Leaders of the Business Evolution

The ISM® 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars do more than exemplify the positive attributes younger workers bring to the supply management profession — they are helping change the way the world works.

By Dan Zeiger

In recent years, much has been said and written about the perceptions that older people have of millennials.

Get off the lawn and get in the generational line, right? After all, complaining about the alleged shortcomings of kids-turning-adults is a tradition seemingly as old as business itself. However, today’s millennial workers have little time for such generalizations, which don’t align with empirical evidence.

Entitled? Millennials — those born between 1982 and 1995, also known as Generation Y or Gen Y — have often expressed a desire for careers with a purpose bigger than themselves. In the 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey, a growing number of respondents said they were dismayed by their perception that businesses have no ambition beyond profits and don’t focus on helping society.

Lazy? Younger workers are constantly on the go, refusing to be confined to office walls or a typical 9-to-5 workday. Also, Deloitte researchers found that millennials, already the most technologically-savvy generation in history, feel they’ll need even more of those skills in the age of robotics and artificial intelligence — and they are eager to learn them.

This spirit and drive are exemplified in Institute for Supply Management®’s (ISM®) 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Program. In its fifth year, the program identifies and honors the next generation of the supply management profession.

The practitioners in the 2018 class have already made an impact on their companies by being leaders, disruptors and innovators. “The honorees are vivid examples of young professionals coming in and making their mark on the supply chain,” says Jessika Baker, Manager, Programs and Events at ISM. “They’ve shown they can make their organizations more strategic, and they personify how things in the profession are changing.”

The 30 Under 30 recipients — including one chosen as the Megawatt Star — have compiled achievements that are impressive for practitioners of any age. The profiles in this 38-page special section detail how the 2018 honorees have exhibited leadership and problem-solving skills.

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