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'Running the Risk: The Future of Supply Chain Excellence' - March 12, 2015

The looming threat of the “hundred-year event” coupled with the continued expansion of the global supply chain has many companies working overtime to “bulletproof” their organizations. A greater commitment to risk management, however, often leads to built-in redundancies and other measures that run counter to lean principles. How, then, can an organization with a legacy of lean, robust processes reduce its risk profile without turning back the clock on progress?

The Center for Operational Excellence is tackling this question Thursday, March 12, with an all-day forum featuring leaders from two global organizations. Kicking off the event is Patrick Sample (pictured, right), manager of SCD planning, supply chain - materials, at GE Aviation. Sample will be co-presenting with COE Associate Director and award-winning supply chain researcher and professor Tom Goldsby on their progress in balancing these two crucial priorities.

Also featured is Elizabeth VanBodegraven, director of global procurement for the Logistics North America organization of chemical maker Momentive. VanBodegraven, drawing upon her two decades in procurement and supply chain roles, will be examining a crucial question companies face today: Whether the cost of risk management truly costs more than running the risk.

In addition to the dual keynotes, the Running the Risk session will feature an interactive, group-based scenario that explores balancing risk management in operations and will close with a panel discussion.

This limited-capacity event is open only to employees of COE member companies. Individual and group registration is available now.


  • 8:30 a.m. - Registration opens
  • 9 a.m. - Presentation: Patrick Sample, GE Aviation; and Tom Goldsby, Fisher College of Business
  • 10:15 a.m. - Networking break
  • 10:30 a.m. – Presentation: Risk Management’s Cost: More Than Running the Risk?, Elizabeth VanBodegraven, Momentive
  • 11:45 a.m. – Lunch
  • 1 p.m. – Interactive, group-based risk management scenario
  • 2:30 p.m. – Panel discussion
  • 3:30 p.m. – Event concludes

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Leading Through Excellence summit - April 8-10, 2015

Site: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH

COE's third-annual three-day summit once again will feature a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, plant tours, workshops, and networking events. Registration opened on Nov. 10!

Visit the official summit site to take a look at featured content and register.

Mark your calendar...

The following COE events are scheduled with more details to come, though dates are subject to change. Check back on our events page or look for an e-mail invite closer to the event.

  • June 5, 2015 - IT Leadership Network forum
  • June 11 - Tour of GE Appliances innovation operation
  • Aug. 28, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting
  • Nov. 6, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting