ISM seeks entries for 2009 Student Case Competition

FOR RELEASE: September 25, 2008

Media Contacts:
ISM Public Relations
Lindsey Yentes
800/888-6276, extension 3087

Jean McHale
800/888-6276, extension 3143

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(TEMPE, Ariz.) September 25, 2008 — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) invites companies to participate in the 2009 Black Executive Supply Management Summit Student Case Competition by submitting cases to the competition, now in its third year. The Summit will be held March 25-27, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Summit highlights will include an economic panel with 2009 economic forecasts, sessions on global energy and sustainability and an energy case study.

Students will compete in the case competition for scholarships and winners will be announced the evening of March 26.

"The case competition is a great way for students to gain experience and work together to broaden their knowledge of what it takes to be a leader," said Christina Foster, SPHR, vice president of diversity for ISM. "By attending the Summit, students are able to network and interact with top professionals in the field. Organizations will also have the opportunity to observe supply management's future leaders."

Cases submitted for review should be from two to five pages in length and address the theme "leveraging supply management in our global economy." Companies that submit their cases will be able to showcase their organization as well as encourage future leaders in the field.

ISM is currently seeking sponsors to contribute financially to the competition. Donations will aid in the funding of the competition by providing an opportunity for students to attend and are also used to award the winning teams. Companies interested in investing in the future of supply management by financial giving should contact Lyndsey Ferro at 800/888-6276 extension 3044.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 14, 2008. For more information on requirements or to submit a case, e-mail

As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is proud to recognize professional excellence in supply management with awards such as the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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