Third Annual Black Executive Supply Management Summit (BESMS)
Maximizing Influence through Collaboration

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Black Executive Supply Management Summit

March 1-3, 2006
Omni Hotel at CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia

This is a unique program with sessions for senior-level professionals, as well as directors and managers. It is geared to the unique experiences of Blacks/African Americans in Supply Management, but there are many individuals of diverse backgrounds who attend this Summit. Presentations include a panel discussion that lets you in on the secrets to success from some of the most influential people in supply management — use their experience to build your career.

Principled Networking in a Diverse World — Julia Hubbel, motivational speaker, prize-winning journalist and seminar leader, has been invited back to continue her series on leveraging relationships. If you were in attendance last year, you know what a valuable program Julia offers.

Networking is all about making important personal connections and building social capital. The time to create a network is before you need one — whether you're job hunting, being a mentor, creating key business alliances or helping new employees integrate into the company. However, more than three-quarters of Americans are uncomfortable with networking.

There are significant differences between how white males, women and minorities make connections. In this highly entertaining and interactive session, you'll learn a different model for networking skills which could make the difference between a highly successful career and an average one. Discover why handing out your business card first is not a good idea, why the 30-second elevator speech typically backfires and how to become the hub of your own successful network. You won't want to miss this dynamic session!

How Import Compliance and Supply Chain Security Enhances an On Demand Supply Chain — A robust supply chain is essential for an on demand business; an enterprise whose business processes — integrated end-to-end across the company and with key partners, suppliers and customers — can respond with flexibility and speed to any customer demand, market opportunity or external threat.

The increasing threat of terrorist attacks the world over have led to governments and industry applying much stronger focus on supply chain security. Where before, security concentrated largely on asset protection, the focus today has shifted to prevention and rapid response to disruption caused by acts of terrorism. Theo Fletcher, IBM Vice President, Import Compliance and Supply Chain Security, will explain how this focus can also be an opportunity for security to be the framework for increased supply chain efficiency, responsiveness and resiliency. He will cite actions IBM has taken to strengthen its supply chain and those of its suppliers, including the work IBM is doing with governments and customs agencies worldwide to develop and implement more effective security programs.

Mr. Fletcher will also discuss some of the benefits that result from implementation of new security practices and processes, as well as address some of the industry's concerns about the associated cost and the potential impact on efficiency and productivity.

Peer Sharing and Coaching — Become a mentor and participate in special events with college students who look forward to a career in supply management. Focus on the next steps you can be taking with universities, students and future supply professionals. Uncover valuable nuggets of information as you listen to senior executives discuss and provide insights on their career paths to date. While sharing their career experiences, including hurdles and successes, you will take away ideas for your own career and/or the paths of those you may be coaching.

Featuring a Keynote address by Dr. Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D. - Thursday, March 2, 2006

Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement
Have you wondered what distinguishes the successful man or woman from the individual who is not? Is it luck? Talent? Race, circumstances or skill? Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D., suggests these characteristics do little to explain personal achievement.

For the past decade, Dr. Kimbro has interviewed successful African Americans in a variety of fields in an effort to determine the source of their success. From Jesse Jackson to Ebony magazine publisher John Johnson to famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson and educator Marva Collins, Kimbro discovered that the key to high achievement can be found in nine virtues of greatness-virtues that are present in everyone:
  • Purpose
  • Courage
  • Imagination
  • Integrity
  • Wealth
  • Work
  • Prayer
  • Triumph of the Human Spirit
  • Leaving a Legacy
Interspersed throughout this inspiring guide are stories and examples of high achieving men and women that illustrate that no matter the odds, in spite of the difficulties, anyone can unlock the door to a life of personal fulfillment and professional success. The key is simply knowing how to tap into these qualities and exploit them through hard work and persistence. In his upbeat motivational style, Dr. Kimbro cheers us on every step of the way.

Your registration fee includes all sessions, two Continental breakfasts, Thursday lunch, and Wednesday and Thursday dinner and reception.

Spouse/Guest Program: This package includes Wednesday and Thursday dinner and reception. It does not include access to sessions or any other program events.

Proceeds are used for a scholarship fund to send students to the ISM 91st Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, May 7-10, 2006, in Minneapolis, MN.

For additional program information or to forward contact information, send your inquiries to, 800/888-6276, extension 3034.

For sponsorships and more information on how your company can support the Black Executive Supply Management (BESMS), call 800/888/6276, extension 3049.

Be the Best
Expect the Best
Supply the Best
Motivate the Best
Share the Best

Help fuel the pipeline and let us know of other Black executives who would benefit from this program!

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!


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