2019 Supply Chain Management Symposium

4th Annual Supply Chain Management Symposium
Friday, November 8, 2019 (optional activities the day prior)
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Presented by the Center for Supply Chain Management

The 2019 Supply Chain Management Symposium will provide insights into managing contemporary supply chains.  Our Invited Speakers will present and lead discussions that explore key supply chain activities: Procurement, Demand Management and Fulfillment, and Strategic Partnerships.  We will reflect on the accuracy of our past predictions, and discuss how our decisions along these elements can affect our ability to deal with an uncertain future.  

The Symposium is a full-day event and is hosted at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to the Speaker Sessions, there is a Student Poster competition, Student Mentoring Dinner, and prior to the event an optional tour and networking on Thursday afternoon and the evening.

Supply Chains 20/20

20 years ago, no one could have predicted the capabilities and characteristics that would be needed in contemporary supply chains.  Likewise, it is difficult to predict what supply chains will be like 20 years from now.  Yet, we need to make predictions if we want to plan effectively, and our ability to make good predictions will directly impact performance.

As we embark upon the Year 2020, this year’s Symposium will explore:

  • How “perfect” is our supply chain vision, in this “imperfect” world? 
  • How accurate were the supply chain predictions made at the turn of the century? 
  • How much into the supply chain future can we see? 
  • Does our ability to forecast vary by the type of supply chain activity? 
  • How can we plan when our vision is imperfect? 
  • What capabilities does a supply chain need when the future is unpredictable?
  • Given the uncertain future, what should I, as a SCM professional, do today?


Symposium Agenda

Thursday, November 7, 2019

5:30pm - 6:30pm Meet and Greet Reception -  Bridges Lounge, Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

7:00pm Speakers’ Dinner - Bridges Restaurant, Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Friday, November 8, 2019

7:30am - 5:30pm Symposium Agenda*  
   * Subject to slight change

7:30am - 8:30am Registration and Breakfast

8:30am - 11:30am Morning Sessions

11:30am - 1:30pm Lunch & Student Poster Session

1:30pm - 4:30pm Afternoon Sessions

4:30pm - 5:30pm Cocktails - Bridges Lounge

5:30pm - 7:00pm Student Mentoring Dinner


Attendee Category Price
Industry (Individual) $199
Pitt Alumni, ISM, APICS, PMI, and PWSCG  $99
Faculty $99
Students $25
Staff $25
Student Poster Presenters No charge

Early-bird pricing is available until October 18, 2019, representing a 25% discount on the Industry Individual rate. The fee is $149. 

The fee to attend the Speakers' Dinner is an additional $25.


Hotel Accommodations

We are holding a block of hotel rooms at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Hotel, where the Symposium will be held. The rooms are available for Thursday, November 7 for a discounted rate of $149 (single rate) per night (Nightly Parking Charge is $18.00). You can reserve your room by phone or online. If calling, call 412-682-6200 and ask for the University of Pittsburgh SCM Symposium Group Rate. If booking online, please use the group code 11076841CC. You must book before Thursday, October 17, 2019 to receive the discounted rate.

Visit Pittsburgh offers information on other area hotels via an interactive map tool.

Poster Session 2019

Poster authors qualify for a free admission to the 2019 Supply Chain Management Symposium: Supply Chains 20/20

The Pitt Business Center for Supply Chain Management's 2019 symposium on November 8, 2019 will feature a poster session in which students will be able to explore their areas of interest in supply chain management and compete for cash prizes.  Student presenters are required to register as poster presenters on the Symposium’s website.  Posters will be on display during the symposium, and the agenda will include time for attendees to visit the poster area to meet with participating students.  Additionally, students can participate in networking sessions at the symposium.

Who Should Participate

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities are eligible to participate.  To be eligible, participants must be enrolled as a college student in the fall 2019 term.  Posters can be authored individually or in teams of up to three individuals.

Registration Instructions

To register, you must submit your topic of interest.  If a specific topic is over-subscribed, authors may be asked to choose a different topic so please submit your topics early.  Please note: your commitment to participating in the competition is important as your poster title and name will be included in the program.  This would reflect poorly on you and the Center should you not be in attendance with your poster on the day of the competition.  Your final poster will not be due until the date of the event. View sample topics here, but authors are encouraged to develop their own topics.

Email your name, poster topic and brief abstract to REGISTER HERE

The registration period deadlines:

  • Now - Register as soon as possible, selecting and submitting your poster topic
  • Monday, October 28, 2019 - The deadline for submitting your Poster Title and Abstract
  • Participants can pick up the tri fold and poster mounting materials from 111 Mervis Hall any time after Monday, October 14, 2019.
  • Participants are responsible for bringing their mounted posters to the Wyndham Ballroom by 7:30 am on Friday, November 8, 2019.

The Judging Process

Posters will be judged by a panel of business professionals and faculty members.  The posters will be evaluated based on the quality of the author's findings/recommendations, and how clearly, concisely, and creatively these points are communicated through the poster and the author.


The posters will be designated as either graduate and undergraduate.  The awards are as follows:

  • Graduate Poster Entries - $750 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place
  • Undergraduate Poster Entries - $600 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place
  • Students are expected to attend the symposium, and be present when prizes are awarded.  Please contact us if there is a scheduling conflict.

Rules and Guidelines

Please view the following documents for information on student participant eligibility, requirements on the posters/best practices in poster design, and the judging guidelines.

Poster Requirements and Best Practices 

Judging Rules

Potential Poster Topics

Previous Symposia