Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management & D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University
Dr. Nada Sanders is an internationally recognized expert in forecasting, enterprise digital transformation, and global supply chain management. Her expertise is in identifying best practices in forecasting, developing a corporate technology and supply chain strategy, and creating resilient supply chains. She is Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at Northeastern University, Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) and President of the Production & Operations Management Society (POMS). She is author of Operations Management, 7th edition, Foundations of Sustainable Business, 2nd edition, Supply Chain Analytics, Supply Chain Management, 3rd edition, and Big Data Driven Supply Chain Management. Her most recent book, The Humachine, has been shortlisted for the Taylor & Francis Group’s 2019 Outstanding Book Award. Read More >
Technology is Not the Answer
COVID-19 Resilience Talk: Supply Chain Disruption in the Pharmaceuticals Industry
Virtual Keynote: The Role of Humans in the Implementation of AI
The COVID pandemic has shown the world how vulnerable our supply chains are, creating unprecedented disruptions across all industry sectors. We have seen business interruptions, stockouts and shortages that have put entire economies at risk. In this essential talk, Dr. Nada Sanders, the foremost authority on helping companies rebuild their supply chains, offers specific strategies companies should be taking now and into the future. She also covers what investors should examine when assessing supply chain risk and resiliency, using her proprietary supplier risk index. Leveraging experience with a range of industries (pharma, medical supplies, high tech, agriculture, food and more), Dr. Sanders tailors her presentations to address audience focus and concerns. Read More >
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As the world’s leading authority on forecasting and global supply chain management, Dr. Nada Sanders has become the go-to expert on predicting economic trends and helping companies prepare for the future. The originator of the term “Coronavirus Downturn,” she has been interviewed by numerous news outlets, including CNN, BBC, the New York Times, The Economist, The Atlantic, Fortune, The Boston Globe and virtually every influential source of intelligence for today’s corporate directors, predicting economic and business outcomes. Read More >
Dr. Sanders now predicts a post pandemic economic boom. “All the markers are there with pent up consumer demand. It will be unleashed when this is over and businesses have to get ready!”
In this comprehensive talk, which can be tailored to the concerns of specific audiences, Dr. Sanders provides a worldwide assessment of the post pandemic economic boom—with riveting forecasts of what’s likely to come and how companies should prepare.
Dr. Sanders explains what companies did wrong pre-pandemic, specific lessons that can be learned and not repeated, and how to use this knowledge to prepare for a bountiful future that is coming.
She cautions, however, that the future will not look like the past and she discusses specific strategies companies should use to prepare. “This will require reimagining business strategy, building resilience into supply chains, and being ready to pivot.” In this keynote talk, she explains to business leaders exactly what they need to do now to prepare. Read Less ^
Forget your fears about the rise of AI, robotics, blockchains, IoT and other technologies “botsourcing” our jobs. Instead, get ready for a golden age when humans are empowered to flourish, emotional connections are paramount and authenticity is essential. According to futurist, AI expert and business professor Dr. Nada Sanders, we are at the dawn of the Human Era. In the Human Era, machines are just tools doing automated, repetitive, and standardized tasks. Uniquely human qualities such as creativity, innovation, adaptability, empathy, integrity, and imagination will not only rule the day, but be heightened by technology. Afterall, machines will never fix bad processes, poor management practices, or failing employee morale. Innovation, strategy and connections with co-workers and customers will never be taken over by machines. Dr Sanders. provides an illuminating look ahead at a people-focused future in which humans and uniquely human qualities continue to advance our enterprises, society and economy.
Technology is changing every aspect of how we work. Robots are quickly becoming our new co-workers and many jobs are being ‘botsourced’ – with human jobs now being done by machines. However, the future is actually exciting for humans. There are so many human skills that machines will not be able to acquire. There are also many new jobs being created that we would never have imagined in the past. Read More >
In this cutting-edge presentation, Dr. Nada Sanders helps you get ready. She forecasts what the future of work will really look like, including: Read Less ^
The “Humachine” is the enterprise of the future. It combines the unique talents of humankind (such as creativity and innovation), with the mechanical efficiencies of machines (economies of scale, big data processing, and artificial intelligence). Here, machines and humans are coworkers – working side by side—leveraging their unique strengths. This new organizational form combines humans and machines in a symbiotic relationship. Read More >
The Humachine is not science fiction. It is already here. Many leading companies are already exhibiting Humachine traits and enterprises need to evolve or they will perish. Dr. Sanders’ research uncovers that Humachine traits actually focus less on technology and more on human talent. In fact, the single differentiator of technological enterprise success lies in having the right human resource qualities at all levels – leaders, managers, doers. It also requires having the right organizational culture. As counterintuitive as it may seem, the best way to take advantage of emerging AI technology is for enterprises to invest more in their human resources – in reskilling, upskilling and lifelong learning.
With invaluable insights for business and industry, Dr. Sanders draws upon her book, The Humachine (which has been shortlisted by the Taylor & Francis Group for their Outstanding Book Award), unveils what the future of enterprise will look like. She also examines the key enterprise traits of a Humachine, and what everyone must do to prepare for this tectonic shift in the competitive landscape. Read Less ^
The digital era requires all enterprises to evolve or they will perish – and this rests on the shoulders of leadership. Leadership in the digital age requires a different set of skills than in the analog age. Dr. Nada Sanders’ research finds the key to enterprise success in the digital age rests on the right human qualities and the right organizational culture. It also finds that many executives are still taking either a “wait and see approach” to technology or seeing it as a “plug and play” solution. According to Dr. Sanders, neither are going to work. Leading an enterprise in the digital age requires understanding the seismic shift occurring in the competitive landscape. Read More >
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"Nada is a true visionary in her strategic view."
“You were a huge hit today! I know more than 500 were listening, and I’m sure we’ll have many more watch on-demand. One of my colleagues told me you were her favorite speaker of the conference. So thank you again for a great contribution and for adding such a powerful message to our lineup. You are a pleasure to work with.”
"I can’t say enough in praising the Supply Chain Vulnerabilities presentation by Dr. Nada Sanders for PLMA’s Virtual Washington Conference. Her knowledge and insights impressed everyone who took part. Not a second of her talk was wasted, as she ably addressed some of most critical issues our audience have been confronted with during these extraordinary times. It was obvious Dr. Sanders put a great deal of thought and focus into her remarks based on the preparatory session with us. Her presentation had a feeling of immediacy and familiarity with our industry, which came across with clarity and ease in the Zoom setting. I owe you a big debt of gratitude for recommending her to speak for this event."
“She is a fantastic presenter with great content.”
“She is an outstanding speaker, committed teacher, and innovative scholar. Her work in forecasting is on the cutting edge addressing key business issues in times of change.”
“She brings boundless energy, brilliant thinking, and fresh insights. It is an absolute pleasure to work with her.”
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