Professional Development Seminars


The need for continuous improvement, including personal improvement, is a never-ending journey. The CVCR’s Professional Development Seminars can help with this pursuit by addressing topics that are relevant to today’s managers and executives. Taught by experts from Lehigh and beyond, these seminars offer a way to create immediate value for individuals and companies.

CVCR member companies receive discounted pricing.

For more information, please contact us.



Spring 2014 - Supply Chain Management Strategy

Two-Day Professional Development Seminar, Saturday, June 14, and Friday June 20, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Rauch Business Center, Room 171, 621 Taylor Street
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015
REGISTRATION REQUIRED, Registration Fee $375.00

INSTRUCTOR - Zach Zacharia - 610-758-4357 zgz208@lehigh.edu

What You Will Learn 

For many companies, Supply Chain Management has become an important element of strategic advantage. However, to achieve a strategic advantage requires effective design and integration of multiple elements within the supply chain.

In this seminar, we will use the simulation Fresh Connection to gain hands-on experience with the cross-functional impact of supply chain decision making. This simulation will provide a rich learning experience:
   
(1) analyzing complex data
(2) evaluating the costs and benefits of cross-functional trade-offs
(3) making critical supply chain decisions,
(4) evaluating the consequences of those decisions, and
(5) working to continuously improve based on experience.

In lieu of a textbook, participants will be expected to purchase a simulation called "Fresh Connection."

This course is offered in conjunction with the College of Business and Economics Graduate Programs Office.  

 


 

Spring 2014 - Six Sigma and Implementation Case Study


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Two-Day Seminar, April 4 and 5, 2014
Part I: April 4, 2014, 8 am - 12 pm, at Crayola LLC, 1100 Church Lane, Easton, PA
Part II: April 4, 2014, 1 pm - 5 pm and April 5, 2014, 8 am - 2 pm, Rauch Business Center, Room 91, Lehigh University

Cost: Part I only, $150; Parts I and II, $400

Instructor: Richard Titus, Principal, Titus Consulting and Instructor, Lehigh University

Part I will focus on the implementation of an integrated Lean and Six Sigma program at Crayola LLC. Part II builds on the half-day session and provides an introduction to Six Sigma concepts including Project Definition, Capability Analysis, including Supplier Capability Case Study, Measurement System Analysis and Multi-Vari Data Analysis. Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Note: This course is also offered as an MBA 1 unit course (GBUS 492-14). This credit and non-credit course offering is offered by the Center for Value Chain Research in conjunction with the College of Business and Economics Graduate Programs office.

To receive the Certificate of Participation in Six Sigma Program Management and Methodology, participants will be required to complete an individual assignment which would include a critical analysis of the half-day Six Sigma Program Management course and a group project focused on Capability Analysis and Design of Experiments.

A laptop is recommended for students registered in the Six Sigma Program Management and Methodology course but it is not required. A trial version of Minitab statistical software will be provided for use in the course and group project.

Part I. Course Content - Certificate in Six Sigma Program Management

  • Successful introduction and management of a Six Sigma program
  • Integrating the program with an existing Lean program
  • Project selection, candidate selection and project management
  • Leading Six Sigma Teams and following the Six Sigma Problem Solving
  • Methodology Project Success and Supply Chain Project Examples
  • Panel discussion: The Roles of a Project Champion and Project Management
  • Lunch and Crayola tour
Part II. Course Content - Certificate in Six Sigma Program Management and Methodology
  • Introduction to Six Sigma and DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control)
  • Defining a the Problem and Identifying Key Performance Metrics, Voice of the Customer
  • Capability Analysis
  • Measurement System Analysis
  • Introduction to Design of Experiments
  • Graphical Analysis

 

 


 

Creating a Lean Supply Chain - March 28 and 29, 2014


Two-Day Seminar, March 2014
March 28 & 29, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Room 271 (March 28) and Room 85 (March 29)
Rauch Business Center, Lehigh University
621 Taylor St, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Cost: One day $195. Friday & Saturday $395
(Discounts are available for CVCR member companies, companies
registering 3 or more attendees, and CSCMP members.)

