Let's Get Business Moving: A New Plan for Supply Chain Innovation

Don't miss the last in our series of Supply Chain Updates: A Solutions Approach
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm
A live, online, panel discussion with industry experts, moderated by Suzanne Dickerson

What matters most to the businesses and people who live in South Carolina? Do we focus on onshoring our supply chains or creating more efficiency through the use of technology? What does this all mean for small to medium enterprises in our area? The Upstate of South Carolina is home to a thriving business economy leading the way in the automotive, aerospace, and advanced materials industries. Using innovation, technology, and training to address today's supply chain challenges and disruptions, our panelists will share effective strategies to increase supply chain performance. Join us to discuss solutions for Upstate SC as our area continues to move forward as leaders and innovators in these valuable industries. 

Our Moderator, Suzanne Dickerson, joined the SC Council on Competitiveness in 2016 after serving for 8 years as the Director for International Business Development at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Suzanne’s experience includes 20 years in the automotive industry: 12 years within BMW working in the fields of corporate sustainability, innovation management and long-term strategic and structural planning.

She began her career with BMW in Munich Germany at corporate headquarters upon completion of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Suzanne speaks fluent German and is also a Fellow of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Forum. Suzanne serves as a Founding Board Member of the multi-state Southern Automotive Women’s Forum and is a Board Member of the South Carolina Automotive Council. In her local community of the Upstate of South Carolina, Suzanne is a Fellow of the Furman University Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Program and co-chairs a Task Force for the Upstate Mobility Alliance.  Suzanne serves on the Board of the South Carolina International Trade Conference, the South Carolina Manufacturers Extension Partnership Board and Palmetto Green’s Advisory Board. In 2013, the South Carolina Research Authority awarded Suzanne with the Knowledge Economist Award and in 2015, Suzanne was the recipient of the Clemson Women in Leadership Award.  Most recently, Suzanne was awarded the 2020 Charleston Woman of the Year Award from the Charleston Women in Trade organization. 

Julie Branham is the Director of Supply Chain for Michelin North America. Julie joined Michelin following extensive experience in Supply Chain and Logistics within the Pharmaceutical and Consumer goods packaging industry.  At Michelin, she has experience within Supply Chain Engineering, the development of a Center of Excellence for process improvement and Supply Chain Operations. A lifelong Supply Chain professional, she has global experience with specific expertise of various disciplines including deployment, inventory management, tactical planning, logistics and system optimization and efficiency. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree at The Ohio State University.

Gerald A. McDermott is Professor of International Business at the Darla Moore School of Business of the University of South Carolina, where he is the Faculty Director of the Folks Center for International Business, and is a Senior Research Fellow at IAE Business School in Argentina. He was previously Assistant Professor of Multinational Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for seven years.  He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Dr. McDermott specializes in international business and political economy, particularly on issues of innovation, risk, corporate strategy, and institutional change in emerging market countries. He regularly speaks about alternative paths for societies and their firms to become globally competitive.  He has published two books numerous articles in many of the leading scholarly journals in management, international business, and political economy and has won grants and awards for his research.  www.geraldamcdermott.com .

Dr. Nick Vyas is an educator, thought leader, author, keynote speaker, ASQ Fellow, Chair of the ASQ Lean Division, and advisor to leaders in the worlds of supply-chain practice and policy. As the Executive Director and founder of Center for Global Supply Chain Management (CGSCM), and Academic Director, USC Marshall MS GSCM program, Vyas educates the next generation of business leaders. 

In 2018, Dr. Vyas was bestowed the Supply Chain Leader Award of Excellence by APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management. APICS recognized him for his work at USC Marshall, as well as his efforts with the Supply Chain Professionals without Borders (SCPWOB), an international initiative that he founded with an aim to share supply chain knowledge and resources with developing nations. 
An early proponent of the need to recognize the pivotal role of global supply chain management in international trade policy trends and economic growth, Dr. Vyas has frequently contributed articles and opinion to reputed media platforms such as Supply Chain Management Review (SCMR), NPR, KCRW, CBS News, The Economist, Los Angeles Times, Rachel Maddow Show, and the LA Business Journal. As a recognized thought leader, Vyas delivers keynote addresses at conferences held across the globe. An authority on global SCM and Logistics, Vyas has led business and cultural transformation for Fortune 100 M&A Companies over the last 30 years. He also serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. He received his Doctor of Education from the USC. With an aim to make education accessible to all, Dr. Vyas raises and provides scholarships via the USC MS GSCM program for deserving students in Africa who are interested in studying humanitarian healthcare supply chains. Currently, Dr. Vyas is working on a supply chain consortium to help hospitals get their needed medical equipment during this COVID-19 crisis. Media Presence https://uscsupplychain.com/blog/
Please join us, along with our co-hosts Upstate SC Alliance and
the European American Chamber of Commerce,
live online on Wednesday, October 7 from 12:00 -1:30 pm
All lectures include plenty of time to ask your specific questions of our panelists.

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