How ESCO's Commitment to Higher Education Impacted my Career
by Beatriz Moraga
In 2013 I was an international student
at Portland State University (PSU) earning my MBA in Global Supply Chain
Management. You may be aware of ESCO’s impactful partnerships with local schools
and I’d like to share an example.
ESCO’s relationship with PSU is largely
led by our Chief Operating Officer, Jon Owens, who currently serves on the
board of the PSU Business Advisory Council. With Jon serving as an advocate for
the school, ESCO is able to give back to our local community and develop a
partnership that benefits students and industry alike. I also like that we help
students in their search for jobs in the Portland area.
Our company provides financial support
to core PSU initiatives, including the School of Business Administration Fund
and the NW Science Expo of the PSU Foundation, giving us the opportunity to
partner with other donors on programs.
For me, ESCO’s commitment has been a
uniquely personal relationship.
Given my international background and
heritage growing up in a mining country, Chile, I already had a strong interest
in multi-national organizations that worked in manufacturing, specifically
mining or forestry. During my time at PSU, I was fortunate to attend a career
panel where an ESCO executive told us about ESCO’s global footprint and
dedication to engineering, designing and manufacturing the highest-quality
mining tools used all over the world. Right then, I knew ESCO would be the
place for me.
As part of the curriculum for my MBA, we
were required to complete a capstone consulting project. Working in small
teams, the capstone projects paired us with a sponsoring company that would
provide us support to solve a problem for, or to improve, our client company. I
was lucky enough to be paired with ESCO.
This ESCO-sponsored capstone project
allowed me to complete a four-month initiative to identify global suppliers,
and eventually, we reported back to ESCO with our recommended strategies. I was
able to work with ESCO employees who became my mentors and exemplified the
company’s culture and values. Between the international opportunities and the
great people who work here, I knew that ESCO would be able to provide me with
the opportunities I was looking for.
After graduating from PSU’s MBA program later
that year, I began working full time at ESCO in supply chain demand planning. Today
I work primarily with our manufacturing facilities to manage their production
and am currently fulfilling a dream of mine by working with a foundry in my
home country. I’m very grateful for the opportunities ESCO has provided me, and
for their commitment to local schools and higher education. ESCO is the type of
organization that gives you opportunities where you can go far and fulfill professional