This Supply Chain Matters commentary is directed towards our various strategic sourcing, procurement and product supply management readers.   ISM 2015 Conference Logo

We wanted to make all of you aware that the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will be conducting the Supply Management Conference of the Year, ISM2016, from May 15-18, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indiana Convention Center.Alan_Mulally_2

The themes chosen for this year’s ISM 2016 conference is: Proactive-Disruptive-Productive and includes a great line-up of speakers, sessions and networking opportunities.

Former President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally, is a featured keynote speaker. Mr. Mulally will share his experiences as a dynamic change agent incorporating skills of positive attitude, team-building and business outcomes based decision-making. He will address the principles that took Ford’s supplier
relationship quality rankings from near-dead last to being close tothe top among automotive manufacturers.SusanCain

Former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant Susan Cain, author of the best-selling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, will address why introverts are capable of great achievement.

Susan Schwab, former U.S. Trade Representative and current Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland will lead a discussion on the ISM Report on Business® and the future of the economy. Ms. Schwab was integral in the initial launch of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations and she will further address how the TPP relates to the future of supply management.

New this year are Customizable Experiences learning tracks that include:

The Emerging Professional– tailored for attendees with 1-8 years of work experience seeking to accelerate certification, expand professional networking and work experience opportunities.

The Corporate Executive– tailored to corporate teams of five or more supply management professionals which will include hands-on team-building sessions, exposure to future up and coming talent, and exclusive access to keynote speakers in an Exec In forum.

ISM 2016 Educational learning tracks for this year are:

Do– Concrete examples of success stories from industry leaders.

Don’t– What the opposite of supply management best practices including mistakes to avoid.

Direct– Covering a broad spectrum of issues, strategies and processes impacting direct materials spend.

Indirect– Helping to identify key characteristics of several indirect spend categories, areas of value creation, savings and other relevant metrics.

People– Insights on the tools, resources, innovations and solutions needed to enhance talent management strategies and individual career management.

Tools– Addressing tools, templates and processes for risk management, innovation, sourcing and procurement practices.

Risk– Examination of risk assessment practices, operational blind spots and gaps, vulnerabilities that pose the greatest risk.

Rewards– Exploration of rewards that can be realized from diversity, sustainability, supplier innovation and business growth.

Senior purchasing and supply executives speaking within these learning tracks include corporate names such as Becton Dickinson, Chevron, CH Robinson, Dell, DuPont, Google, IBM, McDonalds, Miller Coors, PepsiCo, Siemens, Unilever, among others.

For more detailed information on ISM 2016 learning tracks and sessions, you can visit the dedicated conference website.

There is also an incentive for early registration that attendees can take advantage of.

If you register now, you can obtain a 40 percent discount and obtain a complimentary copy of Alan Mullally’s book on his experiences leading Ford. The discount offer expires after February 29.

You can either register directly at: or double click on the ISM 2016 Conference icon. Please include the promotional code: ICON16! to take advantage of this limited offer.