The 15th annual Shipper Symposium is quickly approaching! This year’s signature event is located at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas on May 8-10, and you can count on some of the best and brightest transportation and supply chain industry leaders to be in attendance.
The Shipper Symposium is an educational forum that focuses on bringing together shippers, transportation practitioners, analysts and academics to identify strategies for navigating the latest trends and challenges impacting the supply chain. This year’s broad range of panels and seminars from leading supply chain and economic visionaries will address current issues and trends such as big data, the internet of things, capacity constraints and regulatory issues that affect the transportation of goods across the globe.
To start getting you into the Shipper Symposium spirit, you’ll find a preview of this year’s keynote speakers below. Check it out and let us know who you are most excited to see in the comments!
Shipper Symposium 2017 Keynote Speakers
Annette Sandberg, CEO of TransSafe Consulting, has previously served as the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). She is an expert in law enforcement and public safety, and will join Sword & Sea Transport Advisors President Thom Albrecht, CFA, and Transplace CEO Tom Sanderson (back by popular demand!) to discuss transportation trends and examine the regulatory and safety landscapes within the industry.
Navy commander of USS Benfold, Mike Abrashoff used leadership and culture to take a ship plagued by low morale and high turnover and turn it around. Abrashoff’s solution was to establish a set of management principles he calls “The Leadership Roadmap,” and he will speak to how these principles are critical for businesses to survive and thrive in the global marketplace.
Dr. Alan Beaulieu is the president of ITR Economics and co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, an insightful look at how to make the most of U.S. and global trends over the next 20 years. One of the country’s most informed economists, he will speak on how to forecast, plan and increase an organization’s profits based on business cycle trend analysis.
Paul Zikopoulos is the vice president of big data analytics for IBM and an expert in harnessing the power of big data. Zikopoulos will share insight into where big data comes from and will deconstruct the roles of data collection and decision-making for executives seeking opportunities to disrupt their industry and leap-frog the competition.
President of KGC Direct, LLC, Ken Gronbach, is an elite demographer who focuses on forecasting societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena. He will present some of the many ways that the modern workforce is changing, the future of communication and the fate of mass media, shedding some light on which countries are demographically positioned to excel in the future.
The big event is right around the corner — if you haven’t already, you can register for the 15th annual Shipper Symposium and learn more about the agenda and speakers here!
What are you looking forward to most at this year’s Shipper Symposium?