To commemorate International Women’s Month, the women of Profit Point recently held a virtual gathering to share our experiences in the supply chain industry. It was a special time to hear each unique experience and to encourage one another in our professional journeys.
What was most exciting to me, however, was hearing a consensus from the group that there are endless opportunities in supply chain. Whatever you want to learn, whatever efficiency you’ve identified, whatever new technology you want to test – opportunities abound. In fact, supply chain professionals are rewarded for thinking outside the box and coming up with creative solutions to long-standing problems.
Capturing the Supply Chain Opportunity
Profit Point’s demand management practice leader, Deanna, encourages women that there are many opportunities in the industry if they’re interested. “With innovations in technology, we are seeing a drastic transformation in supply chain management skills and best practices. The integration of supply chain and technology is where everything is going,” she says.
Deanna Wenstrup, Practice Leader, Demand Management
One of our senior scheduling consultants, Kim, noted that supply chain has not always been a recognized degree or focus area. According to Kim, “sure, you could have a supply chain job,” but the importance of transparent, data-rich supply chain practices was not fully realized until organizations became leaner and more cost-conscious.
Kim Piotrowski, Senior Scheduling Consultant
All this to say, the next generation of women in supply chain have the opportunity to actually study it and get a degree in it. In fact, one of our supply chain data analysts, Aviva Kosansky, is working on her master’s in supply chain right now.
“There is so much room for innovation in supply chain, I knew I wanted to learn more. We are at a pivotal moment where digitization is taking over how we do supply chain management and how companies in the industry are going to work together. My graduate class is over 50% women, so it’s exciting to see how women are going to be the next thought leaders in supply chain going forward at this important time in the field.”
Taking Smart Risks in Your Supply Chain Career
If I could give one piece of advice to a young professional considering a career in supply chain, I would say “embrace change and go for the unknown!” I made the same choice after building my experience in chemical engineering, and I’ve never looked back. Even if it didn’t work out, I would have been able to take many supply chain skills with me back to my core area of expertise. By saying yes, it opened up a world of possibilities for me.
“Keep saying yes!” says Jackie Graver, our senior scheduling consultant in EMEAI. “Even if it’s scary sometimes, you never know what you’ll learn about yourself along the way and discover what you can contribute to others and to your organization.”
Nilgün Demir, Supply Chain Practice Leader, Europe
I’m so proud to see how far we’ve come as women in supply chain. When many of us first began our supply chain journeys, we were the only woman on the team. There was a brief time when I first joined Profit Point where I was the only woman in the company, but our leadership has been very deliberate about fostering a spirit of diversity and inclusion.
Now, we are about 50/50 male/female, which is an impressive ratio for our industry! Profit Point has also grown in diversity across regions, ethnicities and backgrounds – we’re all learning from each other and helping each other on a daily basis. It’s a wonderful, positive environment to be a part of.