On Monday, February 10th, the UWM Lubar School of Business Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI) hosted executives from SCMI member company Direct Supply at a “Direct Supply Night” event in UWM’s Student Union. Over 70 students attended the 90-minute event to learn about Direct Supply and supply chain career opportunities at the company. They also engaged in an exercise aimed at broadening the students’ problem-solving perspectives.
Direct Supply’s Margo Sherer, Senior Sourcing Manager, and Janet Lucas, Campus and Diversity Lead, provided an introduction to the company, and the senior living industry it serves, talking specifically about Direct Supply’s role in the industry and the future direction of the company. They also emphasized the types of skills and qualities their hiring managers look for from employment candidates, noting that passion, drive, and energy are keys to success at Direct Supply.
Students then participated in two different and lively negotiation discussion exercises that Direct Supply uses in the training of its supply chain professionals. The exercises showed the importance of a “win-win negotiating approach” and the power of creative problem solving.
A panel including recent UWM graduates and managers at Direct Supply also shared their experiences and fielded questions about the types of internship experiences and careers that Direct Supply offers. The evening concluded with an opportunity for students to network with the Direct Supply executives.