February 5, 2019

Future-themed keynotes lead ProMat's educational lineup

The ProMat keynote presentations will offer a glimpse of the future and insights into ways to gain a competitive edge in your market.

By DC Velocity Staff

ProMat 2019 includes an extensive educational component in addition to the trade show. Educational events include four keynote presentations as well as more than 100 expert-led seminars held right on the show floor during the exhibition. Also on the agenda are a "meet and greet" for young professionals, a women in supply chain summit, and a one-day overhead crane safety conference (separate fees and registration are required for the women's summit and crane safety conference).

The ProMat keynote presentations will offer a glimpse of the future and insights into ways to gain a competitive edge in your market. On Monday, April 8, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Karim Lakhani of the Harvard Business School will detail how incorporating blockchain technology into your operations can address and resolve many supply chain challenges, while boosting efficiency and reducing risk. Lakhani will talk about specific use cases as well as pilot projects to provide context for the discussion. Attendees will learn how to incorporate blockchain into their business to transform their supply chain, according to MHI.

On Tuesday, April 9, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of "Girls Who Code," a group dedicated to addressing the serious gender imbalance in the tech industry, will provide practical strategies for closing the gender gap and explain why it's a key to the future success of our industry.

On Wednesday, April 10, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Scott Sopher, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP's Supply Chain practice, will join George W. Prest, CEO of MHI, in presenting the findings of the "2019 Annual Industry Report" from MHI. The report will focus on the trends and technologies that are transforming supply chains. The two will then moderate a panel on the real-world significance of the report's findings.

Later that day, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Marcus Lemonis, business magnate, serial entrepreneur, and star of the CNBC reality series "The Profit," will deliver a talk titled "The Three Keys to Business Success – People, Process, Profit." Lemonis, who has lent his expertise to struggling businesses in various industries across the country, will share his strategies for implementing his famous "3P" principles.

The keynotes will serve as the gateway to over 100 expertled sessions on a host of material handling and logistics topics. In these sessions, ProMat exhibitors will discuss industry issues like supply chain visibility, ergonomics, and a shortage of labor and how state-of-the-art equipment and technology can boost visibility, safety, and productivity. ProMat's educational offerings also include "The Hub," an interactive resource center. At The Hub, which is located in the center of the show floor, visitors will find the following:

  • A social networking lounge, mobile charging stations, and a wireless Internet center;
  • The MHI Informational Center, with information about the show sponsor and the resources and services it offers to manufacturing and supply chain professionals;
  • An information center for the Modex 2020 expo to be held in Atlanta in March 2020; and
  • Information on nominees for the MHI 2019 Innovation Award.

A special bonus for attendees: Automate, a robotics, machine vision, and motion-control event, is once again co-located with ProMat in 2019. All ProMat registrants receive free admission to the Automate show.

For more information about the educational programs on tap at ProMat 2019, go to ProMatShow.com/education/.