Representatives from Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. welcome Duquesne students to their table.

Making Connections: Current and Future Supply Chain Leaders Convene

Dressed to impress with resumes in hand, more than 130 Duquesne students funneled into a ballroom bursting with energy. With major players like UPMC, Giant Eagle and Thermo Fisher Scientific in the room, students were eager to discuss their qualifications and passion for effective business solutions. Corporations were equally excited to share words of wisdom and internship and job opportunities to educate tomorrow's supply chain experts and create an impressive recruitment pipeline.

Duquesne University's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business held its annual Supply Chain Connection event on Oct. 19, hosting more than 75 representatives from 25 corporations for roundtable discussions. This lively format, similar to "speed dating," provided corporate representatives the opportunity to share their company's mission and vision while building their talent pool and mentoring students.

John Mawhinney, director of the Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and assistant professor of supply chain management, said, "Duquesne is focused on providing a solid foundation in the practical application of knowledge and skills critical for success. Working closely with supply chain leaders who hire our graduates ensures all involved understand the needs and expectations of the marketplace. This is one of several events where students interact with professionals and gain insight and direction for their career development."

Mawhinney added that nearly 50 percent of the corporate representatives are Duquesne alumni who are exceling in their field.

Matthew Hertweck, director of Global Strategic Sourcing - Manufacturing, at Mylan, Inc., is a proud SCM alumnus who eagerly accepted the invitation to return to campus. "The event is a great way to network and share information about the supply chain industry. It gives Mylan an opportunity to connect with top talent and share how our Global Sourcing team helps expand access to high-quality medicine," he said.

John Foody, who represented U.S. Steel at the event, added, "This is a piece of our overall recruiting process. We cast a wide net, looking for interns and entry-level manager associates. We are looking for a great attitude, number one. We look for those students who differentiate themselves, who believe, ‘I want this job, and I can do this job.'"

The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business is home to the area's only supply chain management program administered by an internationally accredited school of business.

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