The annual Voorhees Supply Chain Conference brings together supply chain executives and thought leaders to share their experience and insights in an engaging one-day event in Ames, Iowa.

Hosted by our internationally recognized supply chain faculty, the Voorhees Conference is an ideal professional development opportunity for supply chain professionals at all levels of your organization. You’ll get cutting-edge content, thoughtful analysis, and conversation and connections with other industry professionals.

The 2020 conference was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will return in fall 2021.


The Voorhees Supply Chain Conference was established by alumni and friends of Iowa State University to honor the career of Professor Emeritus R. Dale Voorhees and to provide industry leaders a premier conference in their field.

Professor Voorhees was an Iowa State University teacher and researcher for 20 years. As a teacher, he displayed an uncommon talent for integrating theory with practice. Industry practitioners were frequent visitors to his class, sharing their experience, knowledge, and insight with his students. Voorhees passed away on May 24, 2009.

The Voorhees Supply Chain Conference began as a supply chain executive-in-residence program, with distinguished leaders in the supply chain field visiting the Ivy College of Business to interact with students and faculty and make a presentation to the university community. For its tenth anniversary in 2002, the program was expanded to a full-day conference, a format which continues to this day.


For questions related to the Voorhees Supply Chain Conference, please contact Suzanne Lyndon at or 515-294-1504.