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Friday, November 3, 2017 (optional activities the day prior)
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Presented by the Center for Supply Chain Management

The 2017 Supply Chain Management Symposium will provide insights into managing contemporary and evolving supply chains.  Our Invited Speakers will present and lead discussions that explore key disruptive technologies, customer/market trends, and new supply chain relationship structures — all critical to driving improvements in the cost and responsiveness landscape. 

The Symposium is a full-day event and is hosted at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to the Speaker Sessions, there is a Student Poster competition and optional tours and activities on Thursday afternoon and the evening prior to the event. 

 The Evolving Responsiveness-Cost Frontier

  • Disruptive Technologies

  • Trends in Customer / Market Demands

  • Evolving Vendor-Buyer relationships

Thursday, November 2, 2017* (Optional)

  • Site visit to Distribution Center, OK Grocery Company (OKG), 735 Beechnut Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) (Transportation is available to/from the University of Pittsburgh campus, boarding in front of Mervis Hall at 3:00 p.m., and departing at 3:15 p.m.)
  • Evening Meet and Greet reception at Market District, 100 Settlers Ridge Center Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (6:00 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
  • Speakers' Dinner at Saga Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, 1040 Settlers Ridge, Center Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (7:30 p.m.)


Friday, November 3, 2017

7:30am - 5:00pm Symposium Agenda*  

7:30am - 8:30am Registration and Breakfast

8:30am - 11:30 am Keynote address and Morning Sessions

11:30am - 1:30pm Lunch & Student Poster Session

1:30pm - 4:30pm Afternoon Sessions

4:30pm - 5:00pm Cocktails - Bridges Lounge

* Subject to slight change


Brian Baskin | The Wall Street Journal | Editor, The Logistics Report

Panelists and Speakers

  • Tonya Jackson | Lexmark International | Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer
  • Stephen Laaper | Deloitte Consulting | Principal, Strategy and Operations
  • Ryan Quinlan | Google Express | Head of Fulfillment
  • Chandra Narayanaswami | IBM | Principal Research Staff Member; Member, IBM Academy of Technology
  • Larry Smith | Becton Dickinson and Co. | Former Vice President, Global Supply Chain
  • John Tweardy | Deloitte Consulting | Principal, Cloud, Strategy and Operations
  • Suzy Valentine | IBM | Distinguished Engineer and Chief Data Scientist, IBM Watson Customer Engagement
Attendee Category Price
Industry (Individual) $199
Pitt Alumni $99
Faculty $99
Students $25
Staff $25
Student Poster Presenters No charge

Early-bird pricing is available until October 12, 2017, offerinig a 20% discount on the Industry Individual rate. The fee is $159. 

The fee to attend the Speaker's Dinner is an additional $30.

We are holding a block of hotel rooms at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Hotel, where the Symposium will be held.  The rooms are available for November 2 for a discounted rate of $149 per night. You can reserve your room by phone or online. If calling, call 412-682-6200 and ask for the University of Pittsburgh SCM Symposium Group Rate. If booking online, please use the group code 11026841SM. You must book before Thursday, October 12, 2017 to receive the discounted rate. 

Visit Pittsburgh offers information on other area hotels via an interactive map tool.


Poster authors qualify for free admission to the 2017 Supply Chain Management Symposium: Supply Chain Management in the Digital Age

The Pitt Business Center for Supply Chain Management's fall 2017 symposium on November 3, 2017 will feature a poster session in which students will be able to explore their areas of interest in supply chain management and compete for cash prizes. Posters will be on display during the symposium, and the agenda will include time for attendees to visit the poster area to meet with participating students. Additionally, students can participate in networking sessions at the symposium. 

Who Should Participate

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities are eligible to participate. To be eligible, participants must be enrolled as a college student in the fall 2017 term.  Posters can be authored individually or in teams of up to three individuals.

Registration Instructions

To register, you must submit your topic of interest.  If a specific topic is over-subscribed, authors may be asked to choose a different topic so please submit your topics early.  Your final poster will not be due until the date of the event.  View sample topics here, but authors are encouraged to develop their own topics.


The registration period deadlines:

  • Now - Register as soon as possible, selecting and submitting your poster topic
  • October 27, 2017 - The deadline for submitting your Poster Title and Abstract
  • Participants can pick up the tri fold and poster mounting materials from 335 MR anytime after October 15. 
  • Participants are responsible for bringing their mounted posters to the Wyndham Ballroom by 7:30 am on November 3.

The Judging Process

Posters will be judged by a panel of business professionals and faculty members.  The posters will be evaluated based on the quality of the author's findings/recommendations, and how clearly, concisely, and creatively these points are communicated through the poster and the author. 


The posters will be designated as either graduate and undergraduate.  The awards are as follows:

  • Graduate Poster Entries - $750 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place
  • Undergraduate Poster Entries - $600 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place

Rules and Guidelines

Please view the following documents for information on student participant eligibility, requirements on the posters/best practices in poster design, and the judging guidelines.

Student Eligibility Rules and Key Deadlines

Poster Requirements and Best Practices

Judging Rules