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!