Supply Chain Leaders in Action - Overview


The Supply Chain Leaders in Action (SCLA) is by invitation due to the limited size. Membership is for three consecutive years which may be extended upon expiration. The size of membership is limited to 400 executives attending the May Business Forum which is generally 60 to 70 major corporations. The corporations attending represent the senior management of many of the nation’s largest corporations with a combined revenue base in excess of one and a half trillion dollars.

The Purpose

The Supply Chain Leaders in Action (SCLA) Business Forum is a collection of between 60 to 70 leading major corporations senior management that seek strategic ideas and thought leadership that will improve supply chain and logistical operations.

The SCLA Executive Symposium

This program is condensed into three intense days of personalized executive education that increases management’s supply chain knowledge and addresses the key concerns of corporate operations and management. Each member company receives personalized attention. The program is designed to significantly increase supply chain efficiency, enabling fast, reliable responses to pressing issues as well as establishing skill sets for solving problems.

The Program consists of the following unique elements:

  • Super Sessions – These sessions are designed to give the member attendees a more intense program than ordinary conference sessions provide. These sessions are interactive and give the attendees an opportunity for hands-on learning and industry benchmarking experience. A senior corporate executive and industry expert work hand-in-hand with the university faculty utilizing actual technology or services that pertain to the specific session. These take away tools help member attendees find best practices and solutions that they can utilize within their companies.
  • Keynote Sessions and Panels – Specialized keynote sessions and panels are given each day of the program. These sessions and panels are specifically chosen each year based on the needs of the SCLA member companies. They are designed not only to inform but also to engage the audience in the discussion. Interaction within all sessions is integral to this exceptional learning experience.
  • Peer Group Sessions - Within the 50 member companies of the SCLA program you will find some of the greatest forward thinkers in supply chain. Daily peer group discussions give member attendees a chance to share and exchange ideas and strategies in a non-competitive environment. This sharing of ideas across industry platforms allows for improved supply chain performance for all companies. This forum of collaboration and benchmarking is truly unique to this program.
  • Breakout Sessions - The SCLA program also includes specialized breakout sessions and panels which include various issues as determined by the needs of the SCLA group in general. Industries in vertical markets often face many of the same supply chain issues. The sessions address these issues in tracks that cover industry hot topics, best practices and future trends. If it’s innovative, proven, and/or a pressing issue you will find it addressed within these sessions.

About DBM

The Distribution Business Management Association (DBMA) provides think tank forums between business and academia that seek solutions to the pressing issues facing today’s and tomorrow’s supply chain and logistics executives.