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ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference

October 24-26, 2021

Henry B. González Convention Center, San Antonio, TX | Hybrid

The ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference is the premier global supply chain event, bringing together forward-thinking industry experts to share knowledge and insights as we move beyond normal to undertake all-new supply chain challenges. Whether you choose to join us in person in San Antonio or attend virtually, both experiences will put you front and center.

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Featured Sessions

  • How Transformative Leaders Create Common Objectives
  • Mitigate New-Product-Introduction Risk with Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems
  • Digital Breakthroughs at The Clorox Company
  • How Bristol Myers-Squibb Reimagined Forecasting and Planning
  • Develop Supply Chain Leadership Know-How in Yourself and Your Employees

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One event. Two ways to attend.

The conference features 50+ education sessions covering hot topics such as sustainability, dynamic fulfillment, intelligent supply, synchronized planning, resilience and so much more.

The robust lineup includes speakers from organizations such as the UN Global Compact, DHL, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Dell, Gartner, Clorox, Coca Cola Beverages Africa, Sysco Corporation, GE Appliances — just to highlight a few.

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Whether you gather in San Antonio or online, you will have access to high-quality education, inspiring presentations and opportunities to network safely with peers.

ASCM CONNECT Conference virtual vs. in-person

ASCM Annual Conference In-Person IconThe in-person experience

As an in-person attendee, you will have access 50+ virtual and in-person educational sessions. New, in-person exclusive features include Innovation Labs, showcasing cutting edge technology from companies including o9 Solutions, Coupa, Deloitte and Connection Cafés for enhanced discussion and networking. Check out the virtual exhibit hall and expand industry connections with speed networking. Best for: in-person networking, professional development, and camaraderie, in addition to an unsurpassed educational experience.

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Your safety is our highest priority, and ASCM is diligently working with the convention center to ensure a safe environment. Find out more

ASCM Annual Conference Virtual Icon The virtual experience

As a virtual attendee, you will participate through our innovative event platform that emphasizes your learning and engagement. You will have access to 40+ educational sessions, including 10+ live-streamed from San Antonio. Check out the virtual exhibit hall and expand industry connections with speed networking. Best for: access to leading educational content with the flexibility of a remote experience at an affordable price point.

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Featured Speakers

Jim Brooksher

Jim Brooksher

Group Manager, Digital Data and Infrastructure | Clorox

Jim Brooksher is a group manager, supply chain planning operation, at The Clorox Company. His supply chain career spans manufacturing, planning, logistics management and procurement. He also has experience with production, division capacity planning, systems implementation, simulation and network modeling.

Sunday, October 24 at 2:45 p.m.
Digital Breakthroughs at The Clorox Company

In 2018, the Clorox Product Supply Organization (PSO) initiated a formal digital supply network program. The first pillar involved replacing a legacy advanced planning system with a digital twin capable of delivering alert-driven, exception-based concurrent planning and what-if scenarios. Attend this session to learn how this transformation project was achieved with true collaboration among Clorox's vendor-management group, the information technology team, and the PSO. Discover how Clorox achieved new application functionality, enhanced user skill sets, and organizational structure advancements as hallmarks of its digital journey.

Gina Chung

Gina Chung

Vice President Innovation Americas | DHL

Gina Chung is vice president of innovation Americas at DHL, where she leads the company's Innovation Center, a purpose-built engagement platform. She also manages a portfolio of projects focused on the rapid testing and adoption of new technologies, including collaborative robotics and artificial intelligence.

Monday, October 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Transportation & Logistics Trends to Watch in 2021 & Beyond
Supply chains are moving goods in all-new ways. Value streams are becoming more complex, consumers are instantly tracking orders across oceans, and a modern era of innovation is bringing about exciting proficiencies and opportunities. And yet, we’re only touching the surface of the logistics and transportation implications. Although many innovations are brand new — some still in the testing phases — each holds significant promise and strong potential to complement and advance existing technologies and processes. Attend this panel discussion to learn what’s on the horizon and how advanced solutions can help organizations succeed.

Carol Cunningham

Carol Cunningham


Senior Sales and Operations Planning Manager | Energizer Holdings

Carol Cunningham, CSCP, is senior sales and operations planning (S&OP) manager at Energizer Holdings. She has more than 20 years of supply chain management experience including distribution; logistics; inventory management; business analytics; demand planning; forecasting; and her great passion, S&OP.

Monday, October 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Building a Bridge Between Strategy and Execution: Incorporating S&OE Into Your S&OP Process
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is intended to focus on the future horizon and help companies making strategic decisions that benefit both the organization and its customers. Unfortunately, something often gets lost in translation, especially when tactical, day-to-day decisions are misaligned with the strategic vision. However, it's possible to bridge the divide between strategic objectives and tactical realities by integrating a sales and execution process within larger S&OP activities. This session will illustrate how to do so by identifying the right bridge builders and guiding them toward success.

