January 2012, Vol. 24, No. 1
for the volunteer leadership

Liner Notes

2012 Time Line

January 13 ISM Customer Service emails instructions to the affiliate leadership. Review your roster and make appropriate additions and deletions.
February 13 All changes/modifications must be completed online.
March 5 ISM emails affiliate leadership the final Semi Annual Dues Invoice reflecting the updates you submitted.

March 2012 Semiannual Dues Billing Time Line

ISM Customer Service will send an email instructing you how to pull a current list of your regular members on record with ISM. The ISM Membership Dues Roster must be updated online by February 13, 2012. The rosters will be processed, and invoices will be emailed to the affiliate mail designate, affiliate treasurer and the affiliate executive secretary that ISM has on file.

All communications will be by email and your roster will be available online in a "live" document. You will have current information to reconcile against, making dues billing updates accurate and timely.

Please carefully update the ISM Membership Dues Roster so the resulting invoice is accurate. Once the invoice is generated, the amount cannot be adjusted.

We appreciate your cooperation.

ISM's Solution to Improving Your Talent Management Strategy — The 2012 Conference Career Center

Take part in this year's Conference Career Center during the 97th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, May 6- 8, 2012 in Baltimore.


How Does It Work? ISM offers all Conference participants the opportunity to submit their résumés for consideration. Participating employers will have the opportunity to review submitted résumés and meet with top candidates during the Conference.

2012 ISM Conference Career Center

Is your organization hiring this year?

Don't forget — the ISM Conference Career Center in Baltimore, May 6-9, 2012! Reserve your space now and recruit the best talent that 2012 has to offer.

For more information, please contact Trish True or Kelly Rich at 800/888-6276, extension 3086 or 3061, or by email at or

Who's Attending? The ISM Conference hosts more than 2,000 supply management professionals each year. Global attendees are from both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors:

  • 90 percent of attendees have three or more years of experience in the supply profession.
  • 25 percent of attendees have at least one professional credential.
  • 50 percent of attendees have a bachelor's degree and/or some graduate school experience.
  • 29 percent of ISM members have a graduate degree.

What You Receive as a Participating Employer

  • Review résumés in a special online database designated for the event prior to and after the Conference.
  • List job postings, company profile and link to your organization's website on the Conference Career Center portion of the website.
  • Prescreen your candidates by phone and schedule on-site interviews at the Conference.
  • Interview walk-in attendees.
  • Your own private interviewing room.
  • 10'x10' interviewing space, draped table and two chairs.
  • Access to the Conference Career Center Cyber Café.
  • Company profile and logo in the Conference Guide and Navigator if the commitment is made by March 1, 2012.

Employer Participation Fee

The employer participation fee for the 2012 Conference Career Center is US$1,875 or save US$200 (US$1,695) by signing up before March 1, 2012. To participate in the 2012 Conference Career Center, please contact Kelly Rich, at +1 480/752-6276, extension 3061, email at, or Trish True at +1 480/752-6276, extension 3086, email

Job Fair

Good news may be waiting for you in Baltimore. Employers hiring for supply management positions will be attending the 2012 Conference Career Center.

  • Conference attendees may submit résumés for inclusion in the special Conference Career Center database for view exclusively by participating employers.
  • World-class organizations will conduct on-site interviews.
  • Opportunity to introduce yourself to prospective employers.
  • Ability to review online Conference Career Center job postings.
  • Questions? Contact Sue Roswurm at

Recruit the Best — Obtain the Best Professionals for Key Positions Within Your Organization

Finding the right talent is a strategic priority for most modern business organizations. Increased demand for qualified professionals has changed the hiring process from primarily a human-resource function to human-capital management strategy. Companies have found that getting the right people in the right positions can make a substantial impact on the organization's bottom line, even in an economic downturn.

Hospitality Suites for the 97th Annual ISM International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit

It's time to reserve hospitality suites for the 97th Annual ISM International Supply Management Conference, May 6-9, 2012 in Baltimore. For hospitality suite and catering information at Hilton Baltimore, please contact Stephen Edes at Please make your arrangements early for the suite of your choice!

ISM Hospitality Suite Policy

Hospitality suites are to have a business emphasis as opposed to social in order to stay within the educational purpose of the International Supply Management Conference of the Institute for Supply Management™. Hours of operation should not conflict with other Conference activities.

