Rosemarie Andolino, of the Chicago Department of Aviation, delivered the symposium's keynote address.

On Wednesday, November 7, Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business brought together leaders of industry, academia, and government to discuss the “State of Chicago in the Global Supply Chain.”

The daylong event addressed four main topics: the impact of logistics on the supply chain; leveraging the supply chain to benefit Chicago-based firms; forthcoming challenges to the city’s supply chain; and, the growing use of intermodal in the region.

Speakers ranged from Quinlan faculty members to leaders of local companies. The symposium’s keynote address was delivered by Rosemarie Andolino, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The highlight of the day came when Dean Kathleen A. Getz made an important announcement—the launch of the city’s first and only Supply and Value Chain Center.

The center will provide a centralized venue for academics and industry leaders alike looking to network, share their insights, and produce cutting-edge research with immediate, practical implications for their discipline. It also will help connect students with some of the area’s top supply chain leaders.

“We see this as a niche for our school,” Getz says. “No other educational institute in the area specializes in supply and value chain research, education, and practice. We hope to be a resource for other academic leaders as well as our growing list of professional partners.”

John Caltagirone, adjunct faculty member and chairperson of the Supply Chain Management Advisory Board, says the center will ensure many more events like the one held Wednesday.

“This event is going to help us market and brand ourselves as a school known for supply and value chain management,” he says.

Maciek Nowak, associate professor and academic director of the center, agrees, adding that Quinlan is already the only accredited school in Illinois to offer a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, a program that launched earlier this fall.

“There are a lot of opportunities for research, for continuing education, and for partnerships between academia, industry, and the government,” Nowak says. “We want this to bring all factors of supply chain together under one roof.”

For more on the new Supply and Value Chain Center at Quinlan, click here.