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2024 Annual Conference: Supply Chain

Rebecca Wlazlo

Just announced!

Rebecca Wlazlo, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Crate and Barrel

We are thrilled to announce Rebecca Wlazlo will be kicking off our Supply Chain track at this year’s Annual Conference.

Rebecca is a supply chain executive with a passion for leading and developing high-performing teams to solve complex problems and deliver outstanding results. She has a deep supply chain background gained with Fortune 100 CPG and retail companies such as PepsiCo, Target, Ulta and The TJX Companies.

Make sure to revisit this page soon to learn more about Rebecca’s session.

Carol Ptak

Adaptive Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP): Allowing Teams to Win

Carol Ptak, Partner, Demand Driven Institute LLC

As a leader of the global “demand-driven movement” – and a supply chain leader before the term “supply chain” even existed – Carol Ptak has spent her career helping teams understand the bullwhip effect, the root cause of why inventory levels fluctuate, and the influence the teams to develop new ways of thinking about demand planning. In this presentation, Carol will share lessons learned from a career in supply chain and how she influences global teams to change the way they plan, operate, think, and adapt to the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world.

Key session takeaways:

  • How to help your teams move from a “cost” mindset to a “flow” mindset.
  • Which metric(s) create a win-win for all teams in your organization.

Steve Hunt

People: The Most Critical and Volatile Part of Your Supply Chain

Steve Hunt, PhD, Workforce Psychologist & Technologist, Author of Talent Tectonics

The pandemic reminded companies how critical a stable workforce is for supply chain operations. People can be amazingly productive, depressingly counterproductive (or not show up at all), and can quickly switch from one to another based on how they are treated. Dr. Steve Hunt will discuss how employee expectations are being reshaped by demographic shifts in the labor market, the impact of digitalization on work, and what companies must do to adapt their supply chains to a world of chronic skill shortages and accelerating business change.

Key session takeaways:

  • How to lead teams through change in a way that is energizing vs overwhelming.
  • Which skills are emerging as most critical in the new world of work, and how to build them.

Polly Mitchell-Guthrie

AI in Supply Chain: Separating Hype from Reality

Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, Supply Chain Thought Leader, Kinaxis

As UW–Madison statistics professor George Box once said: ” All models are wrong, some are useful.” Contrary to the hype, AI isn’t useful for everything, but how do you incorporate it to actually make an impact in your supply chain? Polly Mitchell-Guthrie will be showcasing some examples of what it is NOT good at as well as the keys to maximizing its use in supply chains.

Key session takeaways:

  • Understanding the relationship between descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics and how they relate to artificial intelligence.
  • How to choose AI projects that will drive maximum usage and insight.

Supply Chain Track Sponsor

Thank you to WMEP Manufacturing Solutions for sponsoring the Supply Chain track!




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Steering Committee

Steering Committee members provide guidance on track content, topic suggestions, and speaker selection. Thank you to the 2024 Supply Chain Track Steering Committee:

John Cavey
John Cavey
Director of Sales/Inventory/Ops Planning
Brunswick Corporation

Amanda Schneider
Amanda Schneider
Director, Corporate Procurement
The Vollrath Company

Sergio Calvillo
Sergio Calvillo
Senior Director – American Girl & Mattel Creations Planning
American Girl

Practice Director

Jenny Patzlaff

Position title: Supply Chain Practice Director


Jenny is an experienced cross-functional team leader and 20+ year supply chain veteran. She has a passion for data transparency, solving supply chain problems, and promoting a team culture of collaboration and continuous learning. Jenny spent seventeen years at Target Corporation in various supply chain roles including Inventory Management, International and Domestic Logistics, Global Trade Compliance, Data Product Management, and Supply Chain Program Management. She then moved back to Wisconsin as Director of Strategic Initiatives for RateLinx, a logistics software development company where she helped customers reduce freight costs and improve Ship, Track and Pay data visibility. Jenny graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is also a Licensed Customs Broker.