Registration Closed

Instructor: Robert J. Trent, Director, Center for Value Chain Research, Lehigh University

Creating a Lean Supply Chain addresses how to apply lean principles up and down the supply chain from your supplier’s supplier to your customer’s customer.  While not ignoring the importance of internal operations, an end-to-end view is much more expansive because it spans the entire chain. It also considers a wider set of wastes than the traditional view of Lean and stresses a broader set of measures, tools, and approaches for applying Lean principles and thinking.

Almost all experts still view Lean in the traditional context of internal manufacturing operations.  And while an internal focus is important, it ignores the opportunities that reside upstream and downstream from a company.  Furthermore, a strict focus on manufacturing ignores the opportunity to apply Lean in other industries and even functional groups, including healthcare, transportation, distribution, retailing, financial services, and even office operations and engineering.

This course is offered in conjunction with the College of Business and Economics Graduate Programs office.

Co-sponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

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Past Seminars:

 

Fall 2013 - Doing Business in ... Brazil, China, and Mexico


Three-Module Training Program, November 7th, 14th, 21st, 2013
Timing for all dates: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Program Schedule:

    • November 7th - Brazil (recording)
    • November 14th - China (recording)
    • November 21st - Mexico
    All sessions will start at 1:30 p.m. EST EasternTime

    Cost: $125.00 per module
    (Discounts are available for CVCR member companies.)

Registration Closed

Instructor: Dan Gardner, President and co-founder of Trade Facilitators, Inc. (TFI), Los Angeles, CA  
    The Center for Value Chain Research (CVCR), in partnership with Trade Facilitators, Inc. (TFI), is pleased to offer
    Doing Business in ... Brazil, China, and Mexico.

    Three ninety-minute modules are offered on-line in the comfort of your home or office. Register for one module or all three. All classes start @ 1:30 p.m. EST Eastern Standard Time.


    November 7th Module features Brazil
    :

    Global Supply Chain Profile: Brazil (recording)
    When: Thursday, November 7th, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    Cost: $125 per person

    According to most recently available Census Bureau statistics, Brazil ranks amongst the top ten economies in the world and is the 7th largest trading partner to the United States. With over $43 billion in export trade from the U.S. to Brazil in 2012 and another $32 billion in imports, commerce between these two mega-economies continues to expand.

    Brazil is the largest country in all of Latin America and has a land mass that is larger than the contiguous United States. Coupled with a diverse industrial base and a population of more than two hundred million people, this Portuguese-speaking nation presents a myriad of supply chain challenges for U.S. importers and exporters. The CVCR’s inaugural webinar profile featuring Brazil will cover topics that include:
      • Brazil country profile
      • Trade statistics and commercial opportunities
      • Logistics infrastructure: air and ocean
      • Keys to understanding Brazilian customs
      • Brazilian import requirements
      • Tips for a successful Brazilian export program
    November 14th Module features China:

    Global Supply Chain Profile: China (recording)
    When: Thursday, November 14th, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    Cost: $125 per person

    China has more than 1.3 billion people, a GDP of $7.3 trillion, and is the world’s second largest economy. Better known for a vast array of ultra-cheap consumer goods, “The Middle Kingdom” has expanded over the last twenty years to become a global player in sectors that include high tech, automotive, and heavy industry.

    By its sheer size, China presents a host of commercial and logistics pitfalls. With an eye towards improving performance across the entire U.S./China supply chain, this information-packed webinar will analyze the country’s geography, distribution hierarchy, international transport network, and Customs requirements.

    Topics to be covered during the webinar are:

      • Country profile and trade overview
      • China’s geography and industry concentration
      • Logistics infrastructure
      • Importing from China: purchasing and distribution hierarchies
      • International transport networks: air freight and ocean transportation considerations
      • China’s changing manufacturing base: logistics considerations

    November 21st Module features Mexico:

    Global Supply Chain Profile: Mexico (Live Webinar)
    When: Thursday, November 21st, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    Cost: $125 per person

    Since the inception of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993, Mexico has grown to be the United States' third largest trading partner. Historically a source of inexpensive labor for U.S. importers, Mexico's growing economy and burgeoning middle class now offers interesting export opportunities for American companies as well.

