May 16

Alumna Chelsea Cathey talks supply chains, discovering the power in processes

Chelsea Cathey ’10 (International Business) is a Senior Delivery Manager at o9 Solutions, a company that puts a focus on faster, more intelligent planning and business decision-making, according to its website. In this edition of 7 Questions with a Spartan, Cathey discusses supply chain technology and her expectation for a massive transformation in company supply chains in the next decade.

1. What do you love most about your job?

What I love most is making a positive impact on sustainability and helping clients achieve their goals through better supply chain technology.

2. What’s exciting about the future of your industry/position?

Right now we are going to see a massive transformation in companies’ supply chains. As margins get squeezed, companies are being forced to innovate, get leaner, and work smarter. The next time this type of work will be done again will likely be in 10 years.

3. What should students interested in entering your field know?

You have to be willing to work hard, innovate and go above and beyond. When you work for a startup company, everyone wears multiple hats, but it is really rewarding in the end. Nothing is ever handed to you and you have to be hungry enough to go get it.

4. What do you personally find most challenging as a professional?

Being a woman. I have had to overcome so much throughout my career that I should have never had to encounter. Being a woman in an information technology company can be tough, but finding the right company that sees and values your worth is everything.

5. What is something you did (or wish you had done) in college to prepare for this position?

I did the study abroad program while I was at the Bryan School. It really opened my eyes and gave me the communication skills I have needed to navigate a global workspace.

6. What additional training, certifications, professional organization memberships, etc. have helped you professionally?

Six Sigma/Agile or any kind of process management certificate can really make a difference. If you can figure out how a process works, then you have the power to learn anything.

7. What resources – books, blogs, websites, podcasts, etc. – would you recommend for someone interested in your field or in a position like yours?

I follow the American City Business Journals, The Female Lead, Leadership First, and the Charlotte Business Group on Linkedin.