The Grainger Center Executive Advisory Board Meeting

On Thursday, October 12, 2016, the Center hosted its annual Executive Advisory Board (EAB) meeting at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The meeting brought together students, staff, and board members for a three-day event. This was a great opportunity for the EAB members to meet the new staff of the Center and the class of 2018. As is tradition, second-year MBA students and select BBA students presented on their summer internship experiences. Students’ internships were from an array of industries around the nation representing many facets of supply chain. First-year students listened to the immense accomplishments that the second-year students achieved over the summer giving them high expectations for their upcoming internships. EAB members had many questions and always challenged the students to think strategically about their experiences.

Following student presentations and a strategy presentation to EAB members and alumni by Greg DeCroix, the events continued at Nakoma Country Club for the annual alumni dinner. This year being the 25th anniversary of the Center and Jack Nevin’s retirement, alumni turnout surpassed expectations. Read more about our 25th Anniversary Celebration.

During the dinner, class of 2015 alum Caitrin O’Shea presented the Kelly Ketchum Memorial Alumni Scholarship to Mallory Ballard to recognize her passion for supply chain and sustainability. After dinner, the evening continued with an abundance of networking and reminiscing. On Friday, board members, alumni, staff, and current students gathered to hear board member Kevin Weadick discuss supply chain through a European lens, focusing on the unique challenges of operating a European supply chain, the differences between running supply chains in the UK and US, and the potential effects of Brexit. This three-day event was capped with an alumni tailgate for the Ohio State football game.

This event brought over 75 MBA and BBA alumni together to reconnect and network. Despite the game’s outcome, the event brought new goals, connections, and perspectives to allow the continued success of the Center.