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CPO Council to Discuss Key Issues and Challenges in the U.S. and Global Supply Chain at CelebrAsian 2018

An unprecedented number of Chief Procurement Officers of Fortune 1000 Corporations will gather at the 2018 CelebrAsian Procurement & Business Conference to discuss with their peers selected key issues and challenges relevant to supply chain management in the United States and in the global arena. Their discussions are part of CelebrAsian, “Smart World: Business – Talents – Technology,” which runs May 29 to June 1, 2018, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and is the national flagship event of the USPAACC (US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation).

The CPO Council Meeting, an invitation-only event, will help CPOs from various industries assess the current procurement landscape, get insight into trends and outlook, and make informed decisions in supply chain management to help their respective organizations. It will take place on May 30 (Wednesday) from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

The Meeting will include speakers from the Heritage Foundation who is a former Trump campaign advisor, from the Cato Institute who has a contrarian view, and a supply chain management expert. They will share different perspectives on President Trump’s current trade policies.

Among the questions to be answered at this event are: What are the resulting positive and negative repercussions on the U.S. and global supply chain management? How will Trump’s policies affect the U.S. economic growth rate? Would forecasts reveal trepidations about shortages in raw materials, commodities, rare minerals, and components that could adversely impact the flow of goods and services? Are there new and viable approaches to help identify and manage sources of vendor risks and mitigate their effects? And much more.

The CPO Council Meeting is chaired by Angie Kletts of Nationwide, who will also chair the CPO Forum, another event held during the CelebrAsian Conference that will present top procurement officers from leading Fortune 1000 companies sharing their expertise on domestic and global trends in the supply chain and what small businesses must do to align with the strategic needs of these corporations in the global marketplace. This event will be held on Wednesday from 10:15 am to 11:45 am.

PepsiCo Chairman & CEO Indra K. Nooyi is the Conference Chair, and she will hold a fireside chat to share her journey from India to become Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo and the #2 “Most Powerful Woman in Business,” according to Fortune magazine. PepsiCo has a 19-year uninterrupted commitment to and support of USPAACC’s work, which has spurred economic growth and professional advancement of Pan Asian Americans and businesses nationwide.

Strong support from the financial industry – Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo – along with automotive giant Nissan – shows the value placed on USPAACC and the ROI they realize from their partnership.

Co-chairing the Conference are established Pan Asian American businesses Ampcus, Indotronix Avani, and Pyramid Consulting, who appreciate what USPAACC does in speaking for Pan Asian American businesses and connecting them to the right people, at the right place, at the right time.

As the country’s largest and most established B2B conference convened by Pan Asian Americans, CelebrAsian is the nation’s premier venue for procurement and other business opportunities, innovation, and job creation for the more than 2 million Pan Asian American-owned businesses nationwide. Their annual revenue surpasses $700 billion and continues to grow.

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Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan  organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities.  For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.

Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.

Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.

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