Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s, (right) and Kristin French, Department of Defense (second from left) were presented with the AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award by Ann Drake AWESOME founder (second from right). AWESOME’s Heather Sheehan (left) led a conversation with the two honorees.

AWESOME Executive Director Nancy Nix (left) moderated a panel of women deans of leading business schools as one of four panels featured at the Symposium. The deans, representing the business schools of Northwestern University, UCLA, and University of Iowa, talked about the challenges of achieving gender equity in business school and beyond.

Pat Mitchell and Trish Lukasik each shared her career experiences, leadership lessons, and secrets of success in an inspiring “Out in Front” talk. Pat is President and CEO of Pat Mitchell Media, former president of CNN Productions, and the first woman president and CEO of PBS. Trish is COO of SpotHero and former executive with Pepsico, P&G, and Coca-Cola.

AWESOME links you to news and developments related to the supply chain and to women’s leadership in the supply chain and beyond. You’ll find a new study that compares the female and male CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies – and another new study about Women in Manufacturing. Also, founder Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics, is taking the AWESOME message far and wide – most recently to the Tompkins Supply Chain Leadership Forum.

Key findings of the 2017 Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted by AWESOME and Gartner Research, were reported by Dana Stiffler at the Symposium. The survey shows that CSCOs looking to advance women leaders should engage HR to prioritize recruiting and integrated pipeline planning.

Daniella Levitt led an interactive workshop with Emerging Leaders based on her book, Ready, Set…RISK! — Positive Strategies and Tactics for Women to Turn Career Risk into Opportunity. Kate Daly, VP of Human Resources, DSC Logistics, acted as facilitator for the full day of insights and discussions, which included a panel of leading supply chain women offering career lessons based on their own experiences.