News and Events

MRA’s Latest SPEND MATTERS Article – 5 things top Procurement employers understand about hiring

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Naseem Malik and Nick Lazzara from MRA collaborated on an article for Spend Matters!  In the last of a three-part series about procurement employers of choice, they cover some insights these companies understand better than others that helps them win the war for top talent. To read the full article, click here.

 

MRA Global’s Nick Lazzara on Spend Matters – Procurement Employers of Choice

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Nick Lazzara from MRA penned an article that was featured on Spend Matters!  This piece focused on who the most coveted employers in the marketplace are for today’s procurement leaders. To read the full article, click here.

 

MRA Global Sponsors ISM-NY Annual Conference!

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MRA Global was a proud sponsor of the ISM-NY Annual Conference: Procurement Risk Management – Balancing Change and Innovation last Wednesday, June 14th! Those who attended were treated to informative presentations by D&B, Bloomberg and others that provided insights on topics like establishing risk management programs, vendor risk frameworks, category-specific risk and even the human element, i.e. neurological responses to risk.

We were honored to be a part of such an enlightening conference and encourage others to participate in future ISM and ISM-NY events!

 

Managing Partner, Naseem Malik moderated his 4th Annual CPO Panel at the ISM Annual Conference’s ExecIn this year!

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ISM2017 is Just Around the Corner

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We hope you can join MRA Global in Orlando 5/21-24 at ISM2017, the premier Supply Management conference!

 

Naseem Malik Featured in Procurious

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Naseem Malik, Managing Partner at MRA Global Sourcing, had an opportunity to contribute recently to Procurious, where he discussed attributes recruiters are searching for in the next generation of top CPO’s and also gave helpful tips on getting the most out of the upcoming ISM2017!  Click here to read the full article!

 

Source One’s Countdown to ISM2017: Spotlight on the Outside Track with MRA’s Naseem Malik

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Rose Kelly-Falls, Chief Sourcing Risk Officer at Zimmer Biomett and MRA’s Managing Partner, Naseem Malik recently contributed to Source One’s Countdown to ISM2017 podcast series, hosted by Ken Gaul.  They discussed the benefits of the progressive “opposing track methodology” used to design this years’ Annual Conference!  Click here to listen!

 

MRA’s Own Naseem Malik Contributes to Source One’s Countdown to ISM2017 Podcast!

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In this edition of Source One’s Countdown to ISM2017, Ken Gaul of S1 moderates an enlightening discussion with Jami Bliss, Senior Director of Procurement at Teva Pharmaceuticals and our Managing Partner, Naseem Malik regarding the tremendous educational and networking benefits of attending the Annual ISM conference.

Click here to listen to the podcast!

 

MRA Global on SpendMatters – Procurement Hires Wise to Seek Ally in Finance

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MRA Global’s own, Naseem Malik and Nick Lazzara, recently co-wrote an article for Spend Matters, a top Procurement publication. They explained how to effectively join forces with finance in order to generate sustainable outcomes and augment procurement’s position within the company.  To read the full article, click here.

 

MRA Global Team to Attend Highly Acclaimed ISM2017 Annual Conference

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Join MRA Global Sourcing at the most anticipated Supply Management conference of the year – ISM2017 in Orlando from May 21-24!  At ISM2017, individuals can attend several professional education tracks, featuring presentations from functional innovators and world-renowned speakers like General Colin Powell and David Cameron, along with other top-notch Supply Management attendees.

Naseem Malik, MRA’s Managing Partner, sits on the Conference Leadership Committee that helped develop the framework for this year’s meeting!

To view the full brochure for this years’ conference, click here!

Follow this link to register, reduced rates offered through April 30th.

What is ISM?

The Institute for Supply Management is the largest global organization dedicated to the function of Procurement and Supply Management, offering renowned certifications, a multitude of resources, and networking events around the world.  If you are looking to accelerate your career, become a member today.

