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

Previous Events

  • In this presentation of How to Go from "CAW! to "SWA" David Looney will review helpful tips and tricks to follow as you transition from student to employee and provide some inside information about the internship application process at Southwest Airlines.

    Friday, April 1st - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    David Looney
    Aircraft Maintenance Planning Specialist

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    David Looney graduated from UNT in 2017 with a degree in Aviation Logistics, Aviation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. While at UNT David was active in American Association of Airport Executives Student, Alpha Eta Rho Aviation Fraternity, Logistics Case Competition Teams, and Rock Climbing. Now about to begin his fifth year at Southwest Airlines, David says he is happy to continue doing what he loves most - connecting people to what's important in their lives!

  • What does success look like to you? How can you be satisfied in your career? What can you do now to help you get where you want to be? In this presentation Roger Neumann will review twelve points for young leaders to thrive in today’s workforce.

    Friday, March 25th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Roger Neumann
    Southwest Regional President, National Defense Transportation Association

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    Roger Neumann is the Vice President of Contingency Plans for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange), at Exchange Headquarters, Dallas, Texas. In this capacity, he serves as civil-military lead for Exchange issues in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus other contingency, exercise, and disaster relief operations worldwide. In addition, he serves as a primary HQ Exchange civil-military liaison to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Army and Air Force Service staffs, and military Combatant Commands in the continental U.S. The Exchange operates as a Soldier and Airman owned co-op, with 98 percent of its budget generated from sales. The Exchange is one of the top 50 retail organizations in the U.S. with annual revenue of $8.7 billion and about 35,000 associates, including a small contingent of military. The Exchange operates department and convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, theaters, vending and other businesses on military installations in all 50 states, five U.S. territories and more than 33 countries.

    Neumann was born in Boulder, Colo. He began his Exchange career in 2012 as the Director of Contingency Plans while he was an Active Duty Air Force Colonel at Exchange HQ, Texas. Since that time Neumann retired from active duty and remained with the Exchange as a civilian. Neumann was named the Vice President of Contingency Plans in August, 2014.

    Neumann has deployed to Baghdad and Kirkuk, Iraq, for Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Kabul, Afghanistan, for Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Neumann attended the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and earned a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Science Technology. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Colorado State University.

    Neumann entered the U.S. Air Force in 1990 by commissioning through ROTC at Colorado State University. He has had numerous assignments, such as Vehicle Maintenance Flight Commander, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ; Air Terminal Operations Center Chief, Yokota AB, Japan; Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Charleston AFB, SC; Combat Readiness Flight Commander, Incirlik AB, Turkey; Director of Logistics, US Air Forces Europe (USAFE) Air Mobility Operations Control Center, Ramstein AB, Germany; Commander, Logistics Readiness Squadron, Buckley AFB, CO; NATO Movements Staff Officer, Heidelberg, Germany and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Belgium; Chief Advisor, Base Support Unit, Kirkuk AB, Iraq; Chief of Mobility, J4 Directorate, United States Forces-Afghanistan; and Deputy Chief, Logistics Plans and Integration Division, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon.

    Neumann’s military awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (3), Air Force Achievement Medal (2), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and others.

  • Brian’s presentation will serve as a fun guide to navigating your first few weeks and months of your internship or job. First impressions are key and frankly those initial interactions on the job will stick with you until you end your time with that employer – for better or for worse. He will cover what you should and should not do in how you communicate and interact both in the office and outside of the office. Brian will also give his firsthand experiences both as the new hire 25 years ago from UNT and what he sees today as Callaway Golf hires in new interns and employees. Small decisions you make and how you act can set the course for your entire career.

    Friday, February 18th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Brian Heldebrandt
    Director of Fulfillment, Callaway Golf

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    Supply chain operations leader with experience in strategy, innovation, systems, transformation, distribution, logistics, sustainability, fleet and field operations. Proficient at evaluating business needs to create and improve operational processes, improved cash flow, eliminated inefficiencies, optimized resources and improved productivity. Embraces a positive leadership style focusing on value creation and customer satisfaction through communication and collaboration. Experience has been cultivated by accepting roles that have expanded in scope and complexity while delivering results for both large and small companies.

    Career highlights include an end to end supply chain redesign and implementation, development and integration of a successful direct to consumer ship solution, running a large multi-state field logistics operation, developing and implementing a sustainable fleet program and the integration of cutting-edge solutions into the global supply chain. These efforts have driven positive ROI and generated documented savings which expand margin and enhance the customer experience.

    Heldebrandt’s current role is Director of Fulfillment for Callaway Golf and site leader at Callaway’s new Fort Worth facility. Responsibilities include inbound, inventory control, fulfillment, value added services and returns for all Callaway brands which includes Callaway Golf, Odyssey, OGIO, Travis Mathew and Jack Wolfskin. He also works with Sales, Supply Chain, Finance, Quality and Continuous Improvement teams to drive efficiency and the customer experience.  He also serves on the University of North Texas (UNT) Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Advisory Board volunteering time to develop the program and guest lecture students as they embark on their career paths.

  • Norma Jean Payne of Dallas/Fort Worth Transportation Club will share the challenges faced today in supply chain with a focus on Women in Logistics.  How far women have come and overcome the adversity and challenges the industry has given them. What obstacles will everyone have to overcome to get through our current crisis.

    Friday, February 4th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Norma Payne
    President, DFW Transportation Club

    Norma Jean Payne graduated from UTA in December of 1982 with a BS in Criminal Justice. She started her career in transportation in 1983 working as the first woman hired in the Dallas office for a small LTL carrier. In 1984 she took a leap of faith and applied for her Transportation Broker Authority.  She was a one-person operation for the first two years, then as her business developed she hired a full-time dispatcher, so she could concentrate on sales and being the customer service advocate. This is the principle she built her business on and still abides by it today, 37 years later. Her companies now provide domestic truckload and volume LTL, international ocean, air and LCL services, custom brokerage and is asset based with the ability to do pneumatic tanker service, flatbed, van, Conestoga and dray services within the United States.

    In 2004 Payne was featured in Gulf Shipper magazine for Women that excel in Gulf Transportation and in the Journal of Commerce magazine, “Women in Trade and Transportation.” She serves on the advisory board for Dallas Colleges supply chain department. She has served on the board of the Dallas/Fort Worth Transportation Club and is currently the President of the Dallas/Fort Worth Transportation Club. She has been a speaker at local universities regarding the current supply chain disruption and chaos we are experiencing today. She serves in the mentor program at UTD supply chain and welcomes students to intern in her companies. She has hired and trained many students from the area that have brought new technology and innovative ideas to make us more competitive and new opportunities for growth. She is a big advocate for our future supply chain leaders and enjoys speaking to them, as well as learning from them.

    Payne says “It has been a challenge every step of the way. I forged my way in a male dominated industry and had to prove that I was capable of standing up to the big guys! Integrity, honesty and customer service is the success and foundation of our team and our companies.”