Symposium attracts experts, change agents in supply chain and operations

The Supply Chain and Operation Symposium on November 29 brought powerhouse panelists to Olin Business School. The student event was coordinated by Olin’s Supply Chain and Operations Association (SCOPA) and sponsored by the Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation (BCSCI) and Olin’s Weston Career Center.

The four panelists, exceptional leaders from World Wide Technology, Monsanto, Eaton, and Caleres, described how the work they do contributes to their organization’s value chain. Students were encouraged to be courageous, innovative, vulnerable, and to stay humble. It was a tremendous learning opportunity for all who attended!

About the panel

Mike Taylor, Vice President of Information Technology, World Wide Technology

As Vice President of Information Technology, Mike is responsible for all information technology functions that include business applications, IT governance, architecture, infrastructure, and core Advanced Technology Center operations.

Marcelle Pires, Global Supply Chain Director, Monsanto

Marcelle is a 18-year employee with Monsanto Company. She joined the company in Brazil and has worked primarily in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations, including roles as Manufacturing Manager, Supply Chain Manager in the Chemistry and Seeds businesses.

Carlos Alberto Valdez, Director of Operations for B-Line, Eaton

Carlos has worked in the industry for 23 years and currently is responsible for Eaton B-Line Business Operations, consisting of seven manufacturing sites in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to a site in Saudi Arabia.

Natacha Alpert, Innovation Lead, Caleres

Natacha has been in the footwear and apparel industry, working creatively for iconic brands, for the past 14 years. She is currently the innovation lead at CALERES, serving 9 of their brands in the corporate portfolio. She previously held global positions at Nine West, Dr. Marten’s, Miras3D, Timberland, and Reebok.

Guest Blogger: Laura Hollabaugh, Academic Advisor, Graduate Programs

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