2021 CSCRL Spring Symposium

Surviving and Thriving in a COVID-19 Economy

Virtually on April 9, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Based on continued restrictions for in person events our Spring Symposium will be held virtually. The CSCRL Spring Symposium is an opportunity to learn and discuss new insights from industry and academic experts related to the overall theme of Surviving and Thriving in a COVID-19 Economy. In addition, there will be presentations that discuss the specific impact of new and innovative supply chain concepts that are more effective in a COVID impacted environment. What are some factors that enable supply chains to adapt and grow?  These live zoom sessions will have plenty of time to ask questions to gain greater understanding and applicability to your own company.  

In addition, we will also have specific topic breakout rooms for a small number of participants to gather and discuss topics of their own interest. There will not be a presenter but rather a facilitator to enable a good discussion of the topic.

Registration is complimentary for all attendees.  In lieu of a registration fee, please consider making a donation to the SCMI Scholarships Fund.  This fund will help support deserving students during these challenging times.  All donations of any amount are appreciated and fully tax deductible.  Special recognition will be given to those donation $250 or more. If you are interested in helping our SCMI students, when you register, please select the Donate button.


8:00 AM - 8:15 AM 
Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM | Session 1: Keynote Speaker
“The Foundation for Survival and Growth Post COVID 19”
John Gainor, Director of SAIA, Inc. and Jack in the Box, Inc.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM | Session 2
“What do Financial Executives and SC Executives need to learn about each other to thrive in a COVID-19 Economy?”
Steve Scala, Executive Vice President Corporate Development, DiCentral

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM 
Networking Breakout Rooms

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM | Session 3
“Adaptation During Supply Chain Dislocation”
David Broering, President Non-Asset, NFI Industries

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM | Session 4
“Assume You Have a Problem!”
David Lankewicz, Senior Director Purchasing, Inventory, and Logistics, Lutron Electronics, Inc. 

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM 
Lunch/Networking Breakout Rooms

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM | Session 5
“Impacts of Block Chain Track and Trace on Consumer Purchases: A Natural Experiment”
David Peng, Professor and Dean's Chair, Chair of the Decision and Technology Analytics Department, College of Business, Lehigh University

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM | Session 6 
"How a country store survived and thrived in a pandemic
John Spencer, Director of Technology and E-Commerce, The Vermont Country Store (VCS)

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM 
Networking Breakout Rooms

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM | Session 7
“Packaging in a Pandemic”
Cynthia Billone, Ray Lopez, and Dana Pierce, Sales Representatives, Pratt Industries

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Closing Comments and Wrap-up
Zach Zacharia, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Director, CSCRL, College of Business, Lehigh University