21-23 September | Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Chicago, USA

The only forum for supply chain leaders and their HR business partners to discuss the changing expectations of the supply chain function – and what that means for talent.

Fast Forward Supply Chain Capability

Supply chain plays an increasingly strategic role in business. Great supply chain leaders can be the critical difference between success and failure of business strategy due to their unique cross-functional view of how the business competes and their operation’s direct impact on profitability and shareholder value.

Delivering true innovation that will provide this operational edge and growth demands a much broader skillset from our future supply chain leaders.  Building these leadership capabilities – and championing the importance of supply chain in every business – is vital to attract and keep top talent. This is  the critical responsibility of both supply chain and HR leaders – and only by working together will they set the people agenda for the future of supply chain.


The best people to grow the supply chain profession are the executives who are leading it today. From keynotes to more intimate workshops, hear new best practice case studies from leading senior executives in our community, backed by SCM World’s own predictive research on the talent agenda for the future of supply chain.

Sandra MacQuillan

Senior Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer

Quentin Roach

Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Vice President

Tim Talmadge

Learning and Development Manager
The Coca-Cola Company

Daniel Carrell

Vice President, Global Procurement and Client Services Procurement

Jill Marcotte

Partner, Chief Supply Chain Officer
Dealer Tire LLC

Dave Wheeler

Senior Vice President Supply Chain and Fleet Management


Robin White

Vice President, Human Resources

Alex Blanco

Executive Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer

Joellyn Veninga

Vice President, Human Resources – Global Supply Chain

Curtis Scott

Associate Vice President Merck Global Procurement

Cathy Cong

Director, AH GSM, Small Molecure, EMEA,

Dawn Wheeler

Vice President, Human Resources

Andreas Olsson

Vice President, Programme Management & Purchasing Development

Andrea Hart

Human Resources Lead, Global Supply Network Division


There are three fundamental ways that supply chain must approach innovation:

Diversity of Perspective

Local talent provides crucial cultural insights into unlocking growth in local markets, but talent shortages and poor retention rates make ex-Pats necessary still. Similarly, millennials are considered lazy and unrealistic about career progression rates, yet their natural affinity with technology and innovative problem-solving promises lucrative business outcomes. Winning on a global scale requires diverse thinking: those who can effectively balance these trade-offs will deliver a competitive edge.

A thriving skills engine

The supply chain skills profile has transformed in line with the business needs and expectations placed on the function. Internal training mechanisms, rotational programs and international assignments will remain crucial, as will closer relationships with leading business schools and academia at the front-end of the talent pipeline. Workforce readiness here will be defined by both internal and external perspectives that provide a platform for skills growth, robust succession planning and new business leadership capabilities.

Supply Chain – HR collaboration

While supply chain concerns exist around the readiness of the support that Human Resources (HR) offers, recent community data shows that closer connectivity between HR and supply chain builds significantly stronger organisational and leadership capabilities. The winning supply chain team will depend on the extent to which supply chain and HR effectively collaborate to improve engagement and training and ultimately develop the next-generation of supply chain leaders.


Wednesday 21st September
19:00–21:30 – Welcome reception

Day one: Thursday 22nd September
08:00 – Networking breakfast
09:00-12:30 – Morning sessions
12:30-13:30 – Networking lunch
13:30-17:30 – Afternoon sessions including Executive Huddles and one-to-one peer connections

Day two: Friday 23rd September
08:00 – Networking breakfast
09:00-12:50 – Morning sessions including one-to-one peer connections
12:50-13:55 – Networking lunch
13:55-15:00 – Afternoon sessions
15:00 – Close

Keynote sessions include:

  • The winning mindset: diversity of perspective.
  • The winning skills engine: talent roadmaps for future talent
  • The winning partnership: Human Resources – a collaboration case study
  • Prepare for the Boardroom: operational mastery meets business mind-set
  • The Right-Brain-Supply-Chain TM – automation and workforce readiness

If you’d like to learn more about our agenda, or anything else about this exclusive event please call us on +44 203 747 6200 or email us at [email protected]

Unique, Interactive Format

SCM World Talent Live is a unique closed-door, cross-industry forum. It’s the only event of its kind, designed for Directors, VPs and SVPs of Supply Chain, Operations & Procurement to attend with their senior HR Business Partners.

Closed door: no press or media

Engage in frank, honest conversations with fellow industry Leaders that will remain confidential within the forum.

Keynote sessions and panel discussions

Senior leaders share practical insights into their supply chain operations and you can question them directly to get to the heart of all the key issues.

Executive huddles

Small, private roundtable discussions focusing on the critical issues affecting the future of the profession. As all dialogue remains strictly confidential, you can speak openly and freely without any risk of later citation.

1-2-1 peer connections

You can pre-book private face-to-face meetings with executive peers attending the forum using a private online portal running up to and during the event. Gain real practical insights into what other companies and industries are doing to take back to your boardroom.

Informal networking

A host of informal and relaxed networking opportunities over the course of the forum provide plenty of opportunity to enjoy time out from the intense business discussions and reflect with peers on the key themes of the day.

No exhibition or tradeshow

This means you can experience a unique environment free from solicitation by consultants or vendors.


Senior Supply Chain Executives & HR Business partners from the following companies have already registered for SCM World Talent Live:

To find out how you could be joining them, please get in touch. You can call us on +44 203 747 6200 or email [email protected]


Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Upscale accommodation just minutes from the Magnificent Mile Navy Pier Museum of Contemporary Art Lake Michigan and many fashionable boutiques and restaurants. This luxurious downtown hotel is a real architectural star in the place where skyscrapers were invented. Discover the finest of everything in the Windy City at this downtown Chicago hotel.  Designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, this resort is a 32-floor prism of glass featuring stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.

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