University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

WISE: Women Impacting 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.

Promoting Inclusion in 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.

WISE

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.

Events

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

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President

Anna Fredrick

Hometown: Springfield, MO

Graduation Date: December 2021

Internship Compan(ies): SupplyPike, General Mills

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VP Operations

Abby Baird

Hometown: Springfield, MO

Graduation Date: May 2022

Internship Compan(ies): Let’s Talk Supply Chain, Optricity, The Hershey Company

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Director of Membership

Natalia Sandhu

Hometown: Rogers, AR

Graduation Date: May 2022

Internship Compan(ies): JB Hunt, Phillips 66, RichContext

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Member Engagement Coordinator

Logan Hucklebridge

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Graduation Date: May 2023

Internship Compan(ies):

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Member Connections Coordinator

Abby Rogers

Hometown: Fayetteville, AR

Graduation Date: May 2023

Internship Compan(ies): SupplyPike

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Director of Administration

Mary Pham

Hometown: Conway, AR

Graduation Date: May 2023

Internship Compan(ies): SupplyPike, ConocoPhillips

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Director of Communications

Regan White

Hometown: Fayetteville, AR

Graduation Date: May 2023

Internship Compan(ies): Amazon

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Social Media Coordinator

Caite Little

Hometown: Kansas City, KS

Graduation Date: May 2023

Internship Compan(ies): Kellogg Company

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Content Coordinator

Paulina Velasquez

Hometown: Panama City, Panama

Graduation Date: May 2023

Internship Compan(ies):

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Chairman of the WISE Connections Advisory Board

Ally Meisinger

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Graduation Date: December 2021

Internship Compan(ies): J.B. Hunt

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VP Outreach

Sam Keiser

Hometown: Bentonville, AR

Graduation Date: Spring 2022

Internship Compan(ies): Central Garden & Pet, Outdoor Cap

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University of Arkansas WISE Connections Board Member

Megan Formwalt

Hometown: Shawnee, KS

Graduation Date: May 2023

Internship Compan(ies): Happy Egg

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University of Arkansas WISE Connections Board Member

Kinsey Landry

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Graduation Date: May 2023

Internship Compan(ies): University of Arkansas Football Program - Recruiting Division

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