Competitive Edge - Monthly E-Newsletter - Volume XXXIX- I

 "My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' 
because it actually tells you something."           Groucho Marx
September 2016 - In This Issue:
President's Message
James Martin

Dear Members:

Back To Business.

Time for the kick-off of the 2016-2017 operating year. It's the tradition of the affiliate president to pen the monthly letter to our membership and it is something I both anticipate and fear.

I enjoy the opportunity to send a message to all members and hope it relevant and meaningful. But I dread having to choose a topic and then compose a letter not knowing if my choice was correct and what challenges will be presented once it is read. It's an honest description of the challenges I face in just this one task. But we all face challenges throughout our personal and professional lives. I hope to use this letter as an opportunity to discuss both the challenges and especially the opportunities of our profession.

When I think of an something impacting our lives, I think about technology. Technology is one of several factors impacting business practices every day. One the one hand, its making companies more efficient which is an opportunity but it presents a challenge to the traditional workflows many of us are accustomed to each day. The goal of our affiliate leadership is to augment the opportunities for our members for the upcoming year and by discussing relevant topics and fostering meaningful discussions. I also expect to confront our many other challenges. These include a more demanding job market, highlighting the worth of our professional relevance and contribution to the bottom line, and keeping up with skillsets we all need to stay relevant.

We will be having meetings, a conference, numerous webinars and sourcing meetings this year and I am hopeful to get meet as many members as possible. And as we always do, each year we present a slate of offerings in our professional development program which remain unrivaled amongst our affiliate organizations. These classes are affordable, relevant and a great way to keep the skillsets sharp and current. Take advantage of them if you can and be involved in all aspects of our affiliate.

I look forward to a great year and I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your affiliate president.

Jim Martin
President, ISM - New York 
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ISM-New York is in need of volunteers to assist as photographers, social media gurus and support at meetings and events to name just a few categories.

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September Membership Meeting
Join us on Wednesday, September 21st, from Noon  to 1:30 PM for our September Membership Meeting & Webinar

"Leveraging Real Time Data Labor Market Data & Analytics"

Chrissy Dooley, Global SVP Skills Village - People Ticket
and her team will address how company's buyers of labor
from all walks of life, deserve more visibility into their staffing operations. They require independent and unbiased facts, as well as critical insights on labor rates, to help them with informed, strategic decisions regarding their operations and finances. 

Mark Your Calendars 
October Member Meeting - October 19, 2016

March Annual Conference - March 16, 2017

Supplier Diversity Committee Meeting 
September 22, 2016
The first Supplier Diversity Committee Meeting of the 
2016-2017 Programming Year will be held on Thursday, September 22nd  from 9:30 PM  - 11:00 PM  at 10 Astor Place, New York University, New York . 

Guest Speaker:   
Chris Alvarez, Founder -  Transcendent Enterprise
Individuals who are interested in becoming more involved in the Supplier Diversity Committee and those who are new to its purpose are strongly encouraged to join us.

Click here to register if you are interested in attending our first planning meeting on Thursday, September 22nd from                9:30 AM -11:00 AM. 
2nd Vice President Executive Board - Michael S. Arpino 

I have some exciting news to share with you. I was recently selected to serve on the newly formed ISM National Affiliate Advisory Council. This Council was created to help facilitate an ongoing dialogue between ISM National and its U.S. affiliates. We are focusing on affiliate growth and vitality by building a strong peer-to-peer network, where affiliate leaders can share best practices and ultimately provide greater value to our members. 

Our goals include driving membership and attracting new emerging professionals that are pursuing careers in supply chain management. By creating this forum for commun ication we look to increase synergies between th e affiliates and ISM National, align on our membership needs, our educational offerings and be a stronger resource for all.
Look for the exciting meetings and events we have planned as we kick off the 2016-2017 membership year. As a member o f ISM-New York you will be able to better leverage your career through professional development and the power of networking. You will meet with emerging and experienced procurement and supply chain professionals and the companies they represent. 

I encourage you and challenge you to attend at least one more meeting this program year than you may have attended in the past. Bring a friend or colleague that may not be aware of our organization and would truly benefit from all we have to o ffer. ISM-New York offers many networking opportunities with membership meetings, career development seminars, CPSM certification, subject specific committee meetings, social  events and much, much, more                                                                                                                                                                     There is no better way to enhance your career than by acti vely participating in a professional organization dedicated to the education, certification, and advancement of professionals in all aspects of supply chain management.

As a member of ISM-New York you can take advantage of a competitive edge by actively participating with dedicated professionals like yourself at our meetings and events. I look forward to seeing you at one of these in the very near future. 

Michael S. Arpino 

ISM-New York

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