York College sophomore isn’t horsing around when it comes to logistics
You could say Kylie Good ‘22 arrived where she is today by horse. She’s been riding horses all her life at her family farm in East Berlin, Adams County, and shows quarter horses across the country. Before enrolling in the Supply Chain Operations Management program at York College of Pennsylvania, Kylie spent a lot of time with the American Quarter Horse Association and became part of the national youth leadership team.
As a high school student, she oversaw 23,000 youths in the program around the world, took conference calls, traveled to Texas, and gave speeches. That after-school and summer work laid a foundation for her future. “It was very much a professional development experience for me,” she says.
Before serving as the association’s vice president for two years, she was its regional director for six states, organizing youth leadership conferences in Pennsylvania and Virginia. She secured the venues, lined up speakers, promoted the events, arranged for catering, and made presentations.
She was deep into logistics. In the summer, she would travel to Washington, D.C., to lobby senators and representatives on behalf of the equine industry. In Texas, she led the association’s international youth conference. All that work never put a dime in her pocket, but, she says, “it really benefited me in the long run in professional development and learning how to interact in the business world.”
Choosing a college
When it came time to consider colleges, Kylie’s father, who as a business owner is a role model for her, suggested she attend a majors fair at York College. It took place on the day of her induction into the National Honor Society, but she made time to go.
She had taken introductory business courses in high school, and she most enjoyed working with numbers and people. When she talked with professors and students in Supply Chain Operations Management, they told her that excelling in the field required organization and communication skills, plus the ability to solve problems. “Those are the strengths I have,” she realized. “I went in with no idea of my direction and came out knowing that I wanted to do that.”
Studying close to home would allow her to continue following her passion: showing her horses. So, Kylie followed her sister, a Nursing student who will graduate in December, to York College.
Focusing on solutions
Enrolled in York College’s Graham School of Business, Kylie tutors first-year students in micro and macro economics, courses she took last year. Through tutoring, she helps others excel. “After my volunteer work, I really found I enjoyed leading people and being humble and yet helpful with people,” she explains. “I enjoy helping people learn and become better leaders themselves.”
The College’s small classes have helped her interact with her professors and get to know them. “And they get to know you,” she adds. “They have an incredible Supply Chain program. It was a perfect fit for me.”
Soon, she will join a team of upper-class students in a nationwide project to find solutions to supply-chain problems. She also serves as vice president of the College's chapter of a national supply-chain group, ASCM, organizing gatherings with area businesses so students can learn about their work.
That, she says, will help her determine a career path. “There are so many avenues to pursue in the supply-chain profession,” she says. “I know I would like to stay close to home, and I have lots of options because of the manufacturing in York. I also have Baltimore and New York City relatively close to home.”
Two years out from graduation, Kylie’s sights aren’t set on a career yet. She’s focused on serving an internship in the field next summer. Once she launches her career, though, horses might come into play again. “I have a passion for the equine industry,” she says. “There are options to pursue there. I’m still open-minded to that.”