Kelly (Albright) Clayton ‘14
BBA in Business Honors & Supply Chain ManagementInternships:
Mary Kay, Inc.; Dallas, TX
Global Inventory Control InternSendero Consulting; Dallas, TX
Associate Consultant Intern
|What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M? Business Honors Program, Mays Business Fellows Program-Group XXXI, Pi Beta Phi Sorority Officer, Texas A&M Panhellenic Delegate, and The Big Event Staff Assistant
Did you participate in an internship? I interned with Mary Kay, Inc. in the summer of 2012. I analyzed inefficiencies in the inventory management system and assisted in implementing processes to fix current errors and prevent them from recurring. I also created a procedure for reporting on the health and performance of Mary Kay’s third party suppliers in Europe. Finally, I compiled a daily critical inventory report used by various divisions of the company in making worldwide marketing, production, and distribution decisions.
I also interned with Sendero Consulting in the summer of 2013. I served in a project management role for a supply chain system implementation at a major utilities provider. I monitored the status of 175 functional specification documents, change requests, and business process flows which became the inputs to system design and organizational change management materials. I also developed a system to track daily project progress and motivate the team through completion of the design phase and assisted in creating a high level outline of a technical training course used by Sendero’s entry-level associates.
What was your favorite Supply Chain Management course at Texas A&M? My favorite Supply Chain Management class was SCMT 465 (Information Technology for Supply Chain Management) with Dr. Jamieson. I liked this class because the coursework consists of mostly case studies and team presentations related to technology solutions for supply chain problems. It was directly related to my job after college and so I enjoyed getting practical experience through the class and learned a lot from the case studies that will help me in the future.
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took? The most beneficial class I took at A&M was the Business Fellows class. Each week, we had the opportunity to learn from speakers working in a variety of different industries and hear their thoughts on leadership and lessons learned in their careers. In addition, we were given case studies to work through on teams which gave me practical experience in working on a consulting project in a team setting and presentation skills.
Describe your career and what led you to finding your first professional job. I was interested in consulting because it is a field that is people-oriented while also allowing me to be analytical and solve problems in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. I would say that experience with past internships and conversations with older mentors helped ultimately lead me to pursue a career in consulting.
Any specific advice you would give to current Supply Chain Management students? Supply Chain Management is unique because unlike many of the other majors at A&M, there is not a “clear path” for you to follow upon graduation, which is both daunting and exciting at the same time. My advice to a current student would be to not be afraid to try something different and forge your own way because it’s an opportunity that many others do not have.