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Bellwether League, Inc.Are Supply Chain leaders ready for what’s next? Find out during the 2021 Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum

SCHAUMBURG, IL (July 6, 2021) – Bellwether League Foundation invites everyone participating in the healthcare supply chain profession and industry to gain something of a glimpse of the emerging post-pandemic landscape to gauge if they’re ready to meet new challenges as they surface.

Bellwether League Foundation is scheduled to host the virtual Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum, the 8th in an ongoing annual series, on July 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Central. Register here for the three-hour online event, which will feature a “live” chat with speakers.

Here is the full agenda for the event, which is sponsored by GHX.

1:00 p.m. CT       Welcome by Bellwether League Foundation Chairman Deb Templeton, R.Ph.

1:10 p.m. CT       Putting Healthcare Supply Chain in its Place

ABSTRACT: The pandemic raised the stature of supply chain as a strategic asset, elevating its status in the healthcare delivery environment.  During the pandemic, many healthcare supply chain leaders found a place – some for the first time – at the C-suite table. Now the question lurks: As we enter the so-called post-pandemic era, will supply chain retain their C-suite seat or be returned to the lobby looking in once again? Join three of healthcare’s most strategic and visionary thinkers as they explore the evolving role of the supply chain leader, from emergency preparedness and value-based care to becoming the new engine of innovation and resiliency. 

Speakers and panelists:

  • Randy Bradley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at University of Tennessee, 2020 Honoree, Dean S. Ammer Award for Healthcare Supply Chain Performance Excellence
  • Teresa Dail, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Vanderbilt Health
  • Eric O’Daffer, Research Vice President, Healthcare Supply Chain, Gartner
  • Host: Karen Conway, Vice President, Healthcare Value, GHX, Platinum Sustaining Sponsor

2:15 p.m.             Break

2:30 p.m.             2021 State of Supply Chain Leadership Continuity: Healthcare provider executives and supply chain leaders share their strategies and tactics on Leadership and Succession

ABSTRACT: Five years ago, nearly 50% of supply chain leaders planned to retire in the next 3-5 years, with significant uncertainty on whether their successors were fully, if not properly, developed and trained to pick up the ball.   How has time and a global pandemic changed the game? And what skills, characteristics and experience are needed in those new leaders?  Join Jamie Kowalski, Bellwether League Foundation Co-founder and survey creator, for an overview of the latest survey results, and a comparison of results from supply chain leaders and the executives to whom they report. 

Presenter: Jamie Kowalski, Co-Founder and Board Secretary, Bellwether League Foundation; Co-Founder and Founding Chairman, Bellwether League Inc., and Bellwether Class of 2017

3:00 p.m.             Clinical Integration calls for Triad, not Dyad, Leadership

ABSTRACT: The term “Clinically Integrated Supply Chain” is gaining traction as supply chain and clinical leaders share and link their expertise and data to improve the quality and cost of healthcare. Finance executives also are joining the conversation to help align efforts to a myriad of value-based payment methodologies, from bundling to capitation. Join physician, supply chain and financial leaders as they explore the structures and governance needed to create a truly collaborative and evidence-based approach to providing reliably optimal patient care.


  • Amanda Chawla, CMRP, FACHE, Vice President, Supply Chain, Stanford Medicine
  • Jimmy Chung, MD, FACS, FABQAURP, CMRP, Associate Vice President, Perioperative Portfolio, Providence Health, and Chair-elect, AHRMM
  • Todd Nelson, Chief Partnership Officer, HFMA
  • Scott Wilson, Program Director, America’s Supply Chain, Medtronic
  • Moderator: Karen Conway, Vice President, Healthcare Value, GHX

4:00 p.m.             Looking Forward by Rick Dana Barlow, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Bellwether League Foundation, and Administrator, Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership


About Bellwether League Foundation

Bellwether League Foundation comprises two operating divisions that educate, endow and evaluate professionals in healthcare supply chain performance excellence: The Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership and Bellwether Philanthropy.

The Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership evaluates and validates professionals submitted for consideration in its three award programs: Bellwether Honorees, Future Famers and Ammer Honorees. The Hall of Fame also offers educational content via the Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum and its “Leaders & Luminaries” multimedia brand of live, online and printed content.

The Board selects deceased, retired and currently active professionals with a minimum of 25 years of exemplary service and leadership performance in supply chain operations that meet its criteria to be recognized publicly as Bellwether Class Honorees. Those honored demonstrate their qualifications by advancing the profession through work experience and performance and active participation in professional organizations and their communities.

Honorees include professionals from hospitals and other healthcare providers, manufacturers and distributors of healthcare products and services, group purchasing organizations, consulting firms, educational institutions and media outlets.

Future Famers represent supply chain professionals early in their healthcare careers who do not yet qualify for Bellwether consideration but have contributed meaningfully to the healthcare supply chain profession.

Honorees who receive the “Dean S. Ammer Award for Healthcare Supply Chain Performance Excellence” represent noteworthy executives and professionals in the middle of their careers who, through their innovative leadership and influential project management experience, best exemplify the practice and spirit of healthcare supply chain performance excellence.

To date, The Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership has honored 120 innovators, leaders and pioneers in healthcare supply chain management in five distinct categories: Education & Media, Supply Chain Management, Group Purchasing, Supplier and Consulting Services. Bellwether League also has recognized 33 Future Famers, and one Ammer Honoree.

Bellwether Philanthropy offers grants, scholarships and capstone educational projects to college-bound high school students who plan to study supply chain curricula, current collegiate students who major in supply chain-related careers and professionals who pursue continuing education through associations and universities.

Launched in late July 2007 by a group of influential veterans in the healthcare supply chain industry, Bellwether League Foundation began as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation that identifies and honors men and women who have demonstrated significant leadership in, influence on and contributions to the healthcare supply chain. It upgraded to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in January 2021.

Bellwether League Foundation currently is funded by six Founding and Platinum Sponsors – GHX, HealthTrust, Owens & Minor, Premier, Vizient and Wingfoot Media – and a host of additional sponsors.

For more information on how to become a sustaining or corporate sponsor or to nominate Bellwether Honoree, Ammer Honoree and Future Famer candidates visit