By Hally Darnell
When it comes to recognition for Supply Chain Management excellence, Michigan State University is far from unfamiliar. So when Broad alumna and Full-Time MBA class of 2019 admit Sarah DiPietro (Supply Chain Management ’12), was recognized on the Institute of Supply Management’s 2016 list of “30 Under 30” Professionals, it was a remarkable accolade—but came as no surprise.
On receiving this honor DiPietro says, “To me, the award feels like an accelerator to remind me to continue to work hard, yield results, and build relationships during the journey.” Joining DiPietro on the list of supply chain emerging leaders are Broad alumni Amanda DeCook, Anthony Garwood, and Andrew Paulsen.
DiPietro’s passion for supply chain began after attending a Broad freshman seminar on supply chain courses and career options, quickly realizing that the SCM program aligned with her enthusiasm for problem solving, communication, and efficiency. Since graduating from Broad, DiPietro has worked for 3M, where she is currently a supply chain analyst in their Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division. In her current role, she is responsible for the global supply chain of two product portfolios within 3M’s largest heartland division in St. Paul, Minnesota. Amongst other duties, DiPietro is also a Michigan State recruiter for 3M.
“The Eli Broad College of Business did an excellent job setting me up for success in the business world,” says DiPietro. “When I was a freshman, I was in the Residential Business Community, so I immediately learned about business skills, networking, and the steps to take in undergrad to give me the best options after college.”
This fall, DiPietro will return to Broad to earn her MBA and eagerly anticipates applying her real-world experience back in the classroom. “I would like my MBA to set me up to be able to lead as a change agent and be able to make executive or higher level decisions with complete understanding of how that will impact all areas of an organization, especially financially.”
When it comes to advice for students aspiring to work in supply chain, DiPietro is all about thinking ahead and following your passions. “Keep thinking ahead and learning what the real world is about,” says DiPietro. “Make sure you like what you are going to be doing.”