You want to make waves. You want to improve, advance, enhance, impact. ISM wants to help supply management do just that, and knows that increased diversity is the key to getting there.
There are many reasons we’ve chosen IMPACT as the new name for our diversity conference.
Most importantly, diversity ensures that the best, most deserving talent are getting their shot to improve the profession and the world.
It makes quite an impact.
Brands have the power to influence people’s perception, and by understanding your personal and company’s brands, you have the power to strengthen the perception of your uniqueness and value. Through humorous stories, provoking messages and engaging activates, Dima Ghawi will share three elements of professional branding by looking: inward — understanding the strengths that you have to offer, outward — projecting a positive external and online presence and onward — using your internal and external brand to reach your goals. These elements will inspire you to become intentional in projecting a professional image and owning your unique brand, which will propel you forward towards your goals and empower you to expand your potential.
This is an era when CPOs are trying to unlock the next gear of productivity. Walt Charles will share how the procurement teams at three major Fortune 500 companies (Kellogg’s, Kraft, and Biogen) used big data analytics to deliver between 1½ and 2½ times their historical savings rates — without huge head-count increases and while using your existing talent. The transformational savings impact is possible through the application of new big data tools and a new methodology called “constraintless bidding.”
In this case competition, teams with a maximum of five students from invited colleges will have the opportunity to demonstrate analytical and reasoning skills in a professional setting, much like they will face in the business world. The competition, using challenging cases provided by A.T. Kearney, will bring out the best in our student attendees and prepare them for the next step in their evolution.
Navigating the intriguing yet illusive categories like Marketing, HR, and Legal can be challenging yet rewarding. Stanton, former CPO of MasterCard, will share her playbook on developing category strategies, engaging your business partners and delivering impact to the bottom line.
Moving up the ranks of your supply management career will require you to be receptive to feedback from your leaders. No matter your role in the profession, one characteristic to set yourself apart from your peers is your ability to be coachable and receive constructive feedback. In this session, early- to mid-career professionals will learn what it takes to increase their coachability and how to continuously improve throughout their supply management journeys.
You’ve recruited and hired star talent; now more than ever, is it imperative to retain and engage young professionals in a competitive workforce. Fostering fierce loyalty can be accomplished by sponsorship, mentoring, employee resource groups and rewards. Hear from senior leaders on what works to develop individuals and teams to contribute to the overall success of your supply management organization.
Every CPO has a story. Join the conversation and hear from experienced professionals as they share their career journeys to illustrate how you can position yourself to create a realistic and attainable career roadmap. Hear about the inevitable ups, downs, successes and outcomes as you navigate through your career.
Join this group of young professionals and hear how emerging professionals can tackle misconceptions surrounding their generation in the workforce. They will guide and encourage senior-level professionals on how they can better understand the perspectives and motivating forces are behind up-and-coming talent.
An annual favorite, this session is structured to give you the opportunity to meet and interact in groups with a selection of senior supply management leaders of your choosing. The session is slated for the end of the day to jump-start ongoing discussions and networking during the evening’s cocktail hour.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the name given to the paradigm shift in a world enabled — and driven — by artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning. Customer expectations are changing, and global connectivity fosters, if not demands new partnerships to transform operating models. Learn how procurement must lead the charge to create truly disruptive technology, resulting in more creative outcomes and innovation.
Diversity and inclusion is evolving into combination of emotional intelligence and diversity of thought. In this session, young professionals will learn to balance their backgrounds and mindsets. Carmen Harris will show you how to effectively communicate your perspectives and understand how it drives innovation and impact to the supply chain.
Diversity helps the organization perform better, but what can you do to ensure it improves your supply chain’s bottom line? Managing your competitive advantage and encouraging diversity and inclusion in your function is a value-add activity that should not be overlooked. You will learn how to champion diversity and transition from a good to an exceptional leader to create an impact throughout your supply chain and organization.
Join Kevin McGee as he discusses how to live a well-balanced life through his “Speak Life” mantra, which is part of a larger thought leadership platform. “Speak Life” strives to equip you with the tools and knowledge that you need to prosper and purge negativity from their daily routines. You will be encouraged to plant the seeds of direction and purpose in your life during times of adversity while shedding light on what motivates you to lead a truly prosperous and profitable life.