Meet a Member

June 2018 

Laura Meade

Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, MBA, PhD in Industrial Engineering

Committees: Chair of the Certification Committee

When and why did you join CSCMP?

I joined CSCMP in 1996 when it was called the Council of Logistics Management (CLM). I wanted to learn about logistics and supply chain and to meet professionals in the field of supply chain, and I thought CSCMP was the best place to do that.


What advice do you have for new CSCMP members on how they can maximize their membership value?

Take advantage of the expertise CSCMP offers! There are countless resources to grow your knowledge base, and the roundtables are wonderful places to meet other professionals in the field to network and grow your contact base.  I also recommend certification as another excellent avenue to expand your skills and marketability. 


How did you get into supply chain management?

Many universities were starting to create holistic supply chain management programs, and I was hired as a professor to create one of these programs.


Describe your job in a tweet (i.e. 140 characters or less)

Teach undergrads & grad student supply chain strategy & global business perspectives.  Also, conduct research in sustainability & supply chains.

What are your top three job responsibilities?

  1. Develop and deliver curriculum
  2. Manage the Neeley School of Business Study Abroad Programs
  3. Consult with companies in the supply chain space  

What is the biggest challenge you face on the job, and how are you managing it?

Staying up to date with current trends and best practices. Utilizing my CSCMP network and resources is the number one way I solve for this challenge. I continually find new CSCMP research, Hot Topics, events, and numerous other options to help me stay informed.


What technology, trends or disruptive forces do you see having the biggest impact on supply chains?

Blockchain, 3D printing and visibility into global supply chains. These are all game changers for the discipline of supply chain management. Through CSCMP, I’ve been able to new and interesting information about each of these disruptors.

If you were to start a company from scratch, what values would you build it on?

I believe teamwork, integrity and generosity are key values that any successful organization must utilize to thrive.


What are you proudest of?

My husband and I have raised three young women – it takes a village!


If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?

Xi Jinping (President of China) on the topics of world trade and the future of manufacturing in China.


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