Keynote Speakers

Now more than ever, supply chain requires collaboration and innovation. Over three days, our four keynotes will expound upon how to prioritize resilience from a global perspective and unmask the root issues in supply chain visibility while embracing imperfection. We look forward to you joining us!

ASCM CONNECT Keynote Speaker

John J. Sullivan

Former United States Ambassador to Russia (2020-2022)

A Global Perspective on Supply Chain Recovery and Resilience

ASCM CONNECT Keynote Speaker

Elliott Harris

United Nations
Chief Economist

A Global Perspective on Supply Chain Recovery and Resilience 

Dr. Yossi Sheffi 

Professor of Engineering Systems and Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL)

 The 5th Industrial Revolution: Why Human and AI Collaboration is the Future

Frankie Mossman

Chief Commercial Officer

Transparency Unveiled: Unmasking the Root Issues in Supply Chain Visibility and Embracing Imperfection

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Learning Tracks

With 70 plus educational sessions across 12 different content learning tracks, you’re certain to leave with tactics and skills that will inspire you.  The content within these learning pillars is specifically structured to provide the best possible learning experience for conference attendees.

End-to-End Supply Chain Orchestration

A fully orchestrated supply chain requires transparent relationships, real-time visibility into key data and the know-how to use insights wisely. Discover the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning, supply chain control towers, and event-tracking and early-warning systems to achieve agility, resilience, cost-savings and a clear view of what’s really happening throughout your network.

Emerging Trends and Innovation

Topping ASCM’s Top 10 Trends for 2023 are digital transformation, big data and automation. Learn how to tap into these essential solutions — as well as blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, smart logistics, digital twins, the internet of things and next-generation robots — to achieve greater supply chain flexibility, sustainability and bottom-line results. 

Supply Chain Planning

Like so many aspects of supply chain, planning is getting an overhaul after recent disruptions. Gain insights to help you better predict the next big shift and maintain a sustainable network via real-time visibility, next-level sensing, the latest technologies, advanced analytics and the expertise to engage supply chain partners who share your goals.


Smart manufacturing is the only way forward — and it relies on the adoption of virtual reality, predictive maintenance, 3D printing, digital twins, the industrial internet of things, connected workers and much more. Close the skill gap and address the ongoing labor shortage by transforming your factory into one in which the most talented workers thrive.

Logistics and Fulfillment

In an incredibly challenging market, too many warehouses are missing the mark in their logistics and fulfillment operations. Discover how to increase quality and reliability while supporting sustainability goals via robotics, automation and drones — as well as initiatives involving near- and re-shoring, reverse logistics, micro-fulfillment, specialized warehouses and more.

Sourcing and Procurement

Inflation and ongoing resource constraints continue to put pressure on sourcing and procurement professionals. It’s critical to foster positive relationships while reducing purchasing costs and risks. Learn about ethical and sustainable procurement, contract management and negotiation, methods for tracing purchase order flow, and strategic sourcing best practices.

Talent, Leadership and Transformation

The demand for supply chain talent is at an all-time high — especially for people with tactical and operational expertise, as well as strategic thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills. Become an employer of choice by prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion; career development; work-life balance; and corporate transformation that leads to a fulfilling and rewarding company culture.

Digital Capabilities, Technologies and Enablers

Amid the Great Supply Chain Reset, it’s essential to assess your current capabilities while planning for a future in which supply chain digitization creates networks that are integrated, adaptable and resilient. Learn how to use data analytics, the internet of things and cloud-based computing to achieve visibility, synchronization and best-in-class digital maturity.

Sustainability, Circularity and Climate

There’s no question that supply chain sustainability initiatives also bolster overall performance and the bottom line, especially across highly complex networks. Understand how to select suppliers who share your circularity goals; reduce carbon emissions and waste; maintain ethical sourcing and fair trade; and tap into the power of wind, solar and other exciting efficiency solutions.

Stability, Resilience and Agility

Effective supply chain planning hinges on accurate measurement and interpretation of the stresses that exist within your network. Explore how to use data analytics and machine learning to examine past trends and predict future shifts. Develop proactive decision-making skills in order to cut unnecessary costs, optimize workflow and forecast with greater confidence.

Advanced Analytics, Data and Information

Supply chain breakthroughs are impossible without first assessing the current state. Investigate how to apply data-driven insights in order to understand where you are now while anticipating global shifts and exciting market opportunities. Delve into artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced analytics and deep learning to advance your network via actionable business intelligence.

