Juli Lassow

Former Director of Sourcing & Strategy

@Target Corporation

Juli Lassow is an accomplished retail executive with nearly 20 years of experience in the disciplines of sourcing, merchandising, inventory planning and analytics. She is the founder and principal of JHL Solutions LLC, a retail sourcing consultancy that helps retail businesses navigate the complex world of global sourcing and private label product development. Before establishing her business, Juli held several progressive leadership roles at Target Corporation.


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Gerard Smith

President @ Global Risk Management Solutions

Gerard Smith is the President of GRMS | Global Risk Management Solutions the recognized leader in providing global enterprise-wide supplier risk assessment programs of suppliers, contractors and service providers in over 120 countries. Leveraging an advanced technology platform, GRMS offers companies the ability to proactively manage and continuously monitor suppliers. GRMS’ services include the adjudication of data and review of documents as well as a support system that assists suppliers to obtain compliance with a client’s risk assessment requirements. To learn more about the GRMS difference please visit GlobalRMS.com/difference.



Dexter Tiff Roberts

Fellow @ the University of Montana's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center

Dexter Tiff Roberts is an award-winning journalist and speaker now serving as a Fellow at the University of Montana's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. He is a regular commentator on the U.S.-China trade and political relationship and publishes a weekly newsletter “Trade War.” Previously he was China bureau chief and Asia News Editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, based in Beijing for more than two decades where he covered the rise of companies and entrepreneurs, manufacturing and migrants, demography and civil society.

He has reported from all of China's provinces and regions including Tibet and Xinjiang, as well as North Korea, Mongolia and Cambodia. Roberts' first book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, the Factory, and the Future of the World, was published by St. Martin's Press in March 2020. He has a bachelor degree in political science from Stanford University and a master of international affairs from Columbia University. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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Sahir Anand

Principal, Industry Lead | Retail & CPG, Cloud + AI, Microsoft Corporation

In his current role, Sahir Anand is the retail & CPG industry principal and category leader within Microsoft Azure+AI Engineering team, part of cloud commercial communities at Microsoft. His team’s charter is to identify innovative and disruptive technology providers and startups and enable their platform integration within the Azure SaaS, PaaS and IaaS marketplace and with other Microsoft products (Dynamics, PowerBI, others).

In a career span of 18 years, Sahir primarily focused on learning and building expertise within retail and a few other adjoining consumer industries. Sahir has worked in big-box retail, field and Omnichannel operations for companies like Nordstrom and Staples.

After his retail industry stint, he fulfilled several retail and consumer industry analyst and research leadership roles at Aberdeen Group, EKN Research, EIQ Research Solutions and SAPinsider. Sahir also held a strategy leadership role in the cloud ISV space with Trace One, a B2B supply chain transparency, collaboration and private label product lifecycle management cloud-based ISV. Over the years, Sahir has published several industry reports, blogs, whitepapers, videos focused on retail and CPG industry business and technology areas and he is an avid speaker at industry events.


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Eric Linxwiler

Senior Vice President of the Americas @ CBX Software

Eric joined CBX in 2013 and is Senior Vice President of the Americas, where he leads all of the company’s sales, strategic business development and general operations. Eric has over 25 years of experience building enterprise software and cloud platform service companies with a speciality in PLM, Sourcing and Supply Chain optimization.


Prior to joining CBX, Eric managed the Business Development operations for Direct EDI, Inc. in San Diego, California, where he helped grow the company from an early stage start-up to a multi-million dollar organization that was acquired by SPS Commerce.


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