Competitive Edge - December Monthly E-Newsletter  

December, 2015 - In This Issue:


President's Message
Nancy Murray

This is the holiday season and many of us are going to be spending time with family, friends and coworkers. Though there are only a few weeks left in 2015, take some time for yourself to reflect, recharge and re-evaluate.

Take some time and look back on what you've successfully accomplished as well as the experiences that may not have worked so well this past year. Take a moment to appreciate those accomplishments and start planning on how you can convert your challenges into opportunities.  

Create a "Possibility List" for yourself, by asking yourself "What are the one or two things I can do in 2016 that will make a difference for me and for others?"  "How can I continue to learn and grow in my career?" Will it be championing a major change at work? Will it be mentoring others? Taking the time to do this will pay off for you in the New Year.

For me, the opportunity to assume the leadership of ISM NY and to be able to work with our dedicated Board of Directors has been an incredible learning opportunity and one that has given me opportunities to connect with the ISM NY membership in new ways. Change and constant learning will be a few of the words I will use when I reflect on 2015.  
Engagement and possibility are the words I will use when planning my goals for 2016.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. 
This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."  Steve Jobs

Have a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to seeing you all in 2016!
President, ISM - New York 
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  Mark Your Calendars 
 Upcoming Meetings 

" 2016: What's Ahead" Economic  Forecast Presentation 
with Jonathan Basile, 
Chairman of ISM ROB
The Colloquium - The Kimmel Center, New York University
5:30 pm - 8:00 p.m.

ISM New York's                           33rd Annual Conference            
Wednesday, March 16th 
Executive Conference Center
1601 Broadway, NY
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Supplier Diversity Expo & Membership Meeting             
Thursday, April 14th 
BNY Mellon
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2nd Vice President
Tandra Davis, MBA 
Join The Team!!! ISM-New York Needs Volunteers!

ISM-New York has started strong for the 2015-2016 calendar year with exciting and interesting offerings for our membership in which we have received positive
feedback thus far. Much of the success is due to members who devote their time, energy and ideas to ensure ISM-NY offers the best for the membership.

As we draw near to close of 2015 and embark on the beginning of 2016,
ISM-New York Board of Directors is seeking innovative and energetic members like yourself to participate as a  volunteer on a committee. If you have an interest or would like to learn more about our committees, please contact Julienne Ryan or myself.

Wishing all ISM-New York Members
a joyous holiday season and successful New Year!

Volunteers Needed 

Develop skills, network and be part of 
ISM - New York's Success

I SM-New York has a number of opportunities to serve on various standing committees and assist at membership events.  We have exciting programs planned but we need your help to make these events a success. Volunteer and develop your leadership skills, network and have some fun in the process.


ISM-New York is in need of volunteers to assist as photographers, social media gurus, event planners, copy writers as well as meeting and event support. 

We are asking individuals who are interested in volunteering  to email Julienne Ryan, Executive Director stating "Volunteer" in the subject line.

Quote of the Month:

"Approach the New Year with the resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each day." Michael Josephson  
Award Applications Now Available

The J.H. Leonard Award is given to an ISM-New York member who has rendered distinguished service to the Association in one or more of the following areas: - Participation in scheduled meetings, forums or other activities of the Association; - Service to the Board of Directors or a committee; Contributions to Competitive Edge; Other contributions to the growth, development or professional stature of the profession and ISM-New York. Click here to download a copy of the application. This form can also be found on the ISM - NY website at "About.". The submission deadline is April 1, 2016 for the committee's consideration. 

The Davis-Kassa Scholarship  is named after former Executive Directors of ISM-New York who served with distinction: Robert Davis, who served from 1957 to 1978 and Abate and Waka Kassa, who served from 1981 to 2000. This scholarship recognizes the scholastic achievements of a full-time college student who is the child of an ISM-New York member. Criteria to apply: 24 credits (undergraduate or graduate) at an accredited college or university, GPA of a 3.0 (cumulative), completed application with references.  Click here to download a copy a copy of the application .  
The submission deadline is March 4th, 2016. This form can also be found on the ISM - NY website at "About."
ISM-NY Focus On Supplier Diversity- National Grid 

Randy Rotermund has been VP of US Procurement at National Grid
for one year. He is responsible for the sourcing of all goods.

Supplier Diversity is a strategic component of National Grid's supply chain management, and has enabled the company to become more reflective of the communities they serve, as well as providing value to their customers.  Their overall vision and focus is to strive to be a performance leader (Customer Value, Delivery and Quality) through targeted efforts in procurement, supply chain management and supplier diversity.

"National Grid has a set of key priorities in the areas of Safety, Reliability, Customer and Community Responsiveness and Cost Competitiveness", says Randy.  "Our supplier partners need to meet our business needs in each of these critical areas.  When a supplier is aligned with our vision it becomes second nature to integrate them into our supply chain." 

Randy says, "I am very proud of the achievements that we have accomplished under supplier diversity. One of the most powerful advantages of incorporating supplier diversity into traditional procurement sourcing is that it introduces unique capabilities and innovative ideas from under-represented groups.  Small and local businesses make up the fabric of our communities.  They are intimately attuned to new trends and technologies where corporations may lack insight.  Investing and partnering with these suppliers gives us a competitive edge and permits us to access and leverage a diverse pool of knowledge."

National Grid's supplier diversity program has been recognized by many advocacy and industry organizations - including ISM. The company is the first to receive the ISM-NY Outstanding Supplier Diversity Program award in 2015.  For additional details on the National Grid Supplier Diversity program see complete article at

ISM-New York

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