Supply Chain Matters has an ongoing commitment to help promote various programs and initiatives that help industry supply chain organizations recruit and develop supply chain talent. In several ongoing editorial commentaries, and specifically within our annual predictions, we have 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. To help in this effort, our blog has helped to provide visibility to programs and initiatives from several professional and academic organizations to attract younger professionals to careers in supply chain management.

One program highlighted has been the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program jointly sponsored by the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM) and Thomas®. Originally launched in 2014, this program annually recognizes 30 individuals who are 30 years of age or younger, who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, collaboration, and other attributes in the field of purchasing, sourcing and supply management within their respective companies or the industry at-large. The program broadened the scope of nominations to a global perspective in 2016.  All designated stars receive a complimentary one-year membership to ISM, a Thomas Team Training Package, along with complimentary membership to the ISM 2018 Annual Conference being held in Nashville Tennessee. The one individual designated as a Megawatt Winner will additionally receive an all-expense paid trip (up to $5000) to attend ISM 2018 for themselves and their nominator.

This blog has profiled the accomplishments of previous annual designees including those of the recent complement of rising stars.

The program’s joint sponsors have provided a reminder that nominations from industry procurement organizations for the fourth annual recognition program are due no later than this coming Sunday, December 3. 2018, so insure that you have this on your to-do completion list this week.  Additional information and nomination forms can be accessed from this program’s dedicated web page.

We extend our best wishes and good luck to all candidates that are nominated and look forward to highlighting a new compliment of 2017 Stars.


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