2017 powered by AWESOME

September 24-27, 2017  |  CSCMