It’s that time of year again when the Institute of Supply Management holds its annual conference. This year’s event will be held in the Indianapolis Convention Center and spans the course 4 days from May 15 through May 18, 2016.   If you haven’t been to this event before, it offers an assortment of opportunities for a variety of career levels and job functions.  Let's take a look at what is offered as it relates to you:

For the Procurement or Supply Chain Professional:
Simply put, you should be at this conference.   There is something for everyone, regardless of if your career is in its infancy or you traveled the world solving complex supply chain projects, you will find something of value at this event.  The ISM has keynote speaking events from noted professionals Alan Mulally (former CEO of Ford Motor Co.), Susan Cain (best-selling author), and Susan Scwab (noted professor and speaker); individualized training from procurement professionals, networking opportunities, signature sessions; and even an exclusive event for Sr. Procurement Professionals at the 2016 ISM Exec-In conference, sponsored by Source One.   Of course, the convention hall itself offers a great opportunity to see the latest vendor product offerings, software, and procurement solutions.   Make sure to visit Source One at Booth #528 and discuss your procurement transformation, procurement staffing, or strategic sourcing needs.

For CPOs and Procurement Executives:
Did you know that there is an exclusive session for Senior Procurement and Supply Chain Executives that happens concurrent to the ISM 2016 Conference?   It’s called Exec IN, and Source One and StrategicSourceror are very proud to be its sponsor.  What is it?  It’s a session, split over two days, that provides notable leaders the opportunity to discuss their successes, challenges, and solutions that they’ve developed in their careers and have implemented in their organizations.   Join other CPOs, VPs and Global Directors in an open forum of discussion, networking and collaboration.   You’ll also get to personally meet the keynote speakers from the ISM main conference.

For Students: 
Learn from leading consultants, industry thought leaders, and polished industry professionals who have lived and breathed strategic sourcing and procurement throughout their careers.   There are multiple tracks this year at the ISM convention, pick the one that is right for you, or jump around to a variety of different courses.   You’ll find that procurement as a career offers a ton of diverse and niche directions that you can pursue.  Don’t forget to network to get started in a great career.  Make sure to visit Joe Payne, Source One’s VP of Professional Services as he leads the class titled “Navigating ahead in an On-Demand world – Procurement’s new realm” on Wednesday May 18th at 9:30.

For the CPSMs:
For those of you that are pursuing or have already achieved your Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certification from the ISM, this is the place to keep your credentials up to date.  With a couple dozen unique sessions available, it’s a great place to learn something new, brush up on something old, or help contribute to the discussions with your own personal experiences.

For the unemployed or underemployed:
You would be hard pressed to find a more condensed list of industry-specific employers.   There are opportunities to meet employers, network with other professionals from hundreds of companies, and share your resume with your new connections.

We hope to see you there!

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