 

MRA Writes SpendMatters Article on Procurement’s Prominence in PE

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MRA Global’s own, Nick Lazzara and Naseem Malik, recently co-wrote an article for Spend Matters, a leading Supply Management publication. They discussed how to maximize the trending rise in utilization of procurement in the private equity world, and how to capitalize on it as a job seeker.  To read the full article, click here.

 

Upcoming ISM Tech 2017 – Are You Prepared to Weather Disruptive Technology?

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We were speaking with colleagues about ISM’s upcoming technology conference later this month and discussing how way too many companies still rely on outdated tech or software or choose a dead-end solution. World-class companies prepare diligently for the challenges of a hyper-competitive business environment, and that means being cognizant of potentially disruptive technologies. It always pays to be aware of the high-tech advances in the field that can tip the balance of competition in your favor. Per Gartner, global businesses will spend an astonishing $3.5 trillion IT technology and software this year.  This gives us an indication of what is at stake and what companies are willing to invest in to operate faster, more efficiently and more cost effectively.

That is why we think it’ll be beneficial to attend the ISM Tech 2017 in Washington, D.C. from March 22nd– 24th. It’s an excellent way to meet some of the top tech minds to see what will be impacting supply chains, get an idea of where you fall on the spectrum and what you can do to get ahead of the curve. Failing to be aware of disruptive technologies that are on the horizon can put organizations behind the proverbial eight ball. To get a proper lay of the land, consider attending ISM Tech 2017 to see how tech can affect your organization’s long-term success.

For those of you interested, ISM has a special offer. Use the promo code TECH300 when you register for the conference and receive $300 off the standard registration rate.

MRA Global Sponsors ISM-New York’s Upcoming Annual Conference!

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MRA Global Sourcing is proud to sponsor the ISM-New York’s Annual Conference: Procurement Risk Management – Balancing Change & Innovation, which will be held March 16, 2017 in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.  This 1-day conference should prove beneficial to any Procurement professionals in NYC who are interested in future-proofing their procurement risk management program, as functional experts will share proven strategies to effectively plan for the future in an ever-changing corporate landscape.  Look for MRA’s Naseem Malik and Nick Lazzara at the conference!

Follow this link for more details and early-bird registration:  http://ismny.com/pd-cal-details.php?id=2017/03/16

MRA Global Contributes to Spend Matters – Procurement Free Agents: Are You Ready?

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Naseem Malik, MRA’s Managing Partner, recently penned an article for SpendMatters, a top Procurement publication. Naseem covered an interesting evolution that’s gaining a lot of attention: the ongoing shift of companies towards the “gig” economy of contract hiring rather than traditional, permanent employment. He pulled from several supporting articles, surveys and even data points from MRA client case studies to point out some compelling trends throughout this observational piece. To read the full article, click here.

 

Naseem Malik Attends Consero Forum for Procurement Executives

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MRA Global Managing Partner, Naseem Malik recently attended the Procurement & Strategic Sourcing forum hosted by The Consero Group, an international leader in invitation-only events for senior executives.  There he moderated a lively discussion entitled “The Best Practices on Future Proofing Your Procurement Team” which focused on how top companies are modernizing their teams by adopting new strategies, like blending their procurement teams between full-time, contract and consulting resources.  A multitude of other topics were addressed by top-notch industry thought leaders, including: making your metrics count; harnessing the purchasing power of aggregation; implementing E-Procurement technology for process improvement; and the seven deadly sins of procurement negotiation.  It was a great opportunity to collaborate and network with procurement and sourcing leaders from around the country.

MRA Global Featured on SpendMatters: Top 3 Talent Trends in 2017

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MRA Global’s own, Nick Lazzara, recently wrote an article for SpendMatters, a leading Supply Management publication. Nick covered the top 3 trends to watch for in 2017 for procurement talent! To read the full article, click here.

