“The more diversity you have, the better performing team you will have.” – Marty Parker

The Supply Chain Advisory Board for the University of Georgia is the primary contact between industry and Supply Chain professors and students.

Marty Parker is a UGA alumnus and lecturer who helped launch the UGA Supply Chain Advisory Board and is currently an honor supply chain leader for UGA. He is a partner at TechCXO, providing companies with on-demand executives. Marty is a Strategy Expert in Supply Chain with 25+ years of Operations, Supply Chain, Marketing, Strategic Planning, International Expansion, Factory Buildouts, M&A, ERP, CRM, and process improvement experience with key software tools, including SAP, Salesforce, and Arena Simulations. He is also the Chief Strategy Officer with Hire Ground. He is a valuable asset to the company’s strategic planning processes, creating greater transparency and accountability within those processes.

Alania Stehr is a student at UGA and the Vice President of the UGA Supply Chain Advisory Board. Studying Business Administration with Emphasis in Supply Chain/Operations, she seeks a summer internship in the supply chain sector. Alania has interned with Broadway Enterprises, Inc., gaining experience with the latest warehouse inventory systems and getting hands-on experience as project lead. As a previous team leader with Chick-Fil-A and time as an intern with the American Franchise Company, Alania already has a diverse work education to bring to her studies and the career that will follow.

Marty and Alania join us in this episode to discuss what Diversity Supply Chain means and the goal of diversity hiring. We discuss the importance of creating next-generation talent in supplier diversity and what the profession’s elders can do for the new kids on the block. Ali shares her discovery of supply chain and explains the benefits the industry has to all kinds of people from all walks of life. We also discuss the upcoming and emerging technologies and what newcomers can expect when working with A.I. and robotics in business.

“Our customers now are worldwide and more diverse and more varied. And so we have to accommodate that.” – Marty Parker

“Supply chain really spoke to me. It really made me excited to have an infinite amount of possibilities when it came to figuring out what the industry needs as a new entry student.” – Ali Stehr

“The students will have to come in with adaptive, adaptable, problem-solving skills that move around with that technology.” – Marty Parker

“The culture of the company begins to change where younger – I’m sorry – younger folks just are fun. They’re fun to work with. They look at things in a whole different way.” – Marty Parker

Topics discussed in this episode of Breaking Barriers, Building Hire Ground:

  • What I.S. Supply Chain Management?
  • What UGA’s Supply Chain Advisory Board means for students and employers
  • Why Ali found a career in supply chain so attractive
  • How A.I. and digital transformation is changing the supply landscape
  • Why adaptability is key with emerging industrial technologies
  • How a younger workforce can change the culture of a business for the better

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University of Georgia Supply Chain Advisory Board

In addition to ensuring the UGA’s supply chain curriculum meets employer’s needs, the board also connects employers with highly qualified students and joins corporate board members like Johnson and Johnson, Home Depot, and Chick-Fil-A to discover and hire tomorrows supply chain innovators today.

To learn more go to www.terry.uga.edu click on Alumni and find the Supply Chain Advisory Board there!

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