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  • February 26 – March 1, 2023 | Long Beach Convention Center
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Julia Bedanova

Million Dollar Baby

Chief Operating Officer

Julia Bedanova is the Chief Operations Officer at Million Dollar Baby Co. (MDB Co.), a Los Angeles-based leader in baby and children’s furniture founded in 1990. The award-winning organization produces some of the industry's most sustainable and innovative designs for 7 distinct nursery brands including Babyletto, DaVinci and Nurseryworks. In her 7 years at the company, Julia has transformed MDB Co.’s approach to supply chain and analytics, as well as organizational alignment and employee engagement. She values long-term vendor relationships and seeks out partners who have similar values to MDB Co. of continuous improvement, customer experience, commitment to ESG, and using analytics and technology to optimize operations. Prior to her time at MDB Co., she was a Manager at Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations group. Her engagements included analytics excellence, customer experience optimization, as well as M&A work. Julia earned a dual BS degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park and her MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  

Sessions With Julia Bedanova

Tuesday, 28 February

  • 09:15am - 10:00am (PST) / 28/feb/2023 05:15 pm - 28/feb/2023 06:00 pm

    The Route to Carbon-Neutral Shipping and a Multi-Fuel Future

    The past few years have thrown an intense spotlight on shipping’s global role in emissions, and the industry faces a multitude of challenges in the years ahead as it moves toward net zero. The International Maritime Organization, the governing body, has set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships, and there indeed is a strong political will to phase them out as soon as possible. The most ambitious of these targets is to reduce GHG emissions by 2050 at least 50 percent vs. 2008 levels, and there is also an intermediate target to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030. Shippers are looking to decarbonize their supply chains while container carriers are in major a transition from conventional to climate- friendly carbon-neutral fuels, having placed early bets on green methanol and bio-LNG, among others. The industry, however, will need to understand key drivers and implications of a new multi-fuel future. Future fuel availability is also a new focus in S&P Global’s latest and significantly updated 2022 Maritime Forecast to 2050 report, which outlines under what conditions each new fuel type will proliferate. What will win — biofuels, e-fuels or fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage — remains uncertain, but we can say with confidence that the future fuel market will be more diverse than today and reliant on multiple primary energy sources. This session will address the future fuel transition, what role shippers play in the supply chain decarbonization, and how the collaboration between shippers and carriers can turn this muti-decade challenge into a business opportunity.