Laura Key ’22
Global Frontier Missions; Atlanta, GA
PwC; Houston, TX
What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M?
Mays Business Fellows
Describe your internship responsibilities. As a summer associate at BCG, I delivered various quantitative and qualitative analyses to support a larger decision-making framework for a client. Taking SCMT 335, SCMT 345, and SCMT 465 the semester prior to my internship improved my understanding of relevant sourcing, manufacturing, and logistics topics. I frequently used writing styles practiced in Dr. Heim’s course to summarize key points and found that experience using Excel throughout my time at Mays and a prior internship at PwC made financial and outcome modeling work much easier.
Briefly describe your first professional role. An associate is responsible for specific components of a project, such as analyzing a client’s financial performance, building a future model or process, or conducting expert interviews with key market players or industry specialists to support a larger overall analysis and recommendation for a client.
What was your favorite Supply Chain Management course at Texas A&M? Sustainable Operations with Dr. Huseyn Abdulla expanded my understanding of the trade-offs and challenges associated with removing and mitigating environmental and human impacts of supply chains. This class provided an in-depth study in legal, ethical, responsible, and sustainable criteria for business decisions and allowed students to apply learning by evaluating a business’s sustainability practices, policies, and reporting.
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took? Business Fellows developed my understanding of the world, others, and myself. Hearing speakers from a variety of industries allowed me to reflect on the role of supply chain in a broader organization and how to balance my professional and personal aspirations. Working with a diverse team on case studies developed lifelong friendships as well as my understanding of the decision-making process and organizational culture.
Describe your career and what led you to your entry-level position. Through my work and volunteer service with various non-profits, I noticed opportunities in several organizations to improve processes and increase effectiveness. As I learned more about business disciplines, I realized I valued working with people to solve problems such as access to products and services and matching core requirements of last-mile delivery. This led me to study supply chain and pursue consulting.
Any specific advice you would give to current Supply Chain Management students? Former students have a wealth of experience to share that can help inform your answer to two key questions: “What do I want to do with my life?” and “How do I get there?”. They are incredibly generous with their time and want to help current students succeed. If you reach out on LinkedIn (add a message to start the conversation!) or via AggieNetwork, you will not be disappointed.