 

MRA Global Featured in Corporate United Webinar

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MRA Global’s own Nick Lazzara, Executive Search Lead, will be presenting in a webinar hosted by Corporate United on Wednesday, November 16! Presenting alongside other procurement functional leaders, the webinar covers how to equip procurement teams for the changing corporate landscape, and the panel will share information on the following:

• Five in-demand skillsets for indirect sourcing/procurement professionals
• Procurement’s changing role within businesses
• Leading methods and practices to meet and exceed group goals
• Future success planning, for 2017 and beyond

If you’re a sourcing leader that can benefit from these insights, please register here: How to Future-Proof Your Procurement Team…Today!

 

MRA Global Procurement Professionals Networking Event – November 10, 2016 at Hubbard Inn

Our firm, MRA Global, is having a happy hour to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of our downtown Chicago office and we would like for all of our Chicago-area contacts to join us! This is a great opportunity to network with Chicagoland procurement professionals, while indulging in free food and drinks. We promise it will not be salesy whatsoever, just an opportunity to meet industry peers and share best practices in an informal setting!

When:
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Doors Open at 6pm

Where:
Hubbard Inn
110 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60654

If interested, please RSVP at info@mrags.com.

 

MRA Global on Spend Matters: Skillsets Procurement Needs for the Cognitive Era

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Nick Lazzara, Executive Search Lead at MRA Global, recently contributed to SpendMatters with an article that covered a few skills procurement needs to develop for the “cognitive era,” a future state that will be dominated by analytics. To read the full article, click here.

MRA Global contributes to Spend Matters: 4 Attributes of a Successful CPO

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Naseem Malik, Managing Partner at MRA Global, recently attended a Procurement Leaders forum where a renowned CPO discussed what attributes made him successful in his various CPO assignments with F500 companies.  To read the full article featured on Spend Matters, click here.

MRA Global contributes to Spend Matters: 5 Attributes Companies Need to Succeed

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Our recent post in a recurring blog series featured on Spend Matters highlights the five attributes companies need in order to recruit and retain top procurement talent in the market.

Naseem Malik attends Procurement Leaders East Coast Forum

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At the recently concluded Procurement Leaders East Coast Forum, it was great to hear an excellent cast of top notch Procurement executives share their extensive insights and wisdom. A diverse group of professionals discussed a myriad of topics, including: M&A integration; talent management; how CPO’s harness C-level relationships; taking Procurement teams from good to great. We look forward to their America’s Congress session next year.

Featured with Naseem Malik are Howard Levy, Vice President of Global Sourcing at Zimmer Biomet, and Tim Fiore, former CPO of ThyssenKrupp NA.

MRA Global and Spend Matters on Holistic Employment Value Propositions 

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In our latest post on Spend Matters, MRA Global reflects on the importance of holistic employment value propositions and how they can be used to win the battle for top talent.  MRA’s Managing Partner, Naseem Malik, shares examples of companies with successful, competitive strategies.

MRA Global Corporate Sponsor for Charity Event

MRA Global was recently a corporate sponsor for the 2016 St. Vincent de Paul Charity (Buffalo Grove) Golf Outing. We had a great time supporting a fantastic cause for an organization whose main focus is helping the poor and needy.

You can find out more information about the organization and how you can help here: http://svdp.stmarybg.org/.

MRA Global and Spend Matters Address how to Prep for a Procurement Job Interview

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MRA Global is uniquely positioned to share both candidate and client perspectives as they pertain to Procurement job interviews.  SpendMatters asked MRA Global what questions Procurement professionals should be preparing for and what their responses may reveal about their skills and culture-fit.  To read the full article, click here.

MRA Global and Spend Matters Collaborate

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In the second installment of MRA’s recurring blog series with SpendMatters, we break down a few skill sets atop the wish list for organizations hiring Procurement talent. Some of our findings may surprise you! You can catch our post here to read further!

 

MRA Global Featured in Spend Matters!

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Our team recently had the opportunity to contribute to Spend Matters, the largest website in the procurement and supply chain arena, for the first time in what will become a recurring series.  In our post, we discussed the importance of developing and maintaining a personal brand, and gave key insights regarding how best to solidify yourself as an expert in the function.  We enjoyed collaborating with such an innovative group, and look forward to sharing more blog posts in the future!

