Fran O’Sullivan, general manager for IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain, recently visited Michigan State University to share her insights on sustainability and re-invention with students.Fran O'Sullivan

During her lecture on Oct. 5, 2011, titled, “Reinventing the Modern Corporation: A Focus on Integrated Supply Chain,” she said people need to be re-inventing themselves when they are at their most successful. “You must be bold enough to change everything about yourself but your beliefs.”

When asked what her job entails, O’Sullivan said the main thing she does is ensure the right strategy is in place. She tries to keep the strategy down to one page, so that all employees know it and it’s easy to read and understand. Much of her job also involves travel and scoping out student talent. Reaching out across IBM is important, just as it is important to make time for clients.

Her advice for students is to focus on optimizing interpersonal skills. “Think about all points of view, and never forget how important the client is,” she said.

O’Sullivan said she greatly enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Broad College’s top-ranked supply chain program and meet with MSU’s supply chain experts. “MSU had the best questions for me yet…the students came up after [my presentation] with passion and great questions. It was a wonderful experience.”