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CNN's Wolf Blitzer to Deliver Opening Keynote at ISM 2012 Conference

FOR RELEASE: February 14, 2012

Register by March 1, 2012 for best discount to attend ISM Conference May 6-9, 2012 in Baltimore.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) February 14, 2012 — Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Wolf Blitzer will deliver the opening keynote at Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) 97th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. ISM's Conference takes place May 6-9, 2012 in Baltimore at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Blitzer is CNN's lead political anchor and anchor of "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," as well as CNN's former senior White House correspondent. He brings a wealth of experience to the fast-paced political news program "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." In addition to politics, Blitzer is known for his in-depth reporting on international news. His work has taken him to war zones, peace conferences, sites of natural disasters and countries around the world to cover a wide range of major breaking stories. He has interviewed some of recent history's most notable figures, including presidents and heads of state, politicians, candidates and observers.

ISM's Conference also attracts notable figures and key influencers for four days of supply management professional development, training and networking. Attendees can customize their educational experience by choosing workshops from one or more of nine learning tracks: Best Practices in Supply Management; Developing and Leading Impactful Supply Management Organizations; Essential Skills and Abilities; Global Trends in Supply Management; Manufacturing; Risk Management; Services Procurement; Supplier Development and Collaboration; and Talent Management.

Register by March 1, 2012 for lowest member price of US$1,079 on the complete Conference registration package. Member price for registrations received by April 13 is US$1,279 and member price for registrations received after April 13, is US$1,349. Visit ISM at for online registration, to download Conference brochure and to book hotel reservations.

This year's Educational Exhibit Hall showcases more than 100 suppliers. The Exhibit Hall will be the setting for several breakfast and networking sessions. Popular Industry Spotlights are back this year. These mini educational sessions will feature senior executives from some of ISM Conference's major sponsors.

World-class organizations will be on hand to conduct on-site interviews and recruit potential employees. Conference registrants can upload their résumés onto the confidential Conference Career Center database. Conference attendees who aren't looking for a new position can listen in on the Conference Career Center Special Sessions and come away with tools, tips and strategies to advance their careers.

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®), Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications, and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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