Competitive Edge - February 2016               
Monthly E - Newsletter

           Innovation is change that unlocks new value -  Jamie Notter   
February 2016 - In This Issue:

President's Message
Nancy Murray

" Innovation is fostered by information gathered from new connections; from insights gained by journeys into other disciplines or places; from active, collegial networks and fluid, open boundaries.

" Innovation arises from ongoing circles of exchange, where information is not just accumulated or stored, but created. Knowledge is generated anew from connections that weren't there before."

From Meg Wheatley,  Author and Management Consultant's 
2001 Book "Leadership and the New Science"

This resonates with me as a key mission for ISM-NY.  Our organization
is all about our members and the exchange of information. When we are together, at a monthly meeting, sourcing group meeting or at conferences, we are sharing information.  I am always energized when I talk with people, focus and take the time to listen. 

Our chapter has a number of great events going on this month where information will be exchanged. If you haven't already, sign up to attend the Report on Business Member Meeting on Wednesday, February 24th. 

There are also a number of Pro D classes available including the CPSM Exam I Review Seminar, Developing and Mastering Your Negotiation Skills and Building The Foundation - Fundamentals of Procurement scheduled for February and March. 

I look forward to seeing you soon, sharing and listening.

President, ISM - New York 
Upcoming Professional Development & Certification Review

Click the title for more information.
Download our new editable 
Building The Foundation -   Fundamentals of Procurement
New Date To Be Announced.
Check the ISM New York website for an update.

February 26, 2016

March 2nd, 2 016

April 6th, 2016 

 Mark Your  Calendars 
 Upcoming Meetings 
  Executive Conference Center
  1601 Broadway New York,  NY
  Wednesday, M arch 16th 
  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Supplier Diversity Expo
BNY Mellon
101 Barclay Street
Murray Street Entrance between Greenwich & West St
Thursday, April 14th 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

For more information contact:           or call 1-800-975-0725 

Scholarship & 

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 Association activities; Service to the Board of Directors  or a committee; Contributions to Competitive Edge; to the growth, development or professional stature of the profession and 
ISM - New York.

This form can also be found on the ISM - NY website at "About" Submission deadline: April 1, 2016. 

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. 

This form can also be found on the ISM - NY website at "About."
Submission deadline: March 4th, 2016. 

               Join us on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 for                  
ISM - New York's February Member Meeting 
Economic Forecasting
A Discussion on "What's Ahead for 2016?" and 
"A Look Back at 2015"

Jonathan Basile, global economist/strategist will address the US outlook for the coming year and provide a top-down view about the most important macroeconomic and financial market stories. The presentation will be tailored for the ISM-NY audience and will address the most important economic drivers for supply managers.

Presenter's Bio 
Jonathan Basile is Head of  Busine ss Cycle researc h, AIG Global,  and heads a  team that  monitors major developed and emerging market economies on a high frequency basis. His focus encompasses macroeconomics and financial markets and their linkages, with an eye for finding strategically important themes across asset classes.
Jonathan has been an economist his entire 20-year career and has covered the US, Canada, the UK and Japanese economies. He r eceived his B.A. in  economics  from Princeton University in 1991 and has been the ISM-New York Business Survey Chair since 2007.
There is limited seating for this event so save your seat.

A Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors:  

Director Letter 
Keith Hines
Director of National Affairs 
Technology & Innovation

Some leaders will tell you that innovation drives technology, I think technology can help advance innovation.  Everyone wants innovation, all are tasked with "innovation" as a metric and an expectation to use the most current technology.  What does this mean for you in your role?  

In order to innovate, you need to understand what is possible, and where you are as an organization, department and individually.  You need smart and knowledgeable staff working with forward thinking leaders.  Innovation in the supply chain is not only a reflection of how smart staff may be in traditional buying roles, but staff with a keen understanding of supply operations in the broadest sense, and in some cases at the most granular level. In addition to general supply chain knowledge, innovation requires people who are flexible and responsive individuals who can recognize and adapt to change, cultural shifts, new technology, and new trends.  Innovation also involves a certain amount of risk taking and a strategic focus.  

And then, there's technology.  What's the best technology to drive the change required to meet your strategic goals?  Are you motivated to use something new?  What are the global trends that require greater Supply Chain engagement? What best practices/case studies have you been engaged in?  Ask yourself, do you and your staff "really" understand supply management and is your organization ready for a technology transformation?

I f you are ISM certified, chances are you are knowledgeable about general supply chain management and can provide some innovation to an organization as you apply what you know to problems and opportunities.  If you have the knowledge, do you have the skills to share the knowledge and make it actionable?  Do you have communication skills? Decision making skills? Leadership skills and risk taking skill? Some of us have all these skills and others are acquiring or advancing their skill sets in these areas.  

Technology helps us advance.  But innovation ensures that we advance, execute, and bring value.

If you would like to improve your skills and share your knowledge, join your colleagues at the Annual ISM Conference on Wednesday March 16th.  

ISM-New York

Bring Value To Our Members.