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USPAACC hosts successful corporate and academic forum on supply chain evolution

Forum featured strategic insights from thought leaders in the corporate and academic worlds on supply chain challenges and future opportunities

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) recently hosted a successful forum addressing key challenges facing the global supply chain and sustainability.

USPAACC hosted its corporate forum, “Key to Success in Supply Chain Evolution: Environmental Sustainability” on September 29, 2021. USPAACC’s online forum featured Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) from major corporations such as; Boeing, Marriott, and Ryder System, Inc., and respected academic leaders from Howard University School of Business, all sharing their strategic insights on the global supply chain.

Discussions included supply chain sustainability and success measurement; expectations from the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) community regarding supply chain evolution and environmental sustainability; what the MBE community can provide to address these challenges, and how business major students can best prepare to have an impact on supply chain issues and supply chain management, respectively.

Issues related to the global supply chain – and its impact on markets and the world’s economy – have come into sharp focus during the pandemic. Recently, ongoing disruptions facing the global supply chain and its global impact have been reported by leading media outlets such as CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Associated Press.

“Our corporate forum, ‘Key to Success in Supply Chain Evolution: Environmental Sustainability’ was a tremendous success, fostered a genuine dialog, and offered valuable insights from corporate CPOs and academia into critical areas including supply chain and environmental sustainability, supply chain evolution, the MBE community and the importance of inclusion, and students having an impactful career in supply chain management. From the computer chip shortage, to delays in manufacturing, inventory, and deliveries, the pandemic is testing the strength and resiliency of our global supply chain like never before, which is why our forum focused on finding real solutions to this and other ongoing challenges. I thank our terrific corporate and academic partners in this innovative effort – Boeing, Marriott, Ryder System, Inc., Howard University School of Business – and everyone who took part in our forum,” USPAACC CEO and President Susan Au Allen said.

The esteemed panelists that took part in USPAACC’s forum included:

  • Stéphane Masson, Senior Vice President, Global Procurement, Marriott
  • Charlisha (Charli) L. Greene, Vice President, Supply Chain - Commodities Systems & Supplier Diversity, Boeing
  • Margarita Kruyff, Environmental Services Director, Ryder System, Inc.
  • Anthony D. Wilbon, Ph.D., PMP, Dean, Howard University School of Business
  • Susan Au Allen, National President & CEO, USPAACC
  • James Haddow, Director, Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management, Howard University School of Business
  • Tanya Penny, Professor, Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management, Howard University School of Business; SVP, Ampcus, Inc., Executive Director, USPAACC CPO Council
  • Denisha Philistin, Student, Howard University School of Business and
  • Rachel Clark, Senior Supply Chain Management Student, Howard University School of Business

Click here to view the video of USPAACC’s Key to Success in Supply Chain Evolution: Environmental Sustainability corporate forum. Individuals must register to watch the forum video.

“The respected thought leaders who took part in our forum shared their key insights as to the critical importance of sustainability across industries highlighting sustainability reports, tracking systems, and metrics, as well as the evolution of CPOs and, most recently, Chief Sustainability Officers. Additionally, our expert panel shared the importance of MBEs demonstrating the value they bring to corporations as their unique, value-added proposition. We also heard a discussion of key qualities for students seeking supply chain careers, including an ability to evolve with changes in the industries and that agility – the ability to come in, work on tasks, and adapt when necessary – is an essential skill. Our discussion also highlighted the importance of learning how supply chains operate, as well as the three key ingredients for success: passion, grit, and flexibility. Also, there was discussion regarding corporations focused on highlighting the needs and opportunities available for women in the supply chain and management. The students who took part in our forum brought energy and a new dynamic to the event, and I look forward to future events including more students,” USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen said.

“As the most established, effective, and respected non-profit organization representing Pan Asian Americans and related groups in business, sciences, arts, sports, education, public and community services, USPAACC will continue leading, advocating on issues essential to the Asian American business community, and keep working for more prosperity and a stronger economy that works for everyone. We look forward to continuing to offer real solutions on these issues with energy, enthusiasm, vision, and our positive message of inclusion,” USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen continued.

USPAACC will be hosting additional informational business forums including:

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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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