unique supply chain challenges in the toy and fashion industry and shared solutions, including a mix of automation and manual manufacturing.
  • Luncheon Speaker
    Mark Mulroe, COO and Executive Vice President, A Safe Haven Foundation
    Mulroe discussed the work of A Safe Haven, a social enterprise that provides individuals who are homeless opportunities and coaching to enable them to transition to self-sustaining, productive lives. In addition to the social benefits, this provides a critical source of labor given the current and anticipated talent shortages in the supply chain.

Supply and Value Chain Center Awards

During the summit, the Supply and Value Chain Center recognized the outstanding performance of individuals and teams in the supply chain industry.

The 2016 Supply and Value Chain Center Award winners are:

  • Leadership Award
    Mike Romano, CEO, Associated Solutions
  • Supply Chain Excellence Award—Team
    PepsiCo North America Nutrition, Visual Analytics Center for Excellence
  • Supply Chain Excellence Award—Individual
    Cheryl Harris, Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Allstate Insurance
  • Supply Chain Innovation Award
    Jake Crampton, CEO, MedSpeed
  • Supply Chain Sustainability Award
    Reuben Slone, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Walgreens

Read more about the winners →

Student Scholarships

The Loyola Business Leadership Hub awarded $2,500 scholarships to five Loyola University Chicago students who plan to contribute to sustainability and supply chain improvements through their career.

The 2016 recipients are:

  • Taylor Bradshaw, Economics major
  • Emma Kautz, Finance major
  • Bridget Randazzo, Environmental Science major
  • Bruce Sakindi, Political Science major
  • April Skillings, Finance major

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