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  • 2023 Discover Summit October 17th and 18th 2023!
  • 2023 Discover Summit October 17th and 18th 2023!
  • 2023 Discover Summit October 17th and 18th 2023!

2023 DISCOVER Summit

October 17th - 18th

Hilton Philadephia City Avenue | Philadephia, PA, USA 

“United for IMPACT”

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Hotel Information

The Hotel Hershey
100 Hotel Rd., Hershey, PA 17033, USA
Hotel Reservations | Hotel Information
Phone: 855-729-3108
Room Rate: $199 per room per night plus 11% taxes ($220.89)

You can now book your hotel for the upcoming Summit. Hotel rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reserve your room reservation before Thursday, September 15th, 2022, to lock in the special room rate. After this date, room prices may increase or may no longer be available.

*To receive the DISCOVER room rate, you must book through the link above.

Agenda at a glance

Day 1 – October 17, 2022
11:00-11:15am President’s Welcome Address
Rakhi Agarwal — President, DISCOVER
11:15-12:00pm Opening Keynote
Heidi Landry — J&J
12:00-1:00pm LUNCH
1:00-1:45pm Educational Series: Insights and Trends
Anita Ricketts — DiversityInc.
1:45-2:30pm Leveraging the Power of Collaboration
Jason Reiman — Hershey
Neha Desai Shah — GEP
Bala Sreenivasan — Merck
Imara Charles — BMS
Moderator: Dawnel Kraus — J&J
2:30-3:15pm Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Accountability and Impact at SANOFI
Stuart Persky — Sanofi
3:15-3:30pm BREAK
3:30-4:30pm Mentoring/Coaching Session                       
4:30-5:00pm Closing Thoughts
Alicia Petross — Hershey
6:00-8:00pm “Sweet Celebrations” Awards and Dinner
Day 2 – October 18, 2022
10:00-10:30am Welcome Keynote 
Curtis Ijames — IBM
10:00-10:30am “How We Leveraged Digital Solutions to Manage the Pandemic”
Geraldine Jay Hall — Novavax
Nasir Iqbal — McCormick & Company
11:00-12:00am Executive Leadership Panel: Embedding Inclusive Behaviors into Day-to-Day Leadership
Brittney Walker — Walker SCM
Tarbinlam Lafon — Organon
Michael del Rosario — Walmart
Qing Zhao — BCG
Moderator: Vicky Sanchez — J&J
12:00pm-12:45pm LUNCH
12:45-1:30pm Developing Diverse Talent in Supply Chain
Dr. Kevin Lyons — Rutgers Business School
1:30-2:15pm Building Your Brand: A Practical Guide 
Matt Schlosser — Hershey
2:15-2:45pm Wellness Break
2:45-3:15pm The Importance of Supply Chain Collaboration & Resiliency
Alex Zhong — GEP
3:15-4:00 Closing Thoughts
Jason Reiman — Hershey

Our Speakers

Rakhi Agarwal

2020-2022 President

Jason Reiman

SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Heidi Landry

Johnson & Johnson
CPO, Supply Chain

Alicia Petross

VP, Talent Acquisition + Diversity and Inclusion

Neha Desai Shah

President and Co-Founder

Curtis ljames

Executive Director, Demand Planning and Inventory

Bala Sreenivasan

SVP, Supply and Value Chain Management

Matt Schlosser

VP, Supply Chain Strategy & Program Management

Stuart Persky

Director, EEO & HR Compliance

Tarbinlam Lafon

Associate VP, Indirect Procurement & Operations

Anita Ricketts

Head of Strategic Partnerships

Brittany Walker

Walker SCM
Director, Corporate Administration and Communication

Qing Zhao


Dr. Kevin Lyons

Rutgers Business School
Associate Professor of Professional Practice

Michael del Rosario

Senior Director, Transportation

Imara Charles

VP, Strategic Supplier Partnerships

Geraldine Jay Hall

Novavax, Inc.
Director, External Manufacturing

Nasir Iqbal

McCormick & Company
SAP SCM Optimizer Expert

Alex Zhang

Director, Product Marketing

DISCOVER Summit Planning Team

Rakhi Agarwal

Lisa Fishel-Slater

Odi Ikpe

Maria Hill

Yahne Marie Henry

Kartik Sharma