    The last of the CVCR's 3-part series, this module will explore the intracacies of Mexico's multi-faceted supply chain landscape. Viewed from both an import and export perspective, topics to be covered during this event include:

      • Country profile and geography
      • U.S./Mexico trade overview
      • Mexico's logistics infrastructure: Truck, rail, air, ocean, domestic warehousing and distriibution
      • NAFTA compiance for U.S. importers and exporters
      • Keys to understanding the Mexican Customs clearance process
      • Supply chain best practices in Mexico

    Speaker Profile: The speaker for the CVCR's webinar series will be Dan Gardner, president of the Los Angeles-based consultancy, Trade Facilitators, Inc. Mr. Gardner is a 25-year veteran of the import/export trade, having held senior positions with companies that include Exel Global Logistics and DHL Global Forwarding.

    A native of Lynn, MA, Mr. Gardner holds an MBA from the University of Miami, is a licensed Customs Broker and has earned the CPIM distinction from APICS. An award winning B-school professor and author of four books on global trade, Mr. Gardner has travelled to Brazil, China, and Mexico more than fifty times in his career.

 

Summer 2013 - (On-line) Certificate Program:



CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN GLOBAL TRADE


Three-Module Training Program, July & August 2013

Program Schedule:
    • July 9 (Part A), Jully 11 (Part B)
    • July 23 (Part A), July 25 (Part B)
    • August 6 (Part A), August 8 (Part B)
    All sessions will start at 1:00 p.m. EST Eastern Standard Time

    Cost: $495
    (Discounts are available for CVCR member companies, Lehigh students, and for companies registering 3 or more attendees.

Registration Closed

Instructor: Dan Gardner, President and co-founder of Trade Facilitators, Inc. (TFI), Los Angeles, CA
    The Center for Value Chain Research (CVCR), in partnership with Trade Facilitators, Inc. (TFI), is pleased to offer
    Global Trade, an on-line certificate program.

    Develop the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the world of international trade. This on-line program is designed for both importers and exporters. It comprises six, two-hour classes for a total of twelve hours of instruction:
      • Module 1 (Part A & B): July 9 and July 11, 2013;
      • Module 2 (Part A & B): July 23 and 25, 2013;
      • Module 3 (Part A & B): August 6 and 8, 2013.
    Offered on-line in the comfort of your home or office, three modules are broken down into six on-line classes, with each class two-hours in length. All classes start @ 1:00 p.m. EST Eastern Standard Time.

    Enroll today and acquire the information needed to master the intricacies and avoid the pitfalls associated with global trade. Earn the certificate in twelve hours of instruction.

    Session (1) Understanding & Negotiating International Sales Contracts: Based on the principles of the United Nations Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (UNCISG) and the International Chamber of Commerce Contract Model, buyers and sellers navigage the content of a contract that ultimately determines responsibilities between the parties, title transfer, and risk and payment terms.

    Session (2) Incoterms 2010: Understanding and Application: Trade terms, so vitally important to the seller's delivery responsibility under a valid sales contract, impact logistics management, risk transfer, landed cost controls, calculations of gross profit, and payment for logistics services.

    Session (3) Documentary Credits & Documentary Collections: Implications of credit policies and practices associated with the execution of international payment terms present unique challenges for credit managers, international sales people, logisticians and order management personnel.

    For more information, including information about fees and registration for the Certificate in Global Trade program, contact: Carolyn Jones, CVCR, ccj1@lehigh.edu, 610-758-5157.

