The manufacturing and supply chain worlds are dominated by baby boomers. While these sage procurement professionals have decades of experience in the industry, they will soon retire, and a younger generation will need to take over. ThomasNet.com and the Institute for Supply Management recently teamed up to call attention to the most outstanding millennials in the industry in its first ever “30 Under 30” Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program.
The program began taking nominations at the beginning of May. When the nomination period ended on July 30, ThomasNet had received 225 names of supply chain professionals who are 30 and under. Nominations came in from a variety of companies - from startups to major international corporations, from pharmaceutical firms to education and health care organizations.
ThomasNet and ISM have already chosen the 30 “stars” as winners, and will be announcing those names in January. The winners will receive a free ISM membership, and the top star - the “megawatt” professional - will be sent on an all-expense-paid trip to the ISM 2015 conference in Phoenix, Arizona, with his/her nominator. Spend Matters, too, is giving something to these supply chain pros - a one-year free subscription to our PRO membership.
Linda Rigano, executive director of media relationships for ThomasNet, said the judges had a tough time narrowing the list of nominees down to 30 winners. Though, organizers of the program were excited to receive so many nominations considering this is the first year it has been held.
The purpose of the program is to highlight the young professionals who are passionate and creative and who will continue to maintain the level of talent and strength in the supply chain and purchasing industry.
“We wanted to create a program that would shine a light on those folks,” Rigano said.
There is a strong need in the profession to continue to develop talent, due to the amount of baby boomers expected to leave the industry over the next 10-15 years, Rigano added. Calling attention to these young professionals also helps to show other millennials who may be interested in pursuing a career in the supply chain how rewarding the profession is and how they can make an impact in their industry, she said.
“At the end of the day, it’s about raising awareness — highlighting and celebrating role models and encouraging young people to consider supply chain as a viable career," said M.L. Peck, senior vice president of programs and product development for Institute for Supply Management. "As your subscribers know, being a key player in the global business arena is just one facet that makes jobs in this industry so satisfying. Millennials also have the chance to get involved in areas that dovetail with their personal values, such as sustainability and corporate social responsibility."
Stay tuned for more info on this program and its winners. You can also read about 30 Under 30 here.