Hear From the Experts
Supply Chain Insight will inspire and educate attendees through panels and presentations from experts in product compliance, corporate social responsibility and vendor management.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking
Academy Award-winning actress and United Nations (UN) Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino first expressed her passion for social justice at Harvard University, where she was awarded the Hoopes Prize for her summa thesis on racial conflict between Chinese and African students in the People’s Republic of China.
In 2009, Sorvino was appointed to her current position as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s Goodwill Ambassador in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking. She has traveled to Mexico and Spain to launch the UN’s Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking, and to London and Bangkok, Thailand to promote the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. She represented the UNODC at the Vatican at the 2nd Annual Conference on Modern Day Slavery, and she regularly addresses the UN General Assembly.
She has also testified before the U.S. Senate on human trafficking; supported legislative change at the National Conference of State Legislators; and spoken at the National Association of Attorneys General, the American Bar Association, the Mashable Social Good Summit and the Deloitte Center to reform state laws on human trafficking.
In addition to her work in human rights, Sorvino is a highly accomplished actress. She received a number of awards, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, for her role in Mighty Aphrodite. Additionally, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the miniseries Human Trafficking alongside Donald Sutherland. In 2020, she will be seen in the 20th Century Fox feature Sound of Freedom, which highlights the child trafficking victim rescue Operation Underground Railroad (OURescue).
Author & Professor
Russell Walker is a renowned expert on the application of analytics in business and risk management. He is currently the Director of Experiential Learning in Analytics and Senior Lecturer at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Previously, he was Clinical Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
In addition to his academic work, Professor Walker is a prolific author. In his award-winning 2013 book “Winning with Risk Management”, he makes the case for companies succeeding on the basis of risk management, much as companies compete on efficiency, costs and labor. He has authored numerous business case studies supporting this theory, many of which have been recognized for excellence by the Aspen Institute, Harvard Business Review Press, the World Bank and more.
Throughout his career, he has advised leading organizations internationally, on risk management and analytics, including the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He holds a Master of Science and Ph.D. from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Founder & President,
Ira Blumenthal is founder and president of Co-Opportunities Inc., a dynamic business development and consulting firm that counsels world-class companies from industries across the board. A highly distinguished 25-year veteran of the food industry, and a respected branding and marketing expert, Ira has had a long-lasting impact on a variety of organizations facing change, challenges, and business as unusual. The recipient of the coveted George Washington Honor Medal for Literary Excellence, Ira's first book, Ready, Blame, Fire!, focuses on the "myths and misses in marketing."
A dynamic and passionate professional speaker, he blends ideas, information and humor to inform and motivate audiences on how to create the future — not just react to it. His approach to business development helps people identify opportunities and adapt to market changes by understanding future trends around consumers, advertising, marketing, merchandising, retailing, distribution, production and management.
Samuel Koda is responsible for supporting TE’s conflict minerals and human rights programs. Previously, he spent six years at IBM, where he managed complex customer and supplier relationships. Sam’s significant international experiences include supporting The Hershey Company’s responsible sourcing activities in Ghana and West Africa, and the negotiation and ongoing support of a joint venture for Harsco Air-X-Changers in Toowoomba, Australia.
Leela Ramnath focuses on environmental, social and governance issues at firm and portfolio companies. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, she developed overall impact strategies and managed partnerships at TAU Investment Management, an apparel supply chain-focused investment firm. She has worked in emerging markets finance at Barclays and AIG, and in international development at Technoserve and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Will Janisch is responsible for Baxter’s holistic approach to product compliance, sustainability and human rights initiatives. He also drives compliance solutions as Vice-Chair of the EU Chemical Working Group. Will has a long track record of supply chain due diligence, ranging from hazardous substances solutions for medical device regulations to conflict mineral campaigns.
Kevin Eckerle is a Senior Research Scholar and the Director of Corporate Research and Engagement at the Center for Sustainable Business, New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business, where he uses his more than 13 years of experience working with private and public organizations to leverage sustainability as a value driver. Prior to NYU, Kevin was a sustainability strategist with Accenture Strategy and Esty Environmental Partners (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), working with corporate, government and non-profit clients to embed sustainability.
Mari-Lou Dupont is a senior manager at the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. She leads the Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains, a group of multinational enterprises and partners committed to taking action and developing tools to improve working conditions and human rights in the supply chain.
Marci Gentry has more than 20 years of experience in Import and Export Compliance programs, including duty drawback, classification, assists, value reconciliation, auditing, ITAR and EAR. She is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker and has taught logistics and import courses at Austin Community College. Previously, she held roles at companies such as Dell, Nortel, Boeing and Lennox International, and served as an empowered official (as defined by the ITAR) at Schaeffler, Freescale, Tokyo Electron, L-3, Maxim and Nortel.
Sally Gestautas is the Global Substances Program Manager for Raytheon, uniting cross-functional and cross-business leadership and expertise to create common approaches to global chemical requirements and supply chain impacts. She supports the development of collaborative aerospace and defense industry positions, processes and solutions to address emerging chemical issues throughout the aerospace supply chain, and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG).
Michelle Cirocco is Chief Social Responsibility Officer for Televerde. Michelle joined the company in 1999 and has held several leadership positions, including Chief Marketing Officer. Michelle is a strong customer champion with a tireless commitment to demand generation excellence and best practices. Michelle earned her MBA from Arizona State University, where she also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Services Leadership. She holds multiple certifications from SiriusDecisions.
Senior Manager, Global Governance at the United Nations Global Compact
Christina Koulias serves as Senior Manager, Anti-Corruption and Global Governance at the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. As part of her portfolio, Christina leads the UNGC’s work on the 10th Principle on Anti-Corruption and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which includes the recently-launched Action Platform for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
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