Digital Transformers
Episode 81

Knowledge of climate change issues have really become much more widespread than before. Now, what steps do we take to remedy the problem? And what steps do we take using technology, digital assets, blockchain that can really translate the asset classification, translate the actual measurement of how it's done? And not only become successful scientifically, but how can we make it successful to the point that it affects the lives of the people of the island of Palau and all of the islands of the Pacific?

-Alan Seid

Episode Summary

In the latest episode of the Digital Asset Innovators series on Digital Transformers, host Kevin L. Jackson interviews Alan Seid, a digital asset visionary from Palau. Seid discusses the underutilized value of sovereignty in small nations and how it can be leveraged through blockchain and digital assets for environmental protection, economic growth, and education.

He shares his firsthand experiences with climate change and its impact on the island’s ecosystem, including rising tides, coral bleaching, and crop destruction. Seid suggests using blockchain technology to document these changes and make them visible and accountable to larger countries and companies. He also highlights the issue of plastic waste in the Pacific and hopes that digital assets can help find solutions to clean up the oceans.

Listen in to hear how Seid expresses his appreciation for the National DigiFoundry and its resources, and his hope to bring together the islands with these resources to address climate issues and educate people about the value of technology and blockchain.

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:01):

Welcome to Digital Transformers, the show that connects you with what you need to build, manage, and operate your digital supply chain. Join your host in a timely discussion on new and future business models with industry leading executives. The show will reveal global customer expectations, real world deployment challenges, and the value of advanced business technologies, like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and robotic process engineering. And now we bring you Digital Transformers.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:35):

Hello everyone. My name is Kevin L. Jackson. And I’m bringing you the most recent episode of Digital Asset Innovators sponsored by the National DigiFoundry. We highlight the organizations and individuals that are innovating across the digital asset ecosystem. Today, I’m with Alan Seid, a Digital Asset Visionary. Hello, Alan. Thanks for joining me today.

Alan Seid (01:04):

Good morning. Good morning. Good to see you, Kevin. Thank you for having me.

Kevin L. Jackson (01:08):

Oh, no. It’s great to have you here. So, Digital Asset Visionary, and you’re from Palau. How do you put those things together?

Alan Seid (01:17):

Well, you know, I guess it’s the value of Palau as an island is always viewed as this great ocean state, marine resources, reefs, forest and jungles, and indigenous culture. But really one of the most underutilized value or asset of Palau is sovereignty.

 

Kevin L. Jackson (01:43):

Yes.

 

Alan Seid (01:43):

Sovereignty. How do you use the sovereignty of a small nation to be at par with larger nations? And so, it’s this love of the value of sovereignty that has led me to blockchain, to digital assets. And how do we translate this sovereignty and technology to do good in the area of environmental protection —

 

Kevin L. Jackson (02:11):

OK.

 

Alan Seid (02:12):

— economic growth, and education? So, it’s just my teaching as a young man, don’t just fish in the lagoons, go beyond the reef. And that’s why I’m here with you.

Kevin L. Jackson (02:24):

Oh, no. I like that idea of going beyond the reef.

 

Alan Seid (02:27):

The reef, yes.

 

Kevin L. Jackson (02:28):

And — but that’s a lot of responsibility. The independence of a nation being able to take care of their entire population and take on the responsibility of protecting the earth. But I mean, you are threatened with climate change. No matter what people may say, it’s something that threatens your livelihood.

Alan Seid (02:51):

Well, we see it — Kevin, we see it on our daily livelihood. At first, when the climate change issue, when the rising tide was brought up on conversation news media, as a young boy growing up in the lagoons, I said to myself, that’s not possible. Nature doesn’t change. The high tide and the low tides have always been the same all my life.

 

Kevin L. Jackson (03:16):

Right, right.

 

Alan Seid (03:17):

How can these people say the tide will be higher than when I was 10 years old? Now, I couldn’t believe it because I just felt that the power of the nature hasn’t changed for hundreds of years. Why should it change —

Kevin L. Jackson (03:30):

Yes, why shouldn’t change now?

Alan Seid (03:31):

But I started seeing the chains, visually seeing the chains and seeing the impact. And I said, oh my, God. All these things about climate change and what the scientists are saying, the carbon pollution to the planet, they are really having an effect.

 

Alan Seid (03:48):

And it started affecting our livelihood. Our tarot patches were on the low rise — low islands. You know, the salt water start coming in and destroying the crops. Tarot is our main staple and our cultural food. And then you started seeing the coral bleaching and it turned white. And people said, oh, very colorful. But it was a sign of dying corals from the rising temperature.

 

Alan Seid (04:17):

So, as a person who loves the ocean, I started saying to myself, if I could take some responsibility as one person to educate people and to share our issues with the world, the more of us doing it, the easier it will become to achieve some objectives.

Alan Seid (04:39):

And I really have to say the knowledge of this climate change issues have really become much more widespread than before. Now, the next step, Kevin and to everyone, what steps do we take to remedy the problem? And what steps do we take using technology, digital assets, blockchain that can really translate the asset classification, translate the actual measurement of how it’s done? And not only become successful scientifically, but how can we make it successful to the point that it affects the lives of the people of the island of Palau and all of the islands of the Pacific? And that’s the key question.

