If the recent pandemic has made anything clear, it is that supply chain professionals are essential to the well-being of the economy. But in the recent past, the labor market has not done a good job keeping up with the need for supply chain talent.
This recognition lies at the root of a new charitable foundation, known as the CSCMP Talent Center, which is focused on raising awareness about the supply chain profession and providing financial assistance for those pursuing a career in the field.
While the 501C3 nonprofit organization has “CSCMP” as part of its name, it is separate from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). The concept for the nonprofit did, however, originate from CSCMP. CSCMP President and CEO Rick Blasgen and Chief Financial Officer Tony Poidomani, as well as several board members, have been integral in launching the Center and guiding it forward.
“They are passionate about the career path that they took and are now looking to help create a legacy by facilitating more people—and more different kinds of people—to enter the field,” explains Lauren Fleming, a development specialist who is heading up the Talent Center.
The Talent Center is currently in phase one of its funding efforts and is looking to raise an initial $50,000 to get the program off the ground. Over $21,000 has already been raised.
The mission of the Talent Center is to “find, invest in, and secure committed talent for the supply chain management profession.” The organization is focused on four main areas:
Fleming stresses that the Center will not be another charity focused on programming. Instead it will serve as “a financial conduit” that will work with already existing programs. In other words, the Talent Center will not be awarding its own scholarships; for example, instead it will be helping to fund already existing scholarships and raise awareness about their existence.
In its first 10 years, the CSCMP Talent Center hopes to accomplish the following:
There are several ways that current supply chain professionals, who are interested in participating in the organization, can help:
The CSCMP Talent Center plans to use this year’s CSCMP EDGE Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition in September as a “coming out party,” according to Fleming. The Center and its efforts will be promoted and given high visibility during conference events.
Further questions about the CSCMP Talent Center can be directed to Lauren Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.