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LMA Consulting Announces 2017 Advocate Award

August 30th, 2017

LMA Consulting Announces 2017 Advocate Award

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – August 30, 2017 – Supply chain professional and manager, Parizad Sethna, has been awarded the LMA Consulting 2017 Advocate Award. LMA Consulting Group, a well-known leader in Supply Chain innovation and transformation recognizes that collegial collaboration is key to continued growth and the success of an industry that “connects the dots” between raw materials and the end user.

Each year, LMA Consulting awards the LMA Leadership Award to an individual who has contributed to the success of the firm. LMA President, Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD believes in continuing education for growth. She is actively involved and chapter leader in APICS-Inland Empire, the leading association for supply chain and operations management. “I am honored to receive the LMA Advocate Award” commented Ms. Sethna. “Working with Lisa Anderson has been extremely rewarding as she has steered APICS Inland Empire and the LMA Consulting Group to national and regional prominence over the years – always trying to raise the bar, constantly looking for innovation and improvement” said Ms. Sethna.

Ms. Sethna has been instrumental in the success of APICS-Inland Empire and increasing value to the members through her efforts in supporting Ms. Anderson. “The Inland Empire chapter of APICS brings value to members through events that showcase industry thought-leaders, courses that enhance the skillsets and provides accreditations to industry professionals and a collaborative network of knowledgeable professionals for support. And, that takes a lot of effort” commented Ms. Anderson. Ms. Sethna’s active involvement as a Board Member and in planning the quality, well-attended semi-annual Summit events has resulted in solid membership and positioned the Chapter as a leader within the APICS network.

“Parizad takes a continuous improvement approach to each project. Her creativity and innovation helps us improve our events year over year, attracting a high level of member participation. While I see the results as the group leader, I’m also seeing the benefit to my practice. I learned a long time ago that everyone has something to contribute. Parizad certainly takes that to a new level with her organization and communication skills, to name a few. She has become a great collegial resource for my practice” Ms. Anderson concluded.

About LMA Consulting Group – Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD

Lisa Anderson is the founder and president of LMA Consulting Group, Inc., a consulting firm that helps manufacturers and distribution organizations innovate, elevate and transform their end-to-end supply chain to align with customer demand. Ms. Anderson has been named a Top 50 ERP Influencer by Washington-Frank and ranked in the top 46 most influential in Supply Chain by SAP. She recently published, I’ve Been Thinking, an inspiring collection of 101 strategies for creating bold customer promises and profits. She is a regular content contributor on topics including supply chain, ERP and SIOP and is regularly interviewed and quoted by publications such as Industry Week, tED magazine and the Wall Street Journal. For more information, to sign up for her Profit Through PeopleTM Newsletter or
for a copy of her book, visit LMA-ConsultingGroup.com.

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The 11th Annual APICS West Coast Student Case Competition

February 9th, 2017

West Coast Student Case Competition

Co-chairs Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, CLTD, president of LMA Consulting Group and The ACA Group’s Ellen Kane, CPIM, will be holding the 11th Annual APICS West Coast Student Case Competition on February 17 and 18, at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside in San Diego, Calif. The competition attracts undergraduates and graduate students from the region including Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and northern Mexico, and because of its popularity, consistently draws teams from Washington, Oregon, Northern CA, Texas, Utah, Canada and Hong Kong. Approximately 100 students compete in roughly 25 teams running computer simulations to solve supply chain and logistics business problems presenting their work to a mock Board of Directors (APICS professionals). The top two teams in each division compete on Saturday with one more round of computer simulation walking away with cash prizes to help fund their transportation, hotel and registration fees for the competition.

“Our goal is to provide value to the students and get them engaged in the community of professionals with connections that will be valuable as they search for jobs and advance their career. We believe strongly that students are the future of manufacturing, and we want to encourage them to pursue careers in operations and supply chain management,” explains Anderson, recognized as SAP’s 16th most influential in supply chain management and sustainability. “They truly apply what they are learning in their respective programs to solve these challenging simulations.”

Keynote speaker Linda Duffy, president of Ethos Human Capital Solutions will prepare participants for work life after college and teach better business exchanges with a presentation on “Building Communication Skills for a Successful Career” at 1:00 P.M. “I appreciate the opportunity to share my business communications, teambuilding and work life insights with college students —especially the ones who are competing at the APICS West Coast Student Case Competition,” states Duffy. “I will specifically focus on business communications and how to build rapport with coworkers. Participants will be able to take the Everything DiSC Workplace® assessment so they can understand their communication style and how their approach might need to be flexed to get along with co-workers.”

APICS Southwest students, most with backgrounds in operations management, supply chain management, industrial engineering, or MBA students, will compete to solve computer-simulated supply chain problems at a graduate and undergraduate level. Simulations challenge students to create solutions to the problems posed and provide the rationale for their recommendations. Judging is provided by APICS professionals with 50 percent of the final score focused on presentation and the other 50 percent graded the ROI calculations and rationale. The competition is open to all students enrolled in universities in the APICS Southwest Region and coordinated by APICS-IE and LMA Consulting Group president, Lisa Anderson and APICS-SFV VP Finance and The ACA Group’s Ellen Kane. Participants are able to showcase their talent for fellow students, professors and future employers. For more information on this year’s competition, visit the APICS Southwest District Website.

 



You’ll Learn More by Teaching

December 29th, 2015
learn more by teaching

Teaching a topic not only makes you a stronger subject matter expert, but also helps you develop better communication and presentation skills.

Have you ever heard the saying, “you’ll learn more by teaching” than most other options? I can vouch for this first hand. I am President of the APICS Inland Empire Chapter (#1 trade association for supply chain and operations management professionals), and we offer highly respected and sought after certifications in the industry. Thus, we have several instructors teach courses on the fundamentals of manufacturing and distribution — and on advanced topics such as lean manufacturing. I have team-taught our CSCP (certified supply chain professional) classes, and I guarantee you learn more by teaching! Teaching can be hard work — the best instructors make the sessions interactive, provide real-world examples, engage the audience, etc.

The same is true with my clients. I have taught a session or one-on-one far more often to implement a particular best practice with a client than I have in a group setting like APICS classes. Either way, the class will ask questions and poke holes in your concepts. Thus, you have to be on your feet, experienced and able to think in the moment to be a successful teacher. It is well worth developing your skill set in teaching. You’ll be surprised by what you lean. Try it out with your colleagues — pick your best topic and teach it. Ask your colleague to do the same. Ask for feedback. Adjust as it makes sense. Go to a class on communication and presentation skills. For example, in APICS we offer train-the-trainer courses and ask our instructors to re-take the class every few years. Ask for a mentor. Results will follow.  

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