Nine WIU Supply Chain Management students and faculty traveled to St. Louis, Mo Wednesday October, 16 for the St. Louis CSCMP’s 24th Annual Education and Business Forum. This event is hosted by the CSCMP’s, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, St. Louis chapter every fall to provide an opportunity for business members to interact with regional SCM students. The guest speakers this year included Mr. Carlton Adams, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain with Peabody Energy, and Mr. Mark Jacob, an Associate with Armstrong Teasdale.
Mr. Adams shared information about Peabody’s global supply chain, specifically talking about strategic sourcing at Peabody, the world’s largest private-sector coal company and a leader in sustainable mining and clean coal solutions. Mr. Jacobs, on the other hand, talked about ethics in the work place with regards to social media. He discussed how our use of social media today impacts ethics in the work place. He also shared some very helpful insight how social media can be used against individuals in various types of lawsuits (both personally and professionally). The WIU SCM students found both the speakers and topics very interesting and relevant. Additionally, the students were able to network with approximately 30 business professionals from companies such as Boeing, Monsanto, Nestle-Purina, and Energizer, as well as other SCM students from the St. Louis area.
Following the Forum at the Olin School of Business at Washington University, the group from WIU ended the trip with a tour of Monsanto Corporation’s research facility in Chesterfield, Mo. This tour showcased Monsanto’s commitment to delivering and developing new seeds and services for farmers around the world. Monsanto actively recruits at Western Illinois University, and supports the SCM program.
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