Keynote Series 


Monday Keynote Session

The Future of Work

Monday, September 21 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am CDT

Eric Termuende

Eric Termuende

NoW of Work

Eric Termuende debuted at EDGE 2019, joining a panel of experts to discuss millennials and the gig economy. Join CSCMP at EDGE 2020 Live! 2020 for Eric’s return to the stage, where he will address issues surrounding the workplace of tomorrow.

COVID-19 disrupted everything with little warning and changed how we work practically overnight. The Future of Work is now, and this conversation has never been more relevant.

Eric Termuende is a globally recognized thought leader, author and keynote speaker on the future of work and building teams that thrive.

Recognized as one of the Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 by American Express, his ideas have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and more. From the stage of TEDx to BUILDEX to Coca Cola and the Milken Global Conference, Eric inspires, challenges, and opens minds to opportunity and doors to growth.

Tuesday Keynote Session

Re-Building a Supply Chain Through Authenticity, Engagement and Problem Solving

Tuesday, September 22 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am CDT

Arthur Valdez, Jr.

Arthur Valdez, Jr.

Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain & Logistics Officer

Arthur Valdez Jr. is executive vice president, chief supply chain and logistics officer for Target. He oversees all functions of Target’s global supply chain and logistics network, including inventory management, purchase orders, replenishment, fulfillment, global transportation, logistics and distribution.

Over the past four years, Target has transformed from a bricks & mortar store with an e-commerce side business, into a fully integrated omnichannel retailer that successfully uses stores as local fulfillment hubs. The transformation required massive changes to the company’s supply chain. Inventory management, transportation and automation look much different today, and the company continues making bold moves in emerging capabilities.

Hear about the journey firsthand, from Target’s chief supply chain & logistics officer. Learn about pain points and success stories, as well as key leadership lessons in change management, talent development, diversity and inclusion.

Mr. Valdez Jr. joined Target in March 2016, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience in the retail supply chain and warehousing industry. Arthur has spent his career building supply chain networks around the world. His prior roles include senior leadership positions at Amazon and Walmart.

Arthur graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in production operations management. The son of Mexican-American and Cuban parents, Arthur was the first member of his family to attend college. Today, he volunteers his time to mentor other first-generation and minority college students. He also serves on the Colorado State University Global Leadership Council and the board of directors for Shipt, an internet delivery service and Target subsidiary.

Wednesday Keynote Session

One-on-One with Brad Jacobs: The Opportunities Ahead

Wednesday, September 23 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am CDT | 9:00 am – 10:00 am EDT

Brad Jacobs

Brad Jacobs

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
XPO Logistics

Sit down with Brad Jacobs as he talks to CNBC’s Frank Holland about the trends that are driving logistics today and shaping the future of the industry. This wide-ranging interview will cover e-commerce, technology and a host of other topics on the front burner. 

Expert Keynote Panel

Social Responsibility and Diversity in Supply Chain: How to Build a High-Performance Team

Wednesday, September 23 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

Sarah Alter

Sarah Alter

President & Chief Executive Officer
The Network of Executive Women


Terry Esper

Terry Esper

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Logistics
The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business

Angie Freeman

Angie Freeman

Chief Human Resource Officer & ESG Officer
C.H. Robinson

Monique Picou

Monique Picou

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy & Supply Chain Officer
Sam’s Club

Kathy Wengel

Kathy Wengel

Executive Vice President and Chief Global Supply Chain Officer
Johnson & Johnson

We are facing new challenges and consumers seek brands and products that reflect their values and principles. Brand loyalty begins with trust and ethics, and while the American population is becoming more diverse, social media is a catalyst for consumers to spread the news about their personal expectations and opinions about companies and their products. Because of this, companies and academic institutions are adopting what has become known as corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Companies around the globe are recognizing corporate social responsibility is essential to connect with their consumers and by operating ethically, an organization can build and maintain relationships that benefit their organization and the society.

This distinct panel of experts will share their stories and strategies for encouraging diversity and social change within their given field and organization





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