University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

WISE: Women in Supply Chain Excellence

Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence (WISE) is a Department of Supply Chain Management organization for students with the primary purpose of promoting the field of supply chain management/logistics.

Advancing Supply Chain Management

WISE promotes the field by:

  • sparking an interest in supply chain management/logistics to a diverse group of students

  • serving as a networking and mentoring opportunity with high-level industry members from well-known corporations serving in WISE's executive branch

  • offering career-based advice and knowledge from the perspective of both female executives in the industry and student peers with internship/industry experience

  • encouraging the discussion and understanding of challenges pertaining to gender diversity in the supply chain industry

WISE membership is not exclusive to female students and, in fact, welcomes male students who support female involvement in the field of logistics. WISE membership is also open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the field of supply chain management, regardless of their major.

Four Strategic Initiatives of WISE

All activities and events for WISE members are based on four strategic initiatives:

  1. making connections
  2. professional development
  3. leadership skills
  4. industry knowledge

Each of these initiatives helps ensure that WISE members are prepared for their future careers.

Stephanie Thomas, faculty adviser, WISEMeet Our Faculty Advisor

Stephanie Thomas, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management, earned her Ph.D. in Logistics/Supply Chain Management with a marketing support area from Georgia Southern University and a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee. Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas, she was an assistant professor at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Thomas teaches SCMT 2103: Integrated Supply Chain Management, which is designed to give Walton students a broad overview of the exciting world of supply chain management and logistics. She enjoys incorporating her previous work experience with Lowe's Companies, IBM and Stanley Tools in her class discussions. She was also recently named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain by B2G Consulting.

2020 Spring Events

  • January 17 – Facility Tour of Glad Manufacturing Plant
  • January 28 – Semester kick-off meeting with a panel from J. B. Hunt's GROW Employee Resource Group
  • February 26 – Guest Speaker, Leslie Keating, Retired SVP Supply Chain of PepsiCo
  • March 9 – SCM Networking Event at the Alumni House
    • Lunch for WISE and ASCA members with SCMRC professionals
    • 2-4 p.m. – Networking event open to all SCM majors
    • Companies currently registered: Aldi, ArcBest, BNSF Logistics, C. H. Robinson, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, DHL, Echo Global Logistics, Expeditors, General Mills, Hilti, Hub Group, Johnson & Johnson, JDA, J. B. Hunt, Kimberly Clark, KLLM Transport, Leggett and Platt, Maverick Transportation, McLane, Nestle, P&G, Sam's Club, RB, RJW, Schneider, SHI, Southeastern Freight Lines, SRS Distribution, Stevens Transport, The Fishin' Company, Transplace, Tyson, USA Truck, Worldwide Express, Walmart, Wright Medical
  • Week of March 9-13 – International Women's Day Social Media Events
  • April TBD – Virtual Meeting with Murray Jenkins, Clorox discussing business during coronavirus
  • April 21 – Virtual Meeting with Krissy Glass, VP Operations, Transplace, formerly Kellogg's
  • April 29 & 30 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m., WCOB atrium (2nd floor entrance), scantron handout (postponed to fall semester)

Be on the lookout for additional events!

2020 Fall Events

Plans are currently in the works for WISE meetings for the fall semester. We are also eagerly anticipating the 2nd annual WISE Future Leaders Symposium, sponsored by J. B. Hunt's Shelley Simpson on October 22 & 23. Can't wait to welcome supply chain students from all over the country to the University of Arkansas!

Meet Our Officers

The officers for the 2019-2020 academic year are:

Natalie Frauenheim

NATALIE FRAUENHEIM
President
Major: Supply Chain Management and Finance
Minor: Business Analytics

SAMANTHA KEISER

SAMANTHA KEISER
Director of Communications
Major: Supply Chain Management & Marketing

SUSIE YEAGER

SUSIE YEAGER
Director of Recruitment
Major: Supply Chain Management
Minor: Spanish

CARTER MAASS 

CARTER MAASS
Vice President of Finances
Major: Finance

SELITHA PHONKOUMPHON

SELITHA PHONKOUMPHON
Director of Social Media
Major: Supply Chain Management 

EMILY RUSSELL

EMILY RUSSELL
Vice President of Engagement
Majors: Supply Chain Management & Spanish

Anna Fredrick 

ANNA FREDRICK
Vice President of Operations
Major: Supply Chain Management

TOREY MORRIS

TOREY MORRIS
Vice President of Inclusion
Major: International Business & Supply Chain Management

EMILY MOORE

EMILY MOORE
Director of Alumni Relations
Major: Supply Chain Management & Information Systems
Minor: Sustainability

ALLY MEISINGER

ALLY MEISINGER
Vice President of Outreach
Major: Supply Chain Management & Marketing

RACHEL LOCHMANN

RACHEL LOCHMANN
Director of Recruitment
Major: Supply Chain Management
Minor: Economics

LUKE SYVERSON

LUKE SYVERSON
Director of Alumni Relations
Major: Supply Chain Management & Economics

 

 

HANNAH BAREIS

HANNAH BAREIS
Vice President of Marketing
Major: Supply Chain Management & Marketing

   
     

 

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Questions? Email us at uarkwise@gmail.com!