    Dan Gardner Biography: Prior to establishing TFI, Dan spent twenty-three years in the Third Party Logistics field where he held senior management positions with Fritz Companies and DHL Global Forwarding. In addition to his professional experience, he served as an adjunct professor of logistics and supply chain management in the graduate business schools of Florida International University and The University of Miami. Dan holds an MBA from the University of Miami, and has been a licensed customhouse broker in the U.S. since 1989. Dan is a Black Belt in Six Sigma, holds a Certificaton in Production & Inventory Management with APICS and is certified as a Physical Security Professional by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Author of several papers and articles, his work appeared in The Journal of Commerce, APICS Magazine, CSCMP Global Perspectives and Inbound Logistics Magazine. He is also author of the book Supply Chain Vector: Methods for Linking the Execution of Glabal Business Models with Financial Performance (J Ross Publishing). Mr. Gardner's fourth book, How to Use International Trade Terms for Competitive Advantage & Financial Gain was published in 2012.



Spring Seminars 2013:


 

Six Sigma and Implementation Case Study


Two-Day Seminar, January 2013
Part I: January 4, 2013, 8 am - 12 pm, at Crayola LLC, 1100 Church Lane, Easton, PA
Part II: January 4, 2013, 1 pm - 5 pm and January 5, 2013, 8 am - 2 pm, Rauch Business Center, Room 91, Lehigh University

Cost: Part I only, $150; Parts I and II, $400

Instructor: Richard Titus, Principal, Titus Consulting and Instructor, Lehigh University

This two-day course builds on the earlier course and provides an introduction to Six Sigma concepts including Project Definition, Capability Analysis, including Supplier Capability Case Study, Measurement System Analysis and Multi-Vari Data Analysis. Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Note: This course is also offered as an MBA 1 unit course (GBUS 492-14). This credit and non-credit course offering is offered by the Center for Value Chain Research in conjunction with the College of Business and Economics Graduate Programs office.

To receive the Certificate of Participation in Six Sigma Program Management and Methodology, participants will be required to complete an individual assignment which would include a critical analysis of the half-day Six Sigma Program Management course and a group project focused on Capability Analysis and Design of Experiments.

A laptop is recommended for students registered in the Six Sigma Program Management and Methodology course but it is not required. A trial version of Minitab statistical software will be provided for use in the course and group project.

Part I. Course Content - Certificate in Six Sigma Program Management

  • Successful introduction and management of a Six Sigma program
  • Integrating the program with an existing Lean program
  • Project selection, candidate selection and project management
  • Leading Six Sigma Teams and following the Six Sigma Problem Solving
  • Methodology Project Success and Supply Chain Project Examples
  • Panel discussion: The Roles of a Project Champion and Project Management
  • Lunch and Crayola tour
Part II. Course Content - Certificate in Six Sigma Program Management and Methodology
  • Introduction to Six Sigma and DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control)
  • Defining a the Problem and Identifying Key Performance Metrics, Voice of the Customer
  • Capability Analysis
  • Measurement System Analysis
  • Introduction to Design of Experiments
  • Graphical Analysis

 


 

Creating a Lean Supply Chain


Two-Day Seminar, March 2013
March 22 & 23, 2013 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Room 271 (March 22) and Room 85 (March 23)
Rauch Business Center, Lehigh University
621 Taylor St, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Cost: One day $195. Friday & Saturday $395
(Discounts are available for CVCR member companies, companies
registering 3 or more attendees, and CSCMP members.)

Registration Closed

Instructor: Robert J. Trent, Director, Center for Value Chain Research, Lehigh University

Creating a Lean Supply Chain addresses how to apply lean principles up and down the supply chain from your supplier’s supplier to your customer’s customer.  While not ignoring the importance of internal operations, an end-to-end view is much more expansive because it spans the entire chain. It also considers a wider set of wastes than the traditional view of Lean and stresses a broader set of measures, tools, and approaches for applying Lean principles and thinking.

Almost all experts still view Lean in the traditional context of internal manufacturing operations.  And while an internal focus is important, it ignores the opportunities that reside upstream and downstream from a company.  Furthermore, a strict focus on manufacturing ignores the opportunity to apply Lean in other industries and even functional groups, including health care, transportation, distribution, retailing, financial services, and even office operations and engineering.

This course is offered in conjunction with the College of Business and Economics Graduate Programs office.

Co-sponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

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Risk Management: What Is It? And Why Now?


