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  •  Supply Chain Conference Brings Industry Leaders Together

    Thursday, Apr. 2, 2015 9:00 AM

    The 4th annual Supply Chain Management Directors’ Conference took place on Santa Clara University’s campus March 4-6, 2015. Co-hosted by the Leavey School of Business and the Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas, the conference is a leading colloquium for designing, developing, and reinventing supply chain management (SCM) programs. 

    “This unique conference is specific to SCM administrators, program directors, assistant/associate deans and center directors who are involved in developing and managing different aspects of supply chain programs and curriculum,” said Drew Starbird, dean of the Leavey School of Business. “These leaders come together to generate new ideas, answer challenges and exchange best-practice solutions.” 

    Naren Agrawal and Ram Bala, faculty in Santa Clara’s OMIS department, and Shawn Alborz, director of UT Dallas’ Supply Chain program, served as conference co-chairs, working behind the scenes to bring the event together. Participants included program directors from 65 universities who have developed and directed successful undergraduate and graduate supply chain programs. 

    The conference featured a combination of presentations by prominent Silicon Valley executives and academic/industry panel discussions. The industry speakers included Jim Miller, vice president of worldwide operations at Google, Uddhav Gupta, global vice president at SAP, John Kern, senior vice president, supply chain operations at Cisco, and Dana Stiffler, vice president at Gartner Research. Panel discussions focused on strategies and challenges associated with marketing SC programs to industry and recruiting students for graduate SC programs. Two additional panels tackled questions related to incorporating big data and analytics into SC curricula, and innovations in SC curricula. 

     “The strong student interest in SC programs, and the impressive rate at which many of these programs have grown was inspiring,” said professor Ram Bala. “It became very clear that SCM is critical to the competitiveness and effective functioning of Silicon Valley companies, and that SCM is a fertile ground for exciting careers.”

    “The conference provided an ideal setting to learn first-hand about current and future challenges faced by the most innovative technology companies,” added Naren Agrawal, associate dean in the Leavey School of Business. “The lessons we learnt at the conference from these executives, and from program directors across the country, will no doubt help us position the Leavey School of Business as a unique destination for a distinctive MS-SCM program that will be ideally suited to provide the much needed SC talent that these companies are hungry for.”

  •  Business Students Sponsored to Attend National Conference

    Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013 9:34 AM

    SCU business students Logan Peterson and Tiffany Iskandar were among the 30 Santa Clara University students participating in the annual National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) on campus last month, broadening their networks and preparing them for leadership on campus and in the community.

    Of the many Santa Clara students who attended the conference, these two were chosen to be sponsored, all expenses paid, by the Leavey School of Business. Finance major Logan Peterson ’15, and Accounting major Tiffany Iskandar ’16, are both enrolled in the Leavey School of Business ACE Program and are very involved on campus and in the Business school.  Their desire to apply what they learned at the conference to their leadership roles in the classroom, the School of Business, and beyond caught the eye of administrators and led them to be selected for the sponsorship. 

    At this annual conference, student leaders from the 28 Jesuit Universities across the country come together to prepare for their leadership positions and meet student leaders from other institutions by attending workshops, and participating in social activities, small group discussions and a day of service.

    We recently talked to both Logan and Tiffany about their experiences.

    Why were you interested in participating in the conference?

    Logan: I was interested because I wanted to explore the ideas around what it truly means to be a business student at a Jesuit institution. As leaders of the future, we need to understand the ways we can innovate and run successful businesses while still striving for social justice and ethical behavior.

    Tiffany: I was very interested because I would be able to strengthen my current leadership skills and better prepare myself for future leadership roles. I believed the experiences at NJSLC would bring me valuable opportunities involving “the three C’s” –competence, conscience, and compassion – which are key components of a well-rounded leader.

    What was your favorite part about the conference?

    Logan: My favorite part about attending NJSLC was meeting and sharing ideas with like-minded, motivated, and involved students from Jesuit universities across the country. It was refreshing to see college students passionately talking about their organizations and involvement on campus. The conference fostered an environment of learning and critical thinking. 

    Tiffany: I loved meeting new friends from other Jesuit schools across the nation. The conversations I had with them made me realize that some of the issues we face exist throughout the nation and are not limited to one particular area.

    What was the biggest thing you took away from the conference?

    Logan: The conference inspired me to incorporate Jesuit ideals into my on and off-campus activities. Our institution and academics stand out from the rest through Santa Clara's desire to educate the whole person, creating men and women for and with others. We need to capitalize on our unique education! After talking to other students about business organizations at their own colleges and universities, I am now actively seeking ways to incorporate Jesuit ideals, such as service and philanthropy, into programs such as my new undergraduate Women in Business club.

    Tiffany: Through the workshops, small group discussions, and the day of service, I learned to think critically about the issues faced in today’s globalizing world and reflected on the concepts discussed throughout the conference. The focused exploration of ethics, sustainability, and innovation I have learned during the conference was very beneficial for my studies and for becoming a capable and ethical business leader. The conference truly opened my eyes in learning about the skills that exemplify those of a leader, as well as the core Jesuit values. I am positive the skills and new insight I gained as a result of this experience will be a fundamental factor in my current and future leadership roles. 

    Both students would welcome the opportunity to attend the conference in the coming years, saying, “It was truly an invaluable learning experience. We are very thankful for the ACE program for drawing our attention to this opportunity.”

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