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Alumni Awards: Dori Byard

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Dori Byard ’96
Global Sourcing Manager,
The William Wrigley Jr. Company

Dori Byard ’96 majored in agricultural business and economics. She was an active member of Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, Alpha Zeta agriculture honors society, and Alpha Lambda Delta.

Byard gained experience with trading, sales, and management oversight at several companies, including Grain Merchandiser, Bulk Oil Division, Archer Daniels Midland, and Kraft Foods.

Her efficiency in strategic sourcing of company products led to promotions, as Byard saved companies millions of dollars and consistently met sales goals. Her experiences prepared her for her current role as the global sourcing manager for the William Wrigley Jr. Company in Chicago.

She manages the supply chain for Wrigley’s products, driving cost savings while maintaining brand quality. She also seeks out the flavors, colors, coolants, and menthol for the popular chewing gum and candies manufactured in 14 countries.

Byard has an assertive role in corporate America, yet remains connected to Illinois State. She speaks to students and has recruited alums. Making her family proud ranks as her greatest achievement. She is a diligent and committed woman loyal to her family, her profession, and herself.

The Illinois State University Alumni Association will honor five award recipients during Founders Day celebrations on the 17th of this month, as well as during a dinner program. For video of this year’s awards program, visit