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: www.ismnj.org.

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 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!

 

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!

Women & Leadership Conference Spotlight

LEADING WITH RESILIENCE

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PRESENTER:  Iris Newalu, Executive Director, Smith College Executive Education

Iris Newalu is executive director of Smith College Executive Education where she oversees a state-of-the-art portfolio of consortium, custom and open enrollment programs for high potential women (and men) at all levels of the organization. She leads the effort in vetting and coordinating a team of internationally renowned educators from top tier business schools, consultancies and speakers from industry. She brings over fifteen years of best practice experience in creating in executive learning environments that are often said to move the career needle for women.

Stress. It’s everywhere! And we’re bombarded with messages telling us how to eliminate it, but did you ever consider it might actually be good for you. Research is telling us that stress is a healthy sign of living an active, engaged, productive life. Learn why stress is good and how to get good at it.

 

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As an executive coach Iris has a passionate interest and extensive experience empowering people to regain essential balance while advancing their high-achieving careers. She has studied work-related stress since her graduate school days, and believes that it is possible to have a career and learn to surf the waves of life like a pro.  She is certified to deliver training on multiple leadership behavioral assessments that focus on strengths-based leadership, career development, authenticity and emotional intelligence.  Prior to her role at Smith, Iris worked for 15 years as a consultant in the San Francisco Bay area with executives from all industries supporting the leadership goals of the organization.  Iris holds a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology, completing a thesis on Work-Related Stress and Resilience from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has taken numerous doctoral-level courses in Organizational Development and Management.  She is a certified Neuro-Leadership coach, a certified What Now coach, and a member of the American Society of Training and Development, the Society of Human Resource Management, and University Consortium of International Executive Education.  She lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts with her husband, where she is passionate about organic vegetable gardening, cooking, biking, and traveling for fun, not work!

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Conference Spotlight: CHARTING YOUR UNIQUE COURSE IN LIFE

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PRESENTER: Martha Lester Harris, Founder and CEO of Fizika Group, LLC.
Martha Lester Harris became an entrepreneur when her then eight year old daughter was diagnosed with learning difficulties. Martha was serving as COO of Pennsylvania’s
Workforce Investment Board – developing a strategic plan for how the process of helping people find jobs (employment and training) could be linked to the process of helping companies create jobs (economic development). Pennsylvania’s five year plan for workforce investment was approved by the US Department of Labor, one of the first in the country to be so approved, and Martha had to make a critical decision – one many working women face. Should she continue in her public service career, helping other states learn how to connect the disparate worlds of economic and workforce development, or resign her Cabinet level position to become an entrepreneur to support her daughter’s educational needs. Fizika was born of out her decision – to balance the demands of work and raising a family – without sacrificing the educational needs of her daughter. Kathryn Harris graduated from Alvernia University in 2015 with a B.A. in Communications. She is employed as a Digital Media Specialist for Fizika Group, a professional development firm that helps teachers adopt new methods of instruction that apply brain-based research and creative play to improve student engagement in learning.
In this interactive session you will learn how important the choices we make are to our professional and personal lives. You will hear about Martha and Kathryn’s life story – and how they have overcome adversity to create a company whose vision is to help all people learn more effectively.

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Martha earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Beginning her career in broadcast journalism, she covered the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in 1979. She joined the Thornburgh Administration in 1981 and moved to Washington DC to serve as Press Secretary to the late US Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania in 1983. She earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1987 where she focused on innovative strategies for economic, workforce and international trade development to help Pennsylvania’s declining industrial areas. In 1988 she moved to Pittsburgh to serve as Director of Economic Development for the Pittsburgh High Technology Council, and Managing Director of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center. In 1995, Governor Ridge tapped Martha to serve as Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. In that capacity, she led the creation of Pennsylvania’s workforce investment system. In 2000, she resigned her Cabinet post to become an entrepreneur and support her daughter’s special educational needs. She started two companies in Lancaster, before founding Fizika Group, LLC in 2009. Fizika’s mission is to offer educators and parents proven techniques and tools to engage learners through physical movement and creative play, in order to seed a lifetime of learning through healthy habits.
In 2005 Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell named Martha a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, for meritorious service to the Commonwealth and her leadership in moving Pennsylvania forward into the new economy.
Martha has shared her passion for the transformational role that women play in our economy, in education and in our communities – to national and international audiences. The ISM conference will be the first time that she has shared her personal journey – and the lessons learned along the course of her multi-faceted career as a public servant, entrepreneur, non profit executive and most importantly, as a wife, mother and grandmother of four active and talented grandchildren.
For more information on Martha, please visit her company’s website, http://www.fizikagroup.com. Both Martha and Kathryn will be available during the conference at Fizika’s booth. Register for the conference today at https://www.ismnj.org/secure/members_login/.

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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!!!

ISM Women & Leadership Conference SPOTLIGHT

WOMEN COMPETING WITH WOMEN AT WORK

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PRESENTER:  Lacy Schoen, Founder and CEO of “Real Women. Real Success.”

It’s a fact – women are 50% of the population, and 57% of college graduates, yet – women only hold 5% of Fortune 500 CEO positions, 14% of Government Executive Positions, and only receive 2.7% of venture capital (meaning that over 97% of entrepreneurial investment goes to men!)  Why is this true? There is no one answer to this conundrum, but there are several trends that, if we show leadership, would substantially increase our numbers in top positions.

One of those is to support each other like men do in a professional setting, and yet – negative workplace female competition is very prevalent among all sectors and all age groups. Why is this? And what can we do about it? Most importantly, what are some of the behaviors, values and actions YOU can take to help mitigate the dysfunctional impacts of this disturbing behavior? These are the questions we’ll talk through in our session “Why Women Compete and What You Can Do About It” at our annual conference. Lead by Lacy Schoen, a top professional of 30 years in the nonprofit management field (20 years as a CEO) who “made it” in a man’s world, but more importantly, in spite of competitive, divisive female peers. Learn from her experiences and especially from her proven strategies to minimize competition and drive a new culture among all professional women.

In this interactive session you will learn why women often compete with each other, and the detrimental impact of this behavior which is often overlooked. We’ll discuss ways to identify it and improve it using real examples.

 

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Lacy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Long Beach. She has held executive roles in five non-profit organizations – most recently the Association of California Cities, Orange County where she was the Founding CEO. Lacy was a key contributor in the development of Orange County’s Ending Homelessness Plan. She has won numerous awards including OC Metro Magazine’s 20 Women to Watch, Senator Lou Correa’s Women Making a Difference, California Women’s Leadership Association Woman to Watch for her pioneering work in creating collaborative public policy processes among community stakeholders in Orange County.

Lacy has been the host of Cox Civic Connection and has served on several boards including the California State University Fullerton Center for Leadership, a variety of Chambers and CleanTechOC. She is the Founder and CEO of “Real Women. Real Success.”, a company that supports the ascension of women into executive leadership. Her weekly video blog is a favorite with professional women from both the public and private sectors. She believes that women have innate skills needed to succeed at the highest levels, and to solve today’s most challenging problems.

Lacy is a co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Keys to Conscious Business Growth and is certified as a High Performance Coach through the High Performance Institute.

All conference attendees will have the opportunity to receive a free, signed copy of the book ‘Keys to Conscious Business Growth’. Register for the conference today at https://www.ismnj.org/secure/members_login/.

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