Executive Message – October

Deborah_Augustus_crogged.jpg             Deborah Augustus, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., President-Elect

I hope everyone enjoyed the last of their summer adventures as we move into the final quarter of the year.  Autumn has arrived, and school is back in full gear.  This is a great time of year to reassess your goals, both for learning and career aspirations.  ISM offers many opportunities to help in both these key areas of development.  Make sure you bookmark our new website as it has many tools to help you as you go about your day.

Be sure to join us for our October Breakfast meeting at the Olde Mill Inn/Grain House in Basking Ridge, NJ on October 6th.  Professor Eric Larson of the Rutgers Business School will be discussing Millennials – Must I “Re-train to Retain?”  We always engage in such thought-provoking discussions that early in the morning as the true professionals that we are.

Another October opportunity to participate in an ISM activity is our well received Women & Leadership Conference. This will be conducted on October 13th and 14th at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Conference Center in Florham Park, NJ.  All are welcome!!  Sign up now to be a part of this wonderful, engaging, and inspiring conference.  The Keynote Presentation is “Thriving in the Gap:  Dealing with the Reality while Building your Desired Future” with Karla Robertson.  This, plus many other topics, is why this conference is a favorite and well attended each year.

Here’s to another great month of networking, learning, and building on our own successes.  Stay connected to ISM through our many channels of communications: our website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  We are always available to assist you in navigating careers, projects, and networking.  All you have to do is reach out.  Your board members, as well as the rest of the membership, are here, anytime.    Make sure you get a chance to get out and enjoy the autumn weather before it’s gone.  And as always, thanks for being a part of this great organization!

President’s Blog

Tamra Pawloski 1  Tamra Pawloski, ISM-NJ President

Welcome to the 2016-2017 ISM-NJ year!!! Before I start this year’s executive message, I would like to take this time to thank all of the Board of Directors (BOD) for their time and efforts, our Executive Director for her dedication in our success, the Trustees for their advice and counsel, and to YOU the members for your participation and support without you we would not be truly one of the best affiliates ISM has!

In August, the BOD met to discuss our goals for this year and how we can improve the membership. We focused on membership, social media, and professional development.

Membership – We are look at ways to improve our offerings to the membership but need your help with ideas for growth. We will be looking to survey the membership on how we can improve. We also recognized the need to increase our efforts with our emerging professionals.

Social Media – During this meeting, Patti Singer from the Morris County Chamber of Commerce spoke to us about the use of social media and how to get “more traffic” to our sites and events. ISMNJ is on  Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. Just go to our website at https://www.ismnj.org and click on the icons. Please join our sites if you haven’t already! We are also looking for anyone who would be interested in assisting us with our pages with blogs, inputs, etc. Please reach out to myself or Kathy Perna if you are interested.

Professional development – The Programs Committee has put together another really good year of speakers.  Our first meeting will be Wednesday September 21st at The Palace at Somerset Park.  The two pre-dinner forums will feature our New Membership Orientation which will be hosted by our Membership Committee and Sourcing Challenges in a Franchised presented by Rich Paliwoda and Terrence Gilliga .  Jackie Scott from Rutgers University will be speaking to us about Digital Transformation, which is a very “hot” topic in the technology world today. I look forward to seeing you all there!!!  In October, we have our Women in Leadership Conference on October 13th and 14th. The committee has been working diligently on providing another outstanding event. The theme is “Thriving in Transition”.  We continue to offer seminars and onsite training as well as we are looking to expand our webinar offerings. Please let us know what topics interest you.

I encourage you, as members, to take advantage of all your membership offers. Your professional development and networking are very important to your career path.

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting and events!!! If you need me or any other BOD, our information is provided on our website.

 HERE IS TO ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!!!