April 16, 2023 - "Company Overviews and State of the Market"
Meeting Owner: Daniel Reaume, Caterpillar


July 25, 2022 - "Impact of Organizational Structure on Analytics Team Performance"
Meeting Owner: Kermit Threatte, Shopify

October 16, 2022 - "Analytics Career Development"
Meeting Owner: Kermit Threatte, Shopify


2021 Virtual Roundtable Meetings

  • December 16, 2021 - "Member Predictions about the New/Next Normal"
    Meeting Owner: Ranganath Nuggehalli

    “Here to stay,” and its oft-repeated cousin, “the new normal,” are two concepts that are making the rounds a lot these days, as consumers emerge from their living rooms and start rebuilding their lives on the other side of living under quarantine. We know the world is about to change in a big way, again, though how much and in what direction is still a matter of speculation as the great reopening continues. How much is here to stay remains to be seen.

    Search the phrase “here to stay” in Google News. Among the range of concepts and trends that pundits expect to outlive the pandemic include bitcoin, dining and delivery, subscription services, remote or flexible work, QR codes, e-bikes, streaming in-theater movies at home, supply chain disruptions, staffing shortages, AI software-as-a-service, tele-everything, wildfires, virtual assistants and chatbots, and COVID-19.

  • November 4, 2021 - "Mental Health and Well-Being"
    Meeting Owner: Zahir Balaporia


    • Creating a Psychologically Healthy (Virtual/Hybrid) Workplace, Tara Davis, American Psychological Association (APA) 

    • All for One, and One for All, Cheryl Boglarsky, Human Synergistics, and Dale Hintz, Excellent Cultures

    • What Does the Roundtable Think? Best practices in HR, technology, methodology, etc.

  • September 16, 2021 - "Becoming Superhuman! Optimizing Productivity and Well-being in a Hybrid World"
    Meeting Owner: Kermit Threatte, Shopify


    Over the past 18 months, there has been a dramatic shift in the way teams and organizations work.  We are deeply grateful for each of you and humbled by your extraordinary leadership, commitment, and tenacity as you've steered your teams and companies through this uniquely turbulent moment in history.

    As we look to the future of work, the 'new normal' for most organizations will be hybrid—in which employees work both remotely and from the office. This flexible model presents unique challenges as teams try to get the best of both worlds—the enhanced collaboration and creativity of in-person combined with the increased focus and autonomy of working remotely. Whether we like it or not, hybrid is going to rewire the operating models of most businesses over the next 12 months.

    Facilitated by renowned UC Berkeley faculty partners, Dr. Sahar Yousef and Professor Lucas Miller, we aim to address how to fully leverage the opportunities in front of us and how to equip ourselves and our teams for success in this new way of working. 

  • July 15, 2021 - "Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) Program"


    • Allen Butler, INFORMS VP of Practice
    • Taryn Lewis, INFORMS Director of Education and Industry Programs
  • May 12, 2021 - "Thinking Ahead Towards Automation and Its Impacts on People"
    Meeting Owner: Marty Schlenker, BNSF


    • Kate Darling, MIT
    • Marty Schlenker, BNSF
    • Matt Wicks, Director of Robotics, Celestica
    • Randy MacGuffee, United Way of Tarrant County
  • March 12, 2021 - "Leveraging Analytics to Manage Supply Chain Disruption


    Anne Robinson, Chief Strategy Officer, Kinaxis


    Supply chain planning can be challenging under the best of circumstances and even more difficult during disruptions. One of the keys to navigating such challenges is effectively leveraging a balance of analytics and human intuition for agile response. Agility is essential to absorb the volatility we cannot predict. Disruptions cause huge volatility, so we will discuss challenges and best practices observed during the current pandemic and the importance of analytics and agility in ensuring continued supply chain success.


2020 Virtual Roundtable Meetings

  • December 16, 2020 - "Reflection on 2020"
  • October 22,2020 - "Roundtable Companies"


    • Alex Marvin, BASF
    • Gary Kinney, P&G
  • August 13, 2020 - "Operations Research and Analytics at UPS"


    Ranganath Nuggehalli, UPS


    UPS, the first transportation company to embrace Operations Research, has been an ardent practitioner since 1950s. Operations Research and Analytics has been instrumental in transforming this 113 years old company, from a messenger company to the world’s largest logistics company today. In this presentation, Ranganath Nuggehalli, who has been at UPS for 30 years will discuss the evolution of Operations Research at UPS, and also the current organizational structure and some of the Operations Research and Analytics projects.

  • June 11, 2020 - "The Impact of COVID-19 on Member Companies and Our Individual Teams"