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Bellwether League, Inc.Hall of Fame preps for upcoming late summer, fall events

SCHAUMBURG, IL (August 10, 2018) – As we slide through the dog days of summer, rest assured that Bellwether League Inc., the Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership, is gearing up for a season of sharing intelligence and honoring performance excellence. Here’s the line-up for you to mark your schedules.

Leadoff: Bellwether League hosts a Learning Lab panel discussion next week at the annual conference and exhibition of the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM).
Title: Setting Up Future Supply Chain Leaders for Success: A Bellwether League Panel (Session 7.3)
Date: Wednesday, August 15
Time: 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
Location: Chicago’s McCormick Place, Room E353B
Please join Bellwether League’s Nate Mickish (Future Famers Class of 2015), Nick Gaich (Bellwether Class of 2013), Dee Donatelli (Bellwether Class of 2015) and Yolandi Myers (Center for Health Affairs/CHAMPS) in exploring executive succession planning to plug a burgeoning leadership vacuum.

Next up: Bellwether League hosts its 6th Annual Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum right before the 11th Annual Bellwether Induction Dinner Event (BIDE).
Topics: “What the Healthcare Supply Chain Does Right” and “Exploring the Impact of Provider-Payer Convergence on the Healthcare Supply Chain”
Date: Monday, October 1
Time: 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Location: The Westin-O’Hare, 6100 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL, 60018

Then: Bellwether League hosts its 11th Annual Bellwether Induction Dinner Event (BIDE).
Date: Monday, October 1
Time: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Location: The Westin-O’Hare, 6100 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL, 60018

Last: At the 11th Annual Bellwether Induction Dinner Event (BIDE), Bellwether League debuts the inaugural edition of Leaders & Luminaries, a “magabook” that promotes Bellwether thinking on bellwether topics, provides expert commentary and historical retrospectives and shines a spotlight on all 11 Bellwether Classes, 4 Future Famer Classes and the organization’s history-to-date.

Sponsorship opportunities abound for the Forum, BIDE 11 events, BIDE 2018 commemorative dinner program and Leaders & Luminaries. Opportunities include corporate logo displays/signage, individual tickets, table reservations, dinner program congratulatory messages and submitted promotional print displays in Leaders & Luminaries.

Finally, dial up the new Bellwether League Thought Leadership Podcast, hosted by Board Member Nate Mickish, who serves as Vice President, Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Texas Health Resources. Mickish has produced three podcasts to date, conducting exclusive interviews with industry veterans John Gaida, Bellwether League’s Chairman Emeritus and retired Supply Chain executive; Steve Inacker, President and COO, Avante Health Solutions, and former President, Hospital Sales and Services at Cardinal Health’s Medical Segment; and Joe Walsh, Coach, Educator and Advisor, Supply Chain Sherpas, and a former executive at Intermountain Healthcare. Click here to listen:

For more details on these Bellwether League programs, visit or contact Bellwether League headquarters by phone at (847) 466-7425 or via email at

About Bellwether League Inc.

Bellwether League’s Board of Directors, a veteran group of industry advocates, evaluates and validates professionals submitted for consideration in its three award programs: Bellwethers, Future Famers and Ammer-Level Supply Chain Organizations.

The Board selects deceased, retired and currently active professionals with a minimum of 25 years of exemplary service and leadership performance in supply chain operations that meet its criteria to be publicly recognized as Bellwether Class Honorees. Those honored demonstrate their qualifications by advancing the profession through work experience and performance and active participation in professional organizations and their communities.

Future Famers represent supply chain professionals early in their healthcare careers who do not yet qualify for Bellwether consideration, but have contributed to the healthcare supply chain profession in a meaningful way.

Departmental recipients of Bellwether League’s Dean S. Ammer Award for Supply Chain Excellence demonstrate superior performance achievement in their daily operations.

Launched in late July 2007 by a group of influential veterans in the healthcare supply chain industry, Bellwether League Inc., is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation that identifies and honors men and women who have demonstrated significant leadership in, influence on and contributions to the supply chain from healthcare providers, healthcare product manufacturers and distributors, group purchasing organizations, consulting firms, educational institutions and media outlets.

Bellwether League currently is funded by six Founding and Platinum Sponsors – Halyard Health, HealthTrust, Owens & Minor, Premier, Vizient and VIE Healthcare – and a host of additional sponsors.


For more information about Bellwether League, visit


Contact:  Rick Dana Barlow
Wingfoot Media Inc.
Phone:     847-466-7425