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Building Relationships and Networking at ISM2017

ISM2017 has offered attendees a number of opportunities to network with industry peers, such as the Behind the Magic Tour, the ISM2017 Welcome Party at Epcot and nightly exhibit hall receptions. These face-to-face methods are useful and will continue to be utilized. However, networking online has also become a powerful way to connect with like-minded individuals. And ISM understands that networking via social media is growing and shows no signs of slowing down. This is why we offered our attendees the session Be Discovered! It’s a Small World After All: Social Networking Skill Enhancement.

In this Tuesday morning session, ISM2017 attendees learned how to maximum the use of social media for networking. Ford Saeks, CSP, discussed the potential of career enhancement through the use of social channels such as LinkedIn.

Just how powerful can social networks be? Today’s worldwide population is roughly 7.5 billion. And social sites? Worldwide, there are more than 1.94 billion monthly active Facebook users as of March 2017. LinkedIn has more than 500 million users, and Twitter has 313 million active users. That’s a lot of people!

Whether face-to-face or online, people’s desire to connect with others will always remain. Finding what works best for you, as well as how to use multiple channels and communicate effectively, will help you expand your professional network.

Don’t wait to start! Join the conversation on social and start meeting new industry professionals by using the official conference hashtag, #ISM2017!

ISM2017 Monday Kick-off Keynote Informative and Inspirational

Inspiration was the name of the game at ISM2017’s kick-off keynote address on Monday, May 22. Tom Derry, CEO of Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®), was accompanied on stage by Mickey Mouse, to add a touch of Disney magic to his opening remarks.

Derry began his remarks by stating that now is an exciting time to be in supply management. He stressed that the talents of the supply management professionals in the audience - a packed house of more than 2,000 – outweigh the task of dealing with the current heightened level of uncertainty in the global market place.

Next, ISM Board Chair, Hans Melotte, Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Starbucks Corporation, recognized ISM board members and volunteers for their dedication and hard work, and offer information on ISM’s eLearning tools – the ISM Mastery Model® and the eISM learning platform – as ways for all levels of supply management professionals to stay current with the field, as well as to obtain CPSM® and CPSD® certifications. He also recognized this year’s 30 Under 30 winners; all rising stars in the supply chain profession.

Hans then had the honor of introducing keynote speaker, General Colin L Powell, USA (Ret.) who took the stage to address leading in times of uncertainty. As Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell had to assemble the second-largest military operation in U.S. history – Desert Shield – in 24 hours. Powell and his team had 24 hours to go from nowhere to 250,000 troops, and plan for 500,000. He then had to manage the logistic to transport the troops to the Persian Gulf so they could receive the supplies the military was sending. Part of that rapid ramp-up was building a coalition among several nations for supply and equipment support.

Powell utilized logistics as a tool to enable the U.S. forces to do what they needed to do militarily. In fact, he stated that Desert Storm was won by logistics, because the U.S. military was able to put a united coalition force into the field with all the right military equipment and personnel needed to win the war. Powell observed that speed, service, quality of product and keeping up with information and technology were key to the success of Desert Storm and are best practices for supply management.

He also spoke of the current turbulent geopolitical climate, framing it against history as a progressive development following the end of the Cold War, which had defined the trajectory of geopolitics from the conclusion of World War ll in 1945 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. In short, these changes led to the development of populism, the growing geopolitical movement that is creating turbulence and uncertainty in the global market place.

Powell then gave observations of several key geopolitical situations that make sensational headlines almost daily and why they are not as dire as they appear. He backed this up with personal experience as U.S. Secretary of State and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and urged the audience to watch carefully and analyze the situation before drawing conclusions that can lead to action. This skill, from Powell’s military and State Department service, is important for supply chain professionals to embrace as they manage in times of uncertainty.

As he concluded, Powell commented on the current issues with immigration in the U.S., his own immigrant roots and ideas on how to resolve these issues to enable immigrants to have a chance in the U.S., which started as a nation of immigrants. He also spoke of the need to devote more funding to education nationwide as a way to stay competitive in the global market place and to make sure all children have opportunity. Powell concluded by saying that, as long as we remember who we are as a nation – a nation that touches all other nations – we’ll be fine.

ISM2017 Gets Underway in Orlando

ISM2017, the Institute for Supply Management's® (ISM®) annual conference, got underway Sunday, May 21 with more than 2,500 global supply chain and procurement professionals making their way to Walt Disney World in sunny Orlando, Fla. To help attendees learn, share and network with the best and brightest minds in supply management, Tammy Matthews, program manager of Learning Solutions for ISM, led this year’s opening session, Navigating and Networking ISM2017. Attendees received an overview of the various components the conference offers as well as what’s new this year.

There are more than 175 speakers, 73 conference sessions, 11 signature sessions, seven learning tracks in three segments, two keynote sessions and three networking events taking place at ISM2017, all tailored to help you lead through times of instability. You’ll take home actionable ideas, standards and best practices for your career and your company. All presentations will be online at the conclusion of the conference. Following this link for access! This year’s conference will deliver:

  • Practical solutions
  • World-class strategies
  • Real world case studies
  • Management trends
  • Cutting-edge content
  • Best practices
  • Networking
  • Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Make sure you make plans to attend this year’s Keynote Sessions. ISM has recruited two major global leaders to keynote. David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), are both veterans in managing substantial global initiatives in times of uncertainty. Powell mobilized one of the largest global supply chains on earth during the Operation Desert Storm conflict, and Cameron knows first-hand the responsibilities that come with global leadership, including building economic strength, creating inward investment and navigating complex international security challenges.

And don’t forget about networking! We have many options for you to meet industry colleagues while at Disney, staring with our Welcome Party at Epcot. There are also multiple meal functions and nightly exhibit hall receptions. Remember to bring your business cards!

Stay connected all week with the ISM2017 App, available in the App Store and Google Play. You can also join the conversation all week long by using the conference’s official hashtag, #ISM2017.

We hope to see you this week!

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