Katherine Walker, a senior double-majoring in Supply Chain & Operations Management and Finance, has been named the APICS-Milwaukee Student of the Year. APICS is the premier professional organization in supply chain management.
In addition to being an active member of APICS, Walker is entering her second year as president of the Lubar School’s Supply Chain Management Association, a student professional organization that helps students explore supply chain careers and network with professionals.
“We bring in weekly speakers from supply chain companies in the Milwaukee area, and they give so much good information about their company as well as insights into what our first steps after college will look like,” she says. Her role as the organization’s chief officer is helping her learn a lot about leadership and is stoking her belief in herself outside of college, she adds.
“What drew me to supply chain initially was the critical thinking and problem solving involved in the field,” says Walker. “I have now had three internships in the field and in each one I’ve been given new challenges. The field is constantly changing and that’s one of my favorite parts about it.”
This summer, she is interning at Echo Global Logistics, a leading Fortune 1000 provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services. As a managed transportation intern, she is working alongside a team of account executives to create loads, monitor track and trace data, and assist in booking carriers. She’s also part of the company’s continuous improvement team focused on on-time performance.
Working remotely due to the pandemic also adds to her learning experience.
“I would say that the learning curve is definitely a challenge,” she says. “Whether COVID or not, though, an internship is only as good as the work you put into it. But the best part about Echo is its culture, and that culture comes through even though we are learning about the job and each other virtually.”
Walker previously interned with Charter Steel and Domek Logistics.
“With so many job opportunities in supply chain, I clearly see that my degree can take me many places — and that’s why I enjoy the major so much.”