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Women 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 female 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 black and Hispanic and Latino tracks during the general sessions. Although we have developed learning focused on women 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 W1 — Breaking Glass Ceilings — Executive Panel (CONCURRENT SESSION)

These ladies didn't hold back; they broke through barriers. Learn from these top female executives what it took to move up the ladder and how they play valued roles in in their companies' supply chain organizations.

Maria Prince | VP, Sourcing | Zales
Mercedes Romero | VP, Procurement, Latin America and Caribbean | Diageo
Maria Lindenberg | CPO | Chevron
Tracy Chaplin | Senior Vice President, Procurement | XOJET, Inc.
11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 - 1:45 pm W2 — Outnumbered and Female — Use Your Strengths to Prevail (CONCURRENT SESSION)

In the procurement and supply chain field, you are often the only female in the room. Explore how to manage these situations so you appear strong, confident and in control. This session discusses and gives you tools to handle circumstances where you are outnumbered or even disregarded.

Lissa Owens | First Vice President, Supplier Diversity | SunTrust Bank

1:45 - 2:00 pm Networking Break

2:00 - 3:00 pm W3 — Making the Strong Even Stronger (CONCURRENT SESSION)

Women have inherent skills that they can leverage to make themselves powerful leaders. Learn how to identify leadership competencies in women, how they compare to their male counterparts and how to develop yourself and your career.

Alison Jones | Procurement Executive | Delphi
Dr. Helen Eckmann | Faculty | Brandman 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 W4 — Professional Negotiations: Gain the Confidence to Convince (CONCURRENT SESSION)

Discuss successful negotiation strategies to help you get what you want and need in your professional life. Attend this session to gain confidence in negotiating salary, terms, large supplier contracts and maternity leave. A special role-playing activity allows you to hone your new skills.

Javette Hines | VP Supplier Diversity | Citi
Angela Naegele | VP Global Procurement | Reed Elsevier

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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