We would like to again call Supply Chain Matters readers attention to two upcoming conferences involving Executive Editor, Bob Ferrari.

On April 28-29, the 2011 OpsInsight Leadership Forum will be held in Boston. This forum will focus on important challenges and approaches undertaken by operations management teams and includes stellar listing of planned speakers from organizations such as Accenture, Aberdeen Group, Economist Intelligence Unit, Kotter International, MTV Networks and Xerox.  Topics include strategy to execution, lean concepts, innovation and change management. We are pleased to announce that Bob Ferrari will serve as master of ceremonies for this event including the conference kickoff presentation.

On May 24-25, the Supply Chain Council will be hosting the Supply Chain World North America conference in Baltimore. These are not normal times for global supply chains.  Speakers at the conference will be addressing needs for building and sustaining supply chain capabilities in the “new normal” of post-recessionary business where business change and unplanned events occur at an extraordinary pace. Join us for a particular session which will be the Pundit and Thought Leaders Panel Exchange, scheduled for day two of the conference, which will be moderated by Bob Ferrari.  Panel participants will include AMR Research/Gartner, IDC Manufacturing Insights, Industry Directions. In this session, industry analysts, noted industry influencers and bloggers will comment and exchange insights on what can be expected in global supply chain needs in this next era, and you will not want to miss this dynamic exchange from some of the most insightful supply chain observers and thought leaders.

Topics addressed will include:
• In light of the increased incidents of supply chain risk and disruption, what are the proactive outsourcing strategies for the next two years?
• What are the next step for organizations in Sales and Operations Planning?
• What strategies can we use to align global supply chain operations in the ‘new normal’?
• What are the talent and information technology skills required in the post-recessionary supply chain environment?

Information and registration information for either of these conferences can be accessed via the Conferences section appearing in the right-hand panel of this site.