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The Future of Business and Global Supply Chains

The Future of Business and Global Supply Chains

Speaker Addresses Future of Global Supply Chains Livestream on YouTube

COVID-19 has amplified worrying business trends, including the fragility of global supply chains. What are the new rules of business? Dr. Judy Samuelson of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program will offer insights on how businesses are changing and the critical role they’ll have in the new global landscape. Her March 1 presentation is part of the 2021 Great Decisions lecture series presented by the City of Holland’s International Relations Commission (IRC) and the World Affairs Council of West Michigan. 

Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, offers Holland-area residents’ access to diplomats, policy makers, think tank specialists, and journalists who lead conversations on some of the most pressing global issues of our time. The series runs every Monday from February 8th through March 29th and features eight speakers on the topics listed below. Each presentation will be livestreamed on YouTube from 6:00pm-7:15pm. Holland area residents can purchase a discounted series pass for $30 at Half of each pass comes back to Holland to support the programs of the IRC.

Dr. Samuelson is founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program and a vice president at the Aspen Institute. She is the author of The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World. She previously worked in legislative affairs in California and banking in New York’s garment center and ran the Ford Foundation’s office of Program-Related Investments. Samuelson writes regularly for Quartz at Work, is a Bellagio Fellow and a director of Financial Health Network.

The program will be moderated by Brian Kraus is Vice President, Global Manufacturing at Amway. Kraus and is responsible for leading 25 manufacturing plants across nine locations employing 2,800 people. Prior to his current role, Kraus served as Vice President, Global Supply Chain Planning and Project. He also teaches business administration and supply chain management at Aquinas College.

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Upcoming Great Decisions Presentations:

March 8, Sustainable Globalization Post- COVID-19

Julia Luscombe, Managing Director of Strategic Planning, Feeding America

March 15, The Warming Arctic

Kaare Sikuaq Erickson, North Slope Science Liaison, Ukpeaġvik Inupiat Corporation

Bob Hollister, Leader of Artic Ecology Program (AEP), Grand Valley State University

March 22, China in Africa and the Case of Ghana

Elizabeth Asiedu, Professor of Economics, University of Kansas

March 29, The Saudi-Arabian- U.S. Relationship: Decades in the Making

Thomas W. Lippman, author, consultant, and lecturer

Past Great Decisions Presentations: Recordings will be available on YouTube after the series ends.

February 8, North Korea: Getting Diplomacy Back on Track

Suzanne DiMaggio, senior fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

February 15, Have We Learned Anything about this Pandemic?

Andrew Natsios, Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M

February 22, The European Union: The New Agenda Post-Brexit

Tomas Baert, Head of Trade and Agriculture, European Delegation to the United States

About the International Relations Commission: The vision of the International Relations commission is to connect to and grow with the wider world. Their mission is to build and maintain meaningful relationships between the people of Holland and the wider world through cultural educational and professional contact. The IRC conducts the Reel Time film series, WorldQuest student competition, Great Decisions, and the International Festival of Holland, scheduled for August 21, 2021. For more information visit

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