May 9, 2017

All Day Event




"Black Swan" Risk Management- Mitigating Sudden Changes In  Trade, Immigration & Foreign Policy



Brookfield Zoo- Brookfield, IL

We have some great news about our upcoming meeting on 5/9/17:

  • We were able to get our highest rated location from prior meetings
  • We can take advantage of the nicer weather in May
  • We will be able to add a social/networking activity, as promised
  • We will be only 10 minutes from our original location


Rick Sandoval 
The Mpower Group 



What Our Members Are Saying:

  • “I find PERT to be the best venue for my personal and professional development and peer to peer networking”
  • “PERT is the place to go to stay on top of current trends and provocative thought leadership”
  • “It’s great to be part of an executive group where I’m not getting sold to and the focus is on solutions – not presentations”
  • “The PERT community is where I know I can share and learn with my colleagues – nowhere else do I have that opportunity”
  • “This workshop has been the best value I have ever received.. “




PERT- Procurement Executive Round Table 

About The Workshop

Struggling with trying to figure out how to deal with all the talk about the imminent and significant changes in Trade, Immigration and Foreign Policy? Don’t worry - so are a number of your colleagues. At the recent PERT (Procurement Executives Round Table) meeting, this was a hot topic of discussion during breaks. So much so that the Advisory Board decided to spend the entire day on that topic at the upcoming workshop in Chicago on May 9th. Not only will we be discussing the impact on Category Management and Supply Chain strategies (whether you buy goods OR services), we will also be identifying the opportunities for Sourcing/Supply Chain professionals to take on a leadership role on this topic in their companies – thus moving from a tactical to a strategic advisor role: 

  • Flexibility and agility will become critical in your strategies and contracting
  • Currency fluctuations will be the norm
  • Existing trade agreements may give way to new ones which will significantly shift cost arbitrage
  • New regulations and tariffs will have an impact on lead times • On-shoring and near-shoring will become competitive again
  • Strategic Workforce Planning will need to incorporate new immigration and visa requirements – critical resources (Engineering, IT, etc.) may require new fulfillment strategies

Your ability to get in front of all these will position you in a new strategic leadership and strategic advisor role.  Not only will you have to navigate this for your function but it also provides you an opportunity to provide intelligence and guidance to all other functions in your company – to play a consultant role.

Who Should Attend

This is a peer-to-peer organization and as such, you must be a Senior Procurement Executive (Director or above) within your organization to attend.

Guest Speaker


Lawrence M. Friedman, Partner                  
Barnes, Richardson & Colburn

Represents importers and exporters facing numerous issues of compliance with U.S. law, advises on compliance with ITAR and EAR, sanctions and deemed exports of technical data. 

President of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association Adjunct faculty of the Center for International Law at the John Marshall Law School Teaches trade remedies, free trade agreements, customs litigation, NAFTA and other international trade agreements.


The Procurement Executive Round Table (PERT) is the re-launch of Next Practices Xchange (NPX): a collaboration of senior executives in sharing ideas on Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Management and developing a Community of Practice. This is a collaborative effort between The Mpower Group, Corporate United and ISM-Chicago. PERT addresses major Global Sourcing and Supply Chain challenges such as:

  • Making the Transition from Strategic Sourcing to Category Management (January 24, 2017)
  • TCO = Destroy Value? Going Beyond Cost and Applying Next Practices to Create Value (October 13, 2016)
  • How to Attract and Retain the “A” Team? (July 13, 2016)



In conjunction with this meeting we are conducting a benchmarking study.  PLEASE TAKE 10 MINUTES TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY

See the link below: