Institute for Supply Management conference to feature Colin Powell, David Cameron

Retired Gen. Colin Powell and former British Prime Minister David Cameron will be the keynote speakers at the Institute for Supply Management's ISM2017 conference in Orlando in May, the Tempe-based nonprofit association said in a news release.

During his time as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell compiled a multibillion-dollar supply chain for Operation Desert Storm to coordinate supplies such as machinery, weapons, food and spare parts. Powell will speak on leadership under fire and how to deliver complex supply systems even under stringent deadlines.

"As secretary of State, General Powell used the power of diplomacy to build trust and forge alliances, while also having the grit and experience forged by his military career in delivering results when it matters most," ISM CEO Tom Derry said in the release. "Powell's insight will be critical to ISM members and other purchasing and supply chain professionals as they focus on the challenges of working in a tough, ever-changing global economy."

Cameron, who left his prime-minister position last year as a result of the Brexit decision, will speak about managing public policy and geopolitical issues.

Registration is underway for ISM2017, taking place May 21-24 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, More than 3,000 attendees are expected from around the world.

The event will host 75 interactive sessions, with presentations by executives from top companies such as Google, Toyota and Direct Energy.

Special pricing for the event is available for groups of five or larger. Groups and individuals registering by Jan. 15 can receive reduces rates. To register or for more information, go to

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