Naseem Malik Featured in Supply Chain Management Review!

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Naseem Malik, Managing Partner at MRA Global Sourcing, had an opportunity to contribute to the July issue of Supply Chain Management Review where he discussed how organizations can navigate this candidate-driven market and attract top talent.  Click here to read the full article!

MRA’s Takeaways: ISM2016

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ISM2016 wrapped up just a few short weeks ago, but the insights gained will surely resonate into next year’s event.  The 4-day conference consisted of several presentations, panel discussions, key note speakers, and interactive dialogue from global industry leaders, and brought together an astonishing 2,370 professionals, one of the more impressive turnouts in ISM history.

With four days of unrivaled networking and educational opportunities, these are the main takeaways summarized into three categories:

  • Relationships: The number one takeaway and resounding theme, was “relationships.” It was stressed that in order to become a stronger business partner, and to tap into new categories, it starts and ends with building relationships with your stakeholders. An interesting strategy that was shared was to start with small (even tedious) projects for a stakeholder and over-deliver to build trust, which will eventually lead to more work with them, and then use their testimonials to help build relationships with new functional partners. In other words, procurement/sourcing requires a sales-like mentality at times!
  • Cost savings vs value-add: It was also fascinating to hear how many functional leaders from top companies shared how cost savings was A metric but not THE metric that was paramount in judging their team’s success. Rather, there seems to be a much stronger focus on the overall value added to cross-functional partners. This represents a shift to a newer style of thinking, and of course ties back into the “relationships” theme.
  • Innovation: The conference boasted tracks and speakers that represented new industries and verticals, i.e. Private Equity Leaders talking about their Procurement expectations, and also offered several roundtable discussions with CPO’s and their Direct Reports highlighting their experiences and accomplishments. Attendees were enlightened by the very best in the industry such as Alan Mullaly, and often worked collaboratively to share best practices and the latest technology in the function.

MRA Global Bridging the Talent Gap at ISM2016 

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MRA Global Sourcing has returned from the very successful ISM2016 conference in Indianapolis, IN!  We were honored to be the only executive search firm exhibitor in attendance, and took full advantage of the packed agenda, which boasted world class key-note speakers and several learning tracks.

As a member of the Conference Leadership Committee, Naseem Malik, Managing Partner at MRA, enjoyed executing the agenda he co-created with his peers.  Additionally, Naseem was invited to moderate this year’s Indy 500-themed panel at the invitation-only EXEC IN session, where leading CPOs shared candid insights on how they put the pedal to the metal to ensure alignment and successes they’ve had that keep them in the driver’s seat.

Amongst the informative presentations at the conference, MRA’s very own Kaitlyn Krigbaum and our partner at Source One Management Services, Diego De La Garza, shared the importance of developing and maintaining a strong personal brand in order to achieve career advancement and how procurement organizations need to market themselves with the C-suite to become recognized business leaders in their presentation titled ‘Who’s that Under the Helmet? How to Brand Yourself and Your Team for Greater Reward.’

We relished the opportunity to network with some of the best and brightest Supply Management talent and look forward to participating again next year in Orlando, FL!

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MRA Global’s own Kaitlyn Krigbaum was recently mentioned in a press release which highlighted her upcoming presentation at ISM 2016. The session, titled “Who’s under the Helmet”, covers branding best practices, from the perspective of procurement individuals, as well as organizations. She will be co-presenting with a top notch partner of ours, Diego De La Garza, a Director at Source One Management Services.

If you’re at the conference, be sure not to miss this invaluable session! Also, feel free to come visit MRA Global’s station as well, at booth 110 in the exhibitor hall.

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Our Managing Partner, Naseem Malik, has been hand-selected to facilitate two roundtable discussions at this year’s Americas Congress, a conference put on by Procurement Leaders.  Procurement Leaders, a global membership network with over 24,000 members, serves Senior Procurement and Supply Chain Executives from worldwide corporations and provides professional development, independent procurement intelligence, and peer-to-peer networking.

