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ISM Diversity 2016

February 10-12, 2016
New Orleans, LA


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Summit Moderators
  • Cheryl D'Cruz Young, Managing Director, Practice Leader Supply Chain & Procurement, Diversified Search

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Career Advice with Cheryl D’Cruz-Young and Javette Hines

ISM has career interests top of mind and in support we will kick off the conference by providing a “Career Advisory Session” to provide resume, interview preparation and interview techniques aimed at career-entry level.

Cheryl D’Cruz-Young | Managing Director, Practice Leader Supply Chain & Procurement | Diversified Search
I. Javette Hines | SVP, Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Enterprise Supply Chain, Global Sourcing | Citi

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sharing Professional Experiences: Through the Eyes of Supply Management Professionals

In this session our accomplished professionals will share their own career stories with our students and attendees with a view to helping them navigate the waters.

Demond Richardson, Esq. | Supplier Diversity Manager | Wells Fargo & Co.
Jesus Lebena | Global Head, Supply Chain & Logistics | Cable & Wireless Communications
Mercedes Romero | VP Procurement Latin America and Caribbean | Diageo

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

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

Cheryl D’Cruz-Young | Managing Director, Practice Leader Supply Chain & Procurement | Diversified Search

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Session 1: Navigating the Waters

Willie will share his personal journey of Navigating the Waters of Diversity and Supply Chain to C-Suite leadership.

Willie Deese |Executive Vice President and President | Merck Manufacturing Division

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Networking Break

9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Generational Diversity in Action

This interactive session will examine how to build and leverage a network across generations. Participants will be divided into groups to discuss key topics relating to all generations, and will then have an opportunity to share strategies and approaches to embrace generational differences.

Carrie Ericson | Vice President | A.T. Kearney
Ernest Nicholas | Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Management | Rockwell Automation
Beverly Jennings | Head, Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion | Johnson & Johnson
Tajadin Muhammad | Procurement Specialist |International Paper
Bob Richards | Vice President| Polyconcept North America
Mia Steele | Supply Chain Student |North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Ellen Jameson | Director, Supplier Diversity | Pfizer
Forest Harper | President and CEO |INROADS


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 3:30 p.m. SESSION 3: Case Competition: Addressing Supply Management and Business Issues

In this case competition, teams with a maximum of five students from invited colleges will have the opportunity to demonstrate analytical and reasoning skills in a professional setting, much like they will face in the business world. The competition, using challenging cases provided by A.T. Kearney, will bring out the best in our student attendees and prepare them for the next step in their evolution.

3:30 – 3:45 p.m Networking Break

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Session A - SCM in different Industries; what’s different and what’s the same?

Jacquelyn Howard | Senior Director, U.S. Supply Chain Management | McDonald’s
Deidra Merriwether | Vice President Finance, Americas | W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Craig Reed | Global Sourcing Director | DuPont
Jeff Wakai |Chief Procurement Officer | PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Session B - The Power & Potential of Pairing

Like an aged wine & fine cheese, nothing beats a well-planned pairing. This session brings to life the power and potential of the master & protege, the mentor and mentee relationship through a reflection of the journey, challenges, techniques and outcomes. We will cover a lot of territory in this session, from dreams to reality, discussions and compromise, mistakes made, lessons learned, career goals modified, lives transformed and success realized. Join us, you may come away with a new mentor or mentee and the opportunity to change a life, or be changed for the better.

I. Javette Hines | SVP, Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Enterprise Supply Chain, Global Sourcing | Citi
Mark Cartwright | Sr. Director, Supplier Diversity | Novation
Stacy Paul | Student |Howard University School of Business
Ron North | Vice President, Procurement | Ventura Foods
Tiffany Lam | Student | Arizona State 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.

Jacquelyn Howard | Senior Director, U.S. Supply Chain Management | McDonald’s
Beverly Jennings | Head, Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion | Johnson & Johnson
Forest Harper |President and CEO | INROADS
Ernest Nicolas | Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Management |Rockwell Automation
Jeff Wakai |Chief Procurement Officer | PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Reception


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

Cheryl D’Cruz-Young | Managing Director, Practice Leader Supply Chain & Procurement | Diversified Search

Learning to Leap: True Lessons in Leadership

Jacquelyn will share her professional journey, personal growth experiences and key lessons learned during her 29-year corporate career in both domestic and international assignments.

Jacquelyn Howard | Senior Director, U.S. Supply Chain Management | McDonalds

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Case Winner Announcements and ISM Mentee Recognitions

Shelley Stewart, Jr., CPSM | Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer | DuPont Company Rainey Alben | Diversity Director | Institute for Supply Management

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Closing Speaker – Navigating Change

This session will highlight the opportunities and challenges brought about by technology, globalization and acquisition activity, and emphasize how supplier diversity can help your organization navigate the changing competitive landscape. Topics include innovation, strategic partnerships, 2nd tier relationships, cross-functional collaboration and change management strategies.
Gwendolyn Whitfield | Associate Professor | University of North Carolina

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Closing Comments



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