Education Sessions

Keynote Speakers 

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Arianna Huffington

Founder and CEO of Thrive Global
Founder of The Huffington Post

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David Edelman

Senior Lecturer Of Business Administration

Harvard University

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Guenther Steiner

Former principal

Haas F1 Team

A Conversation with Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.

She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on numerous boards, including Onex, The B Team, JUST CAPITAL, and Gloat.

Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time both became instant international bestsellers. Most recently, she wrote the foreword to Thrive Global’s first book Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps.

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AI and the Customer Experience with David Edelman

David C. Edelman has been repeatedly recognized by Forbes as one of the most influential chief marketing officers (CMOs) in the world and by AdWeek as one of the Top 20 marketing and technology executives. Throughout the past 30 years, he has worked for major clients such as JPMorganChase, SAP, American Express, Verizon, IBM and McDonalds and has popularized foundational concepts such as “The Customer Decision Journey” and “Segment-of-One Marketing.” Most recently as CMO, he guided Aetna, now part of CVS Health, through becoming a digitally oriented, customer-centric enterprise. Edelman also has built multimillion-dollar practices as a partner with The Boston Consulting Group; Digitas, now part of Publicis Groupe; and McKinsey & Co. He has become a sought-after advisor about artificial intelligence, digitization, go-to-market strategy, marketing organization and agile operations. Edelman currently is a senior lecturer in marketing at Harvard Business School and serves as an advisor to multiple organizations.

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Surviving to Drive - Insights into F1 Race Operations with Guenther Steiner

Guenther Steiner is one of Formula One’s (F1’s) most popular team principals. He led America’s only F1 racing team, the Haas F1 team, from its launch in 2014 until the end of 2023. Prior to his American F1 experience, Steiner led racing teams in Italy and the United Kingdom, including as technical manager, team manager, director of engineering and managing director. Red Bull then tapped him to establish its NASCAR racing program in the United States, which ultimately led to entrepreneur Gene Haas recruiting Steiner to create the Haas F1 team. When Steiner moved to the United States, he also established Fibreworks Composites, a high-tech, carbon-composites design and manufacturing company, which he still owns.

Steiner recently rose to fame as one of the stars of the award-winning Netflix series “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” and now is well known for his straight-talking style and keen sense of humor. His 2023 book, “Surviving to Drive” became an instant hit and topped The Sunday Times Bestsellers List in the United Kingdom. He now is an expert F 1 analyst for German broadcaster RTL, French channel Canal+ and Australia’s Network 10.

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Session Topics 

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Stability, Resilience and Agility

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.

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Digital Capabilities, Technologies and Enablers

Learn how to use data analytics, the internet of things and cloud-based computing to achieve visibility, synchronization and best-in-class digital maturity.

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Talent, Leadership and Transformation

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.

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Sustainability, Circularity and Climate

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.

Additional featured topics, presented by leading industry experts, include:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Data and Information
  • End-to-End Supply Chain Orchestration
  • Emerging Trends and Innovation
  • Logistics and Fulfillment
  • Sourcing and Procurement
  • Startup Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Planning, Manufacturing

 Interactive Learning

in our new Innovation Hub!

Digital Capabilities

Delve into innovative products and gain insights from trusted industry experts, backed by research findings. Immerse yourself in an interactive journey designed to inspire creativity, foster collaboration, and ignite meaningful discussions.

Supply Chain Gamers Challenge

During web-based business simulation games, participants will be confronted with various real-life, real-time dilemmas and will need to maintain a fair balance between profitability and sustainability.  Join for a lot of supply chain insights, a lot of fun, and chances to win the grand prize!

Industry Collaborators

Connect with renowned industry thought leaders through captivating podcast discussions LIVE in Austin.  Richard Crawford, executive producer and host of "Leave No Trace TV" will join ASCM CEO Abe Eshkenazi for this thought-provoking discussion into the complexities, innovations and solutions towards a more resilient, sustainable global supply chain.

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Roundtable Tech Talks

Captivating Education in Convenient Bite-Sized Sessions

Connect with fellow attendees during small group roundtable discussions and learn about the latest innovations and technologies driving the industry forward.


 Networking Opportunities

Welcome Reception

Join fellow attendees at the Welcome Reception for an evening of connection-building and camaraderie. As you enjoy delicious refreshments and engaging conversation, seize the opportunity to forge new professional relationships and deepen existing ones.

Meetup Hub

ASCM CONNECT: North America is all about connecting with your fellow supply chain professionals! This year, you can request a meeting with another attendee through the app and reserve a table at our Meetup Hub in the Innovation Hub.

Networking Roundtables

Is there a topic that you'd love to discuss with your supply chain peers? Sign up for one of our Networking Roundtables! Six 30-minute roundtable discussions around hot topics will be held in the Innovation Hub, including one for Active Military attendees.

After-Dark Party

Join us at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, home of Stubb’s legendary bar-b-q, for the biggest party at ASCM CONNECT 2024: North America. Come on down for live music, cold drinks and plenty of food!

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Connection Cafès

Dialogue and discussion with your peers

Immerse yourself in interactive workshops that delve deeply into key supply chain topics, from transformation to operationalizing sustainability. Participate in lively small group discussions that ignite engagement and foster meaningful connections.


 Facility Tours

Facility tours are a true “behind the scenes look” at supply chain in action. Experience first-hand how companies develop their products, manage their supply chains and meet their operating goals. Each tour will have limited capacity and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bus service will be provided to/from the facility.

Information/registration for tours will be posted when available.

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