ISM-NJ 2018 Crystal Award Recipient!

DD pic      Donna Donato, Vice President, American Express  

Please join us on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, as we award Donna Donato, Vice President,  American Express, the 2018 Crystal Award, Supply Management Executive of the Year.

Donna is currently the Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and Business Enablement for American Express, managing all spend for the company.  Donna leads a large, diverse team of colleagues operating in all regions globally partnering across all parts of business. Donna’s approach to strategic sourcing is transforming American Express’ procurement function into a competitive strategic asset for the company.  Under Donna’s leadership, American Express is experiencing more agility, speed-to-market while reducing operating costs, and increasing investment capacity for the business.

Donna comes to American Express after several leadership roles within the Life Sciences industry including Cigna, Pfizer, Zoetis and Bristol Myers Squibb.  In these roles, Donna oversaw corporate spending in the areas of Technology, Finance, HR, Real Estate, Legal, Marketing and Professional Services. When she joined Zoetis leadership team, Donna not only stood up procurement organization for newly publicly traded company, but also established global real estate and facilities management function, managing real estate in about 100 countries. Throughout her career, Donna has structured strategic deals across multiple business units and drove innovative supplier strategies that delivered significant value to the business.

Donna is passionate about driving the procurement profession further in 21st century.  She is a committed supporter of the advancement of woman and diversity, mentoring and supporting many throughout her career.

Outside the office, Donna contributes to several non-profit and humanitarian organizations focusing on sustainable positive impact in impoverished areas of the world.  Donna is an advisor for Tigerlabs, Princeton, New Jersey’s first entrepreneurship center. Originally from Moscow, Russia, she lives with her family in Cranbury, New Jersey.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey



Executive Message

Preeti Kaur    Preeti Kaur, Vice President Business Development

With spring around the corner, I am delighted to wish everyone a happy Saint Patrick’s Day! The months of April & May mark the beginning of brighter day filled with warmer weather and new prospects.

Personally, I am eager to celebrate the transitioning into the upcoming events here at ISM NJ. Such event includes; April breakfast meeting, various interactive webinars, and the supplier diversity night in May. How Exciting!!  The April breakfast meeting will include a networking breakfast followed by a brief business meeting and presentation by Carlos Fernandez from UPS. Next few months will contain various webinars from conflict management to strategic sourcing. The supplier diversity night introduces different organizations an opportunity to network with diverse suppliers. Deborah E. Collins, Consultant and Former Deputy County Administrator, Director, Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action is our Keynote speaker on the evening of May 1st.

ISM NJ strives in organizing various events and speakers to benefit ISM NJ members, students. We welcome your thoughts, suggestions on topics, speakers by visiting, so we can better service our ISM community.

With longer days, I am looking forward to spending more time committed towards my hobbies. It is very important to instill work-life balance in our daily lives. This allows individuals to diversify their time allowing them to perform optimally at work; while, spending quality time with family and friends.

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Blockchain Featured at The Supply Management Forum

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Tamra Pawloski, Vice President, Global Procurement- Software and Compliance, Chubb

It seems like no matter what IT publication you are reading Blockchain is a hot topic. Blockchain technology can potentially change the future of money. In this session, you will get a high level overview of Blockchain but more importantly you will be provided with examples of where Blockchain can be used.  We will review how it could potential effect our profession.

Thu, Mar 15, 2018
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Rutgers Business School
100 Rockafeller Road
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

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Kevin Giblin Opening Speaker at 2018 Supply Management Forum!

_MRy5Qkevin_giblin   Kevin Giblin, CPO, Dun & Bradstreet

Kevin Giblin, Chief Procurement Officer, Dun & Bradstreet, will be a featured keynote speaker at the Institute for Supply Management – NJ Annual Supply Management Forum.  The event will be held at The Rutgers Business School on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Mr. Giblin will be presenting “The New Procurement – Stop talking about Savings ……it’s about value! Are you maximizing your organizational value?”

Reducing costs, processing transactions, and reacting to supplier issues. It’s an outdated perception of procurement’s role. Procurement’s value is to provide maximum business benefits throughout the life cycle of a supplier relationship, and in a number of different ways. Procurement is one of the most critical functions that significantly contributes to a company’s financial success. It has the potential to provide more value than most departments, but it doesn’t matter unless you can demonstrate it in a way other functions understand and appreciate. Following the same old status quo will give business partners the opportunity to question what you’re bringing to the table.

Smart companies see competitive advantage in procurement and invest appropriately. Are you channeling those investments to the right places to maximize their impact on your business?

In this presentation, you will learn about trends in the function, future insight, and how to ensure a value-driven mindset.

