2017 Crystal Awards

Many thanks to all the members who attended our 21st Annual Crystal Awards Dinner, where we honored Bob Murphy, CPSM, Director, Supply Management, Arbill and David Jenne, Vice President, Procurement, Benjamin Moore & Co.  Photos will be posted on our website shortly for those unable to attend this year.  Congratulations to our 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Kim Castellucci, a well deserved honor.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for updates on our 2017-18 programs.  Have a great summer!

ISM-NJ Executive Message

deborah_augustus_crogged      Executive Message – Deborah Augustus, CPSM, C.P.M., President-Elect

As we begin to close out the first quarter of 2017, I sit here reflecting on my To-Do list for the year and wonder how this is all going to get done!  Time is moving so quickly, but focusing is the best way to achieve your goals.  Focus on the road ahead of you; looking behind at what was only gets you stuck in a rut.  Learn from your past and gain momentum for the future.  Challenges are a way of life and are everywhere.  Choose to take those learnings and forge ahead.  We do this by reflecting, planning, and doing.  Goals are set; now is the time to do.  Continue to network with colleagues; challenge yourself to do better, and be open to learn something new each day.  ISM-NJ is here to support you in all of your goals.  Here are a few ways we do that:  network through breakfast/dinner meetings, conferences like Supply Management Forum and Women & Leadership Conferences, and many opportunities for seminars/webinars.   Check out our website for more detailed information at www.ismnj.org.

March is Supply Management month; the ISM-NJ has been providing you with a full day of content for the last 16 years.  2017 is no different!  The Supply Management Forum is being held on March 24, 2017, from 8 am to 3:30 pm.  We travel this year to Princeton University to learn more about Procurement in the 21st Century.  The agenda starts with a session on Delivering Strong Value When You Are Not the Expert.  This is followed by a session on Procurement Finance.  The afternoon will start with a panel on Emerging Professionals and how they got where they are today.  The panel includes our very own President of ISM-NJ, Tamra Pawloski of Chubb, and she is joined by Elizabeth Rivett of J&J and Andrew George of Teva Pharmaceuticals.  To round out the day, we look at Contract Management from a key procurement partner perspective, legal counsel.  A lot of planning is going on behind the scenes to bring you this forum; there is something for everyone to take away from this day conference.  I’ve attended many ISM-NJ Supply Management Forum and can’t wait to gain insights from these subject matter experts.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!

It’s hard to believe the 2016/2017 ISM year is going to close out in just a few short months.  To that end, we are soliciting your nominations for our Crystal Awards coming up on June 14th.  This award recognizes an individual’s success in promoting the purchasing profession, significant contributions to the bottom line, diversity/minority development, leadership qualities, environmental and recycling commitments, and the initiation of innovative programs.  If you know a leader who promotes the procurement profession wholeheartedly, please complete the nomination form to recognize their contributions in our field.  Remember, it’s not just in a title; who do you know that fits the criteria?  The best form of flattery is recognition.

We are also accepting nominations for the Diamond award; this is an award that goes to a woman to honor her leadership and mentoring of women in supply management.  The Diamond award will be presented during our fall conference scheduled on October 26th and 27th, Women & Leadership.  Do you know someone who fits this description?  Please take time to draft your nomination.  It will make you feel good, as well as, the recipient.  We grow as we build each other up.

As winter turns to spring, take time for yourselves to learn something new, enjoy the coming warmer weather and flowers to bloom, and grow in the way you think and the output of the work you perform.  Turn to your colleague and ask if they know about ISM-NJ and offer what you get out of your membership.  What do you get out of your membership?  The more members we have in our organization, the more opportunities we have to learn more from each other.  So recruit a member, join a committee, volunteer your time to lead, network-network-network.  You never know what opportunities will come your way!   And as I’ve said before, thanks for being a part of this great organization because you are part of what makes it so great!

 

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!!!