37th Annual Supply Management Program

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Leverage Your Power
March 8-12, 2004
Institute for Supply Management™
Tempe, Arizona
Become a Value Provider: Leverage the Power of Supply Management

Creating value. Adding value. Delivering value.
Where does value hide? How can you transform value into dollars for your organization? This comprehensive program provides a framework for building a supply team that creates value, adds value and delivers value.

Now in its 37th year, the Supply Management Program evolves along with the tasks, duties and responsibilities of those in supply management. This program continues to be an essential ingredient in the development of supply managers. Join your colleagues in expanding your thinking, enhancing your skills and devoting a concentrated period of time exploring value-adding opportunities.

Value-Packed Program Schedule
This program is designed to leverage the power of the group through efficient and effective use of time. This intensive four and a half day program includes individual work, small-group discussion, presentations and facilitated large-group discussions and activities. Plan on fresh-air breaks throughout the day and group luncheons to allow networking and downtime. Based on participant feedback, we've reduced the number of instructors and streamlined the topics to allow intensive focus on key areas of supply's contribution.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for leaders of change for supply management. Those in decision-making positions related to purchasing, suppliers, supply management or supply chain management will most benefit from this program. Typically, participants have responsibilities for planning, managing or directing supply functions or processes in alignment with organizational goals and objectives. Historically, this program has benefited participants with titles such as vice president or director of purchasing or supply management, supply or supply chain manager, commodity or materials manager, senior buyer, sourcing team leader and the like.

Don't come to this program expecting talking heads. Each session is designed to make the subject matter come alive. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to work on real-world challenges.

"ISM's 36th Annual Supply Management Program was an extremely informative, hands-on workshop. An enormous amount of information was disseminated to participants in a way that made the conference, not only educational, but also interesting. I would highly recommend this program to supply management professionals seeking high level, in-depth materials. The Program is well worth the time and money and the knowledge you acquire will be invaluable."
Dianna Wentz, C.P.M., A.P.P.
Strategic Sourcing Manager
RTI International
The Institute for Supply Management™

Founded in 1915, the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the largest supply management institute in the world as well as one of the most respected. ISM's mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities, and education. ISM's membership base includes more than 45,000 supply management professionals with a network of domestic and international affiliated associations. ISM is a not-for-profit institute that provides opportunities for the promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.

Learning Environment and Program Locations

Monday through Thursday, sessions take place at the national headquarters of the Institute for Supply Management™. Participants stay at the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa (www.hilton.com), located 12 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and four miles from the Institute for Supply Management™ headquarters. A scheduled shuttle is provided to the classroom at ISM headquarters for the program, Monday through Thursday. To accommodate varying travel schedules, the half-day session on Friday is at the Hilton.

The ISM facility is located in the beautiful Arizona State University Research Park. This desert oasis includes several lakes and walking/jogging paths. Sessions are in the ISM classroom away from the usual distractions of hotels. This location allows for participants to meet some of the key staff members of ISM and CAPS Research, as well as a chance to tour the facility. At lunchtime, enjoy a stroll around the lakes or relax on the patio before the afternoon sessions. Evening events are scheduled on Monday and Thursday.

Each day begins with a continental breakfast in the seminar room followed by an intensive focus on one area of supply's value contribution. Instructors are carefully selected for their expertise as well as their skills in presenting concepts, leading discussions and facilitating analysis and decision-making. Based on feedback from previous programs, we have limited the number of sessions to open up time for hands-on activities and peer interaction. Using small-group discussions, case analyses, presentations and interactive exercises, the instructors share ideas, concepts and examples in a thought-provoking way.

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Here are just some of the organizations that have participated in past Supply Management Programs:

American Crystal Sugar LSI Logic
Applebee's International Lower Colorado River Authority
Arizona Public Service Lucent
Ashley Furniture PG&E
AT&T Pharmacia Corp.
Basic American Foods Phelps Dodge
Boise Cascade Qualcomm
City of Austin Raytheon
Clark County School District Sara Lee Corp.
Dominion Virginia Power Shell Exploration and Production
Eaton Corp. Sauder Woodworking Company
Johnson Controls U.S. Borax
L.L. Bean Wells Fargo Services