Rob Bass, SVP Supply Chain, Best Buy
Steering Omni-Channel Success
In our general session on Tuesday, Rob will share what he’s learned on the journey to get Best Buy on the right track to omni-channel success.
Rob Bass is senior vice president of supply chain for Best Buy Co. Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and day-to-day operations of Best Buy’s Global Supply Chain, including eight Regional Distribution Centers and 15 Delivery Distribution Centers that serve 1,050 stores and fulfill both appliance home delivery requests and e-commerce orders. He also oversees the company’s transportation, global compliance and trade teams.
Prior to joining Best Buy in August 2015, Mr. Bass served in various supply chain and retail positions at Target Corp. for 12 years. Before that, he was a commercial airline pilot for 12 years.
Mr. Bass attended the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He serves on the board of directors for Minnesota Life College, a nonprofit that teaches life skills to young adults on the autism spectrum, and leads the logistics subcommittee for the Super Bowl LII Host Committee.
R. David Edelman, Ph.D. Director, Project on Technology, the Economy and National Security, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Technology Trends Transforming the Global Supply Chain
The technology advisor to the president during the Obama Administration, Dr. David Edelman spent a decade as one of the government’s foremost voices on how technology is changing our economy, national security and daily lives. From cybersecurity and privacy threats to artificial intelligence and automation, David’s insights have helped shape national and international policy at the highest levels. In this session, David will share how five key trends will change everything we know about the global supply chain.
As special assistant to the president for economic and technology policy at the National Economic Council (NEC), Dr. Edelman led the White House team focusing on the digital economy — including broadband, telecommunications, spectrum and technology trade — as well as consumer cybersecurity, domestic and international data privacy, high-tech patent and copyright issues and antitrust/competition. He also led engagement with hundreds of technology companies around the world; advised the president on a range of emerging technologies, such as big data, drones and autonomous vehicles; and designed and managed over $15 billion in signature programs focused on technology, education and economic opportunity.
Dr. Edelman’s broad perspective and his ability to clearly communicate about these complex topics stem from his unique background as perhaps the only policymaker in the nation to have held separate appointments to three White House policy councils: the National Security Council (NSC), the National Economic Council (NEC ) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
Michael Goodwin, Senior Vice President of IS and CIO
PetSmart’s Transition to an Active Enterprise
Michael Goodwin joined PetSmart in June 2014 as senior vice president and chief information officer. He has more than 20 years of information technology experience, previously serving as senior vice president and chief information officer of technology and business enablement at Hallmark. Michael began his career at Hallmark as an end-user technology analyst in 1990 and held positions of increasing responsibility at the company, culminating with his promotion to SVP and CIO in 2006, when he was also named a corporate officer. Prior to joining Hallmark Cards, he served as an officer in the United States Army. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.
Sugar Ray Leonard, Boxing Legend, Successful Entrepreneur and Author, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring
Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century whose very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a champion. The winner of three National Gold Gloves titles, an Olympic gold medal and six world titles at five different weight classes, Leonard has a name that is synonymous with success. For this reason, he is among the most sought after motivational speakers in the world today.
In 2011, Leonard published his first autobiography, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. Leonard's brutally honest and uplifting memoir reveals in intimate detail the complex man behind the boxer. With honesty, humor and hard-won perspective, Leonard comes to terms with both triumph and struggle—and presents a gripping portrait of remarkable strength, courage and resilience, both in and out of the ring.
In the fall of 2013, Leonard debuted his contemporary athletic men's collection with Starting Lineup, available at Saks 5th Avenue and startinglineupclothing.com. Through his online community, www.sugarrayleonard.com Leonard connects with fans through the sport of boxing, general fitness and philanthropy.
Leonard's sincere, charismatic personality, coupled with his ring experience, led to a successful career as a television broadcaster for NBC, ABC, HBO and ESPN. His television credits also include competing on the hit ABC series Dancing with the Stars.
Successful business ventures aside, Leonard and his wife Bernadette have always been devoted to the community and to helping those in need. For many years, Leonard has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for a Cure. He also participates in and speaks about a variety of national and international causes benefiting children's charities.
Carol Seymour, Global Executive, Speaker, Author and Founder of Signature Leaders
Carol Seymour is a sought after business leader and catalyst for growth. As an executive advisor to businesses and executives around the globe, she has a passion for helping leaders perform at maximum potential in their professions and lives.
She founded Signature Leaders in 2013 and now runs multiple leadership-focused offerings, including The Signature Program – a unique development initiative and peer network for more than 300 women executives in the Fortune 1000. Today, more than 70 market-leading companies use The Signature Program for investing in their key talent.
Carol has a successful track record as a senior executive in the business world. She has led critical transformations, product/service innovations and fast-track turnarounds in large cap companies, startups and private-equity-backed organizations. Chief marketing and commercial roles at Accenture, Spherion, MeadWestvaco and DBM led her to build World50, the world’s premier senior executive networking organization. She launched six C-suite private memberships as she grew World50. Prior to starting Signature Leaders, she was a managing director of G100, a private CEO network for 200 CEOs globally, and founder of G100 Inside, which created CEO strategy and leadership development programs for top executives.
Carol frequently speaks at female network and industry association gatherings, such as NAPCO, CoreNet and the California Women’s Banking Association. She has also helped a number of companies structure their leadership meetings and has acted as a facilitator and an interviewer for the events. She facilitated Avery Dennison’s Top 200 event and Walmart’s Executive Women forum.