The Supply Chain T-Leader

A 4-day leadership immersive designed to elevate leaders within supply chain sub-functions (“I-Leaders”) to become leaders across the end-to-end supply chain (“T-Leaders”).

Join this unique, cross-enterprise, executive development intensive that’s uniquely designed for high-potential leaders in sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, and planning, to build the skills and awareness of a true end-to-end supply chain leader.

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Limited to 4 Seats Per Organization

Program Dates: September 8-11, 2024 

Registration Deadline: August 31, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL

Size: Limited to 20 participants.



A Dynamic Future Calls For Dynamic Leadership

The supply chain function is experiencing the most significant transformation in its history. With simultaneous impacts of global trade disruption, climate change, demand-related volatility, and the rapid advancement of IoT and AI technologies, the supply chain playbook is being rewritten.

Never before has it been more important to have dynamic leaders that understand the upstream and downstream impacts of disruptions, and the levers to pull to overcome them, to optimize the outcome, and to lead the organization through transformative change in a volatile and uncertain environment.


Become a Supply Chain T-Leader

Grow beyond your functional expertise as an I-Leader into a T-Leader spanning end-to-end knowledge and responsibilities. Our team of former Chief Supply Chain Officers have identified three areas supply chain leaders need to master to succeed in this dynamic new normal: 

End-to-End Expertise

Work with seasoned Fortune 500 executives to understand how end-to-end supply chain functions connect with finance, marketing, sales, and other business functions.

Topics of focus include:

  • Managing the interconnectivity between planning, manufacturing, inventory management, and distribution.
  • Storytelling and case-building with the executive team.
  • Understanding concerns and priorities across departments and functions; learning how to relate to other executives.
John Church on Preparing for End-to-End Leadership
David Warrick on Digital Supply Chain Leadership

Technology Leadership

Latest Supply-Chain-as-a-Service technology solutions have evolved from one-size-fits-all ERP systems to constellations of agile, light-implementation, best-in-class spot solutions.

These new solutions connect supply chain functions end-to-end requiring supply chain leaders to also think end-to-end.

  • Discuss innovative technologies incl. latest AI applications.
  • Benchmarks with peer organizations.
  • Build relationships with technology leaders, investors, and thought leaders.

Change Management

This dynamic future requires organizations to stay agile and adapt constantly. Changing processes, implementing new technologies, upskilling their teams. 

  • Stay focused on solving only relevant business problems.
  • Become comfortable making difficult decisions in times of uncertainty and lack of all the facts.
  • Communicate effectively with your stakeholders and teams.
Peter Smith on Navigating Change Through COVID


Are You A Functional Supply Chain Leader?

As functional leaders, participants must have a thorough understanding of particular elements of the supply chain system, such as 1) Planning, 2) Manufacturing, 3) Inventory Management, or 4) Distribution & Logistics, and be seeking to develop a more comprehensive end-to-end perspective as a way to prepare for future, higher-level responsibilities. 

Participants must already have well practiced leadership and communication skills, having led teams within a supply chain organization.

A great emphasis will be placed on understanding the relationship between all supply chain functions, preparing participants to translate supply chain initiatives into business value, and confidently negotiating with or educating business leaders from non-supply-chain functions.


Individual & Company-wide Benefits

The Executive Supply Chain Academy is designed to cater to the unique needs of functional leaders from all parts of the supply chain. All participants focus on end-to-end supply chain capabilities with opportunities to dive deep into specific business cases as their primary point of focus:

Benefits for Chief Supply Chain Officers

Supply chain leaders who expand their vision beyond their “siloed” role can detect and tackle issues across the entire supply chain more effectively and operate more aligned with their Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO).

They identify innovation opportunities, improve communication, and support CSCOs in all aspects of leadership such as by articulating benefits of supply chain investments to other business functions.

This program fosters self-reliant leaders adept at integrating supply chain strategies into broader business objectives, reducing reliance on external consultants and ensuring sustainable leadership succession.



