Supply Chain Symposium

Marquette University’s Center for Supply Chain Management invites you to its inaugural Supply Chain Symposium.  This year we will host a three-part series titled Disruptions in Supply and Demand.  Part 1 will focus on the unprecedented challenges and success UPS has encountered in the distribution of PPE and the COVID-19 vaccine.  In Part 2 we will hear from a panel of supply chain leaders as they discuss disruptions in their industries and learn best practices to achieve resiliency.  Part 3 will pull insights from Parts 1 and 2 and discuss the future of supply chain post-pandemic.  We hope you can join us for one, two or all three of these excellent sessions.  While this year’s symposium will be virtual, we will plan to gather in person in the future.

Register to attend - Free event


Part 3

The Future of Supply Chains Through Disruptions

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

Mark CotelleerWith 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.  From responsiveness, to resiliency, to adaptability, speakers will address how to mitigate risk and offer advice on how to build a better supply chain going forward.  

Bio - Mark Cotteleer


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

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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