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 Spring 2021 semester will be held on Fridays from noon to 1:00 p.m. and will be presented in a virtual format only. 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. Students will receive an email confirmation to the email address provided on the registration form along with the link to the virtual Zoom 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

  • 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
    Zoom
    Speaker(s)
    Kristen Peters

    Senior Operations Manager at Vivify Health

    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. 

  • 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, April 16th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Zoom
    Speaker(s)
    Lynn Gravley

    President and CEO of NT Logistics

    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.

Previous Events

  • 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
    Zoom
    Speaker(s)
    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
    Zoom
    Speaker(s)
    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.

  • During these dynamic times of increased competition across various industries companies are dependent more than ever on supply chain professionals. Attend this event to learn how you can leverage certifications to optimize your career, increase your value, and stay on the cutting edge of your career after graduation.

    Friday, November 20th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Zoom
    Speaker(s)
    Vince Mozik, CPIM, CSCP, PMP, SCOR-P

    VP of Education & Certified Lead Instructor at APICS North Texas Chapter

    Adjunct Professor in Operations Management at University of Texas at Dallas

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    Vince is a supply chain expert, leader, and educator with nearly 17 years of Fortune 500 experience across 5 different industries. He has helped various organizations design, restructure and improve their supply chains and business continuity to advance overall performance. He has experience at companies such as Boeing Global Services, Parker Hannifin, American Axle, Jabil Circuit, General Electric, Mitsubishi Motors, and Marathon Oil.

    In addition, Vince is the VP of Education of the APICS North Texas Chapter, an APICS Certified Lead Instructor and a former Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. He led the APICS North Texas Chapter to earn the highest growth in sales nationally in 2019 and received an “Education Excellence Award” in 2020. He holds a BBA from Western Michigan University in Integrated Supply Matrix Management and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy along with CPIM, CSCP, PMP, and SCOR-P certifications.

  • Does your perfect role really exist? And if dream jobs are out there, how do you land yours? This talk will address identifying your skills and refining what you are looking for in your first role out of college. Mr. Saunders will outline the realities of finding your perfect role, and detail how to gain fulfillment at work. Dalton Saunders is the President and CEO of Truxio.com and Paladin Freight Solutions. Both are fast-growing agile companies looking for fresh talent entering the logistics industry.

    Friday, November 6th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Zoom
    Speaker(s)
    Dalton Saunders

    CEO at Paladin Freight

    President/CEO at Truxio

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    Dalton Saunders is the founder of Paladin Freight Solutions, PFS Transportation, and Truxio. As the President & CEO, he leads his team to provide innovative logistics solutions that inspire the confidence of customers. He loves working with passionate people that want to be impactful. He would love to talk business or provide career advice. Please feel free to reach out to him through his LinkedIn account.

  • Technology has become such an integral part of our daily lives that our culture – who we are - is being affected. As we continue to create devices that blur the line between what is “us” and what is “the internet,” the idea of symbiosis – the merging of human and internet - becomes more and more real. What we witnessing is the melding of human creativity with the common platform of the internet creating a global system. Join us as we discuss the implications of this effect on global culture and supply chain.

    Friday, September 25th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Zoom
    Speaker(s)
    Michael Savoie

    CEO at HyperGrowth Solutions

    Co-Founder at CyberReady, LLC

    Clinical Professor of Operations Management at University of North Texas

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    Dr. Savoie serves as President and CEO of HyperGrowth Solutions, Inc. where he leads a group of senior consultants and facilitators helping companies manage their corporate infrastructure and develop the skills necessary to survive in a rapidly changing environment. Clients include IBM, Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, the U.S. Department of Energy, BellSouth Telecommunications Company, and Chevron, U.S.A.

    In 2019, Dr. Savoie co-founded CyberReady, a computer and network security company. CyberReady provides detailed assessments, based on leading security frameworks (GDPR, ISO, NIST, FIPS, FISMA), that allow organizations to quickly and easily assess the risk exposure of their buildings, portfolios or remote work environment infrastructure and operations.

    Dr. Savoie is also a Clinical Professor in Operations Management at UNT. He has teaching and business experience in Executive Management, Strategic Planning, Operations Management, Cybersecurity/Risk Management, Information Systems & Data Analytics, Engineering, Quality, and Training. He is an internationally recognized public speaker, serves as a consultant to numerous companies, and is a technology adviser to federal, state, and local governments.

    Prior to joining UNT, Dr. Savoie was a Visiting Research Professor at SMU and served as the Dean of the College of Technology & Computing at Utah Valley University.

  • This webinar will walk you through the history of Process Improvement Methodologies, examples of Process Improvement’s practical applications, and a toolkit to inspire participants to get started on their own Process Improvement journeys.

    Friday, September 11th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Zoom
    Speaker(s)
    Kristin 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.