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ISM2014 will headline speakers with global energy, economic and comedic experience

FOR RELEASE: March 5, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. (March 3, 2014) — The Institute for Supply Management® is pleased to present ISM2014 — the 99th Annual International Supply Management Conference from Monday, May 5-7 at the LVH — Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Join us for three days of supply management professional development, training and networking.

The keynote speaker this year is T. Boone Pickens, a globally recognized oil and gas entrepreneur who has become one of the most respected "effective energy" experts in the world. Pickens will deliver his speech, "Powering America's Energy & Economic Future" during the first day of the Conference on May 5.

Cited by President Barack Obama for his leadership in developing the Pickens Plan for America's energy future, the entrepreneur and visionary has long been an advocate for harnessing domestic alternatives and developing even greater new technologies.

Known to many simply as "the ISM show," this Conference continually sets the bar for supply chain events around the world. From past keynote speakers such like Malcolm Gladwell, Wolf Blitzer and Condoleezza Rice to leading, cross-sector educational content, this is where our profession's best and brightest converge every year.

Other headlined speakers will include Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics and its director of economic research and co-founder of A trusted adviser to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public, Zandi frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the nation's daunting fiscal challenges, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform and foreclosure mitigation.

Zandi will make his presentation "Economic Trends that Procurement Should Monitor" on May 6.

This year's closing keynote will feature a custom satirical comedic performance by The Second City, with troupes located in multiple cities across the United States. Held on May 7, "50 Years of Funny" will offer a unique ending to ISM2014.

The skills The Second City's members use to create the world's best satire and comedy are the same skills they teach every day to many of the world's most successful corporations, helping them become more innovative, team-driven and nimble organizations. They use humor and open conversation to honestly identify challenges, and improv learning techniques that build both individual and team skills to address those challenges.

Presenters are successful practitioners, experts in the field, sharing what works, who's best-in-class and the tools you need to implement significant improvements within your own organization.

Learning tracks this year include:

Track 1: Emerging Practitioners
Track 2: Supply Chain Management Fueling Growth
Track 3: Global Supply Chain
Track 4: Career Development
Track 5: Talent Management
Track 6: Business Acumen in Supply Chain
Track 7: Logistics
Track 8: Global Economic Indicators
Track 9: Big Data, Analytics
Track 10: Best Practices in Indirect Spend

To learn more visit where you can register online. Hurry, early bird pricing ends April 17, 2014. The focus will be on you at ISM2014!

Institute for Supply Management® (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM's mission is to enhance the value and performance of procurement and supply chain management practitioners and their organizations worldwide. 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 90 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD®) qualifications.

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Institute for Supply Management®
+1 480-752-6276, extension 3048