95th Annual ISM International Supply Management Conference
and Educational Exhibit

April 25-28, 2010
San Diego, California
95th Annual ISM Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit Logo

Ride the wave and submit a workshop proposal for ISM's 2010 Conference. Demonstrate to the supply management world that you have the knowledge, abilities and track record to contribute to the profession.

Papers may be submitted July 1, 2009 — July 31, 2009.

Make a Splash in 2010!

Motivate your colleagues to reach new heights. Inspire newcomers to embrace the profession.

  • Prestige — as you present at this well-known and respected Conference
  • Advancement — as you move from practitioner to major player
  • Notoriety — let your stakeholders know that you and your organization are leaders in the field
  • Feel good — as you tell your story and inspire others
  • Confidence — as you build your reputation as an industry expert
  • Continuing Education — 1 CEH awarded
  • Enhanced résumé
  • One complimentary full-Conference registration — awarded to main presenters who submit a paper for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings. (One registration per proposal and per person.)
  • Satisfaction — as you contribute to your profession
  • Camaraderie — as you network with your peers, practitioners and other thought leaders
  • Respect — as you align with the first, largest and strongest supply management organization in the world — ISM.
  • Improved platform skills
  • Connectivity — as you make valuable contacts across industries
  • Standing — in your organization as an influential, active professional

ISM seeks presentations from all sectors — manufacturing, service, institutional, public — and from the perspective of small as well as large organizations.


This professional development program is unmatched by any other supply management educational event. Remember these Conference goals as you develop your proposal.

  • Deliver stimulating educational experiences for all participants
  • Offer insights into leading-edge and hot topics
  • Repackage and revitalize established concepts and practices
  • Provide a unique forum for peer-to-peer networking
  • Present solutions and tools to use on the job
  • Provide practical applications
  • Empower attendees to make an impact through strong supply management
  • Expect to leave the Conference with a better way of doing their jobs
  • Have high expectations for the workshop sessions
  • Topic-specific learning
  • Motivation and inspiration
  • Practical solutions
  • Take-away tools
  • Broad-based education, from insight into hot topics to new views of old standbys
  • Insight into best practices
  • All industries are represented at the Conference, including manufacturing, non-manufacturing, public institutions and services.
  • Attendees have worked in purchasing/supply for at least three years.
  • More than 50 percent are managers or above.
  • We expect more than 2,000 attendees.

The ISM Annual Conference provides content and educational opportunities for three primary constituencies (1) senior thought leaders, (2) mid- to high-level supply management professionals, and (3) others active in supply management practices. ISM seeks presentations from all sectors — manufacturing, service, institutional, public — and from the perspective of small as well as large organizations. While reviewing the topics keep in mind trends, headwinds, best practices, and challenges met. Our audience is looking for answers on "how" to address issues.

ISM is specifically looking for proposals in the focus areas listed for each topic. Please refer to the list of 2010 Call Topics for more information.

  Topics: Focus Areas:
1 Commodity Markets, Management, Forecasting & Strategies forecasting models, futures, historical/future prices & trends, continuity of supply, capacity constraints, energy, raw materials
2 Contracting contracting, administration, RFx processes, management
3 Cost & Price Strategies modeling, reduction, cost & price analysis, total cost of ownership
4 Facilities & Real Estate Management receiving, warehousing, asset management, inventory, packaging, disposal
5 Finance & Economics inflation, deflation, exchange rates, credit & other financial markets, volatility
6 Globalization/International emerging markets, political issues, global power & revenue shifts, tariffs, increasing government regulations
7 Innovation & Collaboration defined, supply management's role, engaging suppliers, engaging internal departments
8 Leadership, Management & Talent identifying/developing talent, attracting/retaining talent (domestically & internationally), qualities of successful leaders, thinking like a "business owner," important business drivers, financial acumen, communication & presentation skills, innovation
9 Logistics transportation (outbound/inbound), distribution, warehousing, regulation, relationship between supply chain & logistics, domestic and global, 3PL
10 Metrics & Measurements scorecards, benchmarking, KPIs & other performance indicators
11 Negotiations pre-planning, conducting, strategies, documenting
12 Offshoring the decision process (who, what, when, where, why, how), strategies, challenges, legal issues, rewards, the future, lessons learned
13 Outsourcing & Insourcing managing outsourcing & insourcing, challenges, value equation
14 Quality Management acceptance, control, assurance, process improvement programs, measuring, six sigma
15 Risk defining, allocation, life cycle, probability analysis, management, mitigation, contingency planning, types of risk (regulatory, operational, security, environmental, financial, enterprise-wide, supply chain)
16 Services Procurement SOW development, compliance, outsourcing, offshoring, cost analysis, contracting for services, performance measurement, cost analysis, specific spend areas (HR, marketing, legal, staffing, travel, etc.)
17 Strategic Sourcing initiatives, market intelligence, organizational structure, innovation, teaming and cross-functional teams
18 Supplier Management selection, management, relationships, performance, SRM, collaboration
19 Sustainability & Social Responsibility environment, "green", diversity (supply base & workforce), ethics & business conduct, health & safety, human rights, financial responsibility, metrics
20 Technology in Supply Management selection, application, management, business process design, infrastructure, e-commerce, shifts

  1. Complete and submit the Web-based proposal form. We accept only proposals submitted online.

  2. Each presenter may submit up to three proposals for consideration, either as an individual or as a co-presenter.

  3. Proposals are due midnight (EDT) July 31, 2009.

  4. As a not-for-profit institute, ISM does not provide honoraria for workshop presenters at our Annual International Supply Management Conference. Presenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel and other expenses. You will receive one complimentary full-Conference registration if you submit a paper for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings. (One registration per proposal and per person. Papers must follow submission guidelines.)

Workshops are 60 minutes long including time for questions from the audience. At the discretion of ISM, sessions may be extended to two hours and/or may be repeated. ISM welcomes presentations that are lecture, interactive or panel-based.

In principle and in practice, ISM values and seeks a diverse membership. Individual viewpoints and contributions are pursued and respected. There are no barriers to full participation in ISM on the basis of ethnic background, gender, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

Selection Process:
ISM's Conference Leadership Committee reviews the proposals using a standardized rating system. The proposals are judged on a variety of criteria including content, benefit to the audience and speaking experience.

All prospective speakers and co-presenters are notified of selection status in Fall 2009.


Direct your questions to Becky Nawrocki at ISM, 480-752-6276, extension 3135, or send an e-mail to bnawrocki@ism.ws.

Creative and innovative approaches to the topics are encouraged. Rely on your career experiences as well as best practices, management successes, tools and techniques for topic ideas. Look for the dropdown box with the topic choice when you submit your proposal on the ISM Web site: www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org