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CPO/VP Panel on Global Business & Supply Chain Disruptors to be held at Howard University School of Business

WASHINGTON, DC – February 6, 2019 – Seven Chief Procurement Officers and Vice Presidents from Fortune 500 Corporations and a non-profit conglomerate representing various industries – Nationwide, Charter Communications, Ingersoll Rand, Boeing, Caesars Entertainment, TIAA, and AARP – will hold a panel discussion on “Global Business and Supply Chain Disruptors – What Are They and How Can Students Prepare to Help Address These Disruptors?”

The special session, jointly presented by US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) CPO Council and Howard University School of Business Center of Excellence for Supply Chain Management, will be held on Thursday, February 7, from 9:30 AM at the Howard University School of Business Auditorium in Washington, DC. Breakout sessions will follow the panel discussion to give the students and professionals the opportunity to network and further connect with the speakers.

“This unique panel of CPOs and VPs in supply chain management will demonstrate how current transformative forces driven by globalization and advances in technology cannot be successful without the third force – an educated and skilled workforce,” said Susan Au Allen, USPAACC National President & CEO. “That is why the collaborative partnership between the USPAACC CPO Council and Howard University School of Business Supply Chain Management is so important. This is a must-attend for students, faculty, and professionals who want in-depth understanding of the intricacies, challenges, opportunities, and predictions in today’s increasingly interdependent supply chain marketplace.”

Speakers are: Angie Klett, Senior VP, IT CFO & CPO, Nationwide, & USPAACC CPO Council Chair; Michelle Hawkins, Senior VP, Strategic Procurement, Charter Communications; John Evans, VP Global Procurement, Ingersoll Rand; Delores Alexander, VP Supplier Management, The Boeing Company; Austin McKeehan, CPO, TIAA; Mike Fath, VP & CPO, Caesars Entertainment; and Robert Khan, CPO, AARP.

Welcome Remarks will be given by Professor Barron Harvey, Dean of the Howard University School of Business and Susan Au Allen, USPAACC National President & CEO. Professor James Haddow, Director of the Howard University School of Business Center of Excellence for Supply Chain Management, will facilitate the panel discussion.

Among the topics for discussion are the current major disruptors in global supply chain operations, such as natural disasters, cyber and big data security, labor shortages, etc. as well as future disruptors including global trade compliance, AI and robotics, blockchain, “Brexit,” and other issues.

Visit uspaacc.com for more information.

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About USPAACC

Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan  organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities.  For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.

Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.

Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.

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