Joy Martin doesn’t consider herself entrepreneurial, but there she is, one of three managing partners of a young company embedded in the supply chains of one of the country’s busiest aerospace corridors.
How did Martin, with an undergraduate degree in marketing, begin solving supply chain puzzles for suppliers of the likes of GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney? A growing interest in analytics led her to forgo the job market after graduation so she could pursue her MS in Information Systems at the Kelley School. The decision paid off, particularly with her second career move. When Martin reached out to a friend whose new company had begun making waves in the Cincinnati area, she was interested in working for Robot Morning. To her surprise, she was offered ownership in the company, which develops supply chain automation software for aerospace manufacturing.
You said you were surprised to be offered ownership in the company—but also ready for the challenge. How did the MSIS program prepare you for this leadership role?
“Having that experience of both the business and technical sides of the technology sector, and having that introduction to software that helps almost everything run anymore, has had a very direct impact on what I did during my first job after graduation and what I’m doing now.”
“I built on my undergraduate degree and my coding skills—I took technical courses on such topics as disaster recovery and enterprise resource planning (ERP). The overarching idea was that business and IT were like a Venn diagram. The benefit of the MSIS curriculum was the management side of it, how you manage a team in a tech environment. That’s what I’m doing now. I manage a team of developers at Robot Morning, as well as being a developer myself. I help manage the projects that we have going with our customers and the other departments within our company.” (more…)