march, 2021

03mar12:30 pm1:30 pmBuild a Resilient Supply Chain | Virtual Lunch & Learn


Event Details

Effective, resilient supply chain management is vital to business venture growth and success. The disruption of the global supply chain this past year affected many businesses. Join The NIIC on March 3, 2021, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., for a Livestream lunch and learn to discuss how to Build a Resilient Supply Chain. Supply Chain experts Matthew Caito and Dr. Janaina Siegler from the Butler Lacey School of Business will lead the discussion.

“Many businesses are seeking answers about ways to prevent some of the challenges faced during COVID-19 Pandemic from happening again. The NIIC Women’s Business Center EmPWR Program engaged experts to lead this lunchtime discussion and to develop a new NIIC Navigator® Online Learning Toolset course focused on Supply Chain Resilience,” said Sarah Lance, EmPWR Program Manager.

The Livestream discussion will include managerial perspectives for supply chain leadership, with particular attention given to preparation and resilience. Practical tools and techniques will be provided for handling supply chain risks, disruptions, and recovery in today’s dynamic environment.

While all companies operate within a supply chain of one sort or another, not all companies think about what makes their role in a supply chain unique to them. Understanding what is unique to a firm will help managers consider what is important to their supply chain.  Register Now!

Meet Matthew Caito

Matthew Caito is a seasoned C-Suite Executive and Entrepreneur with over thirty years of senior management and leadership positions. He has managed Food Safety initiatives, Branded Foods, and Consumer Packaged Goods, Third-Party Logistics, and Vendor-Managed Replenishment programs with numerous Fortune Global 500™ companies.

His career’s primary thrust included extensive program development for various leading North American retailers, including Walmart, Costco, Dollar General Markets, Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Aldi Foods, and others. From 2005 to 2011, he developed and managed Disney Garden™ branded fresh produce for Disney Consumer products, marketing over 1.2 billion servings of fresh produce in that time.

Meet Dr. Janaina Siegler

Janaina (Jane) Siegler is an Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Lacy School of Business, Butler University. Before getting her Ph.D., Jane owned her own small business for 15 years. As a college professor for more than ten years now, Jane has taught thousands of undergraduate and graduate students in Brazil, the U.S., and Europe

Jane shares, “I have been an entrepreneur myself for many years before coming to academia. I have some great memories and some very challenging ones, which I chose to address through the content I share in this EmPWR course. One relates to the knowledge and ability to efficiently manage our inventories and all the costs related to them. And the second is about the importance of understanding our environment, our suppliers, and how our relationship with them can strategically help us or hinder our business development and growth.”


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