The enduring career of Lingyun Zhang is the confluence of life-long passions, influences and experiences, starting in China, moving to America, and then back overseas. Although she primarily focuses on marketing strategies in her graduate pursuits, Zhang also enjoyed the experience of earning a degree at the Sam M. Walton College of Business in supply chain management this past May.
“During my time as an undergraduate, when I learned the concepts and skills in supply chain management and other business-related courses like finance, accounting and marketing, I gradually realized that separated knowledge could contribute little help to being successful as an entrepreneur,” said Zhang. “Supply chain management helps a company save money while marketing skills help the company increase sales. I desire more comprehensive knowledge about how to run a company in the future.”
Before Zhang studied abroad, she earned her first Bachelor’s degree in logistics management at Soochow University which is based in Suzhou, China. Driven to succeed, Zhang was awarded the Academic Excellence Award prize three times alongside her other academic awards that highlighted her community involvement, innovation and quality development.
Zhang held two different positions at Soochow University during her enrollment, one as vice president for Enactus and the other as associate director for the Students’ Union. Her involvement with students, awards and scholarships she obtained pushed her to study abroad and pursue a degree in supply chain management, as she was granted the Soochow University Overseas Study Scholarship in 2017.
“My academic experiences at the University of Arkansas had a profound impact on me, but the relationships I built with my instructors, classmates, and friends are absolutely the most invaluable things in my mind.”
In her free time, Zhang enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring with her friends and being with her family. Her mother and father both live in China, which influenced her returning home after her studies concluded at the University of Arkansas.
During her time in the Walton College, Zhang held a spot on the Chancellor and Dean’s List. In just one academic year, she and her classmates from Soochow accumulated 47 credits. Zhang was among the highest performing students in her class, obtaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout her experiences abroad.
What Zhang has learned from her academic courses has proven invaluable during her internships, with Walmart China being her first in 2016. As a project intern in the Supply Chain Department, Zhang was responsible for the system upgrade of the Team Productivity Report for the Fresh Distribution Centre. Her responsibilities entailed eliminating inefficient jobs, redefining new roles and presupposing the criteria for working hours and work efficiency assessments.
Presently, Zhang resides as a digital marketing intern for Wyeth Nutrition based in Shanghai, where she directly communicates with multiple departments to support campaigns’ follow up and convenient operation.
Time management in her administrative work is a direct reflection of one of the many skills she acquired during her time at the Walton College. Continuously engaging in administrative work, Zhang still finds time to pursue her research interests, involving marketing strategies and analysis rooted in Chinese tradition and media.
“Enjoy your time in academia, even the quizzes and tests,” said Zhang. “I’ve learned that problems are not limited to answer selections; issues outside of school are much harder to solve and not always as clear-cut.”
We are proud to have Lingyun Zhang as one of our EPIC Spotlights as she continues to make global progress and encourages other women to do the same!
— Blair Carver, SCMRC Communication Coordinator