September Executive Message

deborah_augustus_crogged     Deborah Augustus, CPSM, C.P.M., ISM-NJ President-Elect

Welcome back to the ISM-NJ program year for 2017/2018!  I am very excited about the upcoming season as we have a lot to offer you, our members.  I hope you enjoyed the summer with family adventures, vacations, and much lighter traffic patterns!  But now that we are into September and the kids are back to school, it’s time to focus on YOU…. Schedule time to reflect on what you want to do to grow as a professional procurement individual.  Take a class, attend a meeting, go to a conference.  We have it all planned for you; it just takes you to register to get it done.

September starts our program year with a dinner meeting at the Bridgewater Manor on the 13th.  We are offering our new members a pre-forum meeting to learn about all the benefits we have to offer hosted by The Membership Committee; however, this is not limited to new members if you need a refresher on what we do for all of you.  We are also offering a pre-forum meeting on Getting Buy-in, Selling your Ideas Internally with Roger Grannis.  As procurement professionals, we do this all the time, so wouldn’t it be great to get some pointers?

October offers both a breakfast meeting and our 9th Annual Women & Leadership Conference at a new venue and timing.  I am very excited for this conference as it gets better and better every year.  I am certain those of you who have attended in the past would agree!  Registration is open; so sign up now!

There are a handful of webinars and seminars also happening throughout the year; be sure to check out our website for the most up-to-date schedule at www.ismnj.org. Join as many as you can to keep the learning flowing!

These are just a handful of key things happening in the next few months.  Your ISM-NJ Board of Directors is hard at work behind the scenes making these things happen.  How do we do it?  Join a committee and find out first hand!  We are happy to welcome new volunteers at any time and always need a helping hand to bring these programs to you every month.

I’m sad to see the summer end so quickly; however, I know that with the end of one thing come new and exciting things for fall and winter.  Take the opportunity to reflect on the happy times you shared this summer and become excited for what is to come in the future.  Make ISM-NJ a part of your adventure ahead; we’re here -ready to help with open arms.  The journey is part of the learning; the more a part of the planning you are, the more you will get out of it.  Here’s to our new adventure together!

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