Conference Update

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.

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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.

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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.

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