Women Leading in Supply Chains
Moderator, Michelle Dilley, CEO, AWESOME

Join this panel of AWESOME women as they share their journey through supply chain, challenges they have faced, how they continue to break down barriers, use their voice to advocate for themselves and others, and the importance of developing strong networks. During this keynote moderated by AWESOME CEO Michelle Dilley, these leaders will share their vision for the future.
  • Annette Danek Akey, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Penguin Random House
  • Maria G. Llamas, Sr. Director – Fulfillment Productivity & Systems, Hasbro
  • Ammie McAsey, SVP Customer Distribution Experience, McKesson
  • Rachel Cox, Director – Supply Chain Strategy, Grupo Bimbo
A Conversation with José Andrés
One of TIME magazine’s most influential people in the world, José Andrés has captured the imagination of a nation: not only as one of the most popular chefs in America, but with his dynamic personality and diverse humanitarian projects aimed at making the world a better place. He is the founder of World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters as well as the Ukraine war.

Join him as he shares his inspiring story of, and the logistics behind, making the world a better place one meal at a time.
2023 Annual Industry Report
John Paxton, CEO, MHI
Wanda Johnson, Specialist Leader, Deloitte

This is your opportunity to be the first to have access to this new report on the supply chain trends and digital technologies that are transforming supply chains. Wanda Johnson of Deloitte will join MHI CEO John Paxton in presenting the report findings. They will be joined by a panel of manufacturing and supply chain thought leaders to discuss the real-world significance of the report findings.

  • - Biswaranjan (Bish) Sen, Chief Product Supply Chain Officer at Unilever
  • - Amanda Davies, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer, Mars Wrigley
  • - Kristi Montgomery, Vice President, Innovation, Research & Development, Kenco Group
  • - Donnie F. Williams Jr., Executive Director - Supply Chain Management Research Center - Associate Professor - Supply Chain Management, The Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas
A Conversation with Ron Howard
Maybe you know him as the director of iconic films such as “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Rush,” and, most recently, “We Feed People,” and “Thirteen Lives.” Maybe you first saw him as Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show” or Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days,” Or maybe his voice will forever be stuck in your head as the narrator in “Arrested Development.” Whatever springs to mind when you hear his name, you’re surely familiar with the career of Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.

Ron is one of the film and television world’s most enduring legends, with over 50 years in the entertainment industry as producer, director, writer, and star of some of the seminal works of his generation. We’re proud to welcome him to the ProMat stage to share his thoughts on the creative process, inspiration and the role of a mentor.
On-floor Seminars
Choose from over 150 expert-led seminars conveying a broad array of supply chain, material handling and logistics topics. Sessions are offered free to all registered show attendees.
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Reception Sponsor:
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12 Noon - 5 PM - FULL PROGRAM
12 Noon - 1 PM - Lunch
1 - 4 PM - Marguerite Ham: 5 Languages of Leadership
4 - 5 PM - Reception
Monday, March 20 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room S406ab (Vista Ballroom)

Elevating women in the supply chain industry, this event offers an afternoon of professional development and networking for ProMat attendees and exhibitors.

5 Languages of Leadership, focus on 5 Star Communications

There is an art and language to becoming a successful leader! This course teaches leaders and potential leaders how to communicate and establish trust with all different people; build strong, effective teams; align their team with company values and missions; develop future leaders; and become personally agile enough to function in many different teams and work situations.

How many times have you been in a conversation where, suddenly, you stop feeling seen and heard, or worse yet, shut down or defensive? We have all been there! How do we turn that conversation from a disaster to an effective dialogue? Discover how to handle difficult conversations, anytime or anywhere. Learn how to create a safe environment where all contribute to the conversation and communicate respectively to find effective solutions. Learn how to dialogue personally and professionally, with clarity, confidence, and respect. Obtain the tools to handle difficult people, conversations, and situations.

  • Identify your communication style and that style's Gifts and Gaps
  • Learn how to quickly identify others' communication styles and morph to their style
  • Discover the 5 Star Communication Process to handle any situation

Separate registration and fee of $125 is required.


Tuesday, March 21 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Room S406b

In this timely, relevant panel discussion, representatives from Penguin Random House, Finish Line, Mattel, and PFS will share their pandemic-driven experiences in building a resilient supply chain.

Discussion topics include what their organization has done to model and respond to future disruptions. Panelists will also detail the degree to which they are engaging and involving supply chain partners—including transportation companies, automation and material handling equipment vendors, technology suppliers, and third-party logistics (3PL) service providers—in their efforts to mitigate disruptions.

Other touchpoints include new approaches to address issues with labor availability and leadership talent, and any other efforts to mitigate against unforeseen disruptions while maintaining a competitive advantage.

Gerald Perritt, Managing Partner - The Perritt Group


  • Annette Danek-Akey, EVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer – Penguin Random House
  • Jon Gardner, SVP Global Fulfilment Operations – PFS
  • Scott Hines, SVP Supply Chain - Finish Line
  • Greg Javor, SVP Global Supply Chain Operations - Mattel

12 Noon - 2 PM - FULL PROGRAM
12 Noon - 1 PM - Lunch
1 - 2 PM - WERC Thought Leader Presentation

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Student Day at ProMat 2023

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Room S406 Vista Ballroom

MHI in partnership with Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC), College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE), Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) and the Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI) presents Student Day at ProMat 2023 on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. This interactive event for college, university, trade, technical, specialty and high school students connects them with the best in the industry through real-world discussions with industry experts, guided tour of the show floor and networking with professionals who can support their career growth.

The highlight of the day is the guided tour of the ProMat 2023 show floor, led by industry experts and the opportunity to meet with exhibiting companies who are looking for future employees. Along with gaining a real-world understanding of the products, services, and technologies that enable the supply chain, students will walk away feeling inspired and empowered with a broader network of professionals who can support their career goals.

Sponsored by:

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Who Can Attend Student Day?

Student Day is complimentary to attend. You must be 16 years and older. Due to insurance requirements, there is a student age minimum. A faculty member is required to attend with students under the age of 18. Students are REQUIRED to dress and act professionally.

Travel Grants & School Travel Stipend

MHI and MHEFI will award a limited number of schools with travel grants or school stipends to help off-set the cost of travel to ProMat 2023. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for schools meeting the requirements. Approvals will be communicated by email.

Upon notification of approval, all student names and emails must be submitted by January 31 in order to receive the grant/stipend.

Schools located 100+ miles from Chicago, IL can apply for travel grants of $250 per person up to 15 students.

Schools located under 100 miles from Chicago, IL will receive a travel stipend of $250 for the school. To qualify for the stipend at least five (5) students must be registered to attend the event.

For more information contact jleon@mhi.org.

Please click here to complete your travel grant request.