Wayne State/AIAG transformative leadership program for supply chain professionals under way

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Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) recently completed session one of the jointly developed Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), an automotive supply chain management program. The interactive, executive-level development program centers on cutting-edge business leadership with an emphasis on supply chain strategy, tactics and tools. TLT was designed for organizations looking to develop their high-potential candidates—those in middle and senior supply chain management positions with a transformational mindset—as future leaders.

Thirteen participants enrolled in the program in 2022 representing companies such as General Motors, Toyota, Dana, Freudenberg-NOK, Meritor, Plexus, IAOB, PACCAR, DHL and DENSO. TLT ran for three days in October at AIAG’s headquarters in Southfield and will conclude with two days of programming at the Mike Ilitch School of Business this coming spring.

During the October session, attendees learned about megatrends and disruptors, how to drive competitiveness through supply chain management leadership, future global supply chains, agile new product development with suppliers, development of strategic purchasing relationships, and integrated supply chains. Attendees are now tasked with leading a supply chain transformation project of their company’s choosing, where new knowledge and skills can be applied and business gains can be tracked. Participants will present the results of this project during the spring session.

Faculty members for the program were drawn from the ranks of senior supply chain leadership in the automotive space and from Wayne State. TLT was developed by team leaders Lang Ware (AIAG) and Lori Sisk (Wayne State). Other key program developers included Bob Monczka (professor emeritus of supply chain, Arizona State University), Bill Hurles (retired executive director of supply chain, General Motors), Mike Silvio (director of corporate supply chain, Gibraltar Industries), Ashley Soros (Apple) and Louis Yiakoumi (LConnect).

Next year’s TLT program will begin with a fresh class of students in the fall of 2023. Potential candidates or managers of candidates can contact Lori Sisk at ap4585@wayne.edu or Lang Ware at lware@aiag.org for more information.

About Global Supply Chain at Wayne State University

The programs in Global Supply Chain Management at WSU’s Mike Ilitch of Business are ranked among the top 25 in the U.S. by Gartner Research. The Global Supply Chain Management program focuses on the auto/vehicle industry with dedicated full-time faculty members and a number of industry expert adjuncts providing teaching and research expertise.

About AIAG

The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is a unique not-for-profit organization where companies in the mobility industries have worked collaboratively for more than 40 years to drive down cost and complexity in the supply chain. AIAG membership includes leading global mobility manufacturers, their part suppliers, service providers, and associated global organizations, and government entities.

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