A Lifelong Bond with Kelley
Kylie Yeiter BS'99
Supply Chain Analyst, Delta Faucet Company
“The small class sizes meant we had a lot of one-on-one interactions with the professors. If I had to do it over again, I would get the same majors.”
Kylie Yeiter initially planned to study finance and real estate at the Kelley School, but a great experience in her K201 Technology class changed her mind.
“I loved the class,” says Yeiter, who soon realized the material came naturally to her. “I talked to [Operations and Decision Technologies Department Chair and Professor] Ash Soni to learn more about the business process management major and decided that was the path I wanted to take.”
She added majors in information systems and operations management, becoming the second-ever person in the program to graduate with a triple major.
“Our class helped define the business process management major into what it became, and the small class sizes meant we had a lot of one-on-one interactions with the professors. If I had to do it over again, I would get the same majors.”
The Operations and Decision Technologies department’s many networking events and company presentations helped her land an internship with Crowe Chizek and Company the summer after her junior year. The internship turned into a full-time job where she remained until recruiters for Delta Faucet Company recruited her for the company in 2003.
As a supply chain analyst, she works with new product development teams to launch products on time with sufficient inventory on hand; works with suppliers to increase their delivery performance and reduce lead time; expedites purchase orders to fulfill customer orders; and leads business process improvement projects.
Although she graduated in 1999, Yeiter still draws upon the skills she learned at Kelley in her daily work.
“The team environment at Kelley really helps transition students into the real world,” she says. “So many colleagues were not used to working with cross-functional teams, where I was able to step right in. From going through I-Core, I had an idea of other areas of the business. Business students need to understand that the company cannot be successful without the other areas of the company.”
Yeiter was impressed with the Operations and Decision Technologies professors and their willingness to help students with homework and networking. An annual alumni panel helps ensure the department is teaching subjects of relevance to the real world while staying in touch with graduates from the program.
“The professors care about the students and make sure students are getting the education that will make them marketable when they graduate,” says Yeiter. “I have kept in touch with a couple of my professors, and I know they will be lifetime friends.”
- Web sites she visits every day:
“Yahoo e-mail and my Kelley MBA class Web sites for updates.”
- Favorite Bloomington hangouts:
Kilroy’s Sports Bar, Nick’s English Hut
- I love my job because:
“It challenges me every day to solve a problem. There is always something to fix. You might have to go looking for it, but it will be there.”