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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March MEGA Meeting
* Pre-Dinner: Networking
* Dinner: Winter into Spring: A Time of Endings & New Beginnings for Supply Chains

Date(s): March 14, 2018

Time: 4:45 PM  EST - 8:45 PM  EST

The William Penn Inn - 1017 Dekalb Pike, Gwynedd, PA 19436


Registration Fees:

ISM Philadelphia Member - Free
Non-Member - $50
Students - $30

Event Times:
4:45 Registration
5:00 Networking Reception with Game & Cash Bar
6:15 Dinner    
7:30 Speaker
8:15 Q&A
8:30 closing comments
8:45 Adjourn

Bring your business cards for the networking session. This event is an excellent opportunity to network with a diverse group of professionals that are involved with the many different components of the supply chain. Don't miss it! 

Table top displays will be set-up and staffed by each of the professional organizations present. Learn more about upcoming events and what these groups are all about.

March MEGA Meeting
Winter into Spring: A Time of Endings & New Beginnings

You are invited to attend our 19th Mega-Meeting entitled “Winter into Spring: A Time of Endings & New Beginnings for Supply Chains sponsored by these five professional Supply Chain organizations.        

  • ISM Institute for Supply Management - Philadelphia Affiliate
  • APICS PAN Philadelphia Area Network Chapter
  • CSCMP Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • TCP Traffic Club of Philadelphia
  • WERC Warehousing Education and Research Council

The days are lengthening moment by moment. Some are balmy in the 50s, others overcast, with highs of 19?. On any given day you may see a couple of inches of snow blanket the ground and next crocuses poke their heads up as the sun melts the snow  - Harbingers of spring and change…!

Supply Chain is a harbinger of change providing endings and new beginnings throughout the globe.

An “ism” in lower case is a distinctive practice, system, or philosophy.

ISM in upper case represents both a harbinger of change as well as a distinctive way of thinking. It’s best known as the inventor and publisher of the PMI® index as part of its monthly Report On Business®. The manufacturing PMI® and the NMI® for the services sector are closely followed by governments and in capital markets as a “Leading Indicator of Global Economic Conditions.”

Tom Derry will explain the influence of ISM’s data, why it’s generally regarded as the most important U.S. leading economic indicator. Plus he will cover the importance of certification, why it matters, what it says about the current state of our profession (and how the profession is evolving).

Key Takeaways
1 – Learn why over the next decade the Logistics Industry will enter a new era where the fundamental rules of the game will change.
2 – Learn what the current reports are saying about trends not only in the economy but specifically about changes in lead times, commodity prices, shortages, etc.
3 – How will technology and operational constraints contribute to this change.
4 – How can we ensure that our discipline is a “destination career” for young professionals? 

Dinner Topic

Hear comments on the ISM Manufacturing Index and what it portends as we “spring forward” plus the importance of certification, career choices in Supply Chain, continued collaboration, current state of economy & supply chain field, etc.


Thomas W. Derry, Chief Executive Officer
Institute for Supply Management (ISM)

About the Speaker:
Thomas W. Derry is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM® ) in Tempe, Arizona. ISM is a not-for-profit organization with more than 45,000 members worldwide. ISM delivers market intelligence, certification, training, and professional development to the global market of procurement and supply chain management professionals. ISM is best known as the inventor and publisher of the PMI® index as part of its monthly Report On Business® . The manufacturing PMI® and the NMI® for the services sector are closely followed by governments and in capital markets as a leading indicator of global economic conditions. Prior to joining ISM in July 2012, Derry spent nine years with the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), a US$23 million professional association serving 17,000 corporate treasury and finance professionals. As chief operating officer, Derry directed a global staff located in the United States and United Kingdom. He was responsible for strategic planning and strategic development, including U.S. and Canadian professional membership organizations and two wholly owned, for-profit U.K. subsidiaries. Prior to AFP, Tom was general manager of the LexisNexis business intelligence group headquartered in New Providence, NJ. Tom oversaw the implementation of a new strategy, restructured operations, and handled related acquisition integrations and strategic business unit divestitures. Derry has substantial experience in product development, cross-border acquisitions and foreign joint ventures, strategic restructuring of operations and developing profit generating strategic alliances. Representing ISM, Derry is frequently interviewed on macroeconomic and business conditions by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, U.S. television network CNBC, and various other business media outlets, as well as frequently invited as a speaker at a variety of business conferences. He holds a bachelor of science degree in foreign relations from Georgetown University. Derry is chairman and president of ISM Services, the for-profit consulting arm of ISM, a member of the Dean's Council for the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and is a member of the board of directors of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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