A Lesson In Leadership: Your Patience When You Have Nothing and Your Attitude When You Have Everything Will Define You

My hometown in Maryland is covered in a blanket of snow. There is something peaceful about the Winter-pause as we wait for the promise of Spring, where nature regrows and transforms, a part of a cycle much bigger than a singular change, a singular thing. As I look out the window of my home office, Winter … Read more

Digital Factory and Retail Technologies Rethink the Supply Chain of 2025

In this video, I describe how the supply chain of 2025 will rethink the way the world does business using the digital factory and retail technologies. Within the next decade, we will move away from mass-produced products to more meaningful, personal items created in small quantities, and  IoT solutions and robotics will make this all … Read more

2019 Resolutions: Lead with Purpose, Buy with Purpose, and Design your Supply Chain for Zero Waste

In this video, I’m highlighting something front of mind during the holiday season…buying with purpose.  Buying with Purpose is understanding the handshake you making with trading partners upstream in sourcing and procurement, in harvesting and acquisition of raw materials, and delivering the promise you make to customers that they are buying safe, reliable, ethical products. On … Read more

Is Circular Progress in Fashion Moving Forward or Further Away?

The fashion industry fuels a linear economy with waste greater than $460B of value each year through unsustainable disposal of clothing (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017). Characterized as one of the most polluting and wasteful industries, it consumes 98 million tonnes in non-renewable resources, 93 billion cubic metres of water, and 53 metric tons of fibre … Read more

You are Possible. Anything is Possible If You Have the Grit and Determination.

This is what a Harvard graduate student looks like. A working mother, passionate about building a better world for her children, future generations, and transforming the landscape of how we connect, plan, source, make, deliver, and promise value beyond traditional supply chain. The daughter of parents who did not have the opportunity to attend university, … Read more

The Social Dilemma of Human Behavior & Sustainable Choices in the Fashion Supply Chain

Although the premise of clothing characterizes a rudimentary need (Yawson, Armah, & Pappoe, 2009), the intricacies and system dynamics specific to the fashion industry’s supply chain are far from basic (Amed, Berg, Brantberg, & Hedrich, 2016). The current state of the fashion industry is challenging because factors contributing to its complexities are uncertain and constantly … Read more

New Research by MIT Uncovers the Behavioral and Network Features for Follow Back on Twitter

Interesting insights and exploration from Dylan Walsh, who tells the tale of Taumid Zaman, MIT professor, who tries to tries to get a follow from Taylor Swift and ends up with a new tool for information warfare. To influence someone on social media, first you need them to follow you. New research uncovers the behavioral … Read more

The Two Best Habits People with High EQ Use To Optimize Meetings

Meaningful tips from behavioral scientist Nick Hobson who describes quick and effective tips to drive efficiency and engagement in meetings. I feel like my days turn into meeting after meeting and it can erode productivity on my teams. Hoping these tips shift the energy of your interactions. Reference: https://www.inc.com/nick-hobson/how-emotionally-intelligent-people-run-meetings.html?cid=search&_lrsc=50f35f88-05cb-41d8-a595-b529dd54efb7 Personal gripes aside, research has shown that meetings have increased … Read more

Cradle-to-Cradle System Design: reflections by Dr. Michael Braungart

I wanted to share insights from Dr. Michael Braungart on circular economy. My focus this Spring in post-graduate work is centered on application of circular economy theory in supply chain optimization. In this passage, he describes the transition from linear processes to circular thinking wherein the total costs of product ownership and product’s lifecycle are critical … Read more

How Business Can Bridge the Gap to Solve Social Problems

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he’s biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it … Read more

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