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Anne Kalinowski

As Research Analyst, Anne facilitates online training courses, does research and writes reports, and blogs about various supply chain topics on Beet Fusion. Previously, she worked for nine years in various supply chain roles at GE and Ecolab, including manufacturing, procurement, fulfillment, quality, and planning. In 2016 Anne managed the implementation of demand sensing software for Ecolab’s U.S. network. Anne has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an MBA specializing in Finance and Supply Chain and Operations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Anne lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing in her free time. Anne is passionate about women and the younger generation in supply chain, particularly related to training and development.

Tell us about yourself. What do you do in supply chain?
As a research analyst at Supply Chain Insights, I help manage the supply chain training courses we provide, write analyses on training outcomes and as survey results, and write blogs on Beet Fusion.
Previous to joining Supply Chain Insights, I worked in supply chain for 9 years in various roles.

What cool thing are you working on now?
I am about to help facilitate the Cross-company Academy – an online training with employees from multiple companies who will take one course per month over the span of seven months on a variety of next generation supply chain topics.   

How did you get interested in supply chain as a career?
My undergraduate degree was in chemical engineering and I have always been interested in systems and analytics. I have also always been interested in the big picture of how companies work and what makes them successful. My first job after college was in an operations rotational program. This program provided excellent training in supply chain topics and broad exposure to supply chain functions. This increased my interest, leading me to continue my career in the supply chain field and obtain an MBA in supply chain operations.

What is your best piece of career advice?
If you’re not engaged in your job, find a way to re-engage. Taking on a new project, doing additional networking, getting more involved in something that interests you, or learning a new skill all are ways to increase engagement. I believe if you are engaged you will do better work, and you will have higher job satisfaction.

What hobbies do you pursue in your leisure time?
I love to hike and bike in the summer, downhill ski in the winter, and read books year round.

What topics are you most excited about discussing with other members in Beet Fusion?
I’m especially passionate about millennials and women in supply chain. I also am passionate about training programs and training methods in supply chain.

What supply chain trends of evolution are you anticipating will change your business?
The advancements in technology and the globalization of companies will continue to change supply chains. I think focusing on creating outside-in supply chains will be the next big trend to change supply chain.

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