Startup Supply Chain

Adopt a startup mindset to maximize your supply chain organization’s creativity, innovation and rapid growth potential. Discover proven ways to prototype more quickly and tap into your team’s enthusiasm and passion — while allowing them to embrace failure and pivot when necessary. This unique perspective will enable you to create a compelling, modern experience for all stakeholders.

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TECHTalks – new in 2023 — your resource for opinions and analysis on the latest tech trends in supply chain. Hear from a diverse lineup, from C-level executives and representatives to technology and start-up pioneers. This is an opportunity to gain best practice advice, hear ground-breaking cases studies and carve out future strategies for your organization.  


Innovation Labs

Check out the latest in supply chain tech, learn about innovative products and hear research-backed findings from trusted industry experts in the Innovation Labs — an immersive experience designed to stimulate creativity, collaboration and discussion. Plus, share your feedback with the forward-thinking companies leading the sessions.


Facility Tours

Back by popular demand — Explore companies and distilleries that call Louisville home on one of our Facility Tours. Experience first-hand how they develop their products, manage their supply chains and meet their operating goals. Register now to network with supply chain peers across the country on these organized tours. Attendees may select their tours during registration. Bus service will be provided to/from the facility.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Join your ASCM colleagues and connect with a genuine global icon on its hometown turf. Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory celebrates the extraordinary role Louisville Slugger baseball bats have played in the sport's past, present, and future.

From the forest to the field, you'll follow the timber that's turned into hard-hitting history.

And, really, who doesn’t love a free mini-bat at the end of a tour?

You will walk a few short blocks, and network with fellow ASCM tour attendees, to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Transportation is NOT provided for this tour. You will be notified prior to departure of where to meet for the walk over.

  • Monday, September 11
  • Tuesday, September 12
  • Wednesday, September 13

Angel's Envy - Bourbon Distillery Tour (Sold Out)

You and eleven of your ASCM colleagues join together for the Angels Envy Distillery tour and will experience the bourbon distillation process first-hand, from start to finish. View the Angel Envy's distilling operation, and wrap up the tour with a tasting of Angel's Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Casks and Angel's Envy Rye Whikey Finished in Caribbean Rum Casks. 

Closed to shoes are recommended and you must be 21 or older to join this tour. Transportation is provided.

  • Monday, September 11
  • Tuesday, September 12

UPS Worldport (Sold Out)

Tour UPS Worldport, the heart of UPS’s global air network!  Jump on a shuttle with a planned destination to the largest automated package handling facility in the world. 

Get an up close view of this technological marvel covering 5.2 million square feet (that’s 90 football fields)!  This location is the center point of UPS’s worldwide air network which is one of the world’s largest, safest and most on-time airlines.  This tour will highlight the cornerstone of an integrated transportation network that makes UPS the global leader in logistics.  

Business casual attire is recommended with solid, comfortable footwear; participants must wear closed toe shoes.  Please ensure all attire is weather appropriate.  Participants are required to bring a photo ID to gain access to airport property once at Worldport and go through a security screening.   No weapons are permitted, including pocket knives. Transportation and lunch will be provided.

  • Monday, September 11
  • Tuesday, September 12
  • Wednesday, September 13

Copper and Kings - Brandy Distillery

Join the Copper & Kings Experience to see what makes them the most unique distillery in the heart of Bourbon Country. Guests will see the full production facility which houses their beautiful copper pot stills and bottling line. Tour their Barrel Cellar where their aging spirits listen to curated music 24/7. This educational tour and tasting experience will also provide four samples from their core portfolio of innovative spirits including American Brandy, Bourbon, Gin, Absinthe & Liqueurs. Cheers! Transportation is provided.

  • Monday, September 11
  • Tuesday, September 12

Churchill Downs: Race Activity

Experience Churchill Downs, the home of the oldest continuously running sports event in the nation. You'll get to explore two floors of Kentucky Derby history, watch an immersive, 360-degree, film, "The Greatest Race,"  visit the Derby Museum Store, and enjoy a historic walking tour. You'll then participate in a mock racing event. Join your ASCM colleagues in the fun and excitement of wagering with "Horsey Bucks" and learn about handicapping the horses. You'll get a race program, the "horsey bucks", and experience betting windows with live tellers. Transportation is provided.

  • Tuesday, September 12