Name: Nicole Kibler
Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s)/Minor(s): Supply Chain Management & Retail Management
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Nicole Kibler ’18 chose Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management because she felt she would be given a well-rounded business education. According to Kibler, she is now well equipped for the professional world. This, she feels, could not have been accomplished without the tools and experience she gained at the Whitman School.
“Whitman has provided me with a well-rounded business education,” said Kibler. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take classes in finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, supply chain, retail, management and sales.”
Kibler has been able to use her knowledge to impact this past summer when she interned at Ross Stores as an assistant buying intern. She was responsible for managing vendor relationships, providing creative product development solutions, ensuring key inventory was delivered and processed and writing purchase orders.
“I learned how to analyze item sales and trend sheets to determine what was working in the assortment and where improvements could be made,” explained Kibler. “I benefited greatly from this experience because I was able to truly make a difference in the Auto business by providing a strategic proposal to increase car mat sales by 11 percent.”
Her experience doesn’t stop there; she has been a committed volunteer for the Special Olympics of Central New York, where she has contributed over 120 hours of service. On campus, she is a student caller for The Fund For Syracuse where she raised over $20,000 for scholarships and is a member of the sorority Delta Gamma.
According to Kibler, one of the most beneficial aspects of her Whitman education was completing the Capstone EEE class.
“This class was a true culmination of everything I’ve learned thus far,” said Kibler. “It was a challenging course, but rewarding to lead my team to 2nd place in the competition!”
Kibler is still looking for an opportunity in New York City after graduation where she hopes to find a role pertaining to her majors: in supply chain planning and operations, buying or allocation.