In a number of ongoing editorial commentaries Supply Chain Matters has amplified the growing talent gaps that are today impacting multiple industry supply chains. As more baby boomers reach retirement age, supply chain and procurement executives are looking with trepidation at a looming talent gap. The industry needs an influx of fresh faces, especially professionals drawn from the Millennial generation — people born between 1982 and the early 2000’s.

In May of 2014, The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and conceived and jointly sponsored an initiative titled the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Program. The stated goal of this program is to advance the future of the supply chain profession thru recognition of up and coming professionals making significant contributions within multi-industry procurement roles.

For each year of this program, we at Supply Chain Matters have been delighted to have the opportunity to provide individual recognition to annual honorees including the recent 2016 complement of rising stars. It has been extraordinary for us to ascertain the level of responsibility, passion and overall leadership that such young professionals have already achieved in their careers, along with their ongoing enthusiasm for gaining job satisfaction in their roles in sourcing, procurement and supply chain management.

We therefore wanted to pass along to our readers that as of this year, the program is now being expanded globally. Current procurement professionals are invited to nominate outstanding practitioners, 30 years old or younger, for broader global recognition. A selection committee in-turn evaluates the nominations to select 30 rising stars.

In addition to now having global recognition, each new rising star will receive complimentary one-year membership in ISM where they can take benefit of the member benefits afforded to procurement professionals.  In addition, will offer winners and their sponsors an all-expense paid trip to the ISM 2017 Annual Conference to be held in Orlando, along with a Supplier Discovery and Evaluation lunch and learn session, customized for their organization and team. There is also the opportunity for some of the designated stars to be profiled and interviewed on this blog for broader supply-chain wide audience recognition.

We want to congratulate the program co-sponsors for the global-wide expansion of the Thirty Under 30 Rising Stars Program.

Further information and access to nomination forms can be obtained at this web link.

 Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor