The COVID-19 pandemic has put many things into perspective. It has placed extraordinary demands on businesses and you, as manufacturing  leaders; it has also created fear among employees and other stakeholders. The massive scale of the outbreak and its unpredictability have made it especially challenging, having to deal with disruptions in production demand as well as the challenges of maintaining a consistent pipeline of supplies. What you may need during this time is not just a predefined response plan for these types of unanticipated interruptions, but also strategic behaviors and mindsets that can help you look ahead.

North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) partner East Carolina University (ECU) has designed a two-pronged manufacturing webinar series focused on helping you ensure business continuity as well as resiliency in your company’s supply chain during these times of stress. By helping you identify risks, plan for uncertainty and prepare a response to this crisis, you’ll have the ability to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and potential future crises.

This webinar series is specifically for NC manufacturers and is funded by the CARES Act through NCMEP. There is no charge to attend these events, but registration is required. You will get the most out of this series if you attend each event in the series; but, each one has been designed as a stand alone event as well.  After you register, a link to join the webinar will be sent.


Webinar Dates:

Business Continuity Planning Series

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Supply Chain Management Risk and Resiliency Series

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Webinar Presenters

Sharon Justice has worked for over 25 years in various industry sectors focused on strategically growing businesses while equipping leaders and individuals for success. Sharon joined the faculty of the College of Business at East Carolina University in 2011 where she developed and is currently teaching a leadership course for junior business majors. She continues to offer customized leadership development programs and provides strategic business consulting through Justice Leadership. Prior to joining the university, she spent her career focused in human resources and achieved the title of senior vice president with Wells Fargo. She worked in multiple business segments with both Wachovia and Wells Fargo. She’s an award-winning speaker and teacher and was recognized by the NCACPA as an outstanding presenter in 2018 and as an ECU Incredible Woman in 2019. Sharon holds an undergraduate degree in business administration, small business management, and an MBA, both from East Carolina University. She also holds a senior professional designation in human resources designation from both the HR Certification Institute and the Society of HR Management.

Jon Kirchoff is an associate professor of supply chain management at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. His primary areas of research include global supply chain risk management, sustainable supply chain management, and healthcare supply chain management. He has published articles in Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and other academic outlets. Prior to academia, he worked 15 years in purchasing and logistics management positions with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Echostar Technologies and OEA Inc.

John Kros is a Vincent K. McMahon Distinguished Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the College of Business at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He is a member of the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Production Operations Management Society (POMS), and the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI). John’s current research includes simulation and process analysis, quality control, applied statistical analysis and applications to supply chain problems.