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Supply Chain Superheroes: Grab Your Capes and Fly to Chicago

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It's been too long since we connected with friends and colleagues from around the world. All of us at ASCM are ready — and we hope you are too — for a reconnection and celebration of the supply chain profession. So I'm thrilled to announce the launch of this year’s ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference, the foremost gathering of supply chain professionals for thought leadership, best practices, new perspectives, and countless ways to advance your career and organization.

This premier supply chain event will take place both in person and online, September 18-20, 2022. However you choose to attend — in Chicago or virtually — your days at the ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference will be filled with content about the most relevant supply chain topics, entertaining networking opportunities and valuable professional development.  

Educational sessions will feature global supply chain experts who will share their insights into supply chain planning; procurement; sustainability; talent and leadership; diversity, equity and inclusion; and so much more. This year’s presenters include a diverse lineup of talented and engaging speakers from Amazon, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Porsche AG, The Boeing Company, UScellular and lots more.

Our keynote speakers are former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, vice chairman of IBM, philanthropist and former director of the United States National Economic Council. McMaster and Cohn will offer their distinct perspectives for a lively discussion and unparalleled look at today’s complicated geopolitical landscape, as well as strategies for translating uncertainty into action.

This keynote topic is especially salient considering that so much has changed since our last in-person annual conference in 2019. Supply chain professionals have been through a lot: a global pandemic, natural and geopolitical disasters, intense demand surges, food shortages, blocked ports, and more. Each of us had to pivot and change the way we work — and all while being firmly in the spotlight.

After everything we’ve collectively experienced, we also want you to have plenty of fun while you’re in the Windy City! Network with friends and colleagues from around the world during receptions, luncheons and movie night. Go hands-on with the latest technology at interactive Innovation Labs. Delve into the latest product and service innovations from Deloitte, IBM, PwC and many more in the Expo Hall. And applaud supply chain success stories during the ASCM Awards of Excellence ceremony. (Maybe you could even be the one on stage being honored — there’s still time to enter this year’s program.)

After an incredibly challenging few years, I really hope you’ll come and let us honor you — our supply chain superheroes. The ASCM staff is sincere about recognizing all of your hard work, creating special ways to celebrate wins, and enabling you to learn from both industry experts and each other.

Visit ascm.org/conference for more information, and register before June 30 to save $350. See you in September!

About the Author

Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE CEO, ASCM

Abe Eshkenazi is chief executive officer of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), the largest organization for supply chain and the global pacesetter of organizational transformation, talent development and supply chain innovation. During his tenure, ASCM has significantly expanded its services to corporations, individuals and communities. Its revenue has more than doubled, and the association successfully completed three mergers in response to both heightened industry awareness and the vast and ongoing global impact driven by supply chains. Previously, Eshkenazi was the managing director of the Operations Consulting Group of American Express Tax and Business Services. He may be contacted at abe@ascm.org.

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