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ISM-NJ Executive Message

KIWALLE-McBRIDE_MARIA      Maria Kiwalle, CPSM, CPSD, Vice President of Finance, ISM-NJ

Happy New Year!

May 2018 be a year of health happiness and continued success.

It may be a new year calendar wise, but for ISM – NJ we are half way through our year.

This is a great time to consider where you are and where you would like to be.

What will be your focus or goal in 2018?

Everyone needs at least one as this is the road for continuous improvement!

Change is a constant and if you do not move, you will be left behind.

Is there a new skill you need in your career toolbox?

Would you like to engage with your supply management colleagues more in order to feel the pulse of the market?

Do you want to energize your activities?

Some suggestions:

  • January Membership Meeting on Jan 10th – Who will be there to network with?
  • Seminar – Supplier Relationship Management Fundamentals workshop (Jan. 11th) or Webinar – Strategic Sourcing Methodology – Is this a skill set you need in your current position or a tool that you need to  sharpen?
  • ISM is energizing the CPSM Exam – there will be an update to the CPSM Exam in the Fall, 2018.  The last day to take the exams with the current criteria is August 31, 2018.  ISM – NJ  has scheduled a webcast of CPSM Exam 2 Review – Do you want to complete the review and certify before the changes are updated?

These are only some of the activities ISM – NJ has scheduled.  Please look at our calendar as our goal is to keep you informed and continually keeping you at the top of your game!  If you have a specific topic of interest that we have not offered in the past, please let us know.  We love to receive your feedback so we can serve you better.

Again, may 2018 be a great year for you!


Women & Leadership Spotlight: Jackie Scott

Jackie Scott

“Artificial intelligence, data analytics, machine learning and the internet of things is profoundly reshaping the supply chain and reinventing the entire industry.  On October 26th and 27th, I’m looking forward to joining a stellar group of supply chain business leaders to discuss disruption, innovation, creativity and next level leadership at the ISMNJ Women & Leadership Conference.”

Jackie Scott is the Global Program Director of Executive Education at Rutgers Business School where she is responsible for the strategic and operational activities related to both professional and corporate education. She has developed a diverse international portfolio of Fortune 100 clients and has expanded Rutgers Business School Executive Education (RBSEE) offerings in North America, South America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, and Australia.  She leads the digitization and mobile deployment of all RBSEE custom programs and frequently consults with corporate clients on organizational change initiatives to enable technology and drive digital transformations.

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Women & Leadership Spotlight: Jami Bliss

“I’m looking forward to developing myself and my network at this great event!”

Jamie Bliss


 Jami Bliss is currently the Sr. Director, Program Management for Global Procurement at Teva Pharmaceuticals, responsible for Global Programs including Supplier Relationship Management, Supplier Diversity, Professional Development, Procurement Transformation, Integration’s and provides leadership across a multitude of other global initiatives. Jami’s previous experience includes various supply management roles at ConAgra Foods and HP. She has a B.S. in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State, an M.B.A from Creighton University, and holds both the CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) and the CPSD (Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity. Jami resides in New Jersey with her husband, Dan, daughter, Emily, and son, Evan.

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Women & Leadership Spotlight

Jim Kelly                      James Kelly, C.P.M., CEO, JVKellyGroup, Inc.

James (Jim) Kelly is an innovative leader in supply chain management with more than 30 years of experience in sourcing and procurement.  Mr. Kelly has been successful using metrics to increase purchasing performance; process reengineering; change management; contract negotiation and supplier management.

“The ISM-NJ Women & Leadership Conferences have always produced meaningful insights. This year’s discussions will help you change your environment and help shape your ideas for the future.”

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April 2017 Executive Message

Preeti Kaur

Preeti Kaur, Vice President of Business Development

I cannot believe Spring is already here and yet there is so much more to accomplish in 2017! This time of the year reminds us to start once again with a new set of goals, deliverables, and expectations for the remaining 9 months. As everyone is getting ready to face new challenges in their workplace, college students too are preparing for their future.

As a personal goal, I have decided to hire an intern at my company in the Supply Management Group, allowing for a hands-on, real world opportunity. I firmly believe it is crucial to have an internship program as it will allow students to gain experience that will be both beneficial to the company as well as provide career growth opportunity in Supply Management.

Interns joining ISM-NJ will gain access to opportunities such as networking, mentorship, webinars, seminars, certifications in supply management. I am hoping my esteemed ISM-NJ colleagues will give an internship program a chance.

Please check out the ISM NJ website for upcoming events and more detailed information at:

April Breakfast Membership Meeting – April 6, 2017

Supplier Diversity Night & Annual Meeting – May 10, 2017

The Crystal Awards – June 14

Spring is around the corner. Start digging, happy planting everyone!

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

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!