PHOENIX, Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Keynote speakers Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motor Company, and Susan Cain, author of "Quiet," will headline supply management's biggest global event, ISM2016. Registration is now open for the four-day conference, which will take place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, May 15 – 18, 2016.
More than 2,500 supply chain and procurement professionals will attend ISM2016, hosted by the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®). Fifty interactive sessions at ISM2016 will be part of eight learning tracks that allow attendees to focus on unique supply management themes. Executives from firms such as Coca-Cola Refreshments, Google, Chevron Corporation, Dell and others have already committed to presenting at ISM2016.
"ISM is, for the first time, creating unique facilitated 'experiences' at ISM2016, designed to fast-track professional certification for emerging professionals," said Thomas Derry, president and CEO of ISM. "We've also created a special guided training experience for corporate executives from large firms."
The "Emerging Professionals Experience" is for those with one to eight years' of professional experience who are working toward their CPSM® (Certified Professional in Supply Management) designation. The Experience features a personal ambassador, specialized classes, on-site CPSM certification testing and invitations to exclusive social events.
The "Corporate Team Experience," is designed especially for executives representing very large corporate entities, and will include interactive team leadership and problem-solving facilitation by ISM executives.
ISM2016 keynote Alan Mulally is credited with turning around the iconic global automotive company beginning in 2008 and returning it to robust health before retiring from the firm in 2014. Mulally will talk about how he became a dynamic change agent through a combination of positive attitude, team-building and outcome-based decision making.
Keynote Susan Cain is author of the bestselling book, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking." Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant, and a self-proclaimed introvert. Her research in psychology and neurobiology explains why introverts are capable of great achievement, not in spite of their temperaments but because of them.
The 2016 R. Gene Richter Scholars and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award winner will be announced during ISM2016. The Richter Scholarship is awarded annually to top supply chain management students from across the U.S., and the Shipman Award is given annually to an individual who has performed distinguished service for the cause and advancement of the supply management profession.
In addition, the second annual "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars" award recipients, revealed in January, will be celebrated during various events. Selected by representatives of ISM and ThomasNet, the award honors top young professionals who are already making their mark on the supply management industry.
For more information about ISM2016 and to register, visit www.ism2016.org. Registration fees are reduced for those who register in 2015 and for companies sending three or more team members. The first 500 individuals to register will be entered to win a 3-day hotel suite.
About Institute for Supply Management
Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) serves supply management professionals in more than 90 countries. Its 48,000 members around the world manage about $1 trillion in corporate and government supply chain procurement annually. Founded in 1915 as the first supply management institute in the world, ISM is committed to advancing the practice of supply management to drive value and competitive advantage for its members, contributing to a prosperous and sustainable world. ISM leads the profession through the ISM Report On Business®, its highly regarded certification programs and the newly launched ISM Mastery Model™. For more information, please visit: www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org.
SOURCE Institute for Supply Management