1. Name, academic program/concentration and year in the program
Kaitlyn Sutton, second year MBA candidate, Supply Chain concentration
2. Prior work experience
I came to the SCRC Fellows program straight from my undergraduate studies at NC State. During my undergraduate career, I did an undergraduate supply chain practicum with Novozymes. My team and I built a high level business case to be used in evaluation of costs and benefits of implementing a SAP transportation management system. Because I have very little formal work experience, the opportunity to work with Caterpillar to gain experience in a business environment is so valuable to me. Through working with mentors at my partner company and professors and advisors at NC State, I know that I will gain the tools and experience necessary to achieve my goal of becoming a supply chain leader.
3. Why did you select the NC State Jenkins MBA program?
I chose the Jenkins MBA program because I thought that it would provide me with the real-world experience that will differentiate me from other candidates for future career opportunities. I know that NC State’s innovation philosophy will help open the door for me to learn to be creative in the ways that I solve business problems. Additionally, I treasured my time at NC State as an undergraduate and valued the opportunity to attend graduate school at my alma mater.
4. Why did you select the supply chain management concentration; how does it align with your career goals?
I selected the supply chain concentration because I know that a job in this field will afford me a challenging and interesting career with opportunities for leadership. Working in the supply chain industry will allow me the opportunity to use my creativity to offer unique solutions to my employer. Supply chain involves many of the functions of organizations and I look forward to mobilizing diverse teams toward the achievement of a common goal of the organization.
5. What activities do you like to engage in outside of school?
When I’m not at school or work, you can probably find me doing something in the outdoors. I enjoy playing disc golf and tennis and love hiking, kayaking, and adventuring outside. I’m a huge sports fan and support my Wolfpack at sporting events whenever possible.
6. What does being a scholar mean to you with regard to the mission, vision, and philosophy of the SCRC?
I believe that values based leadership is of the highest importance in today’s workplace. When combined with the supply chain experience and mentorship that the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative Scholars program will afford me, I know that my leadership will make a difference in the way that corporate business is conducted in the future. As a Supply Chain Scholar at NCSU, I am presented with opportunities for personal, academic, and professional growth which I value greatly.