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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Industry Perspectives on Responding to COVID

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Pacific


Michael Christensen, Deputy Executive Director, Operations and Maintenance, Los Angeles World Airports

Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach

Phillip A. Washington, Chief Executive Director, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Moderated by:

Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, Margaret & John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government and Director, METRANS Transportation Center at the University of Southern California

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Future of Mobility: Access, not ACES

Reception: 5:00PM, RGL 308

Program: 6:30PM, RGL 101

Location: USC – Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 101


Jon Coleman, Director, Ford Smart Mobility

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Transportation Networks for the Digital Age:  Delivering the Benefits of Connectivity

Reception: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Panel: 6:00 pm

Location: USC Tutor Hall (RTH) 526 Board Room


Lisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy


Steven Gota, Deputy Executive Office, Highway Program, LA Metro

Greg Larson, Chief, Office of Traffic Operations Research, Division of Research, Innovation and System Information, Caltrans

Jim Misener, Senior Director, Technical Standards, Qualcomm

Sam Morrissey, Associate Vice President, Iteris, Inc.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I Want It Now: E-Commerce, Supply Chains and Transportation

Presentation: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Doheny Memorial Library 240, USC University Park Campus


Benjamin D. Conwell, Cushman & Wakefield

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Future Transportation Professional: A Panel Discussion

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: USC – Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall Room 101


Michael Christensen, Port of Long Beach

Arthur Leahy, Metrolink

C.J. Nord, The Institute for Supply Management, Los Angeles

Jake Racker, Kroger, Inc.


Elizabeth Graddy, USC Price School of Public Policy

Ingrid Martin, CSULB College of Business Administration

James Moore, USC Viterbi School of Engineering


Thomas O’Brien, METRANS, CSULB

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Port Congestion: Supply Chains, Stakeholders, and Shipping Industry Trends

Speaker: Patrick Burgoyne, President and CEO of NYK Ports LLC, the holding company of Yusen Terminals (YTI) and Ceres Terminals (CERES)

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: USC – Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall Room 101

Abstract: Congestion is occurring at ports around the US, with some of the worst problems in Southern California. Some causes seem clear – the continuing economic recovery that has generated more trade demand, a late holiday traffic surge, and the challenges of processing ever larger ships – but is there more to the story? What about recent shifts in chassis ownership, labor shortages, or rail capacity? Do longer term changes in trade patterns or the shipping industry play a role? Will this year’s congestion affect competitiveness among North American ports? This presentation examines all the factors associated with congestion at the ports, discusses possible strategies for addressing them, and concludes with a forecast of what we can expect in the future, both locally and across the continent.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Making Hay: The Future of U.S. Competitiveness in the Age of Globalization

Speaker: Dan Gardner, Trade Facilitators, Inc.

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: USC – Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall Room 101

Abstract: U.S. policy has supported open markets and the liberalization of trade over several decades. What are the outcomes, both intentional and otherwise, of trade liberalization? This presentation traces the process of globalization, as well as its impact on U.S. manufacturing and service industries. A careful examination of the past six decades reveals that globalization has had both positive and negative impacts on the U.S. economy, creating jobs in some areas while losing them in others. Upon reviewing the factors that converged to create America's current level of competitiveness, this presentation concludes with a series of suggestions on how the U.S. can compete more effectively in the Age of Globalization.

Bio: Dan Gardner is the founder and president of the Los Angeles-based supply chain consulting firm, Trade Facilitators, Inc. Prior to founding TFI in 2007, Mr. Gardner spent twenty years in the Third Party Logistics business where he held senior-level positions with multi-nationals that include Fritz Companies & DHL Global Forwarding. During his career, Dan traveled to over forty countries around the world, providing logistics and supply chain services to industries that include agriculture, consumer electronics, high-tech, oil and gas, and fashion retail. This multi-industry perspective, combined with his work as an award-winning professor, journalist, and author serves as the foundation of the narrative that became “Making Hay.”


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