What do you get when you take 28 supply chain professionals and 40 GSCM students and put them together ready to talk about career paths and professional goal setting? — You get a successful networking night!
This past Thursday our SCM Society hosted a phenomenal networking evening for the SCM students. Thanks to our faculty, the Career Center, and the Alumni Office, we were able to find approximately 28 professionals in the field of supply chain management and bring them to campus to network with our students.
Three of our senior members championed this event alongside the SCM Society Executive Board. Event chair was Adam Lopez and the two logistic coordinators were Meghan Shevlin and Conner Bailey. All three exhibited an immense amount of leadership to make this evening a reality. We started planning this event in May 2015 and as soon as September hit, we were sending invitations to students and professionals to gear up for this fun evening.
The event was held in the Fisher Student Center in both the Heritage and Papitto meeting rooms. This gave us a large amount of space as we expected a large crowd. We had 13 high rise tables, refreshments, hor d’oeuvres, sparkling cider, and duel projectors listing the GSCM program logo and the companies represented. At 6:30pm, professionals began to arrive and network with one another. Alums spoke about all the campus changes and were in awe how things have grown. At 6:50pm myself, Adam Lopez, and Dr. Michael Gravier, advisor to the SCM Society, introduced the evening and kicked off the event. Students entered and were guided to tables to start in order to help break that “awkwardness” of walking up to a stranger and beginning a conversation. We rotated the tables systematically a few times, and then let the evening become an open forum for students and professionals to walk around and network.
The evening proved extremely successful. We had planned to stop at 7:50pm for a raffle and closing remarks, however, the clock ticked 8pm without us even realizing it and at 8:05 we were rushing to the podium to close the evening so everyone could head home. To close, we thanked everyone who made the event possible – the GSCM faculty, our committee, the professionals, the Alumni Office, the Amica Career center, and the students. We also had gift bags filled with chocolates and an attached thank you note for the professionals in attendance. Last but not least, we raffled off a Bryant University coffee mug for all professionals who put a business card in the cup at the beginning of the evening and a travel mug and $25 visa gift card for two students in attendance.
Throughout the night we kept hearing positive comments about the students, the event, and how many of these professionals wanted to get more involved now that they learned more about how committed Bryant students are to their academics and careers.
I am extremely proud of our society and the committee that put this event together. It would not have been possible without the countless hours of planning and it proved to be worth it.
We are already sending out surveys to see how we can improve for next year as we expect this event to become an annual tradition for the SCM Society. I am excited to return next year…Only next time I will return as a SCM Professional and Bryant Alum! (OH MY!)