The ISM Center for Strategic Supply Leadership

The ISM Center for Strategic Supply Leadership (CSSL) is an exclusive organization where forward-thinking executives convene for:

  • Executive development forums
  • Leading business analysis on the future outlook
    for procurement and supply management
  • Unique networking opportunities

Founded in 2004 in partnership with A.T. Kearney, the CSSL is committed to exploring the future of the procurement and supply chain management profession and translating it into robust, strategic development forums designed for executives.

The Center invites program participation of senior-level supply executives and their direct reports and non-consulting organizations with US$1.5 billion plus in annual sales. Other senior-level business executives are also welcome to attend The Center's symposiums.

Upcoming Symposiums

CSSL Symposium

September 25-26, 2014
Chicago, IL

Institute for Supply Management in partnership with A.T. Kearney, is pleased to invite the leaders in our field to join moderator Tim Coats and keynote speaker Dr. Bart Sayle for a two-day exploration of economic and leadership transformation. This highly interactive event will teach you how to empower, enable and inspire with breakthrough thinking that gets real results.


Day 1

Economic Transformation and Leading Through Times of Change and Uncertainty

Presenter, Tim Coats, Former VP Worldwide Sourcing, General Mills
Featured Speaker, Dr. Bart Sayle

Tim Coats will begin the day with an in-depth discussion about economic transformation in our industry. This insightful presentation will serve as a springboard for "Leading Through TImes of Change and Uncertainty."

Dr. Bart Sayle is a thought leader in accelerated business growth, transformation and culture. His industry expertise has spanned more than 25 years of working with CEOs and their executive teams in corporations around the world to create high performance cultures and business growth.

The world is rapidly changing and nowhere are the effects more profound than in business. In this session, Sayle will introduce you to the "Breakthrough Mindset." He will teach you critical skills for leading through any change, no matter how unpredictable or uncertain the environment may be. Following the presentation, Sayle will lead a series of interactive discussions about transformation and innovation within the corporate environment. Key themes will then be explored further in breakout sessions. After completing day one, you will gain new perspectives and learn how to develop clear, actionable steps toward achieving your vision and goals.

Day 2

Securing Profitable Growth With Collaborative Supplier Innovation

Presented by Distinguished Panelists
Moderator, Tim Coats

Join us on day two as A.T. Kearney outlines how the best innovators start by identifying the right suppliers for early integration. He will then share an overview of key industry metrics and benchmarking, which will set the stage for our expert panelists.

Transformative Case Studies

Panelists representing a range of industries will present transformative case studies, highlighting supplier partnerships that have contributed to reduced development costs and time, reduced cost of goods sold, and that pave the way to price premium. Presentation topics may include case studies on how suppliers have assisted in driving and supporting the development of new products and services, and increased supply chain efficiency, as well as how supplier partners have enhanced profitability.

Distinguished Panelists:

  • Mark O'Brien, Senior Director, Global Sourcing, Medtronic, Inc.
  • Connie Savovich, Senior Director of Procurement, Abbott
  • Hemant Porwal, Vice President, Procurement, Sears Holding Corporation
Registration and Hotel Information

Registration for this event is US$2,495 per attendee. Register online or call Customer Service at 800/888-6276 and press option 8. ISM Corporate Program membership includes one registration for the CSSL event. Hotel is not included. To register as a corporate participant, please complete this form or contact Nicole Pattee at 800/888-6276, ext. 3109.

CSSL participants enjoy a discounted room rate of US$199/night at the Hotel Chicago Downtown if reserved by August 29, 2014.

CSSL Strategic Advisory Board

  • Mark Clouse, Partner, A.T. Kearney
  • Thomas W. Derry, CEO, ISM
  • Sam Dowell, Vice President, Indirect Procurement, Pfizer
  • Tim Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., MCIPS, Senior Vice President, Supply Management and Chief Procurement Officer, ThyssenKrupp NA
  • Paula Gibson, General Manager, Strategic Capabilities, Chevron
  • Mike Hales, Partner, A.T. Kearney
  • Jim Pazzanese, Vice President, Supply Management, Sodexo
  • Ron Schnur, Vice President, Dairy Supply and Operations, WhiteWave Foods