6th Annual Black Executive Supply Management Summit (BESMS)

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March 25-27, 2009
Orlando, FL

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  • Economy Perspectives
    Hear the latest information from economic experts who share global forecasts with strategies to apply to your own organization's supply chain.
    Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., A.P.P., CFPM  (PDF - 385KB)
    Stephen Leach  (PDF - 861KB)

  • Economic impacts — A Microeconomic Perspective
    What are leading supply executives doing to offset harsh economic conditions? Learn the strategies that are helping Ford endure the volatility and still be positioned for future opportunities.
    Armando Ojeda

  • Leadership: What You Should Be Doing to Get to the Next Level
    Take control of your career. Eliminate the barriers that may be holding you back from becoming a director or vice president. Maximize your networking skills to nurture relationships. Find out how to be the next chief procurement officer in your organization.
    Bernard C. Wright, C.P.M.  (PDF - 371KB)

Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Sustaining Business Operations During Economic Adversity
    Explore strategies that can make a difference in sustaining your organization through the difficult business climate. Discuss the risk involved in areas such as supplier diversity and sustainability initiatives. Can they be continued in the current economy? Could these initiatives actually help the organization thrive during times of hardship?
    Fritz Valsaint  (PDF - 2000KB)

  • Global Transformations Impact on Business
    Supply executive need to stay abreast of worldwide issues to effectively evaluate a market and its suppliers. Major shifts have occurred throughout the globe that impact the marketplace: domestic and international political changes, demographic changes and birth rates. Hear how theses shifts affect your supply chain.
    Brigadier General Nick Halley  (PDF - 2000KB)

  • Seeing the Future of Supply Management in our Global Economy
    Identify the megatrends that are shaping the future of supply management: how it supports the business to compete and perform. Learn to apply effective supply management strategies to take advantage of any opportunities that may arise.
    Joseph L. Cavinato, Ph.D.  (PDF - 699KB)

  • The Paradox of Entitlement: How Intergenerational Tensions Prevent Conversations That Matter
    For the first time in history, four different generations work side-by-side in the American workforce. Nearly 8,000 people turn 60 every day, leaving many companies with a graying workforce. As companies begin to fill positions of retiring workers, the successor is unlikely to look or think like the current employee. The modern workforce has more ethnic and gender diversity, technology savvy and a more informal style than its predecessors. Perceptions of entitlement — whether real or projected — within the generations become a barrier to communication, preventing conversations that matter. Explore the prevailing biases harbored by different generations and get useful tips that reach across generational, cultural and gender divides. Learn to open the lines of communication and build strong succession plans.
    Dr. Helen Eckmann
    Clarissa L. Davis-Lindsey, J.D.
      (PDF - 653KB)

  • Your Future in Supply Management
    Your future is bright in supply management. It is one of the few professions that spans across all industries. Discuss supply management career trends and the important skill sets that you need to develop for a successful career.
    Joseph L. Cavinato, Ph.D.  (PDF - 181KB)

  • Executive Perspectives
    Supply executives share challenges and successes they've encountered throughout their careers. Discover the valuable skills they sued to succeed, their most influential career experiences and supply management challenges that shaped their careers. These speakers will inspire you with the unique stories of success.
    Daphne Harvey, C.P.M.
    Alma McClain-Williams, MBA, C.P.M.
    Icy L. Williams

Friday, March 27, 2009
  • Incorporating Sustainable Energy Practices
    Are you working toward making your organization more environmentally friendly with sustainability initiatives? Gain insights from Tyco's successes and challenges.
    Ezzy Sadrerafi, CEM, CBEP  (PDF - 3000KB)

  • What Was Said…What Was Heard?
    Don't miss this interactive discussion on how economics impacts supply management. Talk through strategies and learn how your peers are leveraging their supply chain for success.
    Craig Cuffie

  • Student Case Competition Presentations