Meet the Speakers of the 2021 MHI Annual Conference

The 2021 MHI Annual Conference is an interactive thought leadership event (October 3-6,2021 – Phoenix, AZ) for manufacturing, material handling and supply chain professionals that focuses on the technology innovation taking place across the supply chain industry—and the associated workforce challenges explored in the 2021 MHI Annual Industry Report.

By attending, you will have the opportunity to gain insights and learn best practices from robust education programming. There will also be numerous opportunities for connection-building and industry leadership during MHI Industry Group meetings and networking activities.

The MHI Annual conference  will feature education programing in a series of three separate focus tracks: Technology, Future Trends, and Workforce. Sessions will include experts on digital transformation, talent recruitment and development, automation, artificial intelligence and emerging technologies, Industry 4.0, and more. Meet the speakers of the 2021 MHI Annual Conference and register to attend today!

Monday, October 4

Future trends

Becoming a Catalyst for Digital Transformation

Brock Oswald
Brock Oswald is a leader in the Supply Chain & Network Operations practice at Deloitte Consulting. Brock has over 18 years of professional experience, working primarily in the areas of supply chain logistics and planning.


Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Even Exist Yet

Michelle Weise
Dr. Michelle R. Weise is an entrepreneur-in-residence and senior advisor at Imaginable Futures, a venture of The Omidyar Group. Her work over the last decade has concentrated on preparing working-age adults for the jobs of today and tomorrow.



Automating Better and Safer

Mary “Missy” Cumming, PH.D.
Dr. Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Post.graduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots.


How AI will Change the Future of Supply Chains

Daniel Hulme
Daniel is a leading expert in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies. He is the CEO of Satalia, a global company that provides AI inspired products and solutions, and he is also the Director of UCL’s Business Analytics MSc, applying AI to solve business and social problems.


Logistics Robotic Development & Industry 4.0

Jon Battles
Jon Battles currently serves as Dir. Robotic Architect for Amazon WW Robotics. Jon has served 15 years at Amazon in numerous engineering director roles. Jon developed Amazons Advanced Technology organization, has directed the North American Operations Engineering Organization consisting of Real Estate, Fulfillment Engineering, Packaging Engineering, Control Engineering, Equipment Maintenance, and Start Up teams with over 1,200 associates.

Tuesday, October 5

Future Trends

New Realities of Operating in a Post-COVID-19 Environment

Terry L. Esper, Ph.D.
Terry L. Esper, Ph.D is Associate Professor of Logistics in the Marketing and Logistics Department at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. In addition to his full-time academic activities at Ohio State, Esper also serves on faculty for the University of Iowa CIMBA Italy Program, is on the Board of Directors of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the American Marketing Association Foundation, and serves as an Educational Advisor to the Health and Personal Care Logistics Conference.



Chad Autry
Chad W. Autry is the FedEx Corporation Endowed Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Autry holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with focus in Supply Chain Management from the University of Oklahoma, an M.B.A. with focus on International Business from Oklahoma City University, and a B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma.

Future Trends

Hitting Escape Velocity: Strong Tailwinds and Looming Headwinds for Material Handling in the Economic, Financial and Technology Outlooks

Jason Schenker
Jason Schenker has written over 30 books on emerging technologies, business strategy, finance, and the economy. Bloomberg News has ranked Jason the #1 forecaster in the world in 25 different categories since 2011, which is why executives, corporate boards, industry groups, central banks, and the U.S. Department of Defense rely on his research.

Future Trends

Rewire: How to Reconnect with Your Customers and Boost Your Business

Jay Baer
Jay Baer, CSP, CPAE has spent 25 years in digital marketing and customer experience, consulting for more than 700 companies during that period, including 34 of the FORTUNE 500. His current firm Convince & Convert – provides word of mouth, digital marketing, and customer experience advice and counsel to some of the world’s most important brands.



Voice of the Blue Collar Worker: Annual Survey Results

About Brian Devine
Brian Devine is the Senior Vice President of EmployBridge, and a 26-year veteran of the staffing industry. In 1999, Brian started ProLogistix, one of the largest providers of logistics talent in the country. He also leads ResourceMFG, the manufacturing division of EmployBridge. Combined, the two operations employ over 50,000 associates in the supply chain across the US.

About Kristin Bevens
Kristin Bevens, aka KB, is the Division Vice President for ProLogistix, the largest logistics staffing and workforce specialist company, which employs over 20,000 warehouse associates weekly. Kristin Bevens has assisted many logistics companies with their workforce design and strategies during her 21 years in the industry.

Don’t Miss Early Bird Pricing Available Through July 28
Join your peers at this year’s MHI Annual Conference. Explore the event and save $300 when you register with Early Bird pricing good through July 28.