The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) San Diego/Baja Roundtable, in collaboration with local colleges and universities, organized the fourth installment of its innovative Student-Executive Speed Networking event. The event, which took place on October 24th at National University’s Spectrum Business Park Campus, is tailored specifically for students interested in careers in the supply chain management field and provides them with an opportunity to network with supply chain executives from leading companies in the San Diego region. Schools collaborating on this event included National University, University of San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University – San Marcos, and Community Colleges in the region, represented by the DSN for Global Trade (DSNGT), Victor Castillo.
The event was kicked off with a welcome by CSCMP San Diego/Baja Roundtable chapter president, Michelle Schrock, and Timothy Pettit, Associate Professor and Academic Program Director for National University’s Bachelor of Arts in Management and MBA Specialization in Supply Chain Management. Executives in various supply chain management positions and industries who were invited to host tables then introduced themselves and their companies before the speed networking began. During the event, 44 students from local colleges and universities, rotated through tables every 10 minutes and had the opportunity to hear from the executives, who provided an overview of their work experience, discussed career advice, and talked about growth opportunities in the industry. Executives hosting tables included: Kathie Calvin and Mike Marshall with ViaSat, Allen Vigil with Grupo Logisitcs, Nicole Allison with Raymond Handling Solutions, Rick Fritz with Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Andy Torres with Southwest Motorcyles, Mike Famer – Financial Inventory Analyst, Ilene Tong with Tocagen, inc., and Michelle Schrock with WD-40.
DSNGT and CITD Director, Victor Castillo, also had an opportunity to speak to the students about the SCPro Fundamentals supply chain management certification program offered through the DSNGT/CITD. The SCPro Fundamentals program, backed by CSCMP, offers industry-recognized certifications in eight different tracks including Supply Chain Management Principles, Warehousing Operations, Transportation Operations, Customer Service Operations, Demand Planning, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Inventory Management, and Supply Management and Procurement. Each track offers a certification, however, a comprehensive certification is awarded if all eight are earned. For additional information on the SCPro Fundamentals program, go to www.sandiegocitd.org/scpro.