Kevin L. Jackson (05:31):

But this is really an innovative way to look at protecting the earth and linking that to digital assets. What was that vision? I mean, how do you think digital assets could help when it comes to the independence of a nation?

Alan Seid (05:50):

Well, you know, yesterday I gave that small speech at our conference.

 

Kevin L. Jackson (05:54):

Yes.

 

Alan Seid (05:55):

And I talked about the Yapese stone money, it’s called rai. And also, the Palauans, we have our own stone money. I think you saw the yellow bead on my wife’s neck.

 

Kevin L. Jackson (06:04):

Right.

 

Alan Seid (06:05):

That is our traditional stone money. And all of these stone money have value that are passed on from generations to generation and perform wedding deeds, funeral deeds. And — but the value is in the knowledge of where that money came from, how it was brought to the families, and et cetera.

 

Alan Seid (06:26):

So, I jokingly said, you know, you guys talk about blockchain and Ethereum and Bitcoin, but we, the people of Palau and the people of the Yap islands, we were way ahead of you. We had blockchain long before —

 

Kevin L. Jackson (06:39):

The original blockchain.

 

Alan Seid (06:40):

The original blockchain. And so, I just said, listen, you know, rather than writing e-mails and proposals. And rather than have documents stuck some office at the museum or something, why don’t we put all of these things in the blockchain so that visibility is there, accountability is there. But the education is accessible to a lot of people.

 

Alan Seid (07:08):

And because technology has come to the islands in the form of fiber optic cable, satellites, we now have access to information. And information is power. So, if we can put our reefs, our jungles, our mangrove forest, our issues with the rising tide, eroding beaches, frequent storms. If we can document all of these things and put them on the blockchain so there is visibility, accountability, then it becomes easier for larger countries and people and companies that care to be able to find ways to support.

 

Alan Seid (07:50):

Because, as a matter of fact, I don’t want to put up a blame game with anybody. But we, the island of Palau and Micronesia and the Marshall Islands and the many islands in the Pacific, are all victims of actions that have been taken for a hundred years by bigger countries. And you know —

 

Kevin L. Jackson (08:10):

Yes, the industrial countries.

 

Alan Seid (08:12):

The industrial revolution. And, you know, we have the United States, my friends from Japan, we have China, and they continue to release all these carbon into the environment.

 

Kevin L. Jackson (08:24):

Right, right.

 

Alan Seid (08:25):

If we don’t wake up as a people of the Earth and the temperature will rise and rise, we are going to be in greater trouble. And that is why the voice of the island people is so important because it’s the voice of the people that are the most vulnerable. Is that the right word?

 

Kevin L. Jackson (08:50):

Yes, vulnerable.

 

Alan Seid (08:51):

Vulnerable to the issue of climate change and rising tide. I just want to add, Kevin, because I get a little emotional about this.

 

Kevin L. Jackson (08:58):

No, this is important.

 

Alan Seid (09:00):

When you kill a coral because the temperature went up, you didn’t just kill a coral, you killed an ecosystem because that coral was home to small fish, to small shrimps, to clams, to — that are connected to this larger fish and on and on. So, it’s all very connected.

 

Alan Seid (09:24):

And so, I say the blockchain, the technology, the digitization of these assets is a really important way to preserve these assets, but at the same time provide solutions. And that’s the quest we’re on. That’s the DigiFoundry forum. How do we combine all these wealth of knowledge and technology from all the people that have joined this foundation? How do we put them all to work?

 

Alan Seid (09:57):

And it’s not a question of money. There’s money here and there and everywhere. It’s a question of will. Do we want to make it happen for the islands and the communities of the Pacific and other island communities? So —

 

Kevin L. Jackson (10:15):

This is —

 

Alan Seid (10:15):

— I’ll just kind of pause for a moment there because I — you may have other questions. But I’m really hoping and praying that this is — this issue of climate change is not going to be politicized. It’s not going to be debated that the whole leadership of the world come together and say, we have to save our planet and we have to save the islands from further eroding.

 

Alan Seid (10:46):

There’s been words saying, sinking, you know, rising tides coming in. You know, there are even more low-lying islands that, you know, the storm comes in and just wipes them out. Some islands have even disappeared.

 

Alan Seid (11:00):

So, in addition to the climate change issue, I just want to add, Kevin, because we have a really big problem in the Pacific with plastic waste. And not only are we being hammered by more typhoons, warmer oceans that are killing our corals — coral reefs, and rising tide that are destroying our crops. We are also getting hammered by loads of plastic trash that are floating from bigger countries to our islands and invading our beaches. Taking away the space for the turtles to lay their eggs. And yet we use plastics every single day.

 

Kevin L. Jackson (11:40):

Yes.

 

Alan Seid (11:40):

So, how do we wake up to the fact that what we’re doing needs to be changed? What we’re doing needs to be improved? And it really doesn’t just begin by government making this policy. It begins with the individual person. I’m not going to use that plastic because I don’t want to contribute to that issue. So, I just wanted to mix that issue. And I’m hoping that there’s a way that technology and digital assets can also capture mythology [phonetic] to clean up the oceans.

