Navigating Through Volatility Webinar Series

As you navigate uncharted waters, APICS Inland Empire is here to provide resources, guidance, and expert advice. We will be offering a number of new webinars that help you manage through volatility.

These webinars are free for our members, panelists, sponsors and business partners.


March 31, 2020 – 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

Navigating Through Volatility Webinar
Alan Dunn: Weathering the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Global Supply Chains

With COVID-19 we face a significant Global challenge. With manufacturing & supply chains disrupted worldwide, there is a great sense of unease. How do you keep your business moving forward during this disruption?

About the Speaker:

Alan G. Dunn is President of GDI Consulting & Training Company and is the founding sponsor of the Manufacturing Executive Institute (MEI), a manufacturing industry training provider with state-of-the-art classroom and web-enabled training facilities in southern California. He also served as chair of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM/ APICS) in 2015.

Before founding GDI, Mr. Dunn was a Vice President at Gemini Management Consulting and a Partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). In both positions, Mr. Dunn was responsible for leading large teams of technical manufacturing consultants in innovative productivity enhancement projects. For the ten years prior to joining Coopers & Lybrand, Mr. Dunn was President, (and Founder) of ADI, a successful systems implementation consulting and training company that Mr. Dunn sold to Coopers & Lybrand in 1990.


April 1, 2020 – 10:30 pm PT / 1:30 pm ET

Navigating Through Volatility Webinar
Dan Gardner: When Carriers & 3PL’s Invoke Force Majeure: Meaning, Implications & Mitigation

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, one international trade term that’s been bantered about quite a bit is, “Force Majeure”. While it’s existed as long as trade itself, it’s not often that force majeure is invoked, especially on a global scale. 

Join Dan Gardner of Trade Facilitators, Inc. for a live “Frebinar” on April 1, 2020 that will bring greater understanding to the meaning of force majeure in the context of global logistics, while pointing out implications and potential mitigation techniques for Beneficial Cargo Owners.

About the Speaker:

Dan Gardner is co-founder and president of the Los Angeles-based supply chain consulting firm, Trade Facilitators, Inc. Prior to founding TFI, Dan spent twenty three years in the Third Party Logistics business where he held senior level positions with firms that include Fritz Companies, Exel Global Logistics and DHL Global Forwarding.In addition to his professional experience, Dan is a multi-award winning adjunct professor of global supply chain management, holds an MBA from the University of Miami and is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker. During his career, Mr. Gardner traveled to over 50 countries, having lived in Colombia and Mexico for a total of five years.


April 6, 2020 – 1:00 pm PT / 4:00 pm ET

Navigating Through Volatility Webinar
John Tulac: Navigating Global Supply Chains

The coronavirus started in China and has made its way around the world quite rapidly. How are global supply chains holding up? What is the latest status of key countries and global supply chains and how can w best navigate?

About the Speaker:

John W. Tulac is an international and general business and corporate attorney in private practice since 1977. He is recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys as an expert in the field of international business law and is annually listed as a leading lawyer in Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire.

Mr. Tulac is active in all areas of international law, including the importing and exporting of goods, agency and distribution agreements, licensing, joint ventures and infrastructure projects. He is extensively involved in oil & gas, electric power generation, sustainable agriculture, and all aspects of business with China. He trains Chinese judges and regulators semi-annually on topics relating to international law and U.S. law. He is also regularly active in Mexico. Mr. Tulac is also an adjunct professor emeritus (retired) of international business law at Cal Poly Pomona.


April 10, 2020 – 1:00 pm PT / 4:00 pm ET

Navigating Through Volatility Webinar
David Porter: COVID-19 Impact on Freight Flows and Supply Chain Hiring Activity

Certainly the coronavirus has created mass disruption to the end-to-end supply chain yet transportation and freight need to keep moving. David Porter is going to discuss the impacts the coronavirus has had on freight flows and supply chain hiring activity, and he will provide some suggestions for navigating successfully in this environment.

