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Center for Supply Chain Excellence

The Center for Supply Chain Excellence at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business trains, supports and informs the community through our programming. We strive to improve profitability for the entire supply chain industry and are dedicated to ensuring SLU is leading the field to prepare supply chain professionals for future challenges.

About the Center

SLU’s Center for Supply Chain Excellence offers training and education about various supply chain tools and activities — such as supplier relationships, purchasing management, operations and inventory management, logistics and transportation, quality measurement and information technology — through programs, events, publications and interactions with corporate supply chain professionals.

The Center has three objectives to resource professionals to meet the demands of today's industry.

  • Provide management training seminars on the application of best practices within the global supply chain management field to improve the financial performance of organizations
  • Actively support academic and curriculum development in the area of global supply chain management for area colleges and universities
  • Engage in advanced research on application tools in the field of  supply chain management

We pursue these objectives in cooperation with our diverse membership and partnerships, including affiliation with leading companies in the St. Louis metropolitan region, including: APICS and the American Society for Quality, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Institute for Supply Management, Missouri Enterprise, National Contract Management Association and National Defense Transportation Association.

Certificate Programs

The center’s certificates, workshops and programs train individuals to integrate and coordinate the management of supply chain activities. Through our comprehensive programs and expert instructors, individuals learn how to develop consistent and dependable customer service levels, leading to better management of supply chain activities and related assets. Our offerings provide every member of the supply chain industry significant opportunities to improve corporate profitability and return on assets.

 About our Certificate Programs


The Center for Supply Chain Excellence sponsors multiple events throughout the year. In order to ensure that our participants and the community are staying engaged and involved, we bring in a variety of industry professionals.

Rooftop Speaker Series

The Rooftop Speaker Series incorporates interactive panel discussions and networking happy hours that highlights the various challenges and innovations within the supply chain industry.

Learn More About the Rooftop Speakers Series

Convergence Conference

In partnership with the St. Louis Operations Collective, the CSCE co-hosts this day-long supply chain industry conference each spring.

Learn More About the Convergence Conference

Distinguished Guest Speaker Luncheon

The Distinguished Guest Speaker Luncheon is an annual event that brings together professionals for a networking lunch to hear from a highly respected individual in the field of supply chain management. The speaker is different every year, allowing a variety of topics and perspectives to be presented.

Membership and Benefits

The success of the Center for Supply Chain Excellence is dependent upon the support, expertise and dedication of the center’s diverse Board of Directors. We are always welcoming new members to join in our commitment to excellence in supply chain education and programming.

Membership criteria are guided by the Center for Supply Chain Excellence Board Information Manual.

Membership Levels

The Center for Supply Chain Excellence offers businesses the opportunity to join the program as a member. There are various membership levels, each offering various benefits upon enrollment. For more information regarding membership, contact Dr. Yulia Vorotyntseva at 314-977-3867 or

Research and Publications

The Center for Supply Chain Excellence participates in the research, writing and publishing of industry-related content to help further the understanding of supply chain management.