WDC Innovation Summit Series: Innovating for Supply Chain Resilience

Wharton DC Innovation Summit session featuring some of top supply chain leaders in U.S., including Jonathan Byrnes, MIT, & Cyndi Lago, VP Supply Chain, Capgemini. Wharton Club Members, guests, public invited

“In the first phase of Covid-19, ‘Lockdown,’ most of the opportunities have been extracted. In the second phase, which I’m calling ‘Transition,’ to be huge for people if they can figure out where they want to play and how to position themselves to actually integrate through the opportunities which will lie there.” – Stephen Corbett, Founder, Corbett Consulting

  • The onset of COVID-19 caused disruptions in the supply chains of many companies, especially since part or all of their supply chains were located in China where the pandemic originated. Consequently, the panel aims to address this major COVID-19 related business disruption by focusing on the need for innovations to make supply chains more resilient.
  • Panelists will begin by examining the challenges created by the pandemic for the functioning and management of supply chains and then explore how innovations using technologies such as AI, 3D printing, robotics/automation and advanced manufacturing could improve the resilience of supply chains.
  • As a result, attending this session will give entrepreneurs and businesses an understanding of the best opportunities that COVID-19 has created for them to develop innovations that could improve supply chain resiliency.


11:45 am-12 Noon -- Networking on Zoom Meetings

12 Noon-12:50 pm Presentation, including shared screen for slides

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm: Further networking on Zoom


Meet the Speakers Panel:


  • Ruwan Salgado, Principal of Strat8gy International, LLC

Ruwan Salgado is Principal of Strat8gy International, LLC, an international management consultancy, and was a Partner at Sino America Investment Partners, a venture seeking to assist Chinese companies with investing in the United States. He has expertise in business development, project management, operations, financial management and analysis, and strategic planning. As a management consultant in and outside of the U.S., Ruwan has worked with senior government officials and corporate executives in a wide range of industries including oil, mining, healthcare, finance/capital markets, education and agribusiness. Read full profile…


  • Jonathan L.S. Byrnes, Senior Lecturer, MIT

Jonathan L.S. Byrnes is Senior Lecturer at MIT, where he has taught at the graduate level and in executive programs for 30 years. He is the author of Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink, which Inc.com named to its 2010 list of Best Books for Business Owners. He is co-author of the forthcoming book, Choose your Customer: How to Compete Against the Digital Giants and Thrive. He also recently co-authored the article: ” Coronavirus: How to Manage your Supply Chain Shock Waves”. Read full profile…

  • Stephen Corbett, Founder, Corbett Consulting

Stephen is the Founder of Corbett Consulting, a boutique Strategy and Operations consulting company that concentrates on operational transformations across a multitude of industries. Corbett Consulting is industry agnostic and has worked across industries as diverse as heavy manufacturing, financial services, public service and not for profit. In all situations the approach of identifying the greatest impediments to effectiveness and developing solutions to minimize their impact has been effective. Read full profile…

  • Ran Farmer, Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group & Founding Investor of 3D Herndon

Ran Farmer is a seasoned international executive with diverse experience as a business leader, entrepreneur and technology investor. He is currently Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group. He is also the founding investor of 3D Herndon, one of the leading centers of expertise for 3D printing, 3D scanning and design based in the heart of the Northern Virginia technology corridor. Read full profile…

  • Cyndi Lago, Vice President Supply Chain, Capgemini

Cyndi Lago is a Vice President and the leader of Supply Chain for Capgemini, where she helps large, complex organizations in multiple industries digitally transform supply chain operations in areas including demand planning, order management, master data management, and analytics. Prior to leading the supply-chain organization, Cyndi was the US Consumer Products and Distribution Leader for Capgemini, helping some of the world’s largest consumer-products companies in their efforts to develop innovative solutions that realize business value through technology. Read full profile…

REGISTER for THIS EVENT or the Wharton DC Innovation Summit SERIES

Two options for registration:

  • The entire Innovation Summit Series - 11 programs
    • Free for President's Club & Lifetime Members
    • 49/person for all Members of Wharton Club of DC & Strategic Partner Current Members & Guests
    • 99/person for all others for access to all 11 programs
  • By the individual session
    • Free for President's Club & Lifetime Members
    • 19/person for all Members of Wharton Club of DC & Strategic Partner Current Members & Guests
    • 29/person for all others


11:45AM - 1:00PM Mon 27 Jul 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )

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Alan Schlaifer
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