John Church

Former EVP and Chief Supply Chain, Transformation, and Enterprise Services Officer, General Mills

Short Bio

As the Chief Supply Chain Officer at General Mills, John was responsible for overseeing Supply Chain and ESG aspects of global operations while providing strategic and organizational leadership. He played a significant role in expanding the Company’s footprint and market penetration through various M&A activities and successful integrations.

LinkedIn Profile 

Chris Clark

Former Chief Supply Chain Officer, Motorola

Short Bio

Chris Clark, Managing Partner at Todd Advisory and former Chief Supply Chain Officer at Motorola, brings 34 years of expertise in supply chain and procurement. Recognized for establishing inclusive cultures, Chris led global teams, optimizing operations, reducing costs, and improving product quality across EMEA, APAC, and the Americas. A trusted partner with a proven track record in resolving complex challenges, Chris delivers innovative solutions, sets high standards, and consistently exceeds revenue goals, making a lasting impact on organizations.

LinkedIn Profile 

Mike Corbo

Former Chief Supply Chain Officer, Colgate-Palmolive

Short Bio

Mike Corbo, former Chief Supply Chain Officer at Colgate-Palmolive with 40 years of experience, now advises and serves on boards for emerging tech companies. A seasoned leader in consumer goods, he’s adept in negotiation, operations, and supply chain optimization. Pioneering the shift to a digital, sustainable, and resilient supply chain, he’s passionate about problem-solving and knowledge sharing.

LinkedIn Profile 

Tim Harden

Former President, Supply Chain & Fleet Operations, AT&T

Short Bio

Tim Harden, a telecommunications veteran with 32 years at AT&T, served in executive roles including President of Worldwide Supply Chain. Currently Chairman of BeyondEdge Networks and serving on boards like CloudLeaf and Forward Edge-AI, he provides strategic guidance in the evolving communications industry. Recognized for leadership in economic development and education, he’s also an inductee in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

LinkedIn Profile 

Bill Hurles

Former Executive Director, Supply Chain, General Motors

Short Bio

Bill Hurles dedicated 38 years to General Motors, ascending to Executive Director of Supply Chain. He’s been pivotal in shaping automotive industry standards through roles on boards like AIAG. Hurles’s commitment extends to education, supporting Howard University and Wayne State University’s Supply Chain programs. A visionary leader, he’s driven innovation and collaboration across industries.

LinkedIn Profile 

Ivanka Jauregui

Former Innovation Director, Proctor & Gamble

Short Bio

Ivanka Jauregui is a seasoned Supply Chain Executive with over 20 years of success in driving margin and revenue growth. With expertise in strategic implementations for multi-billion-dollar supply chains, she’s adept at delivering new business and product innovation. Jauregui excels in simplifying complex problems, leading cross-functional teams, and implementing multi-functional solutions to enhance customer service and cost efficiency. Her skill set spans business operations, strategy, global supply chain management, and continuous improvement.

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Frank Jones

Former VP / GM Manufacturing, Intel

Short Bio

Frank Jones, a distinguished leader with 29 years at Intel and prior experience at Burroughs Corporation, spearheaded transformative advancements in global supply chain strategies. Overseeing manufacturing, fulfillment, logistics, and program management, he’s credited with architecting pivotal advancements in Intel’s operations worldwide. Recognized for fostering diversity and enhancing organizational capabilities, he leaves a legacy of readiness for future growth and challenges within the leadership team.

LinkedIn Profile 

Nadim Kilzi

Former Chief Supply Chain Officer, PLZ Corp

Short Bio

Nadim Kilzi, former Chief Supply Chain Officer at PLZ Corp, brings 25 years of global expertise in supply chain and operations, spanning industries like food, beverage, and industrial products. With leadership roles at Impossible Foods, Keurig Dr Pepper, Sherwin-Williams, and Starbucks, he’s known for his pragmatic approach and end-to-end perspectives. A collaborator driving EBITDA growth through efficient cash management and strategic initiatives.

