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ISM’s 10th Annual Black Executive Supply Management Summit (BESMS)

February 5-7, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana

Leading at the Speed of Tomorrow

If your fast-paced life leaves little time for professional development opportunities, then this is the one event you need to attend. The ISM Black Executive Supply Management Summit delivers supply chain management strategies as well as general business approaches to help you streamline your enterprise. Find out what your colleagues are working on in 2013 ... and beyond ... and discover tools that will move you and your team forward.

This is not only a unique opportunity for face-to-face learning, but for networking, as well. Networking is an essential part of your supply management toolbox, and what other tool is this versatile? Face-to-face contact with your colleagues can open doors to supply chain management innovation but, most of all, it can provide you with the connections you need to take your career to the top. Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are not enough. You need the benefit of real interaction with your colleagues, and this is the place to be.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network and learn from some great supply management professionals. This is a chance to roll up your sleeves and find out what other organizations are doing to get ahead. Look for sessions that address how you can unleash your innovative spirit as well as a riveting panel discussion on disaster planning. Our kickoff speaker delivers insight into the uncertain economy. Be sure to attend the executive roundtable networking event and gain some top-level perspectives.

  • Don’t miss this great learning (and networking) experience.
  • Learn from others who are passionate about supply management.
  • Start building your supply management community.
  • Take time out of your busy schedule to strengthen your supply chain and your career!
Back By Popular Demand

The ISM Black Executive Supply Management Summit is at the same time and same location as the Women Executive Supply Management Summit. Each summit has its own set of workshops, but general sessions are together. This gives you the added benefit of networking time with your colleagues attending the other summits. You are welcome to attend any of the concurrent sessions offered by either of the other summits.

Who Should Attend This Program

This program is presented for black executives, their direct reports and those interested in building their career in supply management. Supply management professionals from all industries and organizations benefit from these sessions. If you have a passion for supply management and want to network and learn from those sharing your interest, you won’t want to miss this program.

In principle and in practice, ISM values and seeks a diverse membership, volunteer leadership and staff. There are no barriers to full participation in the Institute on the basis of ethnic background, gender, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

ISM Welcomes the Universities and Colleges Participating in the Case Competition

Clark Atlanta University is a comprehensive, private, urban, co-educational institution of higher education with a predominantly African-American heritage. It was formed when the nation's first private liberal arts college for African Americans, Clark (1869), joined with the nation's first African-American graduate school, Atlanta University (1865), what emerged was one of the nation's foremost institutions of higher learning, Clark Atlanta University (CAU).

Hampton University School of Business. The mission of the Hampton University School of Business is to produce professionals, leaders and scholars of strong character for the technology-based global marketplace. Our goal is to deliver relevant business education, practical application experiences and behavioral competencies to achievement-oriented undergraduate and graduate students. Although teaching is our primary emphasis, faculty shall continuously engage in research and grantsmanship to provide a curriculum that is appropriate for a successful business practice.

Howard University, established in 1867, is a comprehensive, research-oriented, predominantly African-American university. Its mission is to provide an educational experience of exceptional quality at a reasonable cost to students of high academic potential. Particular emphasis is placed on providing educational opportunities for African-American men and women, and for other historically disenfranchised groups. Furthermore, Howard University is dedicated to attracting, sustaining and developing a cadre of faculty who through their teaching and research are committed to producing distinguished and compassionate graduates seeking solutions to global human and social problems.

Howard University is one of only 48 U.S. private, doctoral/research institutions. It is comprised of 12 schools and colleges with 10,500 students enjoying academic pursuits in more than 120 areas of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The university continues to attract the nation's top students and produces more on-campus, African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.

Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge. Since its inception in 1937, the College of Business has evolved into one of the largest senior colleges on the SU campus, graduating approximately 150 students a year. The College of Business is accredited by AACSB-International the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and maintains high standards of teaching, research and services. More than 70 percent of the faculty members have terminal degrees; faculty members regularly publish in national journals and present papers at conferences.

The college is committed to providing outreach activities for pre-college students to develop an awareness of the benefits of higher education and business careers. In a rapidly changing world environment, success does not come by chance. Our courses of study deliver the skills needed by emerging business leaders. Lastly, let the faculty in the College of Business show you how to analyze and develop solutions; communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively; and create your own opportunities.


Sponsorships for this program are still available. Contact ISM's Sales Department — Kelly Rich, or Trish True, or call +1 480-752-6276 extension 3086 or 3061 for specific information.

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

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