Onboarding Program

Welcome to the UNT Logistics Student Onboarding Program! This program began in Fall 2013, and is the brainchild of the Logistics Center Board of Directors members. Board members expressed the need for students to gain additional soft skills that will help them “hit the ground running” and be able to contribute to an organization more quickly, be it during an internship or a regular full-time job placement. These skills help set UNT Logistics students apart from their competition in the marketplace for jobs and promotions.

The program takes place on select Fridays, from 12:00-1:00pm, with corporate representatives facilitating lectures and workshops on topics such as:

  • Make the impression – Effective interpretation and presentation of analyses
  • Networking and relationships – Cultivating, building, and sustaining
  • Dress for Success
  • Communication – Verbal and written, effective presentations
  • Social media – How to use effectively
  • Where do I fit in at my new company? Dealing with generation gaps
  • Interviewing from an employer’s standpoint/How to prepare for a behavioral interview
  • Advanced Excel
  • Mentoring – Formal and informal/Career paths

Students must RSVP to attend these sessions. After completing four program sessions students will receive their Logistics Onboarding certificate through the Center for Logistics Education & Research which is a great addition to a resume!

Important information for all events

Speaker presentations for the semester will be held on Fridays from 12:00noon to 1:00 p.m. and will be presented in both in-person and virtual formats. Zoom meetings will be scheduled for each event and registration will be required. Zoom meetings will be recorded and post-event attendance reports will be sent to the professors.

Students must register online to attend all events. Registration closes at noon on Thursday prior to the event. Students will immediately receive an email confirmation to the email address provided on the registration form. The in-person classroom location and the link to the virtual Zoom event will be sent to the same email address one day before the event. The class number entered on the registration form will be the class for which the student receives the attendance credit. Students have the ability to change the class number for a registered event by logging in and clicking ‘edit’ in the event they have registered for. Students also have the ability to cancel registration for a registered event by logging in and clicking ‘cancel’ in the event they have registered for. If a student has registered for an event and is not be able to attend, they should cancel their registration no later than noon on Thursday prior to the event on Friday to allow another student the opportunity to attend. The registration system will allow students to register for an event until capacity restrictions have been met (Zoom = 300). Students should register early in the semester as events fill up very quickly!

Upcoming Events

  • In this talk, Wally Devereaux with Southwest Airlines will share some of the things he’s learned throughout his career journey that have helped along the way.

    Friday, October 22nd - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    In-person and online (event link sent to all registered participants one day before)
    Wally Devereaux

    Managing Director Cargo and Charters, Southwest Airlines

    Wally Devereaux is the Managing Director of Cargo and Charters for Southwest Airlines.  He started his career with Southwest in February, 1992 as a Customer Service Agent at Dallas Love Field.  Since that time, he has served in various roles at Southwest Airlines in the Ground Operations, Corporate Communications, and Marketing Departments. 

    Wally joined the Cargo and Charters Management team in 1999 as the Cargo National Account Manager where he spent seven years working with Southwest’s largest Cargo Customers.  He held a variety of positions in the department before being promoted to his current role 2018.

    Wally serves on the board of directors for the Center for Logistics Education and Research at the University of North Texas and the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.  He is also the proud recipient of the Airforwarders Association’s 2007 James Foster Memorial Award.

    He’s a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, and currently resides in Colleyville, Texas with his wife and two daughters.

  • This presentation will show the elements of LinkedIn and Twitter and how to utilize them to grow your business connections network while at the same time demonstrating your supply chain expertise. We will cover many do's and don'ts as well as some best practices. Come prepared having signed up for both services and starting your LinkedIn profile. Research profiles of people you might know and include Tim Feemster’s prior to the event.

    Friday, November 19th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    In-person and online (event link sent to all registered participants one day before)
    Tim Feemster

    CEO & Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics

    Tim Feemster, CEO & Managing Principal of Foremost Quality Logistics, has over 40 years of experience in supply chain operations, site selection, economic development target industry/SWOT consulting, DC network optimization. His supply chain career has included being a manager in three manufacturing companies, a consultant, an executive in two 3PLs, & a Practice Group Leader for two Real Estate firms. He is a frequent presenter, is quoted regularly in both the supply chain/real estate press, recognized by D CEO magazine as one of the top 500 CEOs in DFW in 2019 & 2020 & Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional 2021.

Previous Events

  • You will need everything you learned in school plus more to be successful in the rapidly changing supply chain environment. In this presentation Abby Mayer of Ryder will speak about her own fragmented career progression, learning to lead regardless of your role, responsibilities or title, and Ryder’s TMC in Fort Worth as an entry level opportunity to new graduates.

    Friday, September 24th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    In-person and online (event link sent to all registered participants one day before)
    Abby Mayer

    Group Manager of Transportation Management, Ryder

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    Abby has over 10 years of supply chain experience across 3PL and consulting industries. She is currently a Group Manager of Transportation Management within Ryder leading a team responsible for all contracting, rate loading & technical account support for the TMS solution including optimization/consolidation, rating & routing freight for over 50 customers. She has previous experience in strategic end to end solution design, operational excellence & redesign of logistics functions to drive corporate strategy.

  • Do you know the advantages of completing an internship? Let’s list a few. Employers prefer to hire graduates who’ve gained hands-on experience related to their major. Internships extend your classroom learning into a real-world setting. Internships provide you with an opportunity to reinforce your choice of major and career path. Internships allow you to gain practical experience and transferable skills by working in a professional environment. Internships give you a competitive advantage in the job market because of the knowledge and skills you develop in the position. Internships help you develop a network of professional contacts in your career field. Internships provide insight into your future career. In this presentation Brian Hirsch will be providing an overview of the internship searching process including: Qualifications to intern, Process for applying for internships for credit, Where the opportunities are, and How to use Handshake and LinkedIn to navigate job openings.

    Friday, September 3rd - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    In-person and online (event link sent to all registered participants one day before)
    Brian Hirsch, Ed.D.

    Senior Associate Director, Ryan College of Business Career Center

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    Dr. Brian Hirsch is the Senior Associate Director for the UNT Career Center in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, as well as an Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Hirsch is a proven leader in career services and higher education with over twenty years of experience in diverse roles. His responsibilities have included expanding recruiter bases, creating increased opportunities for placement, career advisement, oversight and coordination of on-campus recruitment, employer relations, job and program development, student retention, teaching, leadership development, outcomes assessment, producing publications, marketing, supervision and budget management.

    Dr. Hirsch has extensive involvement with student affairs including leadership development, Greek Life, Student Activities, Student Retention, and Drug Education and Prevention.

  • You have worked hard and are about to graduate and enter the workforce.  How prepared are you to make principled decisions and take responsible actions in the workplace?

    Do you know the difference between right and wrong as it applies to your work?  What is an “ethical culture,” and how can you tell if you are in the midst of one?

    Friday, March 19th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Lynn Gravley

    President and CEO of NT Logistics

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    Lynn is President and CEO of NT Logistics, a Frisco-based, full-service, third-party logistics provider (3PL) he founded in 1999. NT Logistics is an addition to Gravley’s original firm, North Texas Carrier Corp, an asset-based contract carrier company he started in 1988.
    During its 20-year history, NT Logistics has been recognized on multiple occasions by the SMU Cox School of Business and Dallas Business Journal as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in Dallas-Fort Worth. Gravley has been further recognized as a two-time finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

    Gravley, a native of Gunter, Texas, graduated in 1987 from the University of North Texas (UNT) with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He is a member of the UNT Logistics Center Board of Directors and is active in the University’s Sigma Nu Alumni Association. Lynn was elected to the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) Board and serves as Chairman of Services and as a member of the Executive Committee. In 2018, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed Gravley to the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) board of directors where he serves as Chairman of the Finance, Audit, and Administration committee.
    Lynn is a private pilot who enjoys flying, hunting and raising cattle with Dianne, his wife of 31 years, on their ranch in Grayson County. They have three adult children and one son-in-law.

  • As our culture evolves, the dynamic for Women in Business continues to change. In this one-hour session, Kristin Peters will leverage her decade of experience in the corporate space plus interviews with women she admires to give future graduates a window into their future along with some tips for navigating through complicated situations.

    Friday, March 5th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Kristen Peters

    Senior Operations Manager at Vivify Health

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    Kristin Peters is a Senior Operations Manager who specializes in process improvement and developing high-performing teams. She began her career in Supply Chain, where she led her team to meet aggressive service level, obsolescence, and working capital goals. She then worked as a Program Manager, responsible for building the supply chain for Dispensary Services Programs and executing Strategic Operations projects. Most recently, Kristin is a Healthcare Operations Manager, building structured process and robust Supply Chain processes to enable business growth. Kristin enjoys working with people across functions, learning as much as she can, and root cause analysis. 

    Kristin holds a BS in Logistics and Supply Chain from UNT, and an MS in Industrial Management from the University of Central Missouri. 

  • Are you interested in one of the fastest growing career paths in a dynamic industry? In this talk with leaders at PepsiCo Logistics, you will learn about available career opportunities if you major in Supply Chain.  Presenters BJ Burruss and Matt Crawford will share their personal career experiences and discuss the opportunities for students to major in and pursue a career in supply chain.

    This event registration is for logistics, supply chain, aviation, and operations management majors.  This event is open to all majors at UNT.  If you are not a logistics, supply chain, aviation, or operations management major and you wish to attend this event please go to Handshake for registration. https://unt.joinhandshake.com/events/659865/share_preview

    Friday, February 12th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    PepsiCo Diversity Panel

    BJ Burruss

    Director, Inbound Operations at PepsiCo Logistics

    Matt Crawford

    Operations Manager, Internal Freight at PepsiCo Logistics

  • Have you ever wondered what makes a good or bad intern? or what employers are looking for in an internship? If so, you don't want to miss this presentation on "The Do's and Don'ts of Internships". You will get some real life tips to consider to make the most of your internship and future career opportunities.

    Friday, January 22nd - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Donna Weaver

    Former Executive Director Regional Operations at Wesco Aircraft

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    Donna was most recently an Executive Director for Global Operations Excellence at Wesco Aircraft responsible for consolidating distribution centers, new construction, and implementing a Global WMS. Prior to Wesco Aircraft, Donna was the Regional Vice President of Operations for Saddle Creek Logistics for the Texas and Illinois Regions, and also, the Regional Vice President of Operations for OHL (now Geodis) overseeing all of the Texas operations. Donna began her career at FedEx in Memphis, TN. She worked for 21 years in various Management positions for the Express, Ground and Supply Chain companies. She specializes in E-commerce, CPG, Food and Beverage, Service Parts and Medical Device distribution. She received her BS in Organizational Management from Crichton College in Memphis, TN, and CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) certification from APICS. Donna is currently active in many industry organizations such as CSCMP, APICS and a Board of Director member for UNT’s Supply Chain Program.