Next week, The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will be conducting the Supply Management Conference of the Year, ISM2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Once again our bag will be packed and Supply Chain Matters will be attending this year’s conference. We had all good intentions of attending last year’s conference but a multiple bookings precluded that opportunity.  ISM 2015 Conference Logo

The theme chosen for this year’s conference is: Proactive-Disruptive-Productive and includes a great line-up of speakers, sessions and networking opportunities. Former President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally, is a featured keynote speaker who is expected to share his experiences as a dynamic change agent while leading Ford Motor Company. Former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant Susan Cain, author of the best-selling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, will address why introverts are capable of great achievement. Susan Schwab, former U.S. Trade Representative and current Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland will lead a discussion on the ISM Report on Business® and the future of the economy. Ms. Schwab was integral in the initial launch of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations and she will further address how the TPP relates to the future of supply management.

We are further looking forward to the unveiling of the newest complement of 30 under 30 Supply Chain Rising Stars, jointly sponsored by ISM and ThomasNet.com. This program, launched in 2014, was initiated to provide role models to illustrate supply chain and procurement as an exciting and rewarding career choice.

For those readers planning to attend next week’s conference, please say hello.  This Editor will be wearing one of our signature dress shirts during the conference so you should be able to identify the guy with the thinning hair.

Bob Ferrari