The Centers of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management and Homeland Security Emergency Management collaborated to conduct a one-day educational forum on October 15, 2014 at Highline College. The purpose of the forum was to examine the challenges and vulnerabilities businesses and organizations can endure while developing resiliency plans for supply chains and establish awareness of need for education and training that integrates security and emergency management training into the supply chain management career pathway.
Through discussions with supply chain management experts, representatives from private and public sectors, educators, and students we were able to focus on what the issues are and what skills are required to secure the physical infrastructure, conveyances, and information that is asset to building resiliency of our supply chain.
Welcome & Keynote
Welcome and opening remarks were made by Alice Madsen, Dean, Professional-Technical of Highline College with moderators Dr. Meg Ryan, Director, Center of Excellence Global Trade & Supply Chain Management and Linda Crerar, Director, Center of Excellence Homeland Security Emergency Management.
The Keynote Address by Representative Gael Tarleton, 36th Legislative District for Washington State helped set the tone of the forum. Rep. Tarleton spoke about being ready for risks and not waiting until they happen. She also shared that we need to know what is at stake if we do not establish security and resiliency for our supply chain industries. Rep. Tarleton said, “You are responsible for the choices you make. Resilience and security affects where we live and our everyday lives.” She also mentioned that knowing our environments psychologically, ecologically, socially, and diversity can help lead us in the right direction on building resiliency.
Morning Panel Discussion
Linda Crerar moderated the morning panel discussion about “Threats, Disruptions, and Vulnerabilities of the Supply Chain” in order to understand how we can secure our supply chain industries.
Panel members were: Representative Gael Tarleton, Member of Governor’s Task Force on Maritime & Manufacturing Industry; Eric Holdeman, Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience, Pacific NW Economic Region Foundation; Dr. Tim Melbourne, Director, PANGA Geodesy Lab, Department of Geological Sciences; Mike Williams, Supply Chain Manager, World Vision, and Chair of the Puget Sound Roundtable of the Council on Supply Chain Management Professionals; Jim Mullen, EM Northwest Consulting, INC.
Duplication and redundancy in order to fix our failures was brought up by Eric Holdeman. Jim Mullen said” If it doesn’t break than you don’t have to fix it, but you have to be prepared for it.” Introducing Lean Management as a way to collaborate with businesses and organizations on how to build an effective framework for restoration and mitigation.
Working Lunch – Cyber-Security in the Supply Chain
Dr. Amelia Phillips, Chair, Pure & Applied Sciences, Computer Information Systems/Computer Science, Highline College gave a presentation about cyber-security in the supply chain industry. The risks that can occur in the industry are new hardware and software, new threat vectors and contractors, and distribution of software systems between companies. Dr. Phillips informed everyone about the malware called “Blackshades” that have affected over half a million people worldwide. This type of malware sells for as little as $40 on the black market and is used to hijack computers, turn on webcams, access hard drives, and capture keystrokes to steal passwords all without the victim knowing what is going on.
The first afternoon panel focused on the topic of “Natural Disasters and Economic Disruptions.”
Panel members were: Dr. Carlo Smith, Director, Supply Chain Management Institute, Central Washington University; Dr. Walter Szeliga, Geophysics Central Washington University; Dr. Toni Sipic, Economics, Central Washington University; and Dr. Jennifer Lipton, Environmental Geography, Central Washington University.
With our panel members expertise in their respected fields Forum attendees were informed about how natural disasters can affect the supply chain industry and have a critical impact on the economy. The supply chain industry has become more complex with broaden geographical coverage and has increased the vulnerabilities that can occur within industry.
The second afternoon panel was a “Networking Roundtable: Information sharing on education/training programs.”
Panel members were: Steve Lettic, Faculty and Program Coordinator, Administration of Justice Department, Highline College; Robert Lord, Program Coordinator and Faculty, Statewide Homeland Security Emergency Management, Pierce College; Raegan Copeland, Program Coordinator and Faculty, Business, Highline College; Jesse Cooley, Manager, International Business, Bachelor of Applied Science Degree, North Seattle Community College; Abdul Waheed, Director, Transportation and Logistics Program, Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) were the main focus of this roundtable. All of our educators explained that it is vital for students to be able to think critically and apply what they have learned to their internship. Applying what students have learned helps to build their critical thinking skills and work on their soft skills. Being an effective decision maker and collaborator are other skills that the panelist talked about students needing to develop.
2015 Summit: Save the Date
The third annual Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management Summit will take place June 16-17, 2015 at Pierce College – Puyallup Campus.
This Summit will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center of Excellence of Homeland Security Emergency Management.