EPIC Spotlight: Emma Cleaver

Emma Cleaver is a senior at the Sam M. Walton College of Business who is pursuing a supply chain management degree with a focus in transportation. She moved a lot as a child, spanning from Seattle to South Korea.

Before coming to the University of Arkansas, Cleaver lived with her family in Kansas City, Missouri. Her brother and sister decided to stay in Missouri for college, while Cleaver made different plans.

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“You can live anywhere you want to in the world, but remember to pack a good attitude wherever you go,” said Emma.

The University of Arkansas was her prime choice; she fell in love with the campus and even more so with the Walton College.

Originally, Cleaver wanted to pursue a degree in international business, but decided she already had a number of years studying international with five years of French under her belt.

She decided supply chain was the best option for her, and ever since has been involved in the program with her Koch Discovery Scholarship. Cleaver has been flourishing with supply chain management.

Previously, Cleaver was an assistant to the Finance VP of Alpha Kappa Psi. She also held office as a Senator in the Walton College of Business Associated Student Government, and she was a peer mentor for Freshman Business Connections after her first year at the University of Arkansas.

Currently, Cleaver holds the position of Vice President of Membership for the supply chain student organization, ASCA- Arkansas Supply Chain Association. She is also an active member of another supply chain management student organization, WISE- Women Influencing Supply Chain Excellence and she in involved in C3 Christian Ministries on campus.

“The Walton College encourages students to get involved with more than just their classes. The professors give great insight about the field and jobs available within in.”

Being so thoroughly involved in the program has led her to amazing opportunities to attend conferences with working professionals. Cleaver has participated at the National Retail Federation Foundation Student Program and the World Food Logistics Organization Institute.


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“The entrepreneurs I had the opportunity to meet at the NRF conference really opened my eyes to the world of the supply chain,” said Cleaver. “If you can gain experience, get it while you’re enrolled in college.” Being a student in the Walton College has really helped with these opportunities.

Cleaver incorporated her student involvement with the University of Arkansas Recreation as a Fitness Center Attendant two years ago and still holds her position there today. Cleaver is in charge of tracking usage of the fitness center and ensures the safety of all customers.

Moving forward a year into the next spring semester, Cleaver focused on retail as a PepsiCo Campus Brand Ambassador under Fuse Marketing Agency. She identified marketing locations on campus and distributed PepsiCo products to 3,000 students.

The summer after her PepsiCo position consisted of being a Planning Intern for the Clorox Company in Georgia, assessing performance metrics and implementing new planning systems.

“Don’t be afraid to do long internships,” said Cleaver. “When you have that much time on your hands, you can mold your internship into a truly memorable experience.”


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When she isn’t working, Cleaver enjoys the hiking trails around Fayetteville with her friends. She attends 9Rounds almost as much as she spends time in the kitchen whipping up new recipes.

Cleaver is obsessed with baking shows and loves to be creative (especially when the final project is edible).

Her advice to students: bloom where you are planted. You’ll be replanted over and over again, but it’s fundamentally your choice whether or not you want to leave a positive impact on each of the places that you touch.

We are proud to call Emma Cleaver an EPIC student!

Written By: Blair Carver, Communication Coordinator, SCMRC