LinkedIn Profile 

Deverl Maserang

Former President & CEO, Farmer Brothers

Short Bio

Deverl Maserang, former President & CEO of Farmer Brothers, brings a wealth of experience from leadership roles at Starbucks and Chiquita Brands. As EVP for the Global Supply Chain at Starbucks, he oversaw end-to-end operations globally. With a proven track record in food & beverages, Deverl is a seasoned executive skilled in corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and effective global supply chain management.

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Dennis Mullahy

Former Chief Supply Chain Officer, Macy’s

Short Bio

Dennis Mullahy, former Chief Supply Chain Officer at Macy’s for 4 years, brings extensive leadership from senior roles at Michaels Stores, Ulta Beauty, and Meier. A strategic thinker adept at operational, supply chain, and technological strategies. Renowned for fostering collaboration and development within teams, he’s instrumental in driving sales and business growth. A seasoned member of senior leadership, contributing to corporate strategy and governance.

LinkedIn Profile 

Donna Palumbo-Miele

Former Global Head HR & Professional Services Sourcing, Bloomberg LP

Short Bio

Donna is an accomplished thought leader across supply chain, sourcing, innovation, and sustainability. She has held leadership positions at Bloomberg, Johnson & Johnson, and The Walt Disney Company. In addition to her current role as Managing Director of the Concordia Supply Chain Group, Donna is an adjunct professor, chair-elect of CSCMP’s board of directors, and former chair of the sustainable supply chain committee.

LinkedIn Profile 

Anne Robinson

Former Chief Strategy Officer, Kinaxis

Short Bio

Anne Robinson, former Chief Strategy Officer at Kinaxis, brings extensive experience from Verizon, Informs, and Cisco. With specialties in strategy development, digital transformation, and analytics, she’s a leader in supply chain modeling and performance management. Known for her expertise in organizational alignment and business intelligence, she’s instrumental in driving impactful strategies for growth and efficiency.

LinkedIn Profile 

Peter Smith

Former COO, Party City

Short Bio

Peter Smith is a seasoned Chief Supply Chain Officer/Chief Operations Officer with a distinguished career in apparel and vertical retail global supply chains. Recognized for innovation, leadership, and problem-solving, he has held key roles at Party City, Carter’s, and VF Corporation, driving impactful change and optimizing operations.

LinkedIn Profile 

Skip Tappan

Former Chief Supply Chain Officer, Gordon Food Service

Short Bio

Skip Tappan, a veteran Senior Supply Chain Executive, boasts a distinguished career spanning Procter & Gamble, Walmart, and Gordon Food Service. With over two decades of expertise, he’s adept at optimizing end-to-end supply chains for CPG products. His prowess encompasses manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, and strategic business planning, consistently delivering top-line results and fostering innovation. Tappan’s track record showcases his ability to drive significant improvements in operational efficiency and organizational growth across diverse industries.

LinkedIn Profile 

David Warrick

Former General Manager Global Supply Chain and Supply Chain Technology Officer, Microsoft

Short Bio

David is a seasoned expert in the Global Supply Chain domain. With 23 years of experience at Microsoft, he held significant roles including General Manager of Global Supply Chain and Supply Chain Technology Officer. Today he works with numerous companies at the leading edge of Supply Chain.

LinkedIn Profile 


Welcome to Festival Town

Based on Real Company Use Case | Small Group Sessions
High-touch-point Individual Coaching | Peer-to-peer Collaboration
Guidance by Technology Experts & Chief Supply Chain Officers

This Supply Chain T-Leader Intensive was designed in partnership with leading supply chain executives and technologists in order to craft a realistic and challenging experience based on a fictious supply chain use case that is based on a real company.

Participants will be prompted to respond to real-life business scenarios such as outlined in this Welcome Letter From the Office of the Festival Town CEO, a role played by a real CEO, Deverl Maserang (January 2024 Intensive).

