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ProMat 2019 Keynote Speakers


Karim R. Lakhani

Harvard Business School


Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

Wednesday AM

George W. Prest & Scott Sopher

CEO, MHI & Deloitte Consulting LLP's Supply Chain Practice

Wednesday PM

Marcus Lemonis

CNBC's "The Profit" / CEO, Camping World / Serial Entrepreneur


8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Room S100
Karim R. Lakhani, Harvard Business School

Blockchain Technology for Supply Chains
Blockchain technology has the potential to address and resolve many manufacturing and supply chain challenges and add new value to your business. This technology will create a. new normal for supply chains where trust and transparency are the major differentiators to staying competitive.

In this keynote, Harvard’s Karim Lakhani will detail how incorporating blockchain technology into your operations can have a tremendous impact on transparency, identity & trust, payments, flexibility and responsiveness — and result in a more efficient, cost-saving, risk-reducing supply chain.

You’ll hear specific use cases and pilot projects to provide context into the power of blockchain. More importantly, you will learn how to incorporate blockchain into your business and transform your supply chain.

Panelists include:

  • David Cecchi, Senior Director, Enterprise Data, Cargill
  • Leanne Kemp, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur & C3PO First, CEO, Founder of Everledger
  • Michael J Reed , Director -- Blockchain Program at Intel Corporation

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ProMat 2019 Keynote - Karim R. Lakhani


8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Room S100
Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

Closing the Supply Chain Gender Gap
It’s no secret that manufacturing and supply chain industry has a serious gender imbalance. We live in an era in which girls are told they can do anything, so why aren’t there more women in supply chain leadership roles to look up to? In 2012, Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code with the mission of correcting the disparity in the tech industry.

Since then, she has sparked a national conversation about increasing the number of women in tech, and Girls Who Code has reached nearly 40,000 young girls and aims to enroll 1 million women by 2020. Join us for this ground-breaking keynote as Reshma provides practical strategies for closing the gender gap and why it is key to the future success of our industry.

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ProMat 2019 Keynote - Reshma Saujani

Wednesday AM

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Room S100
George W. Prest, CEO, MHI & Scott Sopher, Principal Deloitte Consulting LLP's Supply Chain Practice

Preview of MHI 2019 Annual Industry Report
This is your opportunity to be the first to have access to this new report on the supply chain trends and technologies that are transforming supply chains. Scott Sopher, the principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP's Supply Chain practice will join George W. Prest, CEO of MHI in presenting the findings and moderating a panel of manufacturing and supply chain leaders on the report's findings. They will be joined by a panel of manufacturing and supply chain professionals to discuss the real-world significance of the report findings.

Panelists include:

  • Annette Danek-Akey, SVP Supply Chain, Penguin Random House
  • Jim Liefer, CEO of Kindred AI
  • Joel Reed, CEO of IAM Robotics
  • Randy V. Bradley, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management , Haslam College of Business, The University of Tennessee
ProMat 2019 Keynote - George W. Prest and Scott Sopher

Wednesday PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Room S100
Marcus Lemonis, CNBC's "The Profit" / CEO, Camping World / Serial Entrepreneur

The Three Keys to Business Success – People, Process, Profit
As a self-made billionaire, Marcus Lemonis has seen his fair share of companies come and go on his hit CNBC reality series, “The Profit.” Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of his knowledge and insight as Lemonis shares his secrets to business success.

During this thought-provoking keynote, Lemonis will detail how business success comes down to three key principles: people, product, and process. You will be inspired as he shares his strategies to implementing these principles into your organization to drive growth, elevate the customer experience and improve business processes.

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ProMat 2019 Keynote - Marcus Lemonis