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Securing the Supply Chain Forum: The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain

April 26, 2018 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Featured Speaker –
Joseph Williams, ICT Lead
WA State Department of Commerce

Joseph will discuss how the policy will be impacted by and need to adapt to emerging technologies.

Joseph Williams has been Governor Inslee’s ICT Sector Lead since 2016 and is accountable for helping enable growth of the state’s tech economy. A former executive with Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, Dr. Williams served as the Dean of the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University before joining Commerce.

His distinguished career in the tech industry, in academia and the public sector, includes extensive experience working with angel investing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and customers on the business models and economics of cloud computing. He has authored three books and dozens of articles related to the ICT industry.

What the digital transformation of the Supply Chain Means for you?

The world of global trade is fast-paced, ever-changing, always evolving. This year’s Forum will address the need for companies to keep pace with its supply chain processes and the progression of technology, and for education and training programs to evolve curriculum to keep pace with these changes.Whether it is the increasing use of AI, an introduction of block chain technology or the advent of autonomous vehicles, tomorrow’s supply chain will look very different from today’s. This forum will prepare you for those changes, including optimizing operations, improved decision making, increased efficiency and more.
Experts in AI, block chain, the cloud and autonomous vehicles will describe how these technologies are transforming the supply chain and what is coming next. Policy experts will detail what government, education, and society need to do to prepare for these changes.

Scheduled Program 

8:00 a.m. Registration w/refreshments

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:15 a.m. Keynote: Bryn Heimbeck – The Digital Transformation of the Supply Chain

10:00 a.m. Panel #1 – “ “Disruptive Technologies: How innovation is changing the supply chain” Laura Hill, Perkins Coie LLP

Discuss the emerging technologies that will have an effect on industry and on workforce development (who will be training talent for the industry)

11:30 a.m. Lunch – Featured speaker: Tony Dell – Artificial Intelligence

1:15 p.m. Panel # 2 Student Panel

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Panel #3– “Public Policy: Legislative and regulatory adjustments for emerging technology.” – Alisha King, Emergency Management, WaTech; Steve Marshall, Technology Transportation Partnership Manager, Bellevue; Joseph Williams, ICT Lead, WA State Dept. of Commerce. Policy experts and legislators/council members on how policy will be impacted/need to adapt to emerging technologies

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Panel #4 faculty panel discussion with public policy panel members

4:50 p.m. Summary

5:00 p.m. Hosted networking event

Registration: No Charge

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Who Should Attend?

  • State College/University educators and administrators
  • State, local, and federal government agencies
  • Supply Chain, trade industries, and organizations
  • International retailers
  • Trade associations
  • IT and software suppliers

Need More Information?

For more information, please contact Kellie Hale at khale@pierce.ctc.edu or Kaitlin Bermingham at kbermingham@highline.edu


April 26, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Highline College
2400 S. 240 Street
Des Moines, WA 98198 United States
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