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The Edge to Success - CSCMP EDGE CONFERENCE 2022

Master of Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM) students at the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business are encouraged to attend an industry conference and participate in professional organizations. Recently 14 of the Daniels School’s second year MSGSCM students attended the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) conference in Nashville, TN.

CSCMP is the leading global association for supply chain management professionals. CSCMP describes their members as, "From all disciplines within the supply chain management profession, nearly 70% of our members are key decision makers at the executive level.” It provides its 9,000 members worldwide with networking opportunities, innovative research, and professional educational opportunities.

Erin Britton, the program manager of MSGSCM said, “We chose CSCMP for several reasons. It is a great way for our students to keep abreast of upcoming industry standards and emerging technologies. Furthermore, the Future Leaders Program was an excellent opportunity for our students to network with industry professionals, opening opportunities for future engagement.” Since building confidence is one of the key areas Purdue focuses on for its students before they launch their career the program made the experience accessible by paying for transportation, lodging, conference, registration and a one-year CSCMP membership.

Renu Choudhary

Renu Choudhary, MSGSCM ’22, said about her experience, “It most certainly was enriching, as I interacted with several industry leaders in supply chain technology and I could understand how the knowledge covered in our curriculum can be used in real life. I had a fan moment when I met Chris Caplice, a senior research scientist at MIT. I was able to make a great connection with several supply chain talent acquisition third-party companies. I was extended a lunch invite by the president of the Chicago CSCMP board, which led to a great conversation and an introduction to their young supply professional club. I have joined the club and participated in the five-month mentorship program.”

Choudhary has secured a position of senior associate-consultant, supply chain, with GEP Worldwide, a global leader in procurement and supply chain solutions headquartered in Clark, New Jersey. She is an integral part of the Global Delivery Consulting team and her responsibilities include supporting consulting engagements at GEP’s clients, understanding their spending patterns, offering insights into strategic solutions by recommending actions, conducting market research, and building strong relationships with clients and stakeholders.

Another attendee, Yi-Ning Peng, MSGSCM '22, said, “As one of the most significant events in supply chain management industry, many companies will go to the exhibition, and talented leaders will share their views or insights with their expertise. Learning it at the industry's front line is more exciting than learning all theories in school. They talked about women's leadership, supply chain sustainability, and the latest technology that could benefit the supply chain efficiently. The major benefit for a student to participate in such a conference is networking. I was talking with Uber Freight, Kuehne-Nagel, Blue Yonder…etc. I learned what characteristics they were looking for in the new hires and understood better how their organization worked and what positions were the most suitable to my career path.”