Kevin L. Jackson (12:16):

No, thank you. This is — I mean, this is one reason why we at the National DigiFoundry is so happy and proud to be partnering with you and all of the Pacific Island nations. So, as we close, what is the value of the NDF to you? How does your membership support your quest to save the planet?

Alan Seid (12:40):

Well, you know, I think what you’ve done, Kevin, by putting together some of the most incredible resources, National Science Foundation, a U.S. Treasury Department, IBM, Digital — I mean Constellation Networks —

Kevin L. Jackson (12:57):

Yes, Constellation Networks.

Alan Seid (12:57):

— and Blockchain Academy, which I really admire in teaching people. If we bring all this together, then I see my role as bringing the islands to combine with all these resources. I will speak to our leaders of the Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, Guam, Marshall Islands, because the more cohesive support we have, the better chance we succeed. And it begins with education.

 

Alan Seid (13:31):

You know, working with the schools to educate the value of technology and blockchain and how it can be used to educate people about the climate issues, and how to educate donors to support, and how possibly we could — on the blockchain make individual persons or corporations take part in the quest to regrow corals, for example. To replenish the reefs or to preserve the mangrove forest. So, for me, Kevin, I am truly honored to be part of our organization and I’m at your disposal. And I’m hoping that in a small way I can be of some help.

Kevin L. Jackson (14:20):

Well, Alan, thank you very much. You are inspiring. And that ends our episode of The Digital Asset Innovators. Please visit us at digifoundry.org.

Intro/Outro (14:35):

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Alan Seid is currently the co-founder and director at Greenway Revolution. He is an entrepreneur who is enthusiastic about bringing companies scale globally. He’s deeply concerned about the state of our ocean and wants to ensure we protect this vast blue resource. Constantly looking into the future, Alan has been instrumental in helping new technology succeed. Connect with Alan on LinkedIn.

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Marcia Williams

Host

Marcia Williams, Managing Partner of USM Supply Chain, has 18 years of experience in Supply Chain, with expertise in optimizing Supply Chain-Finance Planning (S&OP/ IBP) at Large Fast-Growing CPGs for greater profitability and improved cash flows. Marcia has helped mid-sized and large companies including Lindt Chocolates, Hershey, and Coty. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a degree in Accounting from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay (South America). Marcia is also a Forbes Council Contributor based out of New York, and author of the book series Supply Chains with Maria in storytelling style. A recent speaker’s engagement is Marcia TEDx Talk: TEDxMSU - How Supply Chain Impacts You: A Transformational Journey.

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Luisa Garcia is a passionate Marketer from Lagos de Moreno based in Aguascalientes. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico. She specializes in brand development at any stage, believing that a brand is more than just a name or image—it’s an unforgettable experience. Her expertise helps brands achieve their dreams and aspirations, making a lasting impact. Currently working at Vector Global Logistics in the Marketing team and as podcast coordinator of Logistics With Purpose®. Luisa believes that purpose-driven decisions will impact results that make a difference in the world.

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Astrid Aubert was born in Guadalajara, she is 39 years old and has had the opportunity to live in many places. She studied communication and her professional career has been in Trade Marketing for global companies such as Pepsico and Mars. She currently works as Marketing Director Mexico for Vector Global Logistics. She is responsible for internal communications and marketing strategy development for the logistics industry. She is a mother of two girls, married and lives in Monterrey. She defines herself as a creative and innovative person, and enjoys traveling and cooking a lot.

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Constantine Limberakis

Host

Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research.Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.

From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.

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Greg White

Principal & Host

When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.

Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.

Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.

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Tyler Ward

Director of Sales

Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog.  He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community.  Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include CiscoMicrosoft, Citrix and IBM.  Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.

He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.

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Amanda Luton

Vice President, Production

Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.

Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.

Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.

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Katherine Hintz

Director, Customer Experience

Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.

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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

Mary Kate Love is currently the VP of marketing at Supply Chain Now focused on brand strategy and audience + revenue growth. Mary Kate’s career is a testament to her versatility and innovative spirit: she has experience in start-ups, venture capital, and building innovation initiatives from the ground up: she previously helped lead the build-out of the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific and before that, MxD (Manufacturing times Digital): the Department of Defense’s digital manufacturing innovation center. Mary Kate has a passion for taking complicated ideas and turning them into reality: she was one of the first team members at MxD and the first team member at the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific.

Mary Kate dedicates her extra time to education and mentorship: she was one of the founding Board Members for Women Influence Chicago and led an initiative for a city-wide job shadow day for young women across Chicago tech companies and was previously on the Board of Directors at St. Laurence High School in Chicago, Young Irish Fellowship Board and the UN Committee for Women. Mary Kate is the founder of National Supply Chain Day and enjoys co-hosting podcasts at Supply Chain Now. Mary Kate is from the south side of Chicago, a mom of two baby boys, and an avid 16-inch softball player. She holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more.  In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.

Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys.  She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.

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