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ISM Diversity 2017

March 1-3, 2017
Orlando, FL



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

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4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session A - The Crossover: Starting on the Right Path as an Emerging Professional
Excited but slightly apprehensive about leaving student life for a corporate career? This session is a professional development discussion for students led by two emerging professionals who have already made the transition from student to young corporate professional. Brittany Hayes and Grayson Mitchell will share experiences and provide you with a toolbox for success as you start your career in the corporate world.

Grayson Mitchell | Area Sales Manager | Fiat Chrysler Automobile
Brittany Hayes | Sourcing Associate | A.T. Kearney


Concurrent Session B - Leadership: Where are You on Your Leadership Journey and Where Do You Want to Go?
How effective of a procurement leader you become depends on various factors, including maturity and experience. During this session, we will discuss complexities of leadership development regarding building new skill sets and learning new mindsets. Our goal is to guide and help you, the aspiring procurement professional, flourish as a leader, in business and in life, by sharing our experiences and pointing to resources that help you grow from your personal challenges and obstacles.

Forest Harper | President & CEO | INROADS
Cheryl D’Cruz-Young | Managing Director | Diversified Search



8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks
Diversity Summit Committee Members
Thomas W. Derry| Chief Executive Officer | Institute for Supply Management


8:30 – 10:00 a.m.


Keynote Session 1 - Uncovering Unconscious Bias
People tend to think of bias as an overt act. But even more insidious is the unconscious bias that diverse individuals routinely experience in the business world. During this session, which is intended for students and procurement professionals of all levels, keynote speaker Annette Gregg will introduce you to the concept of unconscious bias and the neuroscience behind it. She will discuss how to counteract unconscious bias, and invite attendees to participate in a hands-on activity that will demonstrate how to uncover biases in supply management functions.

Annette Gregg | Owner | Difference Makers Consulting

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Keynote Session 2 - The Competitive Advantage of Diversity in Transformative Times
Javonté Anyabwelé has built a career around leading transformations and change management initiatives. During this keynote session, Javonté will draw upon his career experiences and share how recognizing and addressing cultural differences and unconscious bias has made it possible for him to lead supply chain transformation within a global environment.

Javonté Anyabwelé | Vice President of Strategic Sourcing | Carnival Corporation plc

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

General Session - The A.I. Supply Chain: The Promise, the Hype, and the Reality
A.I. is one of the hottest topics in business right now. Experts proclaim that it is poised to disrupt employees, companies, and entire industries. However, is it possible that A.I. is simply the next overhyped technology (like Big Data and IoT) that will consume massive investment dollars with little to show in return? This session will answer this question by exploring the threat A.I. poses to global supply chains and the opportunity it offers to deliver business value. We will also discuss what A.I. is, what it is not, and tease apart the hype from the reality. Additionally, we will delve into real world examples of A.I. being used to support supply chain functions. Finally, we will discuss how to embark on this journey and the role supply chain leadership needs to play in this brave new world.

Dr. Hugo Evans | Vice President, Data Science | A.T. Kearney

1:00 – 3:15 p.m.

The Shelley Stewart 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 – 4:15 p.m.

General Session - Going Global: How to Make Sure You are Equipped to Take on International Assignments and Be Successful While Doing Them
While working internationally can be an exciting challenge, you need to be aware of certain considerations and how to prepare yourself. Join our panel of supply management leaders who have worked abroad successfully, then assumed broader global responsibilities. They will share their personal career journeys to help you determine what you must do to be considered for a global leadership role — and have a successful experience in it. Focus will be given to how cultural perceptions can impact working globally, and panel members will discuss how they developed their leadership skills to address this dynamic.

Joseph Martinez | Managing Director, Chief Procurement & Financial Operations Officer | MUFG
Ash Gunderia | Senior Director, Global Sourcing | Honeywell Aerospace
Mercedes Romero | Vice President, Global Procurement | Diageo
Ernest Nicolas | Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Management | Rockwell Automation
Moderator: Grayson Mitchell | Area Sales Manager | Fiat Chrysler Automobile

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Executive Roundtable
An annual favorite, this session is structured to give you an opportunity to interact with senior supply leaders of your choosing. Each senior supply leader has invited an emerging professional to join the dynamic discussion. The session is slated for the end of the day to jump-start ongoing discussions and networking during the evening’s reception.



8:00 – 8:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

General Session - Surviving and Thriving During Merger Mania
The bigger the merger or acquisition, the more challenges you’ll face. Are you ready? This session features a panel of industry veterans who will discuss how to survive and thrive during a merger and acquisition. You’ll learn best practices on how to prepare for an event before it is even announced, as well as critical steps you should take once the process is launched. Panel members will draw upon their experiences with both big and small companies, as well as discuss the implications and differences when the private equity firms “come calling.” This session will help procurement professionals know what to expect during a merger or acquisition so they can put their best foot forward.

Craig Reed | Global Sourcing Director | DuPont
Erik Miller | Partner | Verus Investment Partners
Melanie Singh | Vice President, Procurement | Loblaw
Moderator: Carrie Ericson | Vice President, PAS | A.T. Kearney

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

The Shelley Stewart Case Winner Announcements
ISM Mentee Recognitions

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

General Session - Transferable Skills and Multiple Functional Experiences: How to Build Your Career Toolkit
Emerging evidence shows that a mix of skills, especially technology skills, counts more than simply lengthy experience in one specialty. In this session, experienced professionals will illustrate how individuals to adapt to changes in the skills the economy values most. Research suggests that success in the business world isn’t just about brainpower or climbing to the top, but also accumulating diverse skills and learning about fields outside one’s comfort zone. This session will help procurement professionals consider different functional experiences as they develop their career plan.

Laurie Wolkow | Director & Chief of Staff, Procurement Services | University of California
Allison Jones | Senior Director | Whirlpool Corporation

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Bonus Session!
How to Develop and Manage a Supplier Diversity Program – A Summary View
A well-run supplier diversity program is a strategic business opportunity for your organization. This session will provide you with an overview of the components necessary to develop, manage and grow a supplier diversity and development program that contributes to organizational objectives and supports corporate strategies.

Rainey Alben | Diversity Director | Institute for Supply Management
Frantz Tiffeau | Director, Supplier Diversity | Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Fred Lona | Senior Director, Supplier Diversity | Hilton Worldwide

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