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Black Executive Track @ the 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 to improve your business acumen, build your personal brand and leverage unique skills that you have as a black executive. Discover tactics to lean in to your career and not hold yourself back. Use this 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.

Back By Popular Demand - Get together with your colleagues from the Women and the Hispanic and Latino tracks during the general sessions. Although we have developed learning focused on black executives, you are welcome to attend concurrent sessions from the other tracks.


6:00 - 7:00 pm Opening Reception

7:00 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:30 am Opening Remarks and Introduction

8:30 - 9:45 am G1 — Lean In — Pushing Through To Reach Your Goals

Have you ever avoided a challenging project because you felt you weren't ready or let issues in your personal life affect your professional life? Quit holding yourself back. Lean in to your career by seeking challenges, taking risks, and pursuing your goals.

Kenneth L. Coleman | Chairman | Saama Technologies

9:45 - 10:00 am Networking Break

10:00 - 11:30 am B1 — The Buck Stops Here — Executive Panel (CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

Our esteemed panel shares what it's like to have the final say - and what its rewards and challenges are. This is your chance to find out how our panelists got where they are, what their biggest changes are and what they see for the future.

Shelley Stewart | Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer | DuPont
Cathy Martin | CPO | Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Keith Hines | Director Procurement | PricewaterhouseCoopers
Joseph Black | Vice President Procurement & Chief Procurement Officer | Aetna

11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 - 1:45 pm B2 — The Next Wave of Talent — Student Case Competition (CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

Student teams from historically black colleges 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. Watch the competition bring out the best in our student attendees and how it prepares them for the next step.

1:45 - 2:00 pm Networking Break

2:00 - 3:00 pm B3 — So You Think You Can Be a CPO? (CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

Discover how personal financial planning, soft skills and principled centered leadership work together to get you to the senior leadership level. In addition, learn how to navigate head winds that can hamper your ascent up the corporate ladder.

Eric Williams | Associate Director | Howard University

3:00 - 3:10 pm Networking Break

3:10 - 4:30 pm G2 — 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.

5:30 - 7:00 pm Reception

7:30 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:10 am Opening Remarks

Winners of Case Competition will be announced.

9:10 - 9:15 am Networking Break

9:15 - 10:30 am B4 — Beyond the Suppliers — Negotiating Your Career (CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

You negotiate with suppliers every day, but are you able to influence the people in your professional circle to get what you need to succeed? This session focuses on becoming a better negotiator, not just with suppliers but also when it comes to salary, terms, time off, etc.

Ron North | VP, Procurement | Ventura Foods

10:30 - 10:45 pm Networking Break

10:45 - 12:00 pm G3 — Link Out — Connections Lead to Your Career Growth

Oftentimes, attending conferences and networking feels like a chore and the last thing you want to make time for. However, the lack of strategic networking can hinder your career growth, especially if you are in a career transition. The author of LINK OUT: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections illustrates why it is important to link out and shows you how to create a collaborative, long-term networking strategy that overcomes a competitive job market.

Leslie Grossman | Leadership Strategist and Author

12:00 pm Closing Remarks

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