Panel Discussion: Navigating Supply Chain Resilience in an Era of Uncertainty

Vicki Clark, D.B.A. + Lisa Goolsby, Ph.D. + Nathan Stempel, M.Eng.


Vicki Clark has been teaching and doing course development in marketing, supply chain, management, and international business courses for over 11 years. She currently teaches a variety of courses as an adjunct for John Brown University, Bryan College, Bethel University, and Ohio Christian University. She received her Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in marketing from Liberty University. Prior to her transition to academia, she worked in supply chain for more than 30 years at Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial firms, and a quasi-government agency. Vicki began her logistics career as a transportation analyst, then became the first managing director of an international freight payable company; next, she was regional trade compliance manager for the Americas; a contract manager; a program manager; and she is a licensed customs broker and Six Sigma green belt. She is a member of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), and the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA).

Nathan Stempel has had a dual career in business operations as well as military service. Nathan is the author of Stukent’s new courseware, "Advanced Supply Chain: Strategic Concepts and Case Studies." In business operations, Nathan is a seasoned consultant and entrepreneur. He began his career with McKinsey and Company consulting Fortune 200 companies, government organizations, and defense contractors specializing in operational efficiencies and portfolio strategies. Nathan left McKinsey to cofound Aulera, Inc., a venture-backed B2B SaaS firm that was acquired in 2022. With this successful exit, Nathan joined Blue Institute Labs, PBC as Director of the BLUE Excellerator to design a sustainable operating model and to facilitate the training and graduation of the second cohort of climate tech startups through the accelerator program. Nathan is now a senior consultant for Hidden River Group, where he advises government departments on how to create innovation ecosystems. Nathan also consults startups and small-to-medium businesses in scaling growth, designing their supply chains, and developing their distribution strategies. In the military, Nathan has served 20 years in the U.S. Navy split between active duty and the reserves. He has served aboard nuclear-powered fast attack submarines and has operated in the Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans. He has also completed a security stabilization mission to Somalia. He has conducted multinational operations and exercises with Canada, Norway, France, Great Britain, the Republic of Korea, Uganda, the United Nations, the European Union, Somalia, Non-Governmental Organizations, and all branches of the U.S. military. He has taught as an instructor in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Training Program and as a NROTC Instructor at MIT teaching Naval Weapon Systems and Naval Engineering. Nathan is currently the commanding office of the Submarine Force Reserve Component EXPEDITIONARY MAINTENANCE UNIT out of Groton, CT. Nathan has a master's of engineering in supply chain management and logistics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master's of engineering management from Old Dominion University, a bachelor's of electrical engineering from Auburn University, and a bachelor's in human resource management from The New School University. He is happily married and a proud father to a 2-year-old son!

Lisa Goolsby Lisa has a unique perspective on the Millennial generation, which she gained through her work as a marketing professor and coffee bar owner. Lisa has developed strategy for a variety of products and services, and she finds her greatest joy in the "ah-ha!" moment when her research and strategy collide and products and services succeed. To relieve stress, she spends time with her two active children, runs as fast and as far as time will allow, does CrossFit with some of her former students, and rolls on the mats with a great coach for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She loves learning new things, and the more active they are, the better!


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