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Early Career Success for Pitt Business Supply Chain Management Award Recipient

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sarah Ebner was honored in the spring of 2017 with the Center for Supply Chain Management Outstanding SCM Major Award. Since graduating from the College of Business Administration, Ebner has started her career with DICK’S Sporting Goods as a Retail Business Associate in the Merchandising Trainee Program. Sarah Ebner

“I really enjoy the rotational portion of the program because I was unsure what I wanted to do after graduating from Pitt Business, and this program allows me to gain exposure in multiple departments and helps me determine what I am interested in doing long term,” she says.

“The culture at DICK’S is amazing,” she adds. “It’s everything I could have hoped for in a company. Many people in the building are friends outside of work and all participants in the program have grown close. My training teams have been wonderful.”

Ebner says she was able to apply what he learned in Pitt Business almost immediately in the rotational program. 

“Several classes in the supply chain major push you to think outside the box when presented with business problems and case studies. The first task I was given at DICK’S was a business problem to address during my store rotation, and the corporate team I worked with specifically called out the ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking my team utilized to identify a potential solution.”

“In addition, the drive in the Pitt Business program for continuous improvement is embedded in me and motivates me to be the advocate for my development and learning here at DICK’S.”

Ebner says the courses of the Supply Chain Management major challenged her way of thinking, giving her a stronger overall education.

In addition to the curriculum, Ebner says professors at Pitt Business were the biggest distinction between Pitt Business and other schools. 

“The professors truly care about the success of their students and go above and beyond to ensure it,” she says. 

For Ebner, one professor comes to mind as being truly exceptional.

“Professor James Kimpel’s Six Sigma course was one of my favorites,” she says. “He’s a fantastic professor, plus if you obtain the grade necessary for the certification, your employer will be thoroughly impressed.”

The mission of the Center for Supply Chain Management is to increase engagement between the business school and industry. Learn more about the Center and register for upcoming events by visiting business.pitt.edu/scm