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Adding a Master’s to a Supply Chain Career

  • Tyler Simigran
  • MPS '19
Tyler Simigran

Tyler enrolled in LIM’s Global Fashion Supply Chain Management master’s degree program to further his career. Now, in addition to being a graduate of the program and a working supply chain professional, he’s also an adjunct faculty member.

Why did you decide to pursue your master’s degree at LIM?
I was living in NYC while working for a retail tech company. I managed multiple retailers, including one on the corner of 45th and Madison, right between LIM’s Maxwell Hall and Fifth Ave buildings. I mentioned LIM College to my mother—a former retail executive—and she stated she’d had many employees come from LIM who spoke highly of their education. I realized this was where I needed to be to take my career to the next level.

Please tell us about your professional experience working in supply chain.
I was exposed to retail supply chain as a young kid, traveling with my mother to trade shows, manufacturing plants, and Fashion Weeks. My professional experience started in high school as a warehouse manager for a marine supply business. I’ve since worked in various sourcing roles.

Currently, I’m the Global Retail Integrations & Support Manager for Maria Tash, ensuring all units can complete their tasks, goals, and strategies, on both departmental and individual levels. My daily tasks include supporting our retail locations point-of-sale and other retail technology systems. I’m actually overseeing the implementation of a new e-commerce platform, order management system, and warehouse management system.

Did your master’s program at LIM help you grow in your professional role?
Absolutely. My program helped me put the retail industry into full perspective. Prior to LIM, I had no formal retail education. I loved learning from the professors who had great experience and working with students who shared the same passion for retail. LIM gave me the tools to better understand a complex market.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying to a master’s degree program at LIM College?
Do it! And take part in as much as you can that the school offers, like guest speaker seminars, additional micro-courses, and more. Also, don’t be afraid to speak out about your experiences; everyone can learn something from each other!