Register By Feb. 20 for Best Discounts on ISM Conference

FOR RELEASE: January 15, 2009

Media Contacts:
ISM Public Relations
Jean McHale, extension 3143

Lindsey Yentes, extension 3087

Supply management will be "Driving High Performance" May 3-6, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

(Tempe, Ariz.) January 15, 2009 — Drive your organization forward ... move into high gear with the best and brightest in the industry when you power through four days of supply management training and education at the 94th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, presented by Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM).

ISM's International Conference takes place May 3-6, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Charlotte Convention Center. At the Conference, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Choose from five educational tracks: 1) Doing Business in China; 2) Talent Management; 3) Headwinds and Trends; 4) Best Practices in Supply Management; and 5) Sustainability, Social Responsibility and Green issues.

  • Gain a better understanding of leadership and change management from top executive Shelley Stewart Jr., senior vice president, operational excellence and chief procurement officer of Tyco International.

  • Learn how to manage a global supply chain in a globally challenged world from Paul A. Laudicina, managing officer and chairman of the board of A.T. Kearney.

  • Be inspired by sociologist and best-selling author Bertice Berry, Ph.D., as she discusses "Making Every Moment a WOW."

  • Attend sessions presented by the winners of the Fourth Annual ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management.

  • Take part in the Conference Career Center. World-class organizations will be present to interview and recruit potential employees. Even Conference attendees who aren't job hunting can improve their standing within their organizations by listening in on the Conference Career Center Special Sessions.

  • Register to attend one or several of the popular extended workshop sessions on the topics of business continuity, project management and services procurement.

Strengthen and grow your network of supply management professionals from multiple countries and industries. Register by February 20, 2009 for the lowest member price of $1,079 on the Complete Conference Registration Package. Member price for registrations postmarked by April 10 is $1,279. Member price for registrations postmarked after April 10 is $1,349. Visit for complete information on registration and payment options, hotel and travel, student rates and team discounts, CPSM® Exam and CPSM® Bridge Exam registration.

Conference registration does not include hotel accommodations. ISM International Conference hotels include: The Westin Charlotte; Hilton Charlotte Center City; and Charlotte Marriott City Center. The ISM rate is offered until April 10, 2009. To make your hotel reservations online, visit

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 a not-for-profit membership association serving more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. ISM offers credentialing to professionals around the world with the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).