ISM-Western Washington, Inc.

A Chapter of the Institute for Supply Management working together to advance the profession of supply management.

Western Washington's Leading Supply Chain Management Professionals

Education. Leadership. Networking.

ISM—Western Washington has been proudly affiliated with Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) for 100 years. We are one of many global chapters representing ISM and our membership consists of a wide variety of supply management professionals in different industries and at all levels in their careers.

ISM—Western Washington remains dedicated to promoting educational and networking events for supply management professionals in the Pacific Northwest region. We support the professional certifications through ISM, including Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD®).

Photo: ISM—Western Washington accepting 2019 ISM Chapter of the Year.  Pictured : Kathleen Allen, CPSM, CPSD, Melinda Stewart, CPSM, CPSD, John Juan, CPSM, Lorie Day, C.P.M., Kellen Betts, CPSM, and Alex Galbraith, CPSM

Upcoming Events




Member Only

Find Your Zone of Being: All Flow No Hustle!!

The things we don’t know about ourselves are controlling our lives and we just call it fate! It is what it is. The truth is that when we intentionally align our values and live out of our superpowers we experience more flow and less hustle. When we understand WHY we do what we do, we have more influence and create greater impact in the areas the mean the most. When we live In Purpose On Purpose, we attract all the blessings, resources, and people we need to create a life of significance.

In this energizing and engaging experience, James Madison will ignite a personal awakening to your Zone of BEing that keeps you Flowing through everything you create in life! Learn how to Pivot On Purpose and align who you are with what you do for more joy, peace, and overall fulfillment. When we live our Purpose, we never work another day in our lives!

Learning Objectives:

  • You will learn the primary core values that motivate and inspire everything you do and strategies to flow in your Zone of Being.
  • You will recognize the environments, activities and circumstances that energize you and the ones that drain you.
  • You will understand how to Pivot On Purpose and align who you are with what you do.
  • You will learn how to implement a game plan to cultivate stronger personal and professional relationships.
  • You will identify how to achieve Work-Life Integration for greater personal and professional fulfillment.




Member Only

Quarterly State of Risk Update

Join the executive leaders from ISM and Resilinc as they come together as part of a quarterly series to discuss the latest and emerging risks and disruptions impacting global supply chains. ISM CEO Tom Derry and Resilinc CEO Bindiya Vakil will also provide insights based on respective data and research from both organizations.





Chapter Webinar

Western Washington Supply Chain Management in the Age of Automation & Artificial Intelligence

The world is fast-changing. Artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics are infiltrating every sector of the supply chain in our “information world”. Over the next 30 years, the professional white-collar jobs are more at risk to be automated than the blue-collar jobs. There is a movement to increase the value of professional services, by increasing their efficiency and effectiveness. The workers of the future who will not be automated, are professionals who can identify and utilize expertise. These are the “Professionals of the Future”. They must adapt to the new age of artificial intelligence, information systems and automation.

Dr. Dean proposes that identifying and utilizing expertise to cut cost and dominantly increase performance is the only way to secure their future positions. The way to do this is called the Best Value Approach. He proposes professionals need to increase their responsibilities and minimize their workload. The “Professionals of the Future” is a different paradigm from the traditional professional. They will use simplicity instead of technical complexity and utilize the language of metrics to simplify. They affect the entire supply chain by bringing efficiency, simplicity, and transparency. The “Professionals of the Future” must learn this new paradigm, vocabulary, and actions to be successful and sustainable in the future.

Sponsor: 730 ISM—Western Washington, Inc.
Dean T Kashiwagi, PhD

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Your membership in ISM will provide a powerful path to stay connected, engaged, and up-to-date with everything happening in supply management. Serious procurement and supply chain professionals are dedicated to staying in the know about their profession and staying at the top of their game. An ISM membership will provide you with that and more.

More than 100 years of experience speaks for itself – ISM can help you succeed. It's our mission.

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ISM World 2023 Registration Open

Join your peers in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas May 7-10, 2023. The ISM World Annual Conference is a world-class event with the mission of providing an educational environment and experience that brings together thought leaders, supply chain and procurement professionals and the solution-driven suppliers that support them.

You'll walk away with new connections, fresh perspectives, and the support of your community.

Register today!

 President's Message

Greetings Supply Chain Professionals,

This is a personal invitation to participate in the educational opportunities coming in April and May presented by ISM Western Washington.   

In April we are privileged to have Dr. Dean present “Supply Chain Management in the Age of Automation & Artificial Intelligence”.  This virtual event you will find informative and thought provoking whether you're new to supply chain or a professional with many years’ experiences. 

Mark your calendars for our in-person event on Tuesday May 16th at the Museum of Flight.  For our 100th anniversary celebration, ISM Western Washington is honored to host Kate Vitasek.

Kate is an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested® business model of highly collaborative relationships.  She is author of seven books and a faculty member at the University of Tennessee.   

The topic for this meeting is “Contracting in the New Economy: Using Relational Contracts to Boost Trust and Collaboration”.  We will start our celebration with networking and happy hour at 5:00 pm. 

Past presidents, our Gaveliers, can expect an email with their personal invitation.  If we do not have your current contact information, please email us - 

Additional information and registration for these events is available on the ISM Western Washington Education Calendar page. 

Please reach out with any questions. 


Lorie Day, C.P.M.

President, ISM - Western Washington