All sessions are led by category experts and are crafted to push participants to the leading edge of supply chain technology and technique.

Small group breakout sessions allow for equal participation as well as personalized coaching by our supply chain executive team.

Leading Festival Town’s Turn-Around

Module 1: Welcome to Festival Town

Festival Town Leadership:

  • Deverl Maserang, CEO
  • Peter Smith COO
  • John Church, CFO
  • David Warrick, CTO

Objective: Welcome! As the new Chief Supply Chain Officer of Festival Town and over the next 90 days, you will familiarize yourself with the current state of all its supply chain functions, investigate how to better integrate them, and suggest ways how an end-to-end integrated supply chain can drive business growth.

Festival Town’s leadership team as well as outside consultants will be available to you to provide you advice on the latest techniques and technologies for an integrate supply chain approach.

Module 2: Inventory Management

Festival Town Consultants:

  • Ron Link, former CSCO at CVS
  • Amjad Hussain, former CEO at Algo

Objective: Festival Town’s CEO wants you to become an expert in the latest inventory management practices and suggested you meet with Ron Link and Amjad Hussain, two seasoned supply chain experts, who can help guide you in designing the best strategy for Festival Town.

Together with Amjad Hussain, an AI expert who led unique inventory visibility projects with Microsoft, esearch emerging technology solutions that can help light up inventory in transit and enable end-to-end visibility.

Module 3: Manufacturing

Festival Town Consultants:

  • Frank Jones, former VP Manufacturing at Intel
  • Jason Tham, CEO at Nulogy

Objective: During his 30 years at Intel, Frank Jones led numerous large initiatives including the rollout of Intel’s manufacturing operations in India. Frank will be available to help you restructure Festival Town’s manufacturing operation and better integrate it with all other downstream supply chain functions.

Jason Tham’s Nulogy is a cutting-edge manufacturing shop floor solution that may be beneficial for Festival Town’s speedy turnaround.

Module 4: Distribution & Logistics

Festival Town Consultants:

  • Tim Harden, former President Supply Chain Operations at AT&T
  • Jason Murray, CEO of Shipium

Objective: Consult with Tim Harden and Jason Murray on how to get more visibility into distribution and logistics processes considering Festival Town’s partnerships with dozens of 3PL partners.

Jason Murray may offer uniquely helpful perspectives considering his 20-year career at Amazon. Make sure to speak with him about Supply Chain Optimization strategies that can drive profitability and growth.

8x Modules in 4x Days

Module 5: Planning

Festival Town Leadership:

  • Nadim Kilzi, former CSCO at PLZ
  • Anne Robinson, former CSO at Kinaxis

Objective: Festival Town’s leadership has invited Nadim Kilzi and Anne Robinson to meet with you and your team and discuss techniques and technologies to help transform Festival Town’s planning capabilities.

Planning requires a deep understanding of all supply chain functions and how they work together end-to-end. Latest advances in AI have changed the game for short, mid, and long-term planning. The Festival Town leadership is looking forward to hearing about your findings and recommendations,

Module 6: End-to-End Integration

Festival Town Consultants:

  • David Warrick, Festival Town CTO and former Chief Supply Chain Technology Officer at Microsoft

Objective: Now that you and your team have investigated all supply chain functions including possible new techniques as well as technology solutions, it is time to pull it all together under one end-to-end umbrella.

The Festival Town leadership is curious about your strategy for integrating both internal and external supply chain functions and partners and what efficiencies this integration might create.

Module 7: Change Management

Festival Town Consultants:

  • Dennis Mullahy, former CSCO at Macy’s

Objective: Following the 90 days of research into integrating all internal and external supply chain functions, the Festival Town leadership wants to understand the implications of implementing this plan.

How will it affect different teams and functions? How are you planning to communicate those changes? What other business functions need to be involved in executing these changes?

