Our lineup includes business leaders, world-class economists and industry innovators. Speakers are committed to educating and motivating you through their unique experiences.
ISM is proud to present Condoleezza Rice as the opening keynote speaker for the 2013 Annual Conference.
Condoleezza Rice is the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates LLC and the 66th Secretary of State of the United States.
Rice opens ISM’s 98th Annual International Supply Management Conference and brings her global view of the world to ISM. As the Secretary of State, her international experiences provide a strong backdrop to issues in supply chain management. Her stint as provost at Stanford University displayed her fiscal acumen as she oversaw $1.5 billion annual budget involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students.
Sense and Respond is considered an essential strategy to create an agile supply chain. But perhaps one should emphasize how to sense and how to respond. In particular, for today's supply managers and executives, we are faced with unprecedented market dynamics and uncertainties, increasing risks, and at the same time, heightened pressure on sustainability and social responsibility. Sense and Response is a crucial approach to deal with such challenges. Explore how sense and how respond have enabled leaders to gain control of the challenges and make headway in creating competitive advantage. As supply chains become more complex, fast response involves coordinating with multiple partners. The key is that we have to sense smartly, and respond with speed aka "Sensible Sense" and "Responsive Response."
Release of the Semiannual Economic Forecast.
Leverage powerful economic insight to gain a competitive edge and shed new light on the volatile economy. Make this session a must-attend and find out why renowned economists and business leaders use the ISM Report On Business® to make decisions and determine short-term business strategies.
Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD
Chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee
Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM
Chair, ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee