Insightful Workshops Distinguish 89th Annual International Supply Management Conference Agenda

FOR RELEASE: February 17, 2004

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143

(Tempe, Ariz.) — More than 2,000 supply management professionals will converge on Philadelphia April 25-28 for the Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) 89th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. A year's worth of insight in just four days is in store for participants, who can maximize training dollars and choose from more than 100 workshops. Five distinct learning tracks include:

  • Supply Management: A Strategic Perspective
  • Managing and Coordinating Supplier Relationships
  • Tools for the Effective Supply Manager; Professional Growth
  • The Key to Your Future
  • Leading Practices With Proven Results.

Session highlights from each track include:

Social Responsibility Meets Supply: You Can Take the Lead
Craig R. Carter, Ph.D., assistant professor of supply chain management at the University of Nevada, and Barbara B. Lang, president and CEO, DC Chamber of Commerce, will share how the supply management community can promote excellence in social responsibility.

Deciding Where to Source: Local, Regional, National, or Global?
Learn from real-life examples that illustrate the use of best practices to both source new requirements and modify sourcing plans that are not delivering adequate value. Presented by Lisa L. Cooley, MBA, associate director, global purchases training & development for Proctor & Gamble, and Stephen C. Rogers, MSIA, former director, worldwide purchases mastery for Proctor & Gamble.

Using Business Process Outsourcing in Supply Management
This workshop is targeted to organizations that are evaluating the idea of outsourcing some business processes within sourcing. Find out how to select a supplier and develop a well-executed plan to successfully implement business process outsourcing (BPO). Presented by Sam K. Gadodia, executive vice president, Global eProcure; Larry C. Giunipero, Ph.D., C.P.M., A.P.P., professor of purchasing and supply chain management at Florida State University; and Diane Denslow, associate director, Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship.

The Inclusive Supply Chain: A Competitive Advantage
This session identifies proven methods to ensure that diverse suppliers remain competitive in corporate supply chains. Through focused strategies, organizations can work with large prime suppliers, minority and women business councils, government agencies and others to ensure that diverse suppliers add value and provide mutual competitive advantage. Presented by Audrey Goins Brichi, manager, supplier diversity/small business programs, ChevronTexaco.

The Surprises in the Waste Barrel
Managing waste holds great potential to improve supply chain operations and reduce cycle time. Identify seven types of waste and establish ways to quickly eliminate or significantly reduce costs. Presented by Robert A. Kemp, Ph.D., C.P.M., president, Kemp Enterprises.

Focusing Your C.P.M. and A.P.P. Study and Test-Taking Skills
This extended workshop is presented in two parts to provide an overview of the C.P.M. and A.P.P. Exam programs by demonstrating how the C.P.M. and A.P.P. Diagnostics Kits can help you focus your study efforts. Presented by John P. Cancro, Ph.D., assistant professor of business, Penn State New Kensington and Michael A. McGinnis, DBA, C.P.M., A.P.P., associate professor of business, Penn State New Kensington.

Is Your Organization E-Literate? Selecting the Right E-Tools
Supply managers are faced with an increasingly complex selection of electronic tools with which to perform their responsibilities. This comprehensive overview of e-tools provides a structured methodology to assess the various options. Presented by Ernest G. Gabbard, J.D., C.P.M., CPCM, director, corporate strategic sourcing, Allegheny Technologies, Inc.

To attend any of these sessions, or any of the others offered at the ISM 89th Annual Conference, register online at For additional Conference information, contact ISM's Customer Service Department at 800/888-6276. Visit ISM's Web site at for Conference registration, hotel and travel information.

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