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ISM2015 - Learning Tracks

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May 3-6, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona


This year, we offer 7 tracks that represent key areas for organizational success. Focusing on any of these tracks will give you a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. You can attend all of the sessions in one track for a focused program, or mix and match to gain an overview of current supply management practices.

Track 1: Building Long-Term Value in Procurement

No matter the industry, successful businesses have built procurement functions that offer long-term value-focused results. In this track you will hear experts from large and small companies in a range of industries share the best practices that drove their success. You will explore areas like collaboration with suppliers, negotiations, involvement in product development, and more. This track offers a deep dive into executing new processes and strategies while providing foundational knowledge on how to make your own best practices even better going forward.

Track Leaders:

  • Dr. Bernd Huber, Head of Sourcing Center of Excellence, Google, Inc.
  • David Natoff, Head of Procure to Pay, Google, Inc.

Track 2: Achieving High Performance in Value Chain Management

How do successful innovators position their companies to achieve high performance? This track will teach you about value creation and optimization through the modes of product transformation. Get insights, tools and best-practice techniques from experts who discuss value chain components ranging from total cost of acquisition/ownership to aftermarket service and support. Use this track to build on your strategic and tactical skills while learning how to contribute to your bottom line through solid value chain management principles.

Track Leaders:

  • Michael Jacobson, Business Development Manager, Intel Corporation
  • Jeffrey Wincel, Chief Procurement Officer – Global Sourcing and Procurement, ON Semiconductor

Track 3: The Money Game: Delivering Financial Results

Supply chain excellence is directly tied to a company's financial performance. But any supply chain management professional will tell you creating a streamlined and profitable supply chain is easier said than done. Every decision you make can influence your organization's financial success. To be effective, you must understand analytics, key performance metrics and how to link decisions to your company's financial goals. This track will strengthen your financial acumen and offer strategic insights and methods to improve fact-based decision making in order to drive corporate performance.

Track Leader:

  • James Ezell, Vice President/CFO, Performance Food Group, Inc.

Track 4: Leveraging Strategic Partnerships to Accelerate Performance

Managing partnerships is essential to building a thriving supply management organization. This track will examine how companies leverage their supply base to fill gaps through innovation, technology maturity, and alignment. It will share case studies and delve into the internal and external roles of full life-cycle relationship management — while fueling the company's growth and implementing cutting-edge practices. Use this track to discover trends in managing successful partnerships at all levels and to develop actionable strategies to achieve high performance for your own organization.

Track Leaders:

  • Elizabeth Green, CPSM, PMI-RMP, Manager, GCS Planning and Integration, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Aerospace Systems Sector
  • Alex Alvarez, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M., A.P.P., Global Supply Manager, Supplier Diversity, Corporate Procurement, Apple, Inc.

Track 5: Optimizing Leadership to Improve Future Performance

Ask leaders why they have been successful and their answers will come easily. But, rarely is the road to success a perfectly smooth one. In this track, industry leaders take you on a journey of the highs and lows that have defined their careers. Expect thought-provoking discussions that will yield valuable tips and techniques to help you connect your own core competencies and skill sets in support of strategic imperatives for your organization. This track is perfect for all supply chain professionals, whether you are considering new roles, developing new programs or leading dynamic teams.

Track Leaders:

  • G. Sean Williams, Managing Partner – Americas, Spend Management Solutions, LLC
  • John Willi, C.P.M., A.P.P., Vice President of Supply Chain Management, NYU Langone Medical Center

Track 6: Managing Risk in a Global Supply Chain

Risk management continues to be an important priority for organizations worldwide. Top performers understand the value of risk management. And while we will always continue to look at best practices, we must also be aware of emerging risks and regulations. This track gives you a multi-faceted view of how to identify and manage risk in a global supply chain, including contract risk, conflict minerals, food safety, cyber risk and, most importantly how enterprise risk and procurement should work together.

Track Leader:

  • Rose Kelly-Falls, CPSM, Vice President, Head of Supply Chain Risk, Rapid Ratings International, Inc.

Track 7: Strategies for Profitable and Sustainable Growth

How does a company scale and grow? In today's volatile marketplace, growing companies require more than successful products and an effective sales and marketing effort to succeed. Procurement is a critical component. This track highlights the roles supply chain managers play in achieving sustained and profitable growth for their companies. Track sessions explore strategies for capturing new markets, bringing products and services to customers and expanding globally. Key concepts include talent management, innovation sharing, leading capital projects and leveraging technology.

Track Leaders:

  • John Blascovich, CPSM, C.P.M. Partner, A.T. Kearney, Inc.
  • Regina Edwards, J.D., Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Supplier Diversity, Wells Fargo Bank

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