Debora J. Csontos To Receive Walter Moon Award!

Deb Csontos

Debora J. Csontos, C.P.M., has been selected to receive the Walter M. Moon Award on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at The Palace at Somerset, Somerset New Jersey.

The Walter M. Moon Award is presented to an ISM-NJ member who has consistently demonstrated purchasing professionalism and has made outstanding contributions to the development and professional stature of the Association.  Factors to be considered in selecting the candidate are:

  • Demonstrate leadership and service on committees, at forums, dinner meetings and other ISM-NJ activities with a diversity of responsibilities.
  • Make contributions to published purchasing articles.
  • Participate in scheduled committee, Board and dinner meetings.
  • Be an active member for a minimum of seven years.
  • Other factors that appears pertinent for consideration.

Deb Csontos has worked in a wide range of functions in supply chain for a large utility for over 32 years.  Starting out as a material management clerk in their auto repair facility, she has worked her career path to a current position as contracting manager for their construction projects group.  All non-traditional roles for a woman in the utility industry where she built upon each position and worked toward the next higher level of responsibility.

Along with her professional trailblazing, Deb has continued her educational development through evening college classes taken over 15 years that eventually earned a BS degree in Business Administration/Material Management.  Not stubborn, just persistent.  Deb also attends ISM leadership training, seminars and conferences to continue her professional and personal growth.  Along the way, she has earned a lifetime C.P.M. and past CPSM and CPSD credentials through the Institute of Supply Management, as well as PMP certification from the Project Management Institute.

Deb is now retired enjoying making memories with family and friends.

Register Here

Wed, Jun 13, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Palace at Somerset Park
333 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, New Jersey 08873


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.

You can find additional information and registration on our website:

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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.

You can find additional information and registration on our website:

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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.”

You can find additional information and registration on our website:

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Women & Leadership Conference Spotlight



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.



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!







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.

MORE ON Martha…
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, Both Martha and Kathryn will be available during the conference at Fizika’s booth. Register for the conference today at



ISM Women & Leadership Conference SPOTLIGHT


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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.



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

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