February, with the Super Bowl as well as the Winter Olympics taking place, was a big month on the 2018 sports calendar. Attending one of those events would be an experience of a lifetime. But Olivia Davis '17, a logistics coordinator for the NBC Sports Group, was at both.
“Working the Olympics and Super Bowl is so much different than you’d expect. There's so much going on that you don’t even realize," says Davis, an International Business major with a concentration in Global Supply Chain Management. At NBC Sports, she's responsible for ensuring that technical production equipment arrives at the events on schedule.
Davis always had an interest in working abroad. Bryant's requirements for International Business students to study abroad and to have a senior practicum with companies that have international connections were "really important to me" and are what make Bryant's IB program exceptional, she says.
For her supply chain practicum, Davis worked with Hasbro to analyze container data reports, HTS codes, free trade agreements, and safety regulations for six countries. Building on the Hasbro data and their own research, Davis and her practicum team found a way for Hasbro to save more than $12 million. The team's final deliverable won first place in Bryant University's Senior Practicum Global Supply Management Competition last spring.
"That hands-on experience has helped me so much in my career," she says. "Hasbro is one of the largest toy companies in the world. I was able to tie in international business with global supply chain management, all while working with Bryant alumni. When I talk to my friends from other schools, I realize they didn't have anything like we did at Bryant.”
As a student at Bryant, Davis mentored first- and second-year students. "It's an incredible program and I didn’t want them to miss" any of its opportunities, she says.
- Davis spent a semester abroad in Shanghai. "It was one of the best experiences of my life. I recommend it to anyone."
- International Business major to first- and second-year IB students
- She and her team won first place in Bryant University's Senior Practicum Global Supply Management Competition.
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