President's Message

Like many certified supply chain professionals, I spend time every few years gathering and submitting documentation for certification maintenance.   Although I've been submitting certification maintenance "checklist" applications since 1998, this year was a little different as APICS Master instructors like myself were required to submit a Personal Development Plan to support APICS Instructor Development Program (IDP) maintenance.   

It was easy each year documenting my past history of SCM involvement, but this year I had to look into my future as a supply chain professional and instructor, put my strengths, opportunities, objectives in writing,  and then share my plans with my peers.   Developing my written PDP was not the dreaded experience I was expecting - the process instead seemed to help focus the improvement plans I had carried around in my head for years.   
Do you have a written personal development plan?  If you are a supply chain professional, I encourage you to consider and include APICS involvement as you review your personal goals or set new professional goals.   Listed below are ten actions you may want to consider for your PDP.    (click on the # to access information to start this goal) Begin your CPIM, CSCP, or CLTD certification by attending a certification review course.  Or, if you already have achieved certification, start your certification maintenance by attending certification review course or a chapter events.
Renew your APICS membership.
 On time.
 Programs Attend at least 5 Professional Development Meetings in 2016.  Start with our February 12th PDM where we take a look at supply chain management in a not-so-niche small business environment. .  
 Workshops Attend an upcoming Supply Chain Management workshop or simulation experience.  We’ll be posting our Q2 schedule on our website soon including Certified Sales & Operations Planning or S&OP simulation with The Fresh Connection.. Take advantage of at least three APICS member benefits, such as download the free APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK), attend an APICS webinar, or join the APICS Supply Chain Channel.
 Events Be a guest speaker for a Professional Development Meeting for APICS Los Angeles Chapter or an affiliate organization such as ISM-LA.  Or, volunteer your organization for a plant tour. Mentor a young supply chain professional.  Start by attending an APICS Student Case Competition (February 19-20-2016 in Burbank, CA).  This is a free event and open to APICS Members and non-members.
 Volunteer Become a LAPICS Board Member or Company coordinator and share APICS Los Angeles Chapter news throughout the year.
 APICS Los Angeles Chapter
Write an article about your APICS experience
for our chapter eblasts or website.
Attend APICS 2016 International Conference in Washington DC.

Whatever your personal development plan objectives currently are or may be, have fun achieving them this year.  I hope to see you in action as you include APICS Los Angeles Chapter in your plans!

Till next time!
Joyce Lewis, MAEd, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, C.P.M.
2013-2018 President
APICS Los Angeles Chapter

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