“It was huge to realize I had that leader in me.”
Winston made the leap from fashion merchandising for a regional chain to innovating supply chain processes on a global scale for Walmart. His post-MBA life unites his interests in green living, fashion and supply chain management.
Micro and macro thinking
During his internship on the supply chain innovations team at Walmart headquarters, Winston faced the in-store challenge of keeping shelves stocked. Sounds simple, but it’s a question of scale. “Walmart stores experience an incredible volume of customer traffic, which makes keeping the shelves stocked a major challenge. If you can improve stocking at the store level, it’s a major profit factor. At a company like Walmart, incremental changes can have profound impacts.”
The TCU advantage
Although initially drawn to TCU because of small classes and strong rankings, the school’s commitment to maximizing each student’s strengths and meeting their career goals also served him well. “Not everyone at TCU comes from a conventional business background, so you find out that, even with a fashion background, you still fit in nicely and can add tremendous value to the classroom. TCU frontloads the program which allows you gain confidence and speak to employers more intelligently about business concepts. And that makes us prepared for our internships—and every job that follows.”
Joining a powerful network
After connecting with so many alumni—from American Airlines, Travelocity, AT&T and other top companies—he’s proud to join the ranks of TCU’s motivated alumni network. “As a student, I’d message someone on LinkedIn for coffee, and they’d agree to meet with me 100 percent of the time. TCU alumni are really dedicated and know what this degree did for them.”