Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Melissa Boston Opens the Door for Future Clayton State Supply Chain Students

Clayton State University senior Melissa Boston, a Management major in the University’s School of Business, was selected to participate in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s (CSCMP) annual conference in Denver. John Mascaritolo, director, Logistics Practices and assistant professor of Supply Chain Management in the School of Business, encouraged Boston’s involvement and says she has opened the door for future Clayton State students.

“Melissa was picked by me to submit the necessary documents to be reviewed for selection by the committee of officers of the Atlanta Roundtable of CSCMP,” says Mascaritolo in noting Boston’s success as a representative of Atlanta and Clayton State. “I felt Melissa had the qualities the organization was looking for in student representatives for the national conference. Melissa was reviewed among other students from local universities and was selected a one of four students that the local roundtable sent to the national conference in Denver.”

Boston in return accredits her involvement with CSCMP to Mascaritolo, and recalls some of the learning opportunities in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) field she had at the conference.

“As a student member, I had the honor to represent Clayton State University at the annual conference hosted in Denver,” she says. “During this conference I was able to connect with directors, vice presidents, managers and various associates in the SCM field to express my interest in their companies; and work hard during the conference.

“I had the opportunity to do informational interviews with directors of companies such as Welch's, and The Hershey Company in supply chain. The conference hosted many companies globally and I was able to work with many people while working at the conference.”

Boston did experience some challenges in networking with several companies.

“The most challenging portion was not being able to meet as many directors, vice presidents, managers and associates as you would have liked,” she says. “The conference was overwhelming for an individual to see so many professional supply chain and logistics managers from all companies worldwide in one location. It was so challenging for me to get the chance to meet as many of these professionals as I could.”

Still, the experience was extremely rewarding.

“The information on SCM was phenomenal. There were several beginner, intermediate, and advanced workshops to attend pertaining to logistics and which broadened my exposure of the industry,” says Boston. “Lastly, the networking opportunity was great advantage!”

Mascaritolo was proud of Boston’s ability to network with professionals.

“I know many of the people she met and spoke with, and all feedback to me was extremely positive,” he says. “Melissa made the officers of the Atlanta Roundtable very proud that our selection was a good one and she made me most proud in the way she represented Clayton State University.

“Melissa has shown that Clayton State University can compete with the bigger supply chain schools like Georgia Tech, Auburn University, the University of Tennessee, etc. She has opened the door for future Clayton State supply chain students with the industry.”

CSCMP is the preeminent worldwide professional association of supply chain management professionals. It provides leadership in developing, defining, understanding, and enhancing the logistics and supply chain management. CSCMP’s mission is to lead the evolving supply chain management profession by developing, advancing, and disseminating supply chain knowledge and research.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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