- Thought Leadership: The people who are setting the trends are here and they are happy to engage with you. Just by attending sessions, listening deeply and interacting with the industry leaders I get to think about issues, how others have solved them, where the supply chain industry is going and, most importantly, what our customers (of our products) need from the supply chain.
- Connection: The ability to connect with colleagues whom I have worked with or known for the better part of 30 years. The supply chain industry is a community and you must engage in it. One of my key recommendations to those who are starting out in the industry is the need to engage with colleagues. Think of it as your own personal "crowd sourcing". This is where you get this done in the span of 4 days.
- Sharpen the Saw: I really try to "get away", disconnect and that allows me to deeply engage in the conference. I work hard not to jump on my cell phone, do email etc. My feeling is if your organization cannot run for 4 days without your constant interaction then that is a signal there is a real problem with the organization. So, I encourage everyone to engage.
I was lucky enough to be the conference chair in Denver a few years ago and also serve on the board of this great institution.
Look forward to seeing you all there!