Homero Escandon

Homero Escandon


Vice President of Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operational Excellence | Biotix

Homero Escandón, CSCP-F, CLTD-F, CPIM, is vice president of manufacturing - supply chain and operational excellence at Biotix. He served 11 years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. Escandón is president of the ASCM San Diego Chapter and an APICS master instructor.

Sunday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Engaging Lean Servant Leadership for Supply Chain Performance Results
This session will explore how the principles of servant leadership - the sharing of information, team spirit, humility, empathy, and trust - help drive employee empowerment and supply chain performance results. Topics will include cultivating a culture of engagement, leading with emotional intelligence, setting the example, aligning execution with business strategy, and the role of lean metrics. Learn how to bring tremendous value to your company's operational excellence processes and goals, drive accountability and achieve desired outcomes through respect for your people and meaningful relationship-building.

Elizabeth Hair-Estrella

Elizabeth Hair-Estrella


Director, Supply Chain Inventory Management | Sysco Corporation

Elizabeth Hair-Estrella, CSCP, is director of supply chain inventory management at Sysco Corporation, where she leads a department of 33 people and manages $135 million of inventory. She served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she managed supplies and orchestrated backhaul operations and logistics planning.

Monday, October 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Sysco Discovers Not All Loads Are Equal

Take a deep dive into Sysco™s redistribution supplier optimization checklist, which provides the company with a 360-degree analysis of its suppliers while identifying areas for efficiency and load-fill improvement. The presenter will explain how to do more with less by focusing on best-practice strategies that can be applied immediately. Identify the tools and strategies that will generate the greatest improvement at your own business by thoroughly reviewing item-level data and data integrity, strategically understanding carrier equipment usage and building better loads.

Steven Melnyk

Steven Melnyk

Professor of Supply Chain Management, Dept of Supply Chain | Michigan State University

Steven Melnyk, Ph.D., is a professor of supply chain and operations management at Michigan State University. He has co-authored 20 books and more than 90 articles. Melnyk's research focus includes supply chain risk and resilience, strategic supply chain management, behavioral research, and certified management standards.

Monday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m.
Eliminate Supply Chain Hurdles by Being a Good Customer
Understand fascinating recent changes in strategic thinking, communications, relationships and practices that are enabling supply chain organizations to excel. The presenters will discuss how to handle organizational relationships at different tiers and of different sizes, ways to earn preferential treatment from key suppliers, what being a good customer looks like, and tips to manage your firm’s role in a multi-tier supply chain. The backbone of a proven process will be described and the increasingly important issue of cybersecurity will be investigated through the lens of a multi-tier supply chain. 

Jean Olivieri

Jean Olivieri

Chief Operating Officer | Fictiv

Jean Olivieri is chief operating officer at Fictiv. She has held a range of senior positions in product design, supply chain, production and operations. Olivieri spent 17 years in procurement at Motorola and was director of iPod operations at Apple, where she was responsible for annually transitioning all four new iPod designs into production.

Sunday, October 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Mitigate New-Product-Introduction Risk with Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems
How can companies mitigate risk while controlling overhead costs? Learn how digital manufacturing ecosystems reduce the capital intensity of setting up production lines and create speed and agility during product introduction. These tools use cloud technology to connect a distributed network of manufacturing partners. Attendees will discover a proven playbook for working within these ecosystems, as well as key security and quality characteristics. This session will enable any supply chain to achieve more effective risk mitigation, less disruption and go-to-market risk, and more robust and agile networks.

Lin Stokes

Lin Stokes


Master Data Manager | Shaw Industries

Lin Stokes, CPIM, is the master data manager in corporate inventory at Shaw Industries. Previously, she was a business intelligence analyst. Stokes's programming experience includes more than 10 years working in Visual C++ and Java. She serves on the board of APICS's Tri-State Chapter.

Monday, October 25 at 2:45 p.m.
Leading Change for Data Governance in Supply Chain
A prerequisite to successfully digitizing today's supply chains is effective data governance over supply chain master data, such as bills of material and products. This requires skilled data stewards who are responsible for the management of that data, as well as an understanding of how to implement data-governance best practices. This session will dive into both the human factors associated with supply chain data governance and the formal change-management processes that are necessary in order for them and their teams to achieve optimal results.

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ASCM has secured a block of reduced-rate guest rooms for ASCM CONNECT attendees at the following hotels.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio Riverwalk (HQ)
600 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
889 E Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Hilton Palacio de Rio
200 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

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