About the Speaker:

Dave Porteris a partner with Orion Solutions Group, an executive recruiting, consulting, and project delivery firm in the areas of supply chain & finance/accounting. He brings over 25 years of leadership experience in the logistics/supply chain industry. Dave served as President of Hub Los Angeles and Hub Golden Gate, held numerous sales leadership roles on a regional and national basis, and served as EVP of Supply Chain Solutions (3PL and Truck Brokerage), among other roles for Hub Group. Most recently, Dave served as CEO for approximately 5 years at Rail Delivery Services, an award-winning, tech-forward drayage, trucking/dedicated, and consolidation company in Los Angeles. Dave earned his BA from Western Michigan University and MBA from the University of Redlands.Dave serves on the California State University Fullerton School of Operations and Supply Chain Management Advisory Board and is a member of numerous industry associations.


April 13, 2020 – 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

Navigating Through Volatility Webinar
Lisa Anderson: Why Is there No Toilet Paper? How to Manage the Bullwhip Effect

As the coronavirus started ramping up, quickly every store ran out of toilet paper. Lisa will discuss why that occurred and how we can manage this sort of phenomenon as well as others created by the Bullwhip effect. What can supply chain teams do to navigate through these unprecedented times and better prepare for the future.

About the Speaker:

Lisa Anderson is the founder and president of LMA Consulting Group Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in manufacturing strategy and end-to-end supply chain transformation that maximizes the customer experience and enables profitable, scalable, dramatic business growth. Lisa has been named in the Top 46 most influential in Supply Chain by SAP, a Top 40 B2B Tech Influencer by Arketi Group and a Top 50 ERP Influencer by Washington-Frank.

She recently published, I’ve Been Thinking, an inspiring collection of 101 strategies for creating bold customer promises and profits. She is a regular content contributor on topics including global supply chain, ERP and SIOP and is regularly interviewed and quoted by publications such as Industry Week, tED magazine and the Wall Street Journal. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Cal State Fullerton.


April 17, 2020 – 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

Navigating Through Volatility Webinar
Eileen Angulo: Navigating Coronavirus Impact with our Employees

During these unprecedented times, our employees are top of mind. How do we handle spikes and troughs of volume? How do we keep employees safe? Eileen has vast expertise in HR and organizational development, and she will talk through the issues and answer your questions.

About the Speaker:

Eileen Angulo, Principal of HR Solutions & Services, is a Human Resources Executive and consultant with 25 years of experience. Her passion is providing HR solutions for her clients by helping them build their HR infrastructure through technology, compliance and people.

Prior to launching HR Solutions, Eileen held several corporate HR Leadership positions in manufacturing, aftermarket services, distribution, media and automotive organizations. Eileen holds a masters in leadership and management and Bachelor of Arts degree from University of La Verne. She is also certified in Human Resources Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Eileen is an active member of many prominent HR organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) both on the national and local level and HRNG representing over 100 HR Professionals in Southern California. Eileen is also an active member of the MCIE Manufacturing Council where she served as presenter, working with local High Schools creating opportunities for students.


Past Webinars


Navigating Through Volatility Webinar
Jim Twerdahl: Managing Quality in China

This webinar discusses how to navigate ensuring you get quality product when sourcing from China. Jim discusses the protocols you should put in place and the best practices for ensuring quality in your supply chain. Because the coronavirus was already in force in China, Jim also addresses navigating quality through unprecedented events such as the coronavirus.

About the Speaker:

Jim Twerdahl is Managing Director of James S. Twerdahl & Associates, a firm focusing on management consulting and investment banking. His consulting emphasis is on marketing planning and development, branding, corporate strategic planning and turnaround consulting. JST&A is a middle market and small company investment banking firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for entrepreneurial companies. Jim also is a partner in T-Link (Hong Kong) Ltd., a company that does sourcing and quality control in China for U.S. manufacturers.