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Keynote with Dick Conrad
Our Future Supply Management Lies in Today’s Corporate Consciousness

In an era of heightened awareness for corporate governance and responsibility, our stakeholders — customers, investors and employees — demand more from us. Social responsibility is no longer an option but a business imperative. In essence, our future supply management lies in today’s corporate consciousness.

Hewlett-Packard has a long-standing tradition of treating suppliers and their workers around the world with dignity, respect and safety while having the least impact on our natural resources. Conrad provides an overview of how HP developed a world-class supply chain social and environmental responsibility program that focuses on labor and human rights, occupational health and safety, and environmental practices of workers around the world. Discover best practices for setting new standards and creating compliance monitoring, reporting and communication programs for responding to stakeholders both within and outside of the company.

Dick Conrad
Sr. Vice President Global Operations, Supply Chain

 Sunday April 25
Keynote with J.T. Battenberg, III
Collaboration, Partnerships and Success

Find out how Delphi Corporation elevated its suppliers to world-class lean status through collaboration and long-term partnerships. Gain insights on the value of transforming supplier relationships, and how achieving excellence in this aspect of Delphi’s business is helping the company become its customers’ best supplier. Use this motivational presentation to return to your organization with ideas and strategies to impact your supplier base.

J.T. Battenberg
Chairman, CEO and President
Delphi Corporation

 Monday April 26
Business Survey Keynote with Mark Zandi, Ph.D. and Brian S. Wesbury
Business Survey/Economic Outlook Presentation

With over 15 years’ experience in macroeconomic, financial and regional economic modeling, Zandi directs’s economic and financial research and analysis. His research interests include macroeconomics, econometrics and portfolio modeling. He conducts briefings on economic issues for senior management of corporations, financial institutions and government, portfolio managers, and developers. He is frequently quoted in leading national news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week and Barron’s. He has appeared on “Wall Street Week,” CNN, “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” NPR’s “Morning Edition” as well as other respected news and financial networks. Zandi received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Zandi
Chief Economist, Co-Founder

Ralph G. Kauffman
Associate Professor
University of Houston-Downtown

Brian S. Wesbury
First Vice President & Chief Economist
Griffin, Kubik, Stephens & Thompson, Inc.

Norbert J. Ore
Group Director, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement
Georgia-Pacific Corporation

 Tuesday April 27
Keynote with David K. Foot
It’s All in the Demographics

Don’t miss this compelling keynote address from Foot, an outspoken and controversial demographics expert. Discover how changing demographics, especially the aging of the boomer generation and the entry of the echo generation into the workplace, will redefine society’s needs. Foot contends that demographics explains two-thirds of everything — whether the subject is business strategy, marketing, human resources, the stock market, housing, education, health, leisure, or social and global trends. Change can’t be avoided, but it can be anticipated and managed. With insight into demographics, a business, an individual or a government has a strong foundation upon which to build an understanding of the past and a vision for the future. Use this fresh perspective to focus on the demographics relevant to your supply chain and watch your business improve.

David K. Foot
Professor of Economics
University of Toronto

 Tuesday April 27
Keynote with Bonnie St. John
Winners Get Up Faster

Adapting to change fast enough demands not only that we fall down and get up, but that we get good at it. You’ll laugh and cry while hearing stories of falling at the Olympics, tripping up in the White House and always getting back in the game. Find out why bad situations can be a gift. St. John shares reflections from CEOs who went through dark times but came out stronger and far more successful. Draw on this session for inspiration whenever you face challenges in your professional or personal life.

Bonnie St. John
Olympic Medalist
Writer, Speaker, Athlete

 Wednesday April 28