Originally published on PR Newswire on September 11, 2014

Lisa Anderson, president of LMA Consulting GroupSM and a supply chain management expert, will share with APICS 2014 attendees how to profit through people by revealing her latest Skills Gaps research and proven strategies to retain and motivate employees in her “Cultivating and Empowering Employees” presentation Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2:30 p.m. in New Orleans.  Anderson’s Skills Gap research, conducted earlier this year, indicated a widening gap of employer’s expectations and the skillsets of current employees and new hires, which hinders growth and causes teamwork problems for manufacturers and distributors.

“The Skills Gap research really underscored the importance of empowering and engaging employees as a core strategy to attract, retain and develop people in order to successfully navigate business’ ever-increasing requirements and complexity,” explains Anderson. “We’re facing a perfect storm of a better job market, a recent lack of focus on upgrading skills due to slashed training and development budgets during the recession, suddenly elevated customer expectations, and the lack of skilled resources. Long-term employees are retiring and seeking better opportunities elsewhere and there is no bench strength to weather the talent exodus.”

APICS 2014 is the leading annual gathering of supply chain and operations management professionals worldwide with an expected attendance of over 2,000 from over 40 countries.  At this year’s conference, focus will be made on learning the latest technologies, discovering new solutions to immediate and long-range business needs, uncovering emerging trends, and developing valuable resources and partnerships.  The conference will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Oct. 19 – Oct. 21, 2014. More material is available on the APICS Website (http://www.apics.org/sites/conference/annual/home/) with information about Lisa Anderson and her presentation.

About LMA Consulting Group – Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP

Lisa Anderson is a leading expert in selecting and implementing strategic priorities and is ranked the 16th most influential person in supply chain by SAP. Known as “The Manufacturing Connector” Lisa has the unique ability to zero in on the critical strategic priorities and bridge the gap between strategy and execution to achieve dramatically improved service levels, accelerated cash flow and increased profits. With a keen focus on elevating business performance, Lisa is passionate about not only synthesizing strategic priorities that will deliver business results but also in designing an implementation approach that delivers rapid results.

Prior to founding LMA Consulting Group Inc., Lisa was the Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain of PaperPak, Inc. Her twelve-year tenure included transitions and promotions through the company transformation from a $100 million family-owned business, through a merger and acquisition of three businesses into one $350 million global company, followed by a management leveraged buyout in combination with an investment banking group.

A sought-after writer and speaker, Lisa has spoken at the Global Supply Chain & Logistics Summit, the APICS International Conference and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Entrepreneurial Program. Lisa is the author of “Leverage Social Networks to Drive Business Results,” has published hundreds of articles and has been quoted in the media including The Wall Street Journal, ABC News and Industry Week.

Lisa serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Advanced Supply Chain Certification program at California State University Fullerton’s Extended Education, is Board approved in Supply Chain strategy by the Society for Advancement in Consulting, is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and won the APICS Southwest District’s Milt Cook Award in 2011.

With a blend of management, finance and operations, Lisa received her MBA with an emphasis in Finance from California State University Fullerton and her BSBA with an emphasis in Operations Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America and Europe, including a summer in Oxford when attending the University of North Carolina. Lisa tries to make as many stops as possible in New Orleans to enjoy a beignet at the Cafe de Monde. And, in recognition of her extraordinary tenacity to accomplish goals, her colleagues fondly refer to her as “pit terrier.”