Instructor and Online Hybrid

This hybrid course includes instructor-led classroom sessions and a package of online tools that will arm you with the knowledge required to lead supply chain organizations.

Leveraging the emerging concept of the “flipped classroom,” this course is extremely effective in teaching participants the best practices and emerging trends in supply chain leadership.

A Complete Package

This comprehensive course includes:

  • 30 hours of instructor-led education and discussion
  • Assignments providing the opportunity to compare your company with the concepts you are learning – a supply chain assessment for identifying your company improvement opportunities
  • Multiple rounds of The Fresh Connection, an interactive team-based business simulation where you will make strategic executive level decisions in a high-pressure environment
  • A package of online tools that will reinforce and enhance your learning
  • A certificate of completion that you can frame and display for all to see
Supply Chain Leadership Course

The Fresh Connection

The Fresh Connection

The Fresh Connection is a team-based business simulation that provides an exceptional means for learning how to lead a business by practicing collaboration and consensus building:

  • Teams of four collaborate to save a failing company
  • Each team member selects one of four functional roles: purchasing, operations, sales, or supply chain
  • Participants learn about best practices and emerging trends through hands-on experience
  • Collaboration and consensus building skills are developed as teams compete across multiple rounds
  • Leadership and presentation skills are demonstrated as teams report their performance to a board of directors

The successful team will craft the best strategy and align all four functional disciplines. Winning is about generating the best ROI for the business while meeting your own key performance indicators.

Learn more about The Fresh Connection.

What People Are Saying

“The Fresh Connection is a challenging test of decision making, commercial awareness, and learning agility that requires each individual to understand the impact of their role and actions on the profitability of the whole business.” – Adam Lockwood, Supply Development Manager at Mars UK

“The Fresh Connection (TFC) creates greater alignment and a deeper understanding in the world’s biggest and best businesses. In the Fortune Global 500, 40% of the top 100 manufacturing businesses are using TFC. In the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25, over 50% are using TFC: “the ultimate value chain experience.” – Hans Kremer, Partner at Inchainge

Package of Online Tools

The online tools are available 24 hours a day and include:

  • High definition audio visual presentations that cover key topics in supply chain leadership
  • Targeted articles exploring the topics covered in this course
  • Assignments providing you the opportunity to compare your company with the concepts you are learning
  • Quizzes that help you assess your understanding of the concepts and mathematical formulas
  • A final exam that demonstrates you are able to lead supply chain organizations
Supply Chain Leadership Course

What People Are Saying

“The best part about The Fresh Connection experience was the rapid-fire troubleshooting conversations with my teammates. We knew we were up against very talented competitors, and that made us think hard and fast about solving the problems. Gaining alignment of all functional areas has never been so much fun!” — Cate Lawrence, Principal, Lawrence Research Associates

“I was totally addicted to my role as VP of Sales and could not wait to collaborate with my teammates to improve our performance and beat our competitors; an educational experience that exceeded my wildest imaginations.” – Mike Loughrin, CEO at Transformance Advisors


+Before Class
  • Article: Effective Strategy Execution
  • Article: What is The Fresh Connection?
+Day 1: Strategy Execution
  • Presentation: Critical Areas of Focus
  • Group Exercise: Your Destination
  • Round 1: The Fresh Connection
  • Team Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Presentation: Organizational Alignment
  • Group Exercise: Your Alignment
  • Presentation: Six Disciplines
  • Group Exercise: Your Methodology
+Assignments During Break 1
  • Online Survey: Strategy Execution Assessment
  • Article: What is SWOT Analysis?
  • Online Quiz 1
  • Article: What is Strategic Sourcing?
+Day 2: Strategic Sourcing
  • Presentation: Strategic Goals
  • Group Exercise: Your Strategic Goals
  • Presentation: Critical Goods and Services
  • Group Exercise: Your Critical Goods and Services
  • Round 2: The Fresh Connection
  • Team Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Presentation: Supplier Relationship Management
  • Group Exercise: Your Supplier Scorecard
+Assignments During Break 2
  • Article: Successful Supplier Selection
  • Online Quiz 2
  • Article: What is Risk Management?
+Day 3: Risk Management
  • Presentation: Supply Chain Risk
  • Group Exercise: Your Risk
  • Presentation: Creating Resilience
  • Group Exercise: Your Resilience
  • Round 3: The Fresh Connection
  • Team Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Presentation: Business Continuity
  • Group Exercise: Your Continuity
+Assignments During Break 3
  • Online Survey: Risk Assessment
  • Online Quiz 3
  • Article: Challenges of Gaining Consensus
+Day 4: Integrated Business Planning
  • Presentation: Business Planning Maturity Model
  • Group Exercise: Your Maturity
  • Presentation: Assessing IBP Processes
  • Group Exercise: Your Assessment
  • Round 4: The Fresh Connection
  • Team Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Reward Ceremony: Who Achieved the Highest ROI?
+After Class
  • Online Quiz 4
  • Online Final Exam
+Certificate of Completion

Each participant will earn a certificate of completion after:

  • Attending the classroom sessions
  • Completing the assignments scheduled outside of the classroom
  • Taking all quizzes and the final exam

What People Are Saying

“This comprehensive course provides high quality audio video presentations with the knowledge you need. It includes assignments that get you started with your own program for improving supply chain management at your organization. The quizzes and final exam validate your learning and allow you to feel confident when leading supply chain organizations.” – Mike Sheahan, Past President of APICS: The Association for Supply Chain Management.

Who Should Attend?

  • Future leaders in the field of supply chain management.
  • Current leaders seeking to stay current with best practices and emerging trends.
  • Individuals that manage collaborative activities with customers or suppliers.
  • Information technology professionals that direct the development and support of systems used for managing a supply chain.
  • Those that lead improvement initiatives such as a lean transformation or implementing an ERP system.
Supply Chain Executives

This course is ideal for those with an undergraduate degree and three or more years experience in one or more roles that relate to sales, customer service, operations, logistics, procurement, scheduling, information technology, finance, human resources, or continuous improvement.

For those with advanced degrees, professional certifications, or extensive experience, this course is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the imperative for alignment across all functional areas. The assignments provide an excellent opportunity for leaders to discuss best practices and emerging trends with their team.

What People Are Saying

“The Fresh Connection is a great learning tool that makes you think like an executive. You must link supply chain strategy to the business strategy and deal with the financial ramifications of your decisions.” – Paul Vanderspek, Clinical Faculty Supply Chain Management, Colorado State University

“I really enjoyed the supply chain course from Transformance Advisors. It was great to step back from the daily grind to learn about best practices and then challenge ourselves to apply the concepts in our organization.” – Sandy Rose, Planning Manager, APW Wyott

Public Classes

Supply Chain Leadership Schedule

$1,290 per person.

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Private Classes

Contact us to discuss bringing this course to your organization.

We can help educate your team and get everyone on the same page and pulling in the right direction.

Please send an email to Transformance Advisors.

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