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Distinctive Summit for Black Supply Management Professionals Returns

FOR RELEASE: November 17, 2011

Register now for acclaimed learning, networking and mentoring event for executives and directors in supply.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) November 17, 2011 — Learn from accomplished, world-renowned supply management executives at the 9th Annual Black Executive Supply Management Summit to be held February 8-9, 2012 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Dallas (Grapevine), TX. The Black Executive Supply Management Summit is for executives and directors in supply, with a special track for students enrolled in supply management degree programs. Session highlights include:

Sustainability and Social Responsibility: Supply Management's Critical Role
Regina O. Edwards, J.D. | Director, Global Procurement, Capital One
Cathy Rodgers | Vice President, Global Opportunities, IBM Global Technology Services, and Chair, ISM Committee on Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Leadership: Its Role in Your Success
Jeffrey Hatchell, MBA (Moderator) | President and Founder, Empower Management Solutions
Shelley Stewart Jr., CPSM | Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence and Chief Procurement Officer, Tyco
Quentin Roach | Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Vice President External Manufacturing & Supplier Quality, Merck & Company, Inc.

Supplier Diversity Still Critical and Important
Gene C. Waddy | Chief Executive Officer, DIVERSANT LLC
James Lowry | Senior Advisor & Business Development Expert, Boston Consulting Group
Jacquelyn Howard | Senior Director of Strategic Sourcing, US Supply Chain Management, McDonald's USA, LLC

ISM is co-locating the 9th Annual Black Executive Supply Management Summit, the 4th Annual Women Executive Supply Management Summit and the 5th Annual Hispanic Supply Management Summit. Each Summit has its own set of workshops but general sessions are held together. Additional time has been built into the schedule to allow for active networking with colleagues attending the other Summits. Students in supply management degree programs are invited to attend.

Student teams will present cases on the morning of February 9, 2012. In addition to showcasing the next generation of supply management talent, student team members will also hear from practitioners on how to establish themselves in the supply management profession.

For those with supplier diversity responsibilities, take the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) Exam before the Summit starts. Exam fees are separate from Summit registration.

REGISTRATION
Visit ISM online to review agendas and important registration information that may influence your travel and lodging plans. Registration is US$845 for ISM members and US$1,045 for nonmembers. Student Member rate is US$250. An early bird registration discount is available.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
All sessions are at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, 1800 Highway 26 East, Grapevine, TX 76051. For hotel reservations, please book online at www.ism.ws/2913 or call 800/894-1344. Please mention "ISM Diversity Summits" to secure the ISM rate. Book by January 10, 2012 to receive the special rate of US$159/single per night.

ISM Diversity Statement
In principle and in practice, ISM values and seeks a diverse membership, volunteer leadership and staff. There are no barriers to full participation in the Institute on the basis of ethnic background, gender, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®), Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications, and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).


Media Contact:
Jean McHale | jmchale@ism.ws
Manager, Public Relations
Institute for Supply Management™
(U.S. only) 800/888-6276, extension 3143
(International) +1 480/752-6276, extension 3143





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