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APICS Conference 2017

By Dr. Robert L. Gordon | 10/26/2017 | 10:03 AM

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Guest Post by Dr. Stacey Little, Program Director for Transportation and Logistics Management, American Public University

Dr. Stacey Little, Program Director for Transportation and Logistics Management at American Public University attended the APICS conference in San Antonio, TX from October 15-October 17th. The APICS Conference hosted more than 2000 attendees from 50 different countries.  During the conference, there were several opportunities to meet and network with other supply chain professionals, students, and educators. 

The Conference offered over 60 educational sessions based on the SCOR model (Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, Return, Enable), 10 hours of Spot Light Sessions with specially curated content and two industry recognized Keynote speakers. Stacey presented on the topic of Post-Military Career transition to supply chain careers at a spotlight session.

The keynote speakers for the conference this year were interesting and engaging.  During the opening session, we heard from John Mackey of Whole Foods.  He highlighted the importance of focusing on the customer.  We later heard from Derek Kayongo, an expert in environmental sustainability. Derek is also the founder of the Global Soap project, where donated hotel soap is purified, reprocessed and redistributed to vulnerable populations around the world.

During the APICS Conference, there were networking lunches and receptions permitting attendees time away from the session to network and meet new people.  Finally, there was an Expo Hall set-up with over 50 exhibitors featuring education, technologies, supply chain solutions, and information regarding APICS membership and certifications.  American Public University was one of the educational exhibitors at the conference.

APICS offers a way to give back to the APICS community through a mentorship program.  At this year’s conference, Stacey served as a “Mentor a Scholar” by mentoring three students during her time at the conference.  For this program, mentors are matched with their students before the conference.  The mentor reaches out to the student prior to the conference for an introduction and plan for connecting at the conference.  The first meeting is a pre-conference Welcome Reception for new members and volunteers.  Outside of program sponsored events, mentors meet with the students at least an hour a day to share their professional and APICS experiences with the students.  It is a way not only to give back but to meet the best and the brightest supply chain students.

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About Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon is program director of the Reverse Logistics department at American Public University. Dr. Gordon has over twenty-five years of professional experience in supply chain management and human resources. He holds a Doctorate of Management and Organizational Leadership and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA. Dr. Gordon has spent more than 14 years teaching reverse logistics, transportation, project management, and human resources. He has published articles on reverse logistics; supply chain management; project management; human resources; education, and complexity. He has also published four books on Reverse Logistics Management; Complexity and Project Management; Virtual Project Management Organizations, and Successful Program Management..



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