Location
The Biltmore Miami

Date
March 9-10th, 2016

Roundtables
Managing the Unique Talent Issues brought by Millennials
Talent in Transformation – How to Attract, Develop and Grow the Right Skillsets to Move Forward

Click here to learn more about the exciting lineup of speakers!  Know you will be in attendance?  We’d love to meet you!  E-mail us at info@mrags.com.


Join MRA Global Sourcing and countless other Supply Management Leaders at ISM 2016, the preeminent Procurement conference of the year. You and your team can attend several educational learning tracks, featuring industry innovators and inspirational speakers.

What is ISM?

The Institute for Supply Management is the largest global organization dedicated to the function of Procurement and Supply Management, offering renowned certifications, a multitude of resources, and networking events around the world.  If you are looking to accelerate your career, become a member today.

To view the full brochure for this years conference, click here!

We will be posting the registration form soon, stay tuned!


Procurement Excellence in 2016 – Establishing Your Game Plan for Success

Our Managing Partner, Naseem Malik, will be presenting for the third time at the regional event sponsored by Corporate United on October 29th in Canton, Ohio. Please join him as he presents on the most pressing topic in recent years, “Procurement Reality Check: Are you Truly Adding Value?”

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Location
Pro Football Hall of Fame
2121 George Halas Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708

Date
Thursday, October 29th

Time
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

 


Chicago

MRA Global Sourcing is pleased to announce the opening of our second office in the River North neighborhood of Chicago!

Feel free to join us for a celebratory happy hour to commemorate our growth by eating, drinking, and connecting with your colleagues and peers. We welcome you to come and meet with the MRA team, our partners at Source One, as well as other Supply Management leaders.

We’ll provide complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and don’t worry, there will be no sales pitch.

If interested in attending, please email zainab@mrags.com.

Location:
Fado Irish Pub Chicago
100 W Grand Ave,
Chicago, IL 60654

Date:
Thursday, October 22nd

Time:
Begins at 6:00 PM CT


“Bridging the Talent Gap”

Presented by:

Naseem Malik

Managing Partner, MRA Global Sourcing

Register today – Seating is limited.

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Join us for an Evening of Networking in Schaumburg.

What: Gray Hair Management Senior Professional Evening Networking

Location: Gray Hair Management, 1901 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60195

(Lower Level Conference Center)

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM


SPECIAL PRESENTATION:

“Bridging the Talent Gap” Presented by Naseem Malik, Managing Partner, MRA Global Sourcing.

Naseem brings over 15 years of experience in the supply management and logistics function to the search and recruitment business. Spanning diverse industries, he has worked in numerous roles of increasing responsibility, including implementation of global supply strategies, product and process cost reductions, and supply chain improvements. He was also 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.

Naseem holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

“Making a career change to the right company is our candidate’s decision. Our job is to help each and every individual to make those decisions based on the valuable information we’ve researched and provided to them. It’s about creating rapport, credibility and trust with our clients and candidates.”

This is a recruiter you need to meet. Don’t miss this one!


Agenda:
Special presentation, then networking rotations from table to table, giving everyone an opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with one another that will lead to contact and lead generation. Refreshments will be served.

 Cost:

GHM Member Pricing: $10 with pre-registration online; Space permitting.

GHM members must use GHM registered information for the system to recognize you and to receive the discount.

Non-Members: $15 with pre-registration on-line.

Walk-ins: $20 space permitting.

Pre-registration for the event is on-line up until 5 PM the day before the event. After that, there are no cancellations accepted or refunds.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Reserve your space now:

http://www.grayhairmanagement.com/networking/details.asp?id=33


 

MRA GLOBAL IS NOW IN CHICAGO

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MRA Global has some exciting news to share! Since they opened their doors in 2012, MRA Global has been providing recruitment solutions, placing top talent in the supply management arena including procurement, strategic sourcing, and operations. What sets MRA Global apart from other recruiting firms is their specialty/niche focused approach: they have their roots firmly planted in Strategic Sourcing, in addition to Executive Search. Naseem Malik, Managing Partner of MRA, was a Supply Management practitioner for several years and continues to maintain a robust network within the function.

