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ISM's 5th Annual Women Executive Supply Management Summit - Agenda

February 5-7, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception, All Summit Participants

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Opening and Welcome
8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Session G1
Navigating an Uncertain and Volatile World Economy
During the past five years, the world has experienced unprecedented volatility in agricultural and industrial commodity costs. Unfortunately, extreme input cost volatility will likely continue as a financially interconnected world balances demand growth in BRIC countries amid high uncertainty driven by rapidly escalating sovereign debt in Europe, the United States and Japan. As world market participants vacillate between "risk on" and "risk off" sentiments, it will become increasingly important for manufacturing companies to understand the broader situation behind the daily emotion of the market. This presentation looks at the forces that brought us to this stage and provide insights as to where we may be headed in the next decade.

Tim Coats, Vice President, Worldwide Sourcing, General Mills
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Networking Break
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Session W1
Your Secret Weapon
Finely tuned sourcing strategies can be your secret weapon in running an effective supply chain. Don't miss this panel discussion if you want to add another solution to your toolbox. Discover the benefits of using an organization that is WBENC and/or NMSDC-certified. Our panel discussion includes representatives from the two certifying agencies as well as two practitioners who enjoy the benefits of certification. Is your organization participating? Do you know the advantages of using a certified organization?

Patricia Birmingham, Vice President, Marketing, WBENC
Joset B. Wright, President, NMSDC
Nina Vaca, CEO, Pinnacle Technical Resources
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Networking Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Session G2
Supply Chain Management in a Global Economy
Join IBM, a multi-award-winning company and thought-leader in supply chain management, for an engaging conversation on supply chain globalization. Explore how sourcing, fulfillment operations and logistics — once fragmented entities — have seamlessly synthesized into integrated supply chain management. The discussion focuses on how talent, tools, processes and technology had to transform and globalize to ensure sustained cost savings and contribution to the bottom line. Discover strategies to successfully compete in a global economy and take supply chain management to the next level of maturity.

Angela N. Archon, Vice President, Systems & Technology Group, IBM Corporation
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Session W2
Leadership: Confidence, Complexity and Coaching
Whether you lead a team of four or 400, each scenario requires some of the same attributes. The challenges inherent to leading a team include managing time, talent, projects and, of course, all things related to the supply chain. How do you get it all done? The complexities can be overwhelming. If you can manage your team, other items fall into place. Talent management includes grooming young professionals and coaching experienced professionals. And while you're leading your team, don't forget to interact with your peers and check in with the boss, too. Find out how your colleagues handle the demands of leadership and discover how to radiate confidence as you move forward in your career.

Cheryl D'Cruz-Young, Managing Director, Diversified Search
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Session G3
Executive Roundtable Networking
An annual favorite, this session gives you the opportunity to interact with senior supply leaders. The session is structured to give you a chance to meet and interact with a selection of executives of your choosing. The session is placed at the end of the day to jump-start ongoing discussions and networking during the evening reception and dinner.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Reception

Thursday, February 7, 2013

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Day Two Introduction
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. Session G4
Case Competition
Teams with a maximum of five students from invited colleges will have the opportunity to develop analytical and reasoning skills in a professional setting, much like they will face in the business world. These challenging cases are provided by A.T. Kearney. The case competition brings out the best in our student attendees and prepares them for that next step.
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Session G5
Respecting Human Rights: The Role of Supply Chains
This presentation explains the new U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and how they address supply chains as part of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Explore the potential — and limits — of addressing social issues through supply chain management using current examples in conflict minerals, child labor and human trafficking.

Adam B. Greene, Vice President, Labor Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, United States Council for International Business (USCIB)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Session W3
WEConnect International: Women-Owned Enterprises and Value in the Supply Chain
This powerful session features WEConnect International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to driving and pairing major companies' sourcing requirements with certified women-owned businesses in a wide variety of local markets. The ability to compete more effectively in today's global market — in particular, within dynamic growth markets — is intrinsically linked to cooperating and collaborating with local women-owned businesses. It is increasingly being recognized that women business owners play a powerful role in driving innovation, increasing competitive advantage, accelerating growth and raising profitability.

Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO, WEConnect International
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Networking Break
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Session G6
Case Competition Winner Announcement
2:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Important Schedule Information

You are welcome to attend concurrent sessions from any of the programs, although we have developed a schedule especially for the Women Executive Supply Management Summit (you may view the other sessions online).

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