Supply Chain Symposium

Marquette University’s Center for Supply Chain Management held its inaugural Supply Chain Symposium in Spring 2021.  This three-part series focused on Disruptions in Supply and Demand.  While this year’s symposium was virtual, we will plan to gather in person in the future. Recordings of all three events are provided below.  Stay tuned for next year's event!


Part 3

The Future of Supply Chains Through Disruptions

Date:  April 29, 2021 12:00 pm  – 1:00 pm CST


Mark Cotelleer

With the pivotal insights learned from the first two sessions of the 2021 Supply Chain Symposium, Session 3 focuses on the relevant question of 'What's next in the supply chain world?'  This session delves into the future of our supply chains and some key thoughts on what could be coming down the pipeline.  Dr. Mark Cotteleer, Managing Director - Supply Chain and Operations Consulting at Deloitte, will bring to light some predictions, expectations, and a global view of supply chains.  Mark will be joined by Greg Bowman, Vice President of Corporate Development & Chief Innovation Officer at Siemens Government Technologies and Mark LaViolette, Specialist Leader at Deloitte.  From responsiveness, to resiliency, to adaptability, all three speakers will address how to mitigate risk and offer advice on how to build a better supply chain going forward.


     David Bowman                 Mark LaViolette


Part 2 - Recap

Industry Disruptions and Resilience in Supply Chains

Date:  April 8, 2021 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST

Andrea ParnauModerator: Andrea Parnau – Director, Sourcing Operations, Plexus Corp.
Andrea Parnau has been passionate about Supply Chain for the last 15 years holding various roles in strategic sourcing, planning, and inventory management at Direct Supply Inc and Briggs & Stratton. Today, she is the Sourcing Operations Director at Plexus. She is also a proud mother to her 5 year old, Carter, and 3 year old, Charlotte. Andrea is a graduate from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a Finance and Economics degree and has her MBA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Panelist photosSession 2 is an exciting panel of engaged leaders in Supply Chain Management who will delve into the details of how their respective organizations handle global disruptions, with special focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, this panel will share suggestions and advice, based on their own experiences, on how to recover and become resilient in the face of global disruptions that affect supply chains.

Speaker bios


Part 1 - Recap

UPS and FEMA Project Airbridge & COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Date:  March 11, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST


speaker headshots

Summary :  Jeff McCorstin, UPS President, Global Customs Brokerage & North America Supply Chain Solutions and Wes Wheeler, UPS President of Global Healthcare discuss the challenges COVID created in the Global Supply Chains, from PPE moves in Q2/Q3 2020 to global distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines in Q4 2020 and beyond.  Jeff and Wes give an overview of the challenges and lessons learned from the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.  This exciting session focuses on the disruptions COVID put on global markets, the UPS experiences supporting these efforts as well as the resiliency factor that UPS is known for and some crucial steps going forward.

Speaker biographies: Jeff McCorstin Wes Wheeler


Thank you to our Symposium Sponsors and our Industry Engagement Committee

Platinum Sponsors

Direct Supply ULINE

Blue Sponsors

UPS logo  Abbvie logoDeloitte

Symposium Sponsors

  • VELN Legal

Industry Engagement Subcommittee:

  • Mark Boutelle, Deublin Company, Subcommittee Chair
  • Mark Cotteleer, Deloitte
  • John Elliott, Uline
  • Ann Erpenbeck, RJ Schinner
  • Todd Filter, Direct Supply
  • Jeff McCorstin, UPS
  • Jesus Sanchez, Johnson Controls
  • Jim Stollberg, Gemini Global Advisors