DSC 2019 General Sessions

How Great Leaders Thrive Amid Chaos

Robert Safian
Monday, October 28 at 8:00 a.m.

Robert is the founder of the Flux Group and the former editor and managing director of one of the most influential, award-winning business magazines, Fast Company. He is not only among the most acclaimed publishing executives in history but has deep relationships across the C-suite in multiple industries, accessing the cutting-edge developments that are reshaping our world.

Modern business is pure chaos—to succeed in an environment of constant change requires a whole new approach. During his session, Robert Safian will present a compelling framework for re-imagining the status quo and offers a narrative that is illuminating and entertaining.

Bits & Bytes That WILL Disrupt Your Supply Chain

John S. Phillips
Monday, October 28 at 11:30 a.m.

John S. Phillips is the Senior Vice President of Customer Supply Chain & Go-To-Market for PepsiCo. John has been with PepsiCo for over 30 years, having worked his way up from route salesperson. In his current role, John is responsible for working with PepsiCo’s largest customers on supply chain and collaboration initiatives to drive both effectiveness and efficiency across the shared supply chains.  He also leads PepsiCo's Go-To-Market COE focused on global process and technology tools to optimize go-to-market systems.
Every week we read news articles, tweets, or blogs about new technologies that have the potential to disrupt our business and personal lives in profound ways.  Many of these new technologies are impacting the CPG industry and dramatically changing the way consumers research and shop for products.  These changes are also impacting supply chains and the methods in which manufacturers and retailers get their goods to market.   The digital revolution before us presents enormous opportunities and challenges across the end-to-end consumer value chain.
John will share his perspective and insights on some of the technologies that have the greatest potential to drive dramatic change across the consumer value chain.  These technologies include augmented reality, smart shelves, autonomous in-store robots, wearables, image recognition, self-driving vehicles, IoT devices, drones, micro-fulfillment centers, and many others.  Please join John for an exciting and thought-provoking session exploring how industry leaders can leverage these technologies to be at the forefront of driving transformational change in their organizations.

What Makes a Leader: Emotional Intelligence and the Keys to High Performance

Daniel Goleman
Tuesday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus, Daniel Goleman has transformed the way
the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. The Wall Street Journal ranked him as one of the 10 most influential business thinkers. His article “What Makes a Leader?” remains the most requested reprint in the history of Harvard Business

During his session,  "What Makes a Leader: Emotional Intelligence and the Keys to High Performance," Goleman will explain the four parts to emotional intelligence (EI): self-awareness and self-management, which are the basis of leading yourself; and social awareness and relationship management, which are essential for leading others. Strengths in all four parts are the basis of high performance leadership. Within each of the four parts of EI there are learned abilities, or competencies, that are crucial for outstanding leadership. For instance, for self-management some of the learned leadership abilities are: emotional balance, adaptability, and positive outlook.