Our theme for Ignite 2022, LEAD THE CHANGE, is a call to action to join Wabash in proactively changing the industry and shaping our future.
As an attendee, you will have multiple opportunities over two days to attend sessions that relate specifically to you and your business.
The three educational tracks feature a variety of experts who will provide insights and best practices to help you map the journey ahead.
Our Industry – where it is today
Dive into the challenges and opportunities facing our industry to forge the best path to success.
Speakers: Donald Broughton and Ryan Reed
The economic and financial news headlines are full of hyperbole and gross exaggeration. Everything they predict—runaway inflation, soaring gasoline and diesel prices, the demise of consumer spending, the collapse of home prices and new home construction, the impossibility of a soft landing as the Federal Reserve increases the discount rate—is increasingly filled with more emotion and little to no evidence.
Donald Broughton will tear apart each of these Chicken Little predictions of impending doom by outlining the current facts. He argues that all of the factors we are being told to fear are simply “growing pains” as economic demand outstrips capacity. Instead of disaster, he predicts an unprecedented period of boom in prosperity.
Speakers: Todd Inman, Shannon Breen and Robert Lane
What new legislation and federal rules are likely to be imposed over the next few years, and what will they mean for logistics management? From EV subsidies and climate legislation to workplace rules and highway safety, governmental action is driving significant change in commercial transportation. Hear from experts across the logistics industry on how they are thinking about these changes and tackling them differently.
Speakers: Steve Dunlop, Dr. Suresh Nallan and Richard Mansilla
Supply chain experts explore sea-based imports into the United States from 2014 to 2021 and how the industry has adapted.
Speakers: Mike Moyski and Tim Griesgraber
Retailers and grocers are experiencing increased growth and global demand for fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and dairy, as well as pharmaceutical and chemical products. The cold supply chain, or simply “cold chain,” plays an integral role in the successful implementation of meeting the increased demands. All of these products require the maintenance of very specific temperatures during the entire time the products are being processed and transported through the supply chain, and ultimately to the consumer. These strict temperature requirements make “cold” one of the most complicated supply chains to operate. Hear from experts in cold chain logistics about how they tackle the complexities of cold chain, such as utilizing rapidly updated and enhanced technologies, accommodating global demand for quality products, complying with new regulations that are still developing and changing, and meeting demand for new energy-efficient operations.
The Future – where we are headed
Unpack the major trends ahead, as well as their implications, for our industry and global markets.
Speakers: Paul Rosa, Wade Seaburg, Francisco Gonzalez, Robert Bollinger, Marcus Hays, Emma Frantz and Mark Ehrlich
A panel of experts will discuss how electrification and alternative energy will ultimately change transportation. They will explore topics such as: how we can lead the industry in the EV space, what are the right first moves, what are the technical hurdles to overcome, and how we will see the adoption of alternative energies evolve from Class 2 to Class 8.
Speakers: Branden Pauly and Joe Palmer
Hear how Kroger, as a large multi-billion dollar enterprise, is managing its supply chain via data analytics and big data science. Pauly will discuss some of the cutting-edge elements Kroger is using to strengthen its analytical prowess and how it is evolving to create value for Kroger’s customers as part of the company’s immense investments in the future. Data is central to all of this activity and the strategic utilization of it is key.
Speakers: Divya Demato and Susan O’Brien
When it comes to addressing a company’s impact on people and the planet, the future is coming fast. As stakeholder pressure continues to mount, publishing sustainability reports, setting science-based targets, and pledging net zero by 2050 has become table stakes. Companies who wish to emerge as leaders of sustainability must go beyond the mainstream, and deliver a vision of transformation for their industry.
In this session, Divya Demato will explore the three types of sustainability leadership, the eight ROIs of success, and the critical levers needed to support sales growth, generate meaningful impact, and optimize innovation ambition. Making sustainability a cornerstone in business strategy and operations enables enterprises to rise to the top—driving value to their brand, culture, supply chain, communications and more.
Speakers: Grant Goodale and Tim Griesgraber
Digital brokers discuss technology investments and how they are using data and a connected network to remove empty miles. They also explore the role of the trailer in that equation.
Speakers: Paul Sniegocki, Paul Sivaswamy, Walt Swietlik and Mark Ehrlich
Join this session as expert panelists give their perspective on the many readiness levels required to fully utilize AV technology. We’ll start off framing the roundtable discussion with Paul Sivaswamy from Gatik giving an overview on where his company is bringing AV solutions to the market today. We’ll then discuss the many aspects of integration from end-to-end including an electrification perspective.
Speaker: Spencer Frazier
Spencer Frazier from J.B. Hunt discusses how the future of supply chain will take the form of intelligent and “connected” ecosystems where shipments and capacity move seamlessly, in sync and in real-time. Driven by disruption caused by the continued rise in e-commerce, future success in this evolving supply chain landscape will require stakeholders to be “indifferent” as to how shipments move and work together to match customer needs with available capacity. Roughly 1/3 of driver’s time each day is unproductive due partly to unnecessary waiting times but also the inability to match freight with capacity. J.B. Hunt’s 360 platform, which not only leverages load matching for drivers but also connects trailer assets, is one solution that helps solves these problems. Spencer will also discuss J.B. Hunt’s mode-agnostic approach to leverage both Truckload and IMDL.
Your Leadership – what we need to do to get there
Elevate your leadership skills to more effectively manage change and lead people with an ongoing, strategic focus.
Speakers: Brooke Reddington, Amanda Crafton, Manisha Dias, Kimberly Pilz, Amy Horner, Kaycee Kaplin and Kristin Glazner
CHIEF is the only private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders. This lively panel brings together CHIEFS who are experts in transformational leadership and how to lead through change. The group will explore:
- Lessons learned when leading through change
- What makes a transformational leader
- Fostering risk taking
- Creating an innovation-based culture and why that’s important in leading through change
- The role of grit and resiliency
- The role of diversity and inclusion
Speaker: Dr. Rasu Shrestha
What does transformational leadership mean in a world that is adapting in front of our very eyes to meet the everchanging needs of our fast-paced, diverse and highly technological workforce? Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Enterprise EVP & Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer at Atrium Health, shares his personal leadership ethos and how the practice of critical thinking such as tribal leadership has been integral in his transformational leadership throughout various recent challenges. Tribal leadership lends itself to the greater organizational power and influence of the many. Dr. Shrestha will share how C-Suite executives can benefit from strategic leadership while becoming transformational leaders in their industries.