May 7, 2013
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rauch Business Center, Room 85
Lehigh University
621 Taylor St, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Cost: $395
(discounts are available for CVCR member companies, companies registering 3 or more attendees, and CSCMP members.)
Instructor: Gregory L. Schlegel, CPIM, CSP, Jonah
VP Business Development, SherTrack LLC
Executive in Residence, Center for Value Chain Research
Adjunct Professor, Supply Chain Risk Management, Lehigh University

If you attend only one seminar this year, this is the one you don't want to miss! Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and acquire practical concepts about supply chain risk management. Beat the competition with an adaptive and resilient supply chain.

Seminar Topics will include: CSCMP logo

    • risk assessment
    • strategic, tactical, and operations risk mitigation tactics
    • scenario plannning
    • risk response plans
    • organizational structure
    • new risk metircs
    • governance, risk, and compliance
    • new enterprise wide risk management (ERM) framework
    • new supply chain maturity model

Greg is VP Business Development/Principal of Shertrack LLC. He has been a supply chain executive for over 25 years with several Fortune 100 companies and spent seven years as an IBM supply chain Executive Consultant. He has presented papers on, and has lead consulting engagements in, supply chain management, Risk Managemnt, Lean/Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints throughout the US and around the globe. Greg was APICS'1997 International Society President, resides on the APICS Strategic Direction Committee, and has served on the Editorial Board for DC Velocity magazine, and as an IBF forecasting certification instructor. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, webinars and has authored over 100 articles in major supply chain magazines and journals. Greg taught operations management at the University of Scranton, served as a guest lecturer at ASU, St. Johns University and Rutgers University. Greg is a member of the Business Analytics Roundtable for Villanova University, a member of the Board of Advisors for Rutgers University's Supply Chain undergraduate program and is the Executive in Residence for Lehigh University's Center for Value Chain Research. He teaches graduate level supply chain risk management courses at Lehig University and has facilitated Supply Chain Risk Management public workshops and the new APICS supported Risk CERTIFICATE workshops around the globe for over four years. Greg and his Lehigh Supply Chain Management Department Chair, Dr. Robert Trent, are developing a first-of-a-kind "Field Book" on Supply Chain Risk Management for inclusion in the classroom and elsewhere in 2014. Greg founded "TheSupplyChainRiskConsortium--a group of (10) companies providing education, assessment tools and consulting services in support of supply chian risk management projects and enterprise-wide journals. Greg is certified CPIM, CSP in systems, and a Theory of Constraints certified Johah. He holds a B.S. in Operations Research and Computer Science from Penn State University and did his graduate work at Lake Forest College.



Supply Chain Management Strategy


Date: May 31 and June 7, 2013
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rauch Business Center
Lehigh University
621 Taylor St, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Cost: $495
(discounts are available for CVCR member companies, CSCMP members, and companies registering 3 or more attendees.
Instructor: Zach Zacharia, Professor, Department of Management, Lehigh University

For many companies, Supply Chain Management has become an important element of strategic advantage. However, to achieve a strategic advantage requires effective design and integration of multiple elements within the supply chain.

In this seminar, we will use the LINKS Supply Chain Management Simulation to gain hands-on experience with the cross-functional impact of supply chain decision making. This simulation will provide a rich learning experience and give you experience -CSCMP logo

    1. analyzing complex data
    2. evaluating the costs and benefits of cross-functional trade-offs
    3. making critical supply chain decisions
    4. evaluating the consequences of those decisions, and
    5. working to continuously improve based on experience.

    This course is offered in conjunction with the College of Business and Economics Graduate Programs Office.





 

Supply Chain Finance: The Inevitable Merger

Instructors: Robert J. Trent, Co-Director, Center for Value Chain Research, Lehigh University
Samuel Weaver, Finance Professor of Practice, Lehigh University

Six Sigma Program Management and Methodology

Instructor: Richard Titus, Principal, Titus Consulting and Instructor, Lehigh University

Straight to the Bottom Line ®: How Leading Companies Win through Supply Management

Instructor: Robert A. Rudzki, President, Greybeard Advisors LLC