ISM's Inaugural Women Executive Supply Management Summit (WESMS) - Agenda

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February 5-6, 2009
Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Meet and Greet

Please join us at the Marriott Rivercenter for an informal, no-host, meet and greet (exact location TBA.) Get a jump on some valuable networking time.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Supplier Showcase Open
8:00 a.m. Welcome

Nora P. Neibergall, C.P.M.
Senior Vice President
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. General Session — TA

Strategies to Enhance Influence and Persuasion Skills
Carrie Ericson
Vice President
A.T. Kearney Procurement & Analytic Solutions

No matter what your role in the organization, influence and persuasion skills are keys to success. Whether you are working to direct a global procurement and supply chain organization or trying to increase compliance against a temporary labor contract, influence and persuasion skills are critical to achieve results. This session includes how to drive internal support and alignment for large scale transformation initiatives. We'll explore whether women have unique attributes or advantages in this area vis-à-vis their male colleagues. In addition, we'll discuss what we might learn from the sales people we interact with on a daily basis.
9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Networking Break and Supplier Showcase
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. General Session — TB

Women in International Supply Management Roles
Sam Covell
Vice President of Excellence for Global Sourcing

Explore current trends in global supply management. Learn how to obtain those career enhancing international assignments and the opportunities they afford. This session also includes strategies, tips and techniques to successfully work with various cultures.
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break and Supplier Showcase
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. General Session — TC

Executive Perspectives
Carolyn Buck-Luce
Global Pharmaceutical Sector Leader
Ernst & Young

Maureen Merkle
Former President of Procurement
AT&T Services, Inc.

Judy Baranowski
AlixPartners LLP

Jill Bossi, C.P.M.
SVP, Sourcing Executive
Bank of America

Get the inside story from supply executives as they share challenges and successes from their careers. You won't want to miss this session where highly successful women in supply management reveal their secrets to success: essential skills, unique experiences and overcoming challenges. Use their experiences to evaluate your career and change course, go forward and offer support to those you are coaching.
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Networking Lunch and Supplier Showcase
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Session — TD

Making Our Best Women Better
Leigh Priebe Kearney, Ph.D.
President, Leadership and Team Development
BeamPines, Inc

Learn how to identify leadership competencies in women, how they compare to male executives, and how to develop yourself and your career. Continuous improvement and career development are keys to success both in supply management and in your career. This session explores key strategies in strengthening your human capital.

Concurrent Session — TE

How to Present with Credibility & Authority
Mary L. Shapiro
Simmons School of Management

You've got a major presentation to make for your first tier stakeholders. Or maybe it's a project report at a meeting with your boss. Before you start articulating your message or click on your PowerPoint slides, you need to establish your power and credibility so people will listen.

This session focuses on strategies to create credibility and authority whether you're speaking to two or 200 people. Discover how to structure your content for maximum impact and how to motivate the audience to listen and remain engaged. Learn to use physical behaviors to look powerful and belie any nervousness you may be feeling! And explore how to manage audiences (hostile, challenging or otherwise) so you appear confident and in control. Discover how women unwittingly sabotage themselves and undermine or diminish their authority, and then identify effective alternatives.
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break and Supplier Showcase
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Session — TF

Beyond Benchmarks: Building Supply Capabilities for Business Strengths
Joseph L. Cavinato, Ph.D.
Director, The A.T. Kearney Center for Strategic Supply Leadership (CSSL) at ISM and ISM Professor of Supply Chain Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management

Innovating for success is not enough for CEOs. A majority of CEOs surveyed by IBM said they need more — an organization poised to leverage or transform any opportunities that may arise. This presentation addresses six megatrends that go beyond the headlights of purchasing and supply management future benchmarks and past emerging market conditions. We'll explore the CEO, board and senior management pressures and where purchasing and supply management fits to support the business. By applying effective supply management tools and capabilities, the supply organization helps the enterprise compete and perform — adding to both the top and bottom lines!

Concurrent Session — TG

Working Together in Supply Chain
Dr. Helen Eckmann
Owner, James L. Consulting
University of San Diego Adjunct Professor

Ken Weber, C.P.M., CPIM
Director of Operations

This session explores the variety of ways that men and women approach their leadership roles in supply chain management. This dynamic session communicates tools and techniques in the form of dramatizations and skits. This is a light hearted look at how both men and women can expand their efficient and effective leadership roles while maintaining power and authority.
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception, Supplier Showcase and Dinner

Friday, February 6, 2009

7:00 – 11:00 a.m. Registration
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 9:15 a.m. General Session — FA

Business Transformations
Mei-Chan Duan
Director, Client Services Procurement — Americas

Using her unique global perspectives, our speaker shares her experiences as a career woman who found her passion in supply chain management. Duan has lived and worked throughout Asia and the United States and blends her unique personal story with the challenges and successes in her role of Supply Chain Leader in the transformation process. Don't miss this story of supply management global leadership development.
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. General Session — FB

Creating A Successful Women's Career Support System
Robin Tomlin
Partner, Public Sector, Defense Acquisition and Logistics Account Leader
IBM Global Business Services

Learn how to develop, implement and manage a women support program for organizations, including goals, objectives and how to obtain management support. Explore the benefits and opportunities for women professionals, including mentoring and relationship building.
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Closing Remarks

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