Supply Chain Matters would like to call attention among our procurement focused reader audience to the annual 2017 conference of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).  The upcoming ISM 2017 conference will be held May 21-24, 2017 at the Disney Coronado Resort in Orlando Florida.

What caught our interest was that one of the featured keynote speakers will be former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The agenda notes that Mr. Cameron promises to deliver a riveting and eye-opening firsthand account of his own experiences during his tenure as Prime Minister, including lead-up to the Brexit decision. That will include his unique perspective on current geopolitical and public policy issues, many of which impact global business and the supply chain. He will further address a range of events in Europe and worldwide, and what they could mean to procurement professionals.

Given the unexpected election of President-Elect Donald Trump in the United States, his calls for more protectionist policies related to the US jobs and global trade, and their potential impact on global sourcing and procurement processes and decision-making, having the former UK Prime Minister as a keynote is very timely. By May, President Trump would have served the first four months of his Presidency, perhaps with executive actions continuing to make business and political headlines.

Similar to the 2016 annual conference, a total of 73 sessions will be offered based on various mastery levels ranging from fundamental to mastery level. Learning tracts include Economic, Business and Professional segments along with various Experience segments including the very successful designated Emerging Professionals Experience sessions.

If you are additionally wondering why we are calling Supply Chain Matters reader attention to ISM 2017 in mid-December, the answer is opportunity in that conference organizers are currently offering, for a limited period, a 40 percent discount for readers who individually register at this time, and a 50 percent discount for team registration involving five or more attendees.

Readers can click on this specific ISM web link to take advantage of this attractive early registration discount. With winter weather fast approaching, think of spring in Orlando Florida with learning, insights, and peer interactions with fellow procurement professionals.

Bob Ferrari