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ISM's 9th Annual Black Executive Supply Management Summit (BESMS)

February 8-9, 2012
Dallas (Grapevine), Texas
Stay connected. Move forward.

The ISM Black Executive Supply Management Summit delivers supply chain management strategies as well as general business approaches to help you streamline your enterprise. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity to find out what your colleagues are working on in 2012 ... and beyond ... and discover tools that will help you lead your team forward.

This is a unique opportunity for face-to-face learning and networking. Networking is an essential part of your supply management toolbox and no other tool is as versatile. Face-to-face contact with your colleagues can open doors to supply chain management innovation, but most of all it can provide you with the connections you need to take your career forward. Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are not enough. You need the benefit of real interaction with your colleagues and this Summit is the perfect venue.

Don't miss this opportunity to network and learn from some great supply management professionals. This is a chance to roll up your sleeves and find out what other organizations are doing to get ahead. Look for sessions that address how you can unleash your innovative spirit as well as a riveting panel discussion on disaster planning. Our kick-off speaker delivers insight into the uncertain economy. Be sure to attend the executive roundtable networking event and gain some top-level perspectives.

  • Don't miss this great learning and networking experience.
  • Learn from others who are passionate about supply management.
  • Take your supply management community further.
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The ISM Black Executive Supply Management Summit is at the same time and same location as the Hispanic Supply Management Summit and the Women Executive Supply Management Summit. Each summit has its own set of workshops, but general sessions are together. This gives you the added benefit of networking time with your colleagues attending the other summits. You are welcome to attend any of the concurrent sessions offered by either of the other Summits.

Who Should Attend This Program

This program is presented for black executives, their direct reports and those interested in building their career in supply management. Supply management executives from all industries and organizations benefit from these sessions. If you have a passion for supply management and want to network and learn from those sharing your interest, you won't want to miss this program.

In principle and in practice, ISM values and seeks a diverse membership, volunteer leadership and staff. There are no barriers to full participation in the Institute on the basis of ethnic background, gender, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.


Sponsorships for this program are still available. Contact ISM's Sales Department — Kelly Rich, or Trish True, or call +1 480-752-6276 extension 3086 or 3061 for specific information.

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

A.T. Kearney Procurement & Analytic Solutions

A.T. Kearney Procurement & Analytic Solutions is a practice within A.T. Kearney, Inc., a global strategic management consulting firm. We offer services designed to transform strategic procurement and supply management processes and analytic-driven initiatives. Using cutting-edge technologies and innovative approaches, we deliver results from quick-win cost savings to long-term value creation across the entire organization. Our clients get maximum value and efficiency out of their procurement and supply management organizations, as well as other business functions. Our promise is to help you not only realize an immediate impact, but also secure a sustainable and growing advantage. Visit or call (877) 5-ATKPAS for more information.

American Public University

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Cat Logistics, along with parent Caterpillar, has an 80-year heritage of providing world-class global manufacturing expertise, superior product and service parts distribution and industry-leading after-sales service support. In recent years, we have transcended the industrial market to support customers with our proven solutions in industries ranging from automotive to high-tech. Cat Logistics has robust experience in many logistics processes, including inbound logistics, after-sales service support, finished goods distribution and reverse logistics. With such a rich heritage, Cat Logistics has become one of the supply chain industry's best-kept secrets. Visit us at

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Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA)

Through its performance-driven Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP), the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA) supports its corporate members to assist diverse manufacturing and logistics suppliers to develop supply chain strategies, align their supply chain plan-make-source-delivery-return functions with its customer's supply management requirements, and to differentiate their performance in strategically sourced global supply chains. Visit DMSCA at

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Every day, Office Depot is taking care of business for millions of customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides products and services to its customers through 1,585 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and a $4.2 billion e-commerce operation. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $14.5 billion and employs about 42,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 49 countries.

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