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Fostering a Culture of Innovation, Self-Disruption, Creativity

MHI’s Executive Summit to Feature FIRST® Robotics Competition Team and Ways to Introduce STEM Students to Supply Chain Careers

By Viche Thomas, MHI Career & Technical Education Program Coordinator

As part of MHI’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program and our focus on developing the workforce of the future, we continuously look for opportunities to build awareness of the varied careers within supply chains and material handling among students of all ages.

And by all ages, we don’t limit ourselves to post-secondary students; instead, we’ve expanded our focus to students as young as kindergarten and elementary school. Because it’s never too early to engage children in the future of business and industry via today’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

That’s why, at MHI’s annual Executive Summit—held Sunday, October 14 at JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL—we’ll be featuring Don Bossi, president of non-profit FIRST®. The organization actively engages children from kindergarten through high school, helping them build upon their STEM knowledge with mentor-based research and team-based robotics competitions. It also offers participants the opportunity to apply for more than $80 million in college scholarships.

During his presentation, Bossi will detail how FIRST fosters the culture of innovation, self-disruption and creativity that will be needed in the next-generation workforce.

“As technology changes continuously, the workforce of the future is going to need to be able to draw upon the types of skills that enable them to be flexible, adaptable, life-long learners,” he says. “Not only does their experience on FIRST robotics teams make them technically proficient, but they also learn to collaborate, communicate and work with others to solve problems.”

Bossi describes FIRST as a public-private partnership, and notes the critical importance of industry participation in order to maximize the type of impact programs like his have on students’ academic interests and career goals.

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This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on sustainability and its progression in the supply chain. Consumers are becoming more interested in making environmentally friendly decisions when it comes to their buying habits and the brands to which they are loyal. Studies have found anywhere from 80-85% of consumers are more likely to buy from a company with a reputation for sustainability than from a neutral company, if their prices are equal.

Leading firms are tapping into this mindset by building more sustainability, and transparency, into their supply chains. They know that more sustainable operations will drive long-term brand loyalty and competitive advantage while having bottom line impacts on efficiency and profitability.

This issue of MHI Solutions will help provide you with the information and resources you need to address sustainability across your supply chain to improve your overall business performance.

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