The following tracks will provide industry specific insights and information through focused workshops tailored to each industry. More detail and specific topics within each industry track will be provided soon.
Attendees will have four opportunities to attend workshops:
- Tuesday, June 19: 2:30-3:30 PM and 3:45-4:45 PM
- Thursday, June 20: 10:00-11:00 AM and 11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
As the landscape for healthcare becomes increasingly complex, there are many challenges and innovations that must be addressed in order to sustain a "healthy" future for this industry and the stakeholders it serves. This track will explore many topics that will shape this industry, such as patient engagement, analytics and insights that drive informed decisions, and the ever changing value equation.
Technology & Information Technology
Technology is a rapidly changing landscape that thrives on innovation, agility, and increasingly savvy businesses and consumers. Trends such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and blockchain will change not only the way we do business but also our daily lives. Hear from the experts on what lies ahead in this fast paced industry and how it impacts the supply chain as well as the consumer.
Energy & Utilities
As the future of energy and utilities unfolds, many variables will influence its path such as distributed generation, fuel mix trajectories, renewable energy, and technology. This track will educate, engage and elevate the changing needs of the supply chains for these industries.
Retail, Food & Beverage, and Consumer Products
Educated, demanding and health-conscious consumers both shape trends and create challenges across these industries. Customer engagement and loyalty is paramount to success, as traditional and non-traditional commodities in the supply chain are consistently challenged to be "game changers." How does your value proposition measure up to the needs of these industries, today and tomorrow?
Banking, Financial Services, and Professional Services
Surpassing the pace of change is key to the success of these industries. Technology and strategy intertwine to anticipate the needs of the client, creating opportunities for suppliers to demonstrate their ability to differentiate and accelerate success. Hear from executives who strive to keep their companies on the cutting edge and what that means to a diverse supplier.
The automotive industry is extremely dependent upon technology -- electronics account for up to 20% of a vehicle's value. This industry is bound by strict safety and environmental standards which also drive decision and strategic directions. The OEM model is evolving and changing at a rapid pace as the need to reduce operating margins increases. Get a glimpse into the future of this industry and the changing needs of a complex supply chain.
Other / Travel & Entertainment
Shifts in the global economy, game-changing innovation, geopolitical turmoil, natural disasters, pandemics, cyber risks, and ever changing consumer demands reshape the travel, entertainment, and other industry landscapes. Robust topics will be explored during this combined track.
Despite budget cuts and fiscal uncertainty, the federal government is still spending over $500 Billion per year on products and services contracts with suppliers. Knowing how to approach the federal government, what to do once you get started, including the business development process, understanding when to respond to an RFP, ensuring you have the working capital for success are important considerations that will be explored in this track.
The challenges of navigating the international business economy considering foreign laws and regulations, global pricing strategies, shipping and transport methods and various other factors must be addressed in order to capitalize on a market that is less centralized, more geographically differentiated and more digitally interconnected in order to grow internationally. This track will explore the topics, trends and information needed from exporting your products or taking your business across the globe.
Get the tools you need to build your skills! These tracks will explore the various resources available to WBEs and provide education on a variety of topics.
Corporate / Government Skills
Get the tools you need to build your skills! These tracks will explore the various resources available to Corporate and Government members and provide education on supplier diversity related topics.