Because of their continued success and growth, they have expanded and now have a second office in downtown Chicago to help better serve their clients and accommodate their growth. They look forward to continuing to match and place top Supply Management professionals with innovative, dynamic organizations interested in upgrading their talent.


MRA GLOBAL AT ISM 2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN PHOENIX – 5/3-5/6

Naseem Malik, Managing Partner at MRA Global Sourcing, will present for the third consecutive year at the 2015 Institute for Supply Management Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ!  Over the course of three days ISM2015 will offer 7 different education tracks and more than 100 sessions, led by renowned speakers and innovators within the function, to 3000+ supply management professionals from around the world.

Naseem will be presenting with Rebecca Karp, Founding Partner at Sourcing Synergies.  More info about their session can be found below:

Shifting the Talent Management Paradigm – Not All Work is Created Equal

Presented by Naseem Malik, CPSM, Managing Partner at MRA Global Sourcing
Rebecca Karp, Founding Partner at Sourcing Synergies
Session IB | Audience Level: Experienced, Leadership
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

The rise of the blended workforce brings both challenges and opportunities to procurement organizations. Are you ready to capitalize on this exciting new trend in human capital? Come learn best practices on how to align tomorrow’s organizational objectives with today’s rapidly changing and dynamic talent pool.

Here’s some additional information on the event from ISM’s website:

100 Educational Sessions.

7 Learning Tracks.

1 Prime Location.

Supply chain’s premier event is just around the corner, and the timing couldn’t be better. By this point, most of your New Year’s resolutions will be in the past, and you’ll need a way to revitalize both your career and your organization. This is the biggest chance of the year to do just that – exchange industry best practices, expand your global supply chain network and gain inspiration from the more than 3,000 attendees at ISM2015. Even the location is unbeatable – held in sunny Phoenix, Arizona on May 3–6, 2015, this conference fits all of your supply chain needs with more than 100 innovative sessions, 12 dynamic Signature Sessions and 7 learning tracks.

To register your team, visit http://conference.ism.ws/register-a-team/

To register individually, visit http://conference.ism.ws/register/

To view the full brochure, click here!

 


MRA HOSTING NETWORKING EVENT IN NYC – 4/23

MRA Global is coming to NYC! We’ll be there next Thursday, April 23 to sponsor a networking event that is hosted jointly by ISM 7-Counties, APICS and ASQ. This is a free event that focuses on emerging professionals in the Supply Management world, and how to successfully network and build impactful relationships that could pay dividends in the short- and long-term throughout your career. This is an excellent opportunity to meet some exceptional talent within the function and learn about networking best practices.

Here’s some additional information from the event page on the ISM 7-Counties website:

Networking Essentials:  Make an Impression. Make a Connection. 

On April 23, 2015, ISM 7-Counties’ is highlighting its Emerging Professionals Program by featuring a special social event designed to bring together members from all different industries and levels in their career to meet and greet and learn from each other. Attendees will hear from Julienne Ryan, a recognized speaker and coach who specializes in helping people to communicate better at work or on a professional job search.   

Julienne Ryan is a charismatic professional coach and trainer has helped people to find their true selves using personal narratives and humor to support the learning process. Attendees will walk away with proven learning and engagement tools and story-telling techniques to help them – whether it’s performing better at work or on a job interview. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers and learn some valuable lessons! Drinks, appetizers and dinner are on the “house” (pre-registration is required and seats are limited)!

Where:

Westchester Marriott: Cooper’s Mill Restaurant
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY

When:

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

5:15 pm: Registration

5:30-7:00: Networking (drinks and appetizers)

7:00-7:45: Speaker: Julienne Ryan

7:45: Delicious Buffet

 

If you’re interested in attending, please register here ASAP to secure a spot:
http://ism-7counties.com/?page_id=3230

Looking forward to seeing you there!