Bring operations back to the U.S. more intelligently, profitably and with less risk

The breakdown in global supply chains and sweeping geopolitical changes are driving a record number of American companies of all sizes to rethink their supply chains and manufacturing operations, bringing them closer to customers—and headquarters—in the U.S.

The construction of new manufacturing facilities in the U.S. has soared 116% over the past year, dwarfing the 10% gain on all building projects combined. New research by Chief Executive Group and Indiana Economic Development Corp. finds 74%of CEOs looking to reshore operations have either made the decision or sped up their decision in the last three years.

But as any CEO who’s trying to make this move can tell you, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Leaning on new research from Chief Executive Group, and advice from other CEOs and world-class experts, this advanced interactive workshop, designed exclusively for busy executives, will help you understand the trends, sort out your options, and discover the key best practices you need to think this through more strategically—and avoid mistakes.

Don’t Miss this One-of-a-Kind Event Opportunity To:

Uncover the hidden costs and trapdoors that derail many reshoring projects

Ensure profitability is baked in throughout supply chain redesigns

Have smarter location-setting conversations and tap under-utilized resources

Think more deeply about how reshoring fits into your total business strategy

Benchmark your strategies against peer CEOs

Learn best practices from those who have already reshored operations



Patrick Van den Bossche

Partner & Global Advanced Analytics Practice Leader, Kearney

Jonathan Byrnes

Senior Lecturer, MIT

Philip T. Powell,

Academic Director, Indiana Business Research Center

Prasad Reddy

CEO, Twisted X

Willy Shih

Professor, Harvard Business School; Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce


11:00 – 11:30 am

Philip T. Powell, Ph.D., Academic Director, Indiana Business Research Center, Daniel C. Smith Faculty Fellow, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Access takeaways from new research published by Chief Executive Group, underwritten by The Indiana Economic Development Corp., that digs into what CEOs around the country are thinking when it comes to reshoring to help you benchmark against peers. 

11:30 am – 12:10 pm  

Willy Shih, Robert & Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School; Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce

What are the real keys to successfully bring your operations back to the U.S.? We turn to one of the world’s most widely-cited experts on supply chain and reshoring to bring you a blunt, no-nonsense look at the pros and cons—in a truly global context—of reshoring operations. What are the hidden costs and how do you unearth them? What don’t companies think about until it is too late? What other options must you take into consideration when making the move? Shih’s bracing clarity, depth of knowledge and contrarian thinking will help you sharpen your strategy as you approach this essential move in your company’s life. 

12:20 – 1:00 pm

Patrick Van den Bossche, Partner & Global Advanced Analytics Practice Leader, Kearney

Expert advisers will help you think through some of the most fundamental issues you’ll face as you reshape your operations and rethink the way you do business. How do you really gauge your operating requirements, your talent needs and figure out financing? What about site selection and working with economic development agencies? What are the traps to avoid, and the tools for success?  

1:00 – 1:40 pm

Jonathan Byrnes, Senior Lecturer, MIT; Chairman, Profit Isle

Even as you re-shore operations, it isn’t enough to just become more resilient; you need more than predictability in your supply chain—you need a supply chain that’s got more profitability baked in throughout. Jonathan Byrnes, longtime MIT senior lecturer and well-known supply-chain expert, will take you through a rethink of your existing strategy to help you move to systems that are not only more flexible, but also drive far more value for your business through deeper customer analysis and segmentation.  

1:50 – 2:30 pm

Prasad Reddy, CEO, Twisted X

Prasad Reddy, the majority owner of Decatur, Texas–based Twisted X footwear, turns out about 3 million pairs of shoes and Western boots each year from factories in China and Mexico, but he has also been trying to bring more production back to Texas. It isn’t easy. “Americans have lost their [shoemaking] skills. So we have to start from scratch, with training.”

He’ll share candidly about his experiences with reshaping his supply chain and what he’s learning along the way to help your reshoring efforts.

2:30 – 3:30 pm

We’ll provide an opportunity for participants to break into small groups to discuss the day’s key takeaways and ask questions to leverage each other’s experiences to create a list of immediate action items.  


$495$395/ Rate expires March 17

  • Online event access
  • Live Q&A with experts
  • Opportunity to join virtual peer discussion after Q&A
  • Ondemand access to session recordings & handouts


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Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
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The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.