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2013 ISM Diversity Supply Management Executive Summits

February 5-7, 2013
New Orleans, LA

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Summit Facilitators:
  • General Sessions/Black Executive Supply Management Summit:
    G. Sean Williams | Managing Director | SMS-Advisors
  • Women Executive Supply Management Summit:
    Tiffany Hickerson | Sourcing Manager | A.T. Kearney
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Lunch Presenter — Lillian Lambert


6:00-7:00 pm Opening Reception


8:00-8:15 am Opening Remarks and Introduction

G. Sean Williams | Managing Director | SMS-Advisors

8:15-9:15 am G1 — Navigating an Uncertain and Volatile World Economy (Presentation is not available)
During the past 5 years, the world 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 amidst 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 will look at the forces that brought us to this stage and provide insights as to where we may be headed over the next decade.

Tim Coats | Vice President, Worldwide Sourcing | General Mills

9:30-11:00 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Panel Sessions)

B1 — Mergers and Acquisitions
It is not uncommon for a company to employ a "growth through acquisition" strategy, especially when today's economy allows for rapid expansion at a discount price. But how does a merger or acquisition affect the supply chain of the new organization? What is supply management's role in the financial statements and overall synergies within the separate entities of the company? Will there be divestitures?

Attending this session broadens your understanding of the supply management intricacies and potential pitfalls of merged and acquired organizations. This session shows you the big picture as seen by those who have experienced it and lived to tell the tale!

Shelley Stewart | VP, Sourcing & Logistics and CPO | DuPont
Nik Hiremath | VP, Supply Chain | MeadWestvaco
Arthur Johnson | Chief Operating Officer | Cisco WebEx
K.O. Ansa B. Yiadom | Director, Strategic Initiatives, Global Procurement & Operations | Pfizer, Inc.

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
Keeli Jernigan | CEO & President | Trans-Expedite Inc.

11:15 am-12:15 pm 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. This session will explore how sourcing, fulfillment operations, and logistics — once fragmented entities — have seamlessly synthesized into Integrated Supply Chain Management. Our discussion will focus on how talent, tools, processes, and technology, all, had to transform and globalize, to ensure sustained cost savings and contribution to the bottom line. We will also share strategies on successfully competing in a global economy and taking supply chain management to the next level of maturity.

Angela Archon | Vice President, Systems & Technology Group | IBM Corporation


B2 — Domestic Outsourcing Clash: Should it Stay or Should it Go? (Presentation is not available)
Is domestic outsourcing a sign that your organization cannot produce its own products internally? Or is it a sign of growth and adaptability? What are the overall risks and ramifications of domestic outsourcing to your organization and its employees, suppliers and clients? This engaging session covers the considerations management must have to do what is financially — and ethically — best.

Dr. Joseph Richardson | Manager, Indirect Procurement | FMC Technologies, Inc.

W2 — Leadership: Confidence, Complexity and Coaching
Whether you lead a team of four or four hundred, 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

2:30-4:30 pm 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 in groups with a selection of executives of your choosing. The session is placed at the end of the day to jumpstart ongoing discussions and networking during the evening's reception and dinner.

5:30-6:30 pm Reception


8:30-8:45 am Opening Remarks

8:45-10:15 am G4 — Case Competition: Addressing Supply Management and Business Issues
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.

10:30-11:30 am 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)


B3 — Analytics and Performance Measurement: The Next Great Chapter for Procurement
Although procurement has made significant strides over the past decade with strategic sourcing and Spend Cubes, the "new normal" of the global economy has shown that procurement must be more innovative, agile, and comprehensive than it was in the past. To meet this challenge, many organizations are starting to tap into advanced analytics and performance measurement. Home Depot's Chuck Kinnebrew and A.T. Kearney's Joe Raudabaugh will share the latest and greatest on how procurement is using these two elements to transform procurement organizations and improve long-term performance. Attendees will get a true grasp of how Home Depot has used analytics to transform its procurement organization. Additionally, Joe will share how an accurate and measurable understanding of performance is a game changer for procurement organizations, as it provides leaders with a consistent means for understanding the value procurement delivers to the enterprise and aids CPOs in communicating with their C-level peers to drive change and innovation.

Joe Raudabaugh | Partner | A.T. Kearney
Chuck Kinnebrew | Senior Director, Procurement | Home Depot

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

1:45-2:15 pm G6 — Case Competition Winner Announcement

2:15 pm Closing Remarks