2017 Mike Ilitch School of Business 25 Under 25 winner
B.A. in Global Supply Chain, minor in Spanish, expected May 2017
During her four years at Wayne State, Julia Hurley has been an active participant in three student organizations: El Club Hispano, Global Language Forum and the Global Supply Chain Management Association (GSCMA), rising to the position of president in all three.
As the leader of El Club Hispano, Julia was responsible for leading weekly conversation hours, during which anyone interested in Spanish could come to converse in the language in a friendly and non-intimidating environment. At the helm of the Global Language Forum, she helped organize the annual Winter Ball, which drew more than 100 people for an evening of camaraderie and dancing.
Last year, Julia was the vice president of GSCMA and helped coordinate student networking events with various companies, including a resume workshop with MAHLE Behr. This semester as president, she and her board are putting together an internal case competition to support the growing number of applicants interested in national Global Supply Chain Management case competitions. The internal competition will allow GSCMA members to experience a real-life scenario in which their team will be required to devise and present their solution, helping contestants secure positions on the Wayne State team that goes to national case competitions.
In addition to campus leadership, Julia has maintained a high GPA while working part-time throughout her entire four years at Wayne State, earning her an internship with Ford Motor Company last summer. At Ford, she served on the purchasing department's supply risk management team, experiencing various stressors on suppliers that could lead to an impact on Ford production. In this role she learned to efficiently analyze a forming constraint and manage it appropriately, and she has been extended an offer as a full-time employee in the Ford College Graduate Program. Last fall, Julia was a transportation intern at DHL Supply Chain, responsible for daily tracking and tracing of shipments for the GM account.
"My time at Wayne State has helped me grow into the person I am today. All of the leadership opportunities have allowed me to become more confident and helped me develop key skills such as delegating tasks, and stating and defending my opinions," Julia says. "Additionally and most importantly, all of the opportunities I was exposed to helped me option my dream job, a position with Ford Motor Company."