ISM's Chicago Chapter will Host a Panel Discussion on Bridging Procurement's Talent Gap

10/3 – Preparing Procurement’s Next Generation for Success

ISM-Chicago's Emerging Leaders Committee Hosts Panel on Procurement Talent

ISM-Chicago Reaches Emerging Procurement Leaders


Chicago, IL (October 3, 2019) – On October 30th, ISM-Chicago’s Emerging Leaders Committee will host “Bridging the Talent Gap,” a panel discussion and networking event. The intimate session will bring together a diverse group of Procurement professionals to discuss how the upcoming generation can advance in their careers. The event is the first organized by Source One Consultant Brandon Hummons since he was named the Committee’s chair earlier this year. He hopes it’s just the first of many opportunities to engage and inspire future Procurement’s leaders.

The Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM) is a global not-for-profit organization that has supported Procurement and Supply Chain leaders for over a century. Local chapters like ISM-Chicago provide additional opportunities for professionals across the nation to network with industry peers and broaden their expertise. Source One has partnered with ISM National as well as its Chicago, Philadelphia, and New Jersey chapters for decades. Members of Source One’s Procurement optimization team regularly host ISM-sponsored webinars and speaking engagements.

Hummons and the entire Committee hope this first event will serve ISM’s mission and provide attendees with an inside look at what excellence in Procurement can mean. He remarks, “Our committee assembled this event specifically for prospective professionals and emerging supply chain leaders. We hope to discuss the qualities supply chain executives are looking for and outline opportunities for developing them. Ultimately, we want to cultivate future Procurement leaders. We want to help them close their own personal talent gaps to excel in an exciting new era.”

The event promises to provide insights for both young professionals hoping to evolve and organizations looking to recruit and groom the right talent. Hummons and the Emerging Leader Committee intend to push the conversation beyond the job descriptions that have typically defined Procurement. “It’s time to highlight what real Procurement experts want to see in the coming years,” says Hummons. “It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the talent gap is widening, and this event is all about arming the next generation with solutions for closing it.”

The discussion will take place at Chicago’s HERE Technologies from 3 to 6 PM and feature panelists including Consultant Marie Mensah and Procurement recruiting executive Naseem Malik. Topics of discussion include the technological advancements and economic uncertainty affecting Procurement groups each day – all with the aim of providing leaders and up-starts alike with insights they need to thrive in their unpredictable and quickly evolving profession. Attendees will also enjoy additional opportunities to network at a post-panel happy hour.

Later this fall, the Spend Management experts at Source One will also collaborate with ISM-New Jersey for a webinar on the ongoing trade war. During Tariffs and Trade War Uncertainty: What Can Procurement Do?, Senior Analyst Sam Cagle will dive into this evolving issue and offer tips for building a resilient Procurement function.  For more information on all of Source One’s conferences and webinars, check out this events calendar.

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