Danielle Shields a senior Whitman/Newhouse dual, majoring in supply chain management and advertising. Born in Southern California, Shields now resides in Saratoga Springs, where she works at the distribution center at Target for the summer.
Shields is a recipient of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) AWESOME Scholarship. The scholarship sponsors its recipients for the annual CSCMP conference and is being held in San Diego on September 27-30, 2015. The conference brings industry experts and exceptional students together to network and share the latest supply chain management knowledge and industry developments.
A major component of the conference stresses the importance of developing young women for supply chain leadership positions. AWESOME’s (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) initiative is to advance women in supply chain management by involving senior executives and women from top universities. Its scholarships provide university women the opportunity to participate in the CSCMP conference. Accordingly, there are several AWESOME events planned for women supply chain leaders to develop leadership during the conference.
After completing her class, Shields maintained contact with Professor Niederhoff, with whom she worked closely to receive the AWESOME scholarship. Professor Niederhoff turned into a mentor, encouraging Shields to participate in a case competition in the 3rd Annual National Supply Chain Management Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After the competition, Shields sent in her application for the AWESOME scholarship and learned she had been chosen just before this semester ended. She credits much of her success in supply chain management to Professor Niederhoff’s guidance.
When asked what she is most looking forward to in September, she says, “I’m very excited to meet and network with women in my field.” Shields praises and attributes her success to the expansive network of Whitman faculty and alumni, as well as that of the Newhouse School. She is graduating early in December and is looking to find work on the west coast.