Student and Executive Advisory Board member

On Thursday, October 5th, 2017, the Center hosted its annual Executive Advisory Board (EAB) meeting at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The meeting brought together students, faculty, staff, and board members for a two-day event. With the addition of three new board members since last year’s meeting, this was a great opportunity for the current and new EAB members to meet each other and our students. As is tradition, second-year MBA students and select BBA students gave presentations on their summer internship experiences. Students’ internships were from an array of industries around the country representing many facets of supply chain management. 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 thoughtful questions and always challenged the students to think strategically about their experiences.

Following student presentations, our EAB members participated in an engaging discussion on the sharing economy and its implications for supply chain. The event continued at Monona Terrace for the annual alumni dinner.

During the dinner, class of 2016 alumnus Scott Hughes presented the Kelly Ketchum Memorial Alumni Scholarship to MBA student Rick Jarrell, recognized for his passion for supply chain and sustainability. We also recognized John Kenny for his many years of service as EAB Chair as he hands that role on to Steve Loehr (read about it here). After dinner, the evening continued with networking and reminiscing. On Friday, board members, alumni, faculty, staff, and current students gathered to hear EAB members Steve Loehr and Kevin O’Marah discuss Blockchain and its potential impacts on supply chain management and business as a whole. Read more about our Blockchain discussion.

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