ISM has no desire to discourage informal get-togethers during periods of time when there are no scheduled Conference events. While it may be difficult to discern the exact difference between business and socially oriented suites, or informal get-togethers, it is intended that such activities not leave the association open to criticism. Ethical considerations are and remain of prime concern to the Institute for Supply Management™.

In the Latest Edition of eSide Supply Management: Strategic Cost Management, Reducing TCO and More

The latest edition of eSide Supply Management, ISM's bimonthly e-publication for up-and-coming supply management professionals — and exclusive member benefit — is now online. Inside the November/December 2011 edition, you'll find these articles:

  • Strategic Cost Management and the Supply Base
  • The Path to Sourcing Success
  • Harnessing Supplier Knowledge to Reduce TCO
  • CAREER ROI: Advice From the C-Suite
  • A Look at Lesser-Known Sustainability Designations
  • CPSM® Update: 3 Questions, 3 Answers
  • Transportation Sourcing: Best Practices
  • Business Continuity Planning: Not a Disruption
  • AROUND THE WORLD: Doing Business in Spain

To access this edition, read past ones or sign up to receive eSide by email, visit the ISM website at and select Publications, and then eSide Supply Management.

March Is Supply Management Month

March is less than two months away, and that means it's time to start planning for Supply Management Month. Keep records from affiliate brainstorming sessions and ask former affiliate officers and committee members for tips on past successes or activities that could be improved or transformed by a fresh look and fresh approach from your 2012 volunteers.

Supply Management Month activities can be customized to fit your affiliate resources and member interests. Log on to the Affiliate Support area of the ISM website and select Supply Management Month Information. You'll find a news release template, timelines and special event ideas. You can also download Supply Management Month 2012 art files in several file formats.

ISM Gears Up for February Affiliate Webcast Debut

ISM is gearing up to present its first affiliate webcast in February 2012. The first Affiliate Webcast, "Category Management and Understanding the Importance of Relationships," will air on February 9, 2012.

Affiliate webcasts are replacing ISM's satellite seminars. These live streaming, one-hour webcasts will feature content relevant to the supply management profession. ISM affiliates may choose to show the webcasts in a group setting, and individuals will also have the ability to view these programs individually on their own computers. In addition, affiliate webcasts will be archived for ISM affiliate programming options.

We are currently finalizing the details for registration as well as program content and presenters for the February 9, 2012 affiliate webcast. As details become available, they will be posted on the ISM website and communicated by email to site coordinators. An additional affiliate webcast is scheduled for April 19, 2012 on "Managing Demand through Effective Forecasting."

Mark Your Calendar for the 2012 Center for Strategic Supply Leadership (CSSL) Forums

The A.T. Kearney Center for Strategic Supply Leadership at ISM is an exclusive organization where forward-thinking executives convene for:

  • Executive development forums
  • Leading business analysis on the future two- to four-year outlook for supply management
  • Unique networking opportunities

The Center shapes tomorrow's supply landscape by bringing together a hand-chosen group of elite senior supply management executives and their direct reports. The results generated by bringing these top-level leaders together demonstrate how powerful we can be as a group.

  • March 28-29, 2012 — Phoenix, Arizona
    Theme: Leadership and Top-Line Growth: The Future of Supply
  • August 8-9, 2012 — Chicago, Illinois
    Theme: Risk Management ... Consequences and Rewards
  • December 12-13, 2012 — Atlanta, Georgia
    Theme: Supply Success and Performance Measures

Become a member* today — click here to join.

*Membership in the Center is limited to senior leaders and their direct reports at nonconsulting organizations with US$2 billion plus in annual sales.

For more information on the Center, please visit our website at

Last Call for 2012 Shipman Award Nominations

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) annually honors an outstanding individual in the profession with the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. The 2012 J. Shipman Gold Medal Award Winner will be honored at an awards luncheon on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at ISM's 97th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Baltimore.

If you wish to nominate someone who has performed distinguished service for the cause and advancement of supply management as an innovator, community leader, mentor and teacher, please contact Janis Kellerman at 800/888-6276, extension 3023 (or, for callers outside the United States, +1 480/752-6276, extension 3023), or by email at, for a nomination form and instructions. Nomination deadline is January 31, 2012. Membership in ISM is not required to nominate or to be nominated.

For more information on previous Shipman medalists, visit the ISM website at Select About ISM, then J. Shipman Gold Medal Award.

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