Module 8: Stakeholder Communication

Festival Town Consultants:

  • Deverl Maserang, CEO of Festival Town and former CEO of Farmer Brothers

Objective: Now that you and your team have developed a powerful and actionable strategy for integrating all supply chain functions and you have prepared all teams about the changes that lie ahead, it is time to pull it all together into a final presentation to the Festival Town CEO.

The Festival Town leadership will work with you on crafting this final presentation and highlight how these new projects will impact the COO, the CFO, and the CTO.


MBA-style Training Meets Executive Coaching

Supply Chain Executives

The Supply Chain T-Leader Intensive prepares participants for the next stage of their career journey. With a greater understanding of the end-to-end supply chain as well as their CSCO’s thinking and improved executive-level communication skills, graduates will be prepared to present initiatives to leaders across all business functions in language and detail that is appropriate and effective.

Participants will have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the changes in the supply chain technology landscape, and will have a fluency in communicating with, planning with, and negotiating with next generation technology providers.

Finally, participants will emerge with a peer-reviewed, expert-generated initiative roadmap that is relevant and applicable to opportunities and challenges at their organization.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Supply Chain T-Leader Intensive?
  • The Supply Chain T-Leader Intensive is an executive development program designed by current and former CSCOs specifically for functional leaders (inventory, planning, systems, operations, distribution), who are interested in a future VP or Chief role and need to gain a broader, end-to-end understanding of how supply chain fits into the overall business strategy
  • ROI: We are equipping leaders with a mindset and skills so that they don’t need to rely so much on expensive consultants to figure out a way through the maze of emerging SCaaS technology.
Why Create the T-Leader Intensive Now?

The changing environment of the past 3-5 years requires a new mindset that allows us to enable a new level of complexity in supply chain to help us deal with:

  1. The Post-Covid VUCA environment
  2. Changing customer/e-commerce behaviors
  3. Geopolitical, climate volatility
  4. Emerging SCaaS and AI, versus the old ways of customizing an ERP
What Skills Will Supply Chain Executives be Honing?
  • Understand end-to-end Supply Chain and how it drives the larger business strategy
  • Know how to apply emerging SCaaS to enable those end-to-end capabilities
  • Feel confident pitching high stakes initiatives to senior business leaders including the C-Suite. 
  • Implement change management and governance through storytelling bringing team and stakeholders along the journey
How Does the T-Leader Intensive Work?
  • This new VUCA environment needs a new, collaborative approach since no one person or expert has the magic solutions.
  • We apply a peer-to-peer approach which we have proven out over the past four years with our Roundtables and Workshops. We supplement this collaborative knowledge exchange with current and former Chiefs, SME, academics, and investors.
How is the T-Leader Intensive Different?
  • Academic programs are theoretical. we work on actual supply chain projects provided by partners
  • Too few programs out there are specifically designed for the maximum impact at the functional leadership level.
  • Companies have internal leadership development for general business skills like negotiation. Very few are supply-chain specific, and they lack the external, cross-enterprise perspective.


In its 60th year of service, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has been the preeminent worldwide professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge on supply chain management. With CSCMP members located around the world, representing nearly all industry sectors, government, and academia, CSCMP members receive unparalleled networking opportunities, cutting-edge research, and online and on-site professional educational opportunities. o learn more, visit and find CSCMP on social media: TwitterFacebookLinkedInCSCMPTV, and Instagram.

About Chi Studios

Chi Studios is a catalyst and producer of enterprise executive peer-to peer consulting groups. This corporate innovation collaborative was built by executives to identify real world approaches that solve top business challenges and develop the next generation of leaders in the process. Studio initiatives help teams filter advice and identify practical solutions they can trust. Chi manages two studios: The Visibility Council, for supply chain, and The Cybersecurity Studio.

Program Cost: $10,000 per participant. Group rates available.

Next Session: September 8-11, Chicago, IL

 Limited to 20 participants

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