Stillman MBA Student Wins Prestigious Rhoda Issacs Award

By Zane Keller,
Stillman News Editor

Sean Rainford, Stillman MBA student, has won first place in the 2013 Rhoda Isaa­cs Scholarship in Supply Chain Manage­ment competition.

The Rhoda Isaacs scholar­ship is spon­sored by the New York chapter of the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). It is an extremely competitive award and high­ly prestigious. Previous winners have gone on to become VP of their respective firms.

The first place prize is typically select­ed from a competitive array of both gradu­ate level and undergraduate supply chain students from colleges and universities in the greater New York City area.

Rainford’s winning essay addressed key trends shaping supply chain including the rise of knowledge workers and the evo­lution of “big data” to “fast data.” He also touched upon aspects of it such as, ”the rise of the knowledgeable worker,” which he explained how children these days know more about technology in the few years they have been born than most adults have learned in the last 50 years.

“Winning this award was due largely in part to the education I have received from Dr. Penina Orenstein and others in the Stillman MBA program,” Rainford said on the Seton Hall website. “This program will serve me very well in my career pursuits and afford me the opportunity to be an am­bassador and testament to the exceptional quality of education offered at the Stillman School.”

Rainford wins a fully sponsored trip to the annual Global CSCMP conference in Denver, Colorado, taking place this month. At the conference, he will have the op­portunity to learn from and network with 2,000+ supply chain industry profession­als.

Rainford is not the only Stillman student to stand out recently. He joins an impressive list of Stillman MBA students winning awards in supply chain manage­ment, including Wambui Gathu who re­cently won the Institute of Supply Chain Management – Capital One Scholarship.

Achievements such as these reinforces the Stillman School of Business’s recent backing as one of the top 295 MBA pro­grams according to the Princeton Review. Reviews are based on several categories, including type of accreditation, along with an eighty question student survey that fo­cuses on student experience and academic selectivity. This will be Seton Hall’s sev­enth year on the list.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 29 print edition.

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