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POSTPONED: Manufacturing Summit: The Future of Supply Chain

March 26, 2020
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

Speakers: Jill M. O'Toole, Glenn M. Cunningham, Alfredo G. Fernández

March 26, 2020
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

The Society Room
31 Pratt Street
Hartford, CT

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**In response to the increased risk presented by Coronavirus (COVID-19), Shipman and Goodwin events have been cancelled or postponed through the end of June.**

In today’s rapidly changing global marketplace, manufacturers must allocate extensive resources toward maintaining the competitiveness and sustainability of their supply chain. Challenges related to workforce development, advances in technology, access to capital, unpredictable cross-border climates, and outbreaks of diseases like Coronavirus present unique legal and regulatory issues influencing manufacturers’ bottom lines.

This exclusive summit for manufacturers will take a deep dive into the issues at the forefront of supply chain management and provide a forward-looking commentary of what the future could hold in this ever-changing area.

Colin Cooper, Connecticut’s Chief Manufacturing Officer, will provide the keynote address, and attendees will hear real-world examples from small, mid-sized and large manufacturers. 

A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. 


8:30 - 9:00 AM: Registration/Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 AM: Welcome Remarks

Glenn M. Cunningham, Chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s Manufacturing Industry Team

9:10 -  9:15 AM:  Overview of Today’s Program

Jill M. O’Toole, Co-Chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s Business Litigation Group

9:15 -10:15 AM: Maintaining a Competitive Edge in Supply Chain Management

Panelists: Ed Townley, Chief Executive Officer & President, Agri-Mark, Inc.; Dan Piltch, Managing Partner Broad Sound Partners

Moderator: Jill M. O’Toole, Shipman & Goodwin

During this session, panelists will discuss the ways in which manufacturers are remaining competitive in the supply chain, including:

  • Workforce Challenges Affecting Supply Chain: How the current workforce landscape and advances in technology impact recruitment of new employees and training of existing employees
  • Remaining Competitive through Consolidation and Vertical Integration: A look at trends towards consolidation and vertical integration along the supply chain and how that impacts manufacturers’ competitiveness
  • Leveraging Technology and Accessing Capital: Lessons learned from integrating emerging technologies to improve process and operating procedures and strategies to access the capital necessary to fund technological advances

10:15 - 10:30 AM: Mid-Morning Break

10:30 -11:30 AM: Challenges Threatening the Future Sustainability of Supply Chain

Panelist: Jane Goundrey, General Counsel, ORAFOL Americas Inc. with additional panelists to be announced.

Moderator: Alfredo G. Fernandez, Shipman & Goodwin

During the final session, panelists will discuss challenges that threaten the future of supply chain, including:

  • Sustaining Reliability through Expansions or Reductions in Supply Chain: How manufacturers can control quality, cost and scheduling issues if they make changes to grow or reduce their supply chain
  • Supply Chain Threats from a Legal and Compliance Perspective: Challenges confronting manufacturers from corruption, exports/imports, environmental and intellectual property issues 
  • The Uncertain Future of Supply Chain: How manufacturers can position themselves to address unpredictable challenges presented by changes in tariffs, trade wars, political conditions, pandemics and cybersecurity threats

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Keynote Address

Colin Cooper, Connecticut’s Chief Manufacturing Officer

Connecticut’s Chief Manufacturing Officer, Colin Cooper will discuss the most pressing issues affecting manufacturers’ supply chain.

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Q&A/Networking Lunch

*Parking will be validated at the North and South Kinsley Street garages. 

*We reserve the right to register only clients and prospective clients of the firm.

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