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The 2022 Richardson Lecture: Global Supply Chain: Learning Lessons

Given the far-ranging impact of the global supply chain, this year’s UNC World View’s Richardson Lecture is structured as a panel discussion representing interests of businesspeople, community, and educators who help North Carolina students understand the changes affecting their families, their state, and the world. Jay Swaminathan, UNC-Kenan Flagler distinguished professor and expert on the global supply chain, and Derick Close, CEO and owner of Springs Creative Products Group, Carolina Manufacturing, and Springsteen Logistics and a UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus, will share their expertise and experiences. Stephanie Morgan, a math teacher at Pisgah High School in Haywood County, frequent World View participant, and UNC-Chapel Hill alumna will provide her perspective on the importance of teaching about relevant global issues in North Carolina classrooms. With introductions provided by UNC Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Ambassador (ret.) Barbara Stephenson and moderated by Tim Humphrey, IBM Chief VP, Chief Data Office; North Carolina Senior State Executive; and UNC World View Council of Advisor, the panel will address this global situation which affects all people across North Carolina and beyond

Wednesday, April 13th 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. ET.

This year’s free event will be held over Zoom.

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Director of UNC World View Charlé LaMonica has held service to the state front and center in her work. Since 2013, LaMonica has expanded UNC World View’s support of educators and increased partnerships in both rural and urban settings. LaMonica and the World View team have led more than 21 global study visits, taking K-12 and community college educators around the world to learn about educational systems, classroom experiences, history, business and culture. Since the founding of UNC World View in 1998, more than 25,000 teachers have participated in UNC World View programs from every county in North Carolina.



Barbara J. Stephenson is vice provost for global affairs and chief global officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a distinguished diplomat, former U.S. ambassador, international leader and prior dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute. She leads UNC Global and advances a pan-university global strategy to enhance UNC-Chapel Hill’s global reach, impact and reputation.

Stephenson, a fierce advocate for the role of higher education in addressing complex global challenges, has extensive experience forging constructive collaboration across societies and geographies.

Previously, Stephenson was president of the American Foreign Service Association from 2015-2019 and was a U.S. Foreign Service officer for over 30 years. She was a principal advocate for diplomacy, working closely with Congress, the media and globally engaged strategic partners.

At the Foreign Service Institute, Stephenson launched the Culture of Leadership Roundtable to improve leadership across the State Department and in U.S. embassies around the world. In 2008, she was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Panama and later became the first woman to serve as deputy ambassador and acting ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in London.

As deputy senior advisor to the secretary and deputy coordinator for Iraq (2006-2008), she was recognized with the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for developing and implementing the civilian surge, the largest deployment of civilians to a war zone since the Vietnam War. She coordinated across federal agencies and the U.S. Congress to unite stakeholders behind a mission to reverse the spiral into sectarian violence by strengthening governance in Iraq.

From 2001-2004, as the American Consul General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she helped renew support for the Good Friday Agreement that brought an end to decades of violence. As Consul General and Chief of Mission in Curaçao (1998-2001), she won support from local and Dutch officials to establish two U.S. Air Force bases to support Plan Colombia.

Earlier in her career, Stephenson served as special assistant to Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Pickering, covering European affairs, including the war-torn Balkans. Other assignments have included desk officer for the UK, political-military officer in South Africa, and political officer in The Hague, San Salvador, and Panama.

Stephenson, who earned her doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s in English literature from the University of Florida, speaks Spanish and Dutch and reads French and Hebrew.

Headshot of Jay Swaminathan Jayashankar (Jay) Swaminathan is the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is an internationally recognized thought leader in productivity and innovation in operations related to retail, healthcare, customization, sustainability, agriculture, e-commerce and emerging markets.

He teaches courses in global operations, global execution models and global supply chain strategy and management. Swaminathan has published more than 100 articles on these topics and is the author of “Indian Economic Superpower: Fiction or Future?” He has received numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, George Nicholson Prize, Schwabacher Fellowship and Weatherspoon Distinguished Research and Excellence in Teaching awards. He has been a principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, Obama-Singh Knowledge Initiative and U.S. Department of Education.

He is an inducted fellow of the three prominent professional organizations: INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), POMS (The Production and Operations Management Society) and MSOM (Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society), a recognition of his lifetime intellectual contributions. A fellow of the Academic Leadership Program in the Institute of Arts and Humanities at UNC, Swaminathan has served UNC Kenan-Flagler in many leadership roles including senior associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean for the Global OneMBA Program and UNC-Tsinghua Dual Degree EMBA Program, director of the Global Business Center and chair of the operations area.

He has also served as vice president of INFORMS and MSOM society and as president of POMS College of Supply Chain Management. He currently serves as a department editor for Management Science and Production and Operations Management journals. Swaminathan has consulted with numerous firms over the last two decades, including AGCO, Agilent, CEMEX, Cisco, IBM, Kaiser, McKinsey, Nokia, Public Health Institute, Railinc, Samsung, Sara Lee, Schaeffler Group, TVS Motors, UNICEF and the U.S. Navy. His work with UNICEF led to major changes in the global supply chain planning and execution for Plumpy’Nut (RUTF) into Africa. His work to configure-to-order assembly using vanilla boxes impacted the electronics industry in the 1990s.

He received his PhD and master’s in industrial administration from GSIA (now Tepper) at Carnegie Mellon University and his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

A native of Fort Mill, South Carolina, with more than 30 years of experience in the textile industry, Derick Close is the CEO and owner of Springs Creative Products Group, Carolina Manufacturing and Springsteen Logistics. He was a board member and past president of the North Carolina Textile Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees for North Carolina State University, and a member of the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina System. Close helped initiate The Centennial Scholars scholarship program to attract talented students to the College of Textiles at NC State.
Stephanie Morgan is completing her 13th year of teaching math at the school at Pisgah High School. A native of western North Carolina and a product of the district and school in which she now teaches, Morgan earned a BA in Mathematics and an MAT in Secondary Math Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and an Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Virginia. Along with teaching math, Morgan sponsors the Leo Club, which provides students with opportunities to do community service within the school and for the larger community, and is a member of the district’s Global Connections group, meeting once monthly for different presentations and speakers that provide ideas and information that can help incorporate global themes into the classroom. She was a 2018 World View Fellow with the OverBook Project and a 2020 EUnited Fellow through the Center for European Studies at UNC. Morgan participated in the WorldView 2018 China study tour, and has also done study tours to the UAE with the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Ft Worth and to Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Russia with Global Education Allies (GEA). She has been a Teacher Fellow with GEA since 2019.  Morgan holds National Board certification and obtained her Global Educator Digital Badge in 2019.
Timothy L. Humphrey is currently the vice president of the Chief Data Office at IBM, as well as the Senior Location Executive for IBM Research Triangle Park and the Senior State Executive for North Carolina. Previously, Humphrey held various supply chain and operational executive roles spanning analytics, acquisitions, software sales transaction support, strategy and metrics. Prior to joining IBM’s supply chain organization in 2011, Humphrey led the design, development and launch of several products and technologies for Lenovo and the former Personal Computer Division of IBM. Humphrey has over 20 years of global experience and has earned numerous awards and patents for his contributions to the computing industry. Humphrey is an active volunteer and mentor in the community, and he currently serves on the Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs Board of Directors and the UNC-Chapel Hill World View Advisory Board. He graduated from NC State University in 1996 with a B.S. in electrical engineering.

The UNC World View Richardson Lecture honors Richard J. Richardson, former Provost of UNC-Chapel Hill, with a public lecture by a renowned guest speaker.

A noted political scientist and distinguished professor, Dr. Richardson served on the University faculty from 1969 until his retirement in 2000. He is lauded as one of the most accomplished classroom teachers in UNC-Chapel Hill’s 227-year history and celebrated for his dedication to community service. As provost, Dr. Richardson founded World View in 1998 alongside Dr. James Peacock and World View Director Emeritus Robert Phay.

The event raises funds for scholarships that expand access to World View programs, particularly for educators from underserved communities. It the is designed for community supporters to learn about UNC World View and our mission of serving K-12 and community college educators by providing global education professional development opportunities.

Past Richardson Lecturers

2020 – Dr. Myron S. Cohen, “Fighting Infections: The Long Term View.” Dr. Cohen is the Yeargan-Bate Eminent Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He serves as the associate vice chancellor for global health at the university, and director for the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID). Dr. Cohen received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Rush Medical College in 2000, the lifetime achievement award from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association and the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest honor in the University of North Carolina System. In 2013, Dr. Cohen received the Smadel Award from the Infectious Disease Society in recognition of his work in public health and the Award for Science from the State of North Carolina, its highest civilian honor. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians. Dr. Cohen serves as the co-principal investigator of the NIH HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN). Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on the transmission and prevention of transmission of HIV. Dr. Cohen is the architect and Principal Investigator of the multinational HPTN 052 trial, which demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment of people with HIV infection prevents the sexual transmission of the virus. Science Magazine recognized this work as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2011.

View Dr. Cohen’s lecture here.

2019 – Shelly Weiner and Rachel Kizhnerman
Two Hidden Children: A Holocaust Story

Shelly Weiner was born in Rivne, Poland and was 4 when Nazis invaded her town. Laws forbidding Jews from work and school were passed, and her family realized all Jews would be killed or deported to camps. A farm family in a nearby village where Shelly’s aunt lived served as hiding for 28 months on top of a barn and in an underground bunker. There were four in hiding: Shelly, Shelly’s mother, Rachel, and Rachel’s mother. In 1949, after World War II, Shelly’s family came to the United States. She grew up in Philadelphia and has been living in Greensboro since 1972.

Rachel Kizhnerman and her mother decided to stay in Russia after the war. Rachel went to school in Ukraine and then moved to St. Petersburg where she went to college. In 1980 she and her mother came to the United States and moved to Greensboro.

Shelly and Rachel will be talking about their memories and experiences as young children hidden during the Second World War. This event is co-sponsored by the Friday Center in conjunction with World View’s Global Education Leaders Program.

2018 – Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher

Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Editorial cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun

Kal Kallaugher is the international award–winning editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London and The Baltimore Sun. In a distinguished career that spans 39 years, Kal has created over 8,000 cartoons and 140 magazine covers. His résumé includes six collections of his published work, exhibitions in a dozen countries and awards and honors in seven countries. The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons said of Kal, “Commanding a masterful style, Kallaugher stands among the premier caricaturists of the century.”

2016 – Aziz Sancar

2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Recipient
Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aziz Sancar, M.D., Ph.D. is the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, where he has worked since 1982. He was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for mechanistic studies of DNA repair, increasing our understanding of the living cell, cancer and the aging process. Dr. Sancar was born in southeastern Turkey to parents who had no formal education but considered school essential for their children. He obtained his M.D. at Istanbul University and his Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Dallas.

“Dr. Sancar was an extraordinary choice for the inaugural Richardson Lecture. We were a privileged (and rapt) audience to hear of his journey from a village in Turkey to international recognition of his important DNA work with the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry. His emphasis on education stimulated by his mother, fostered by those who mentored him over many years, and expressed in his teaching and mentoring of students as well as the STEM program he started in Turkey, most certainly exemplify the ‘power of education and its consequent goodness.'”

 —Participant, Inaugural Richardson Lecture, 2016