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ISM Supply Chain Diversity Summit

February 26 - 28, 2014
San Francisco, California

Lean In, Link Out

ISM is committed to supporting diverse professionals in the supply chain. Join us for learning and networking that improves your business acumen, builds your personal brand and leverages unique skills. Discover tactics to lean in to your career and not hold yourself back. Use the unparalleled networking time to link out to new connections that can help you spur career growth. Whether you are just starting out or you have been working in supply chain for years, this is a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded peers.

Choose the track that resonates with you or represents the suppliers you work with on a regular basis.

The general sessions and concurrent track sessions are packed with useful advice you can apply when you get back to the office to boost your supply chain career. Make sure to take advantage of the strategies shared by leadership strategist, Leslie Grossman, who is the author of Link Out: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections. Don't miss the executive roundtable networking session, an annual favorite, where you can meet and ask questions of top supply chain leaders.

Although we have developed three programs focused on each group, you are welcome to attend concurrent sessions from any track.

Who Should Attend

Professionals from all industries and organizations who work in the areas listed below, especially those who have or may be considering suppliers primarily owned and operated by blacks, Hispanics, Latinos or women. Everyone with a passion for procurement and supply chain management who values a diverse workforce and supplier base is invited to attend. Students in supply chain management degree programs are also invited to attend.

  • Purchasing
  • Sourcing
  • Supplier development/management
  • Contracts
  • Transportation/logistics
  • Distribution/warehousing
  • Materials management
  • Inventory management

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.


Sponsorships for this program are still available. Contact Kelly Rich or call +1 480-752-6276 extension 3086 for specific information.

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A.T. Kearney is a global team of forward-thinking partners that delivers immediate impact and growing advantage for its clients. We are passionate problem solvers who excel in collaborating across borders to co-create and realize elegantly simple, practical, and sustainable results. Since 1926, we have been trusted advisors on the most mission-critical issues to the world's leading organizations across all major industries and service sectors. A.T. Kearney Procurement & Analytic Solutions Practice provides comprehensive, strategic, and innovative solutions to clients seeking to get maximum value and efficiency out of their procurement and supply management organizations, as well as a true understanding of how the application of advanced analytics and collaboration technology can provide a competitive advantage for these functions and other business units. A.T. Kearney has 58 offices located in major business centers across 40 countries. Visit for more information.

DuPont Logo

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

California Water Association (CWA) Logo

The California Water Association (CWA) represents the interests of approximately 120 investor-owned water companies that are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission, and that strive to provide high quality water utility services to customers throughout California. CWA provides a forum for sharing best management practices; and opportunities for educating the public on the protection and efficient use of water resources. The CWA USDP is designed to encourage, recruit, and utilize women and minority owned business enterprises (WMBE), as well as disabled-veteran owned business enterprises (DVBE) in our procurement chain. Visit us at:

Golden State Water Company Logo

Golden State Water Company recognizes the value of Supplier Diversity as a strategic business decision, and is committed to seek and identify diverse suppliers and offer them equitable opportunities to compete for contracts to supply materials and services to Golden State Water. We acknowledge that a robust Supplier Diversity initiative broadens the supplier base, stimulates competition, and ensures that Golden State Water receives the highest quality materials and services at the best available prices.

San Jose Water Company Logo

San Jose Water Company (SJWC) has a long-standing commitment of seeking business relationships that enable us to provide our customers with excellent customer service and a reliable supply of high quality water at a fair and reasonable price. We remain committed to seek and maintain such relationships as we strive to broaden our network of partners through our Utility Supplier Diversity Program (USDP). SJWC's USDP is designed to encourage, recruit, and utilize women and minority owned business enterprises (WMBE), as well as disabled-veteran owned business enterprises (DVBE) in our procurement chain. To register to do business with SJWC visit

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MWV is a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions.
With the power of our employees around the world, we're everywhere our customers are — operating facilities in 30 countries and marketing our products on every continent. And no matter where we're doing business, we do things the right way — with a focus on integrity, sustainability, and the communities in which we live and work. We've been pioneers in the industry for more than 150 years. Our expertise, our passion for progress and our focus on collaboration make us a partner of choice for our customers around the world.

Pfizer Inc Logo

Pfizer Inc: Working together for a healthier world™
At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacturing of medicines for people and animals. Our diversified global health care portfolio includes human and animal biologic and small molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products and many of the world's best-known consumer products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as the world's leading biopharmaceutical company, we also collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. To learn more about our commitments, please visit us at

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PricewaterhouseCoopers ( provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 140,000 people in 144 countries across our global network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

Zycus Logo

Zycus, with more than 200 solution deployments among Global 1,000 clients, has been committed to aiding procurement's contribution to business performance for over a decade. In the spirit of consistent and continued innovation, we have now evolved our portfolio to a full suite of procurement performance solutions — spend analysis, e-sourcing, contract management, supplier management, procure-to-pay and financial savings management — to help procurement leaders drive increased profits and create even greater business advantages. To learn more, visit


Sponsorships for this program are still available. Contact Kelly Rich or call +1 480-752-6276 extension 3086 for specific information.

BR Smith, Inc. Logo

BR Smith, Inc.
A "solutions, execution and delivery brand". Endeavoring to "simplify complexities" and "reduce the failure rate of small businesses (<500 employees) through our programs. A veteran, minority, woman entrepreneur. Strategic Alliance Partner with SMS Advisors, and Veterans Business Initiative Consultant, a non-profit providing training and capacity building to veteran businesses.

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IBC — Industrial Supply Plus
IBC is the only national organization in the MRO category with Certified Minority Status. Our network of Independent Distributors represent hundreds of name brands in general industrial supplies, power transmission, and electrical products. Start fulfilling minority spend with a top-performing company today! Contact Ted Buck at (888) 509-5609 ext.142 or at

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Remar, Inc.
Remar is a leader in integrated logistics, product fulfillment, retail distribution, packaging/assembly and warehousing. Our clients include well-known organizations in the government, healthcare, electronics, consumer goods and food industries. Located within a two-day ground shipping radius of 80% of the entire U.S. population, Remar is an ISO 9001:2008 quality certified MBE.

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Spend Management Solutions (SMS)
The SMS Supply Chain Team is a collection of trained and corporate experienced cross functional sourcing and process excellence practitioners. Always led by a designated Project Manager, we continuously blend and integrate Sourcing, Managerial Finance, Data Analytics, and Project Management into every engagement, large or small. SMS core offering consist of ISM Accredited Supply Chain Training, Supplier Performance Programs, and Sourcing/Supply Chain Project Execution Support. Find out more about how we can help you reach your goals at

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UPS — Supplier Diversity Mission Statement
"We provide access and equal opportunity to diverse suppliers and promote and develop these suppliers within and outside our organization. We are committed to ensuring that our Supplier Diversity Process strengthens the small, minority, and woman-owned business that drive economic development in the communities we serve." For information about our Supplier Diversity Program visit:

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