F4SS Fall Connect 2019

F4SS Fall Connect 2019 Speakers


Andrea Turner
Vice President, Global Planning, Logistics, Sourcing Strategy
General Mills
Keynote Address
As a leader in the industry, General Mills sets the standard for others. Andrea will share her thoughts on the on the future of the supply chain, and the factors driving supply chain transformation and the critical elements of managing these transformations.
Who Should Attend:
All supply chain professionals, business development leaders.


Neil Coole
Food & Retail Supply Chain Director
BSI Americas
Supply Chain Resilience
If you’re concerned about the need to identify critical risks to minimize disruption and help protect global operational, financial and reputational exposures, you won’t want to miss this session. Learn how to cut your lead times and quality issues using risk mitigation.
Who Should Attend: Those seeking to learn more about the solutions available to proactively identify supply chain risks and mitigate impacts to your consumers, products and brands moving forward.

John Pike
Associate Partner
Korn Ferry
Transformative Leaders in a VUCA World
The certainty of the world we face is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) learn how to flip the VUCA with an important paradox of leadership.
Who should attend: Leaders who are interested in identifying new ways to transform their leadership to address root causes and not just the symptoms of the challenges they face.  Learn practical skills to help you flip the VUCA and lead your teams.

Jo Anna Stewart
Director, Business Analysis and Program Management, Corporate Development


Jeanne Duckett Manager, Technology and Printer Research, Avery Dennison

How Do We Enable the Internet of Things?
• Learn practical applications and how to deploy standardized data to integrate your supply chain, resulting in better forecasting, reduced obsolescence, and improved customer service.
Consumer Internet of Things, or C-IoT, is about facilitating rich, ongoing experiences between a consumer, his/her products, the brand, and the retailer. Then connecting those products with data and services via the Internet, far beyond the point of sale. In the near future, this increased connectivity will facilitate unprecedented automation, visibility, and access to services. This session will explore how pilot efforts by GS1 are demonstrating the importance of a web-resolvable identity to enable the Internet of Things. During this session you will:
•  Take a deep dive into completed research on practical applications that reinforce the importance of identifying, capturing, and sharing data in a standardized fashion.
•  Discover how GS1 Digital Link, a standard for web-resolvable product identity, complements the traditional, ubiquitous GS1 barcode and is paving the way for a new frontier of connected products.
•  Learn more about bridging the physical and digital worlds of products through unique, resolvable identity.
Who Should Attend:
Supply chain professionals, business development leaders, technology professionals.


Omer Abdullah 
Co-Founder and Managing Director
The Smart Cube

Ashish Rastogi
Vice President, Client Solutions
The Smart Cube

Digital Disruption in Supply Chain
 Uncover tangible business impact of digital disruptions and leverage what you learn to improve traceability, sustainability, and safety.
The duo from The Smart Cube will offer attendees a detailed landscape of recent digital disruptions, including big data analytics and Blockchain, across different facets of the supply chain. They’ll discuss key entities and industries that are early adopters and/or have leveraged such disruptions to leap forward in their digital agenda. Further, they will uncover tangible business impact of such disruptions for enhancing productivity and visibility. Attendees will be able to understand how such disruptions are also helping achieve agenda toward better traceability, sustainability, transparency and safety by using key best practices in deploying such digital disruptions in supply chain(s).
Who Should Attend:
Supply chain, quality and digital professionals.

Nilufer Durak
Chief Operating Officer
Digital Transformations of Supply Chain – What it Takes to be Successful

Digital transformation is in everybody’s bucket list.  But what exactly does it mean? What factors make it a success for operational backbones of companies? What are some of the traps along the way? How to make it sustainable?
Nil will share her perspectives including real life examples beyond all that hype. 

Who should attend: Leader’s, CIO’s, technical support occupations.



Jeff Behn
Director of Sales
Transparency One
Becoming a Transparent Supply Chain
Learn how the ever increasing demands of consumers for where the product is sourced, made and what your social and environmental impacts are is changing supply chains. How are companies tackling this and what are the challenges they are facing.
Who Should Attend: Supply chain professionals, business development leaders.

Jennifer Lott
Food Safety and Auditing Technical Manager
SGS North America
Creating Micro Risk Standards and Assessments
Sponsored by the Quality Performance Leadership Team.
• Mitigate risk and apply proven approaches. The program was piloted and adopted by Johnson & Johnson with over 15 years of research to eliminate microbiological consumer risk.
A manufacturing plant should have a thorough understanding, practice and control of hygiene, eGMP’s and compliance within the facility. The result of reducing microbiological contamination is a reduction of products on hold, products being scrapped, plant shut-downs and potential recalls and re-work. The session will help you develop a harmonized micro assessment tool based on best practices of Johnson & Johnson and SGS Americas.
Who Should Attend:
Quality, operational, supply chain professionals, regulatory managers, risk managers, CI managers who are interested in saving money by reducing risk due to scrapping products, product recalls and re-work.

Annette Cutchens
Vice President, Customer Solutions

Oscar Uzcategui
Global Sourcing Senior Director
GOJO Industries

A New Approach to Supplier Relationships: Becoming Vested
Sponsored by the Integrated Replenishment Team.
• If you are bold and courageous, you will have an opportunity to learn how to transform your supplier or customer relationships. Explore new thinking by becoming vested and invested in a supply chain transformation.
See the benefits of creating a highly collaborative business relationship to reduce costs, improve service and spark innovation. Based upon the principals in Becoming Vested by Kate Vitasek, Faculty, Graduate & Executive Education at the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business Administration, see how P&G, McDonalds and Microsoft are redefining winning in business relationships with the Vested concept. Then complete your self-assessment to see where you stand.
Who Should Attend:
Purchasing and operations professionals, CI managers, those involved with a supply chain organization who are eager for the relationship to be mutually beneficial and successful.

Dan Solomon
Program Consultant, PIPELINE Program

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry 

Don Jansen
Vice President, Human Resources
Menasha Packaging

Workforce Best Practice | Panel Discussion
•  Do you have enough employees in your workforce? Do you have quality people with the skills you require? Join this panel discussion and learn from the experts who have perfected recruitment and retention principals.
Menasha will share it’s pilot program where they are seeking alternate sources for employees and how they are investing in them with the goal to increase retention.

Who Should Attend: Those seeking to increase retention with skilled and qualified employees.