Elba Pareja-Gallagher is the founder of the social impact organization ShowMe50.org. The non-profit’s vision is to achieve 50% women in senior leadership positions through a grassroots movement of women and men. Using a one-of-a-kind collaborative approach, individuals learn to influence change at work in gender bias awareness, talent management, workplace flexibility and executive accountability. ShowMe50 holds Lean In Circle meetings in Sandy Springs which incorporate communication, strategy and leadership training. APICS Atlanta and ShowMe50 work together to lead change and close the gender gap in Supply Chain and Manufacturing. Elba is also a finance and strategy professional with over 20 years of experience at UPS. She’s held roles in International Finance, Investor Relations, Marketing and Strategy. She lived as an expat in Asia for three years and currently works on a cross-functional team developing long term strategies for Global eCommerce. She’s published several thought leadership blogs on UPS Longitudes. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional, Elba also holds a Master of Science degree in Supply Chain Management and is a frequently featured guest on Supply Chain Now Radio. Connect with Elba on LinkedIn and learn more about ShowMe50 here: https://www.showme50.org/
Joe DeSantis is a Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in Atlanta. DeSantis is a member of the firm’s Performance Improvement practice, where he focuses on LEAN Six Sigma in supply chain management. He has more than 25 years of experience in developing and implementing operational, financial and continuous process improvement (“CPI”) solutions for global companies. Joe has led numerous turnarounds for large distribution and warehousing operations across multiple industries. He gains a deep understanding of the root cause of issues and develops sustainable solutions. Joe engages company resources at all levels to align and focus on value-added activities and eliminate non-value added steps and processes. As the director of operations for Avon Products, Inc., he led the turnaround of the largest distribution operation in the global network ($850 million in revenue). At Office Depot, Joe was responsible for the turnaround of the largest retail/business-to-business (“B2B”) distribution center in the U.S. network ($1.1 billion in revenue). His approach to understanding the current environment focuses on people, process and technology. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Joe was a Partner and Performance Improvement Practice Leader for Total Solution Partners, a firm he founded in 2011. A member of the APICS Atlanta Executive Advisory Board, Joe has a passion for leadership and often speaks at conferences around the country on this topic. Joe holds a B.S. in Accounting from Sacred Heart University and an Executive M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Connect with Joe Desantis on LinkedIn and learn more about FTI Consulting, recently named a Top Firm to Work For by Consulting Magazine, here: https://www.fticonsulting.com/
Ashley Liebke is President & CEO at Vision Media Group and is an innovative digital marketing and strategy leader with two decades of business development experience. Over the last five years she has become a noted leader in retail supply chain optimization and digital consumer experience – – and is connecting the dots for businesses looking to optimize their cloud platforms for today’s on demand economy. Ashley collaborates with partners and customers to publicize how unified customer experience with store operations, distributed order management and supply chain optimization can drive growth for US and global businesses. In previous roles, Ashley has served as Vice President of Marketing with Deposco and Acting Director/Marketing Manager with UPS. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Economy from Tulane University, as well as an MBA from Georgia State University. Recently, she co-founded Epic Taste, a blog that delivers mouth-watering imagery and reviews of the finest food, beverages, tables, places, chefs in Atlanta. Connect with Ashley Liebke on LinkedIn and learn more about Epic Taste here: http://www.epic-taste.com/
Jessica Clayton is the founding Partner of TalentStream and a member of the ownership group. She is a cum laude graduate of Clemson University with a Masters Degree from The Citadel. Jessica grew up in the staffing industry and worked for a national staffing company before launching TalentStream in 2013. In addition to leading TalentStream’s recruiting and operations, Jessica enjoys giving back to the Greenville (SC) Community and spending time with her husband and three children. A former Teacher of the Year in South Carolina, she has served as a volunteer leader at a wide variety of organizations, to include Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the Red Cross. Jessica serves as Chair of Career Development on the APICS Industrial Crescent Board of Directors and also maintains active professional membership in SHRM Greenville. Jessica is a member of Christ Church of Greenville, where she serves on the Annual Giving Cabinet, as well as the Children’s Ministry committee. Connect with Jessica Clayton on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter at @JBClayton1.
Scott W. Luton is founder of Supply Chain Now Radio and also serves as Managing Partner for TalentStream. He has worked extensively in the end-to-end Supply Chain industry for more than 15 years, appearing in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dice and Quality Progress Magazine. Scott currently serves as Executive Vice President of APICS Atlanta and was also named to the 2018 Georgia Logistics Summit Executive Committee. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. As a Veteran of the United States Air Force, Scott also volunteers as Co-Chair of the Business Pillar for VETLANTA, and maintains active membership in the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance & CSCMP Atlanta Roundtable. Connect with Scott Luton on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter at @ScottWLuton. He can also be reached by email. Learn more about WBENC-certified TalentStream here, a leading recruiting & staffing firm that helps companies find top talent in the Engineering, Manufacturing and Supply Chain space.: www.talentstreamstaffing.com