Today's agenda for Day 3 of ISM2017 is just as exciting as the first two days, and features more of the educational and informative sessions that are highly anticipated by attendees! This morning kicked off with the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award before attendees gathered for another insightful Keynote General session from a renowned speaker who offered his perspective on recent current events and political trends that are affecting the economy and influencing key aspects of global supply chains. Following the keynote session was a variety of signature sessions and other panels and presentations throughout the Learning Track that attendees are looking forward to hearing from industry experts and thought leaders on procurement and supply chain hot topics. The Outside Track of Learning Track includes sessions that offer new and effective methods for improving skills and growing as a professional in the supply management field.
With a variety of unique perspectives who provide their own best practices for attendees, these sessions are key resources for discovering how to establish a professional presence, enhancing skills in related fields and gaining strategic networking abilities that lead to valuable professional relationships. Included in today's Outside Track sessions was Emerging Professionals: Should I Stay or Should I Go?, which featured a panel of emerging professionals who have experienced the benefits of both staying with one organization for a majority of their career and moving from company to company. This session included Source One Director Diego De la Garza, who led the conversation as the panel moderator as the group discussed employee retention efforts and discussed the contributing factors into panel members decisions to either stay with or leave their current companies and previous employers.
Today is also the final day of the executive sub-conference sponsored by Source One, Exec In. These select attendees are high-level executives that act as decision makers in their organizations, who had the opportunity to attend private sessions within a unique agenda designed specifically for them. This morning they had the opportunity to attend a Behind the Scenes event with the Keynote presenter after he spoke to the general audience to begin the day. In between the morning and afternoon sessions, the Exec In audience attended a Networking Lunch that included two rapid-fire insight sessions. Source One VP, Operations Bill Dorn shared the Three Cardinal Sins for the Modern Procurement Organization to prepare attendees for the coming year in supply management.
With the final day tomorrow, the Source One team is sorry to see ISM2017 coming to an end while simultaneously excited to return to work with inspiration from the educational sessions and other industry experts they met throughout the conference.