Procurement and Supply Chain Management's role is growing more and more essential. Companies are well aware that they need a strong team if they want their business to flourish. Interest in the profession is growing as well. According to Supply Chain Dive, full-time enrollment in the top 25 supply chain programs rose by 43% from 2014 to 2016. With so much demand for Supply Chain professionals and so much young talent entering the workforce, why does it still feel like there’s a talent gap in SCM?

Elementrum suggests that, “The Industry is exploding faster than workers are becoming qualified”. With AI technology reaching maturity and global markets setting new standards for the field, supply chain management talent has to be—well—talented.  Sadly, the bulk of supply chain executives feel that the upcoming SCM generation isn’t skilled enough to lead the field. 

The Emerging Leader’s Committee of ISM-Chicago wants to help generate solutions. The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) is a not-for-profit organization that has been advancing the field of supply chain management for over a century. Their state and local chapters help host events all year for professionals at each stage in their career.  On October 30th, ISM-Chicago's Emerging Leaders Committee with host a panel discussion titled, “Bridging the Talent Gap.”

The panel will provide insights from these five industry thought leaders:

Naseem Malik has gone from sourcing goods to sourcing talent. After gaining 15 years’ experience as a procurement practitioner, Naseem turned his full attention to something he enjoys most – leveraging his network, connecting the dots and finding the best talent in the profession. Spanning diverse industries, he has worked in numerous roles of increasing responsibility as a Director of Global Sourcing at both Terex Corporation and ACCO Brands, and his background includes working in management consulting for AT Kearney, as well as multiple start-up businesses.  As an active member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and various Purchasing Councils, Naseem has authored numerous articles for Inside Supply Management and Supply Chain World magazine and presented on topics relating to talent challenges in the global marketplace.

Marie Mensah lives to transform organizations.  Marie is founder of Chicago-based, Mensah Consulting, which focuses on procurement and supply chain best practices, organization design, training and development and implementing major transformation projects.   Her passions include exceeding corporate performance targets by dramatically reducing total cost of ownership, managing business risk, and establishing long term, sustainable, competitive advantage.  Previously a Procter & Gamble Procurement executive, Marie held purchasing responsibilities spanning Contract Manufacturing, Packaging, Chemicals, and leading P&G’s Supplier Diversity efforts.  

Stuart Gonzales is leading a team of professionals to ensure a supply chain for direct, indirect, and professional services used by RR Donnelley. He has a wide range of experience in Supply Chain, Procurement, Sales, Customer Service, Product Logistics, Project Management, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Organizational Development, and Emergency Response. Stuart has been a Project Manager in a variety of business applications including system installations, upgrades, and migrations. He is particularly interested in business systems related to procurement, sales and customer service.


Leigh Barbeau is currently the Director, Indirect Procurement at Ace Hardware Corporation. She has worked in the Procurement arena for approx. 25 yrs holding various positions over the years within Global Hyatt Hotels, Laureate Education and, currently, Ace Hardware. Leigh has extensive experience and accountability in corporate operations (direct and indirect spend categories); commodity purchasing with strategic outsourcing expertise; creating dynamic vendor relationships; value engineering propositions; and superior project and team management.

Frederick Narolis is currently the Head of Sourcing for HERE’s America’s region. Scope includes IT Cloud/HW/SW/Telecom, Facilities, Fleet, Map Content, Real-time Data Content, Professional Services (Legal, HR benefits, Marketing Print, Consulting), and Contract labor. He has had executive-level experience and leadership roles in performance improvement for private equity, technology, and corporate firms which includes experience in Operations, Margin Management, and G&A.

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