Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management to Host 70th Annual Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, will host its annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program Oct. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Marvin and Helaine Lender Auditorium, located on the concourse level of the Whitman School building at Syracuse University.

Established in 1949, the annual Salzberg event, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019, is a central component of Whitman School’s Franklin Center, which is consistently recognized as one of the best supply chain management programs in the country by top publications and organizations. During the event, industry executives from leading corporations share insights into trends, advancements and innovation in the fields of supply chain management, transportation and logistics.

The Salzberg Medallion is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards in the field of transportation and supply chain management—in part because of the caliber of past honorees and in part because of the program’s rigorous selection process.

This year’s Salzberg Medallion recipients include:

Johnson & Johnson

Ranked #8 by Gartner in its 2019 Supply Chain Top 25 index, Johnson & Johnson is the highest-ranked healthcare supply chain included on the prominent cross-industry list of large cap (>12B) company supply chains. Kathryn E. Wengel, executive vice president and chief global supply chain officer at Johnson & Johnson, will accept the award on behalf of the company, which is being recognized for supply chain excellence. With one of the largest and most complex global supply chains in industry and guided by its Credo values which put patients, consumers and customers first, Johnson & Johnson is innovating in numerous ways. These include the digitization of its global supply chain to leverage predictive analytics, optimize operations, verify quality and authenticity of its products, and gain end-to-end visibility to improve the trajectory of healthcare. Through its own “faster forward” culture and a range of partnerships in a variety of industries, it is using technologies like adaptive process controls, sensing and robotics to help manage and streamline its hundreds of manufacturing sites, distribution centers and network of suppliers. Heavily involved in sustainability efforts around the world, Johnson & Johnson is a partner in C40, an organization of 94 global cities devoted to reducing the human impact on the environment and climate.

Ann Drake

Ann Drake is chairman of the DSC Logistics Advisory Board and served as CEO of DSC from 1994 through 2018, guiding the company to become one of the leading supply chain management firms. Drake is involved in organizations focused on the global supply chain, the nation’s transportation system, and the future of women’s leadership. She was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), an award that had been given for 47 years by then (2012). Recognizing that milestone as an opportunity to advance women’s leadership, she founded AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education), a community that has grown to include more than 1,300 senior supply chain women leaders. She is being recognized for her lifetime achievement.

The Zinsmeister Award for student excellence in supply chain management will also be conferred during the Salzberg event.

The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is home to the nation’s first supply chain management program. A specialization in traffic and transportation was first offered in 1919 when the School of Management was founded. Currently, the SCM program offers rigorous PhD, MBA, M.S. and B.S. degrees, as well as executive education. Whitman’s award-winning SCM faculty is renowned for teaching, research and outreach partnerships.

In addition, Whitman offers and supports a number of student groups and organizations that provide opportunities for learning, engagement and networking. Among those is the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Syracuse University Franklin Student Roundtable which brings together faculty, staff, students, practitioners and alumni.

The Whitman School houses several centers dedicated to advancements and excellence in SCM. The H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management and its advisory board assembles Whitman students, faculty, alumni and active supply chain professionals to share research and advancements in the industry. The Robert H. Brethen Operations Management Institute supports Whitman students and faculty with funding for scholarships and research. The Brethen Institute also supports Syracuse University’s chapter of ASCM (formerly APICS), an international professional society representing manufacturing, service and resource management professionals, providing students and professionals with varied networking opportunities. Whitman supports students in their pursuit of ASCM certification to further bolster their marketability.

About the Whitman School

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University inspires students for a world of accelerating change. Offering B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Whitman School’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. To learn more about the Whitman School of Management, visit

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