Sharpen your business edge and pick up new insights at the 25th Annual USMA Educational Conference
2020 Featured Speakers
USMA has assembled a faculty of 52 speakers to celebrate 25 years of giving you something to “take home and use”. Confirm your plans now to be a part of this special event.
Supply Chain Threats and Weaknesses: Geopolitical Strategies for Global Supply Chain Security
Geopolitical risk is powerfully impacting the critical decisions of corporate executives and supply chain managers more than at any other point in recent history. The global landscape has become among the most uncertain in recent memory, and this unstable risk environment is projected to endure well into the next decade. Against this backdrop, we now factor a U.S. administration that surprises and confounds allies and foes worldwide, impacting supply chain management and a broad range of industries across the spectrum of sectors. As a result, the international security environment focused on trade and supply chain management will remain fluid, dynamic, and in constant flux for the foreseeable future. It’s why supply chain executives need the surest insights and well-informed guidance to better understand and mitigate disruptive geopolitical risk, and build a sharper competitive edge to withstand international crosswinds.
Washington D.C.-based geopolitical strategist John Sitilides will deliver a dynamic presentation focused on U.S. management of real-time global disruption and geopolitical risk concerns, challenging the traditional analyst and media consensus on the world’s most powerful political leaders in Mexico, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the basis for their decision-making, and the long-term political and economic ambitions that ultimately shape the international security agenda. His presentation – using a visually-compelling slide deck of maps, graphs and world leader portraits – will detail the most disruptive flashpoints on the world stage that generate the most significant business risk issues facing the supply chain industry, including the centrality of ensuring navigational freedom to global trade and the safe passage of natural resources, finished goods and energy resources worldwide.
Negotiation – the Swiss-Army Knife of Relationship Management
Professor, Speaker and Consultant
Negotiation – the process through which two or more people “give and take” in a relationship – is an unavoidable part of work and life, and thus negotiation skills are an essential part of any professional’s toolkit. This is particularly true for supply chain professionals who need to manage – and thus negotiate with – many stakeholders: from customers and vendors, to bosses and peers.
In this session, Alison discusses what the best (and worst) negotiators do, and the top strategies that enable successful leaders to solve everyday challenges, both big and small, through negotiation. Drawing on her expertise in psychology and organizational behavior research, Alison presents negotiation science from multiple domains, including real estate, professional athletics, law, and corporate boardrooms. Combining this research with stories from current events and politics, and interjecting humor, Alison delivers practical, actionable advice that will help supply chain leaders achieve their goals.
Alison Fragale is the Mary Farley Ames Lee Fellow and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. An award-winning teacher, Alison has served more than fifteen years as a speaker, instructor, and consultant on leadership, psychology and negotiation for executives in numerous organizations. Her clients include ExxonMobil, Eastman Chemical, AvalonBay, Water & Wastewater Industry Leadership Academy, Navy Federal Credit Union, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Show More Alison received her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College, where she recently concluded a nine-year term on the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences. She also holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Alison worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc. Hide
Alison received her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College, where she recently concluded a nine-year term on the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences. She also holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Alison worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc. Hide
Creating Highly Collaborative Relationships
Author, educator and architect of the Vested business
Kate Vitasek is an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested® business model for highly collaborative relationships. She is a Faculty member at the University of Tennessee and has been lauded by World Trade Magazine as one of the “Fabulous 50+1” most influential people impacting global commerce.
Kate’s practical and research-based advice ignited a movement on how companies work together and five books, including Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing; Vested: How P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships; Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships and The Vested Way: How a “What’s in it for We” Mindset Revolutionizes Business Relationships
Passionate in her quest to help companies transform their business relationships, Kate inspires and motivates companies around the world through teaching, speaking and workshops on Vested’s five proven “rules” for achieving transformational results.
Inspired Leadership and Practical Management
CEO, The HR Edge, Inc.
Margaret Morford has proven her expertise as a workplace expert through her best-selling books, national seminars and television interviews. Her insight offers you an edge over other workers and managers in the areas of workplace communication and the critical role human factors will play in the future. She has practical, real world experience as a manager, as the VP of Human Resources at several companies, and as a lawyer with a JD Degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. She has a perspective few people have and an ability to help people not just prepare for, but thrive, in the future.
Third Party Risk Management: Driving Enterprise Value
Linda Tuck Chapman
Educator, Author, Consultant & Expert on Risk Management
In this landscape of rapidly evolving threats, uncharted technologies, and increasingly complex operational ecosystems, senior management and boards must rely on internal stakeholders to get ahead of the curve to strengthen third party risk management practices, with a sharp eye on “high water mark” risk domains.
Linda Tuck Chapman is a recognized subject matter expert, trusted advisor, author and popular speaker. She is pragmatic and strategic, continuously mining her deep expertise and broad experience to drive enterprise value.
Her career highlights include Chief Procurement Officer at Scotiabank Group, Fifth Third Bank and BMO Financial Group. President and CEO of Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace, and President of Ontala Performance Solutions, Inc.
Linda is an ICB Fellow and Medalist and holds an MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from Dalhousie School of Business. She also completed the Advanced Leadership Program, Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
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Former Speaker of the House, Congressman & Author
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Captain Gerald Coffee
Business Executive, Author, Attorney
Journalist, editor at Yahoo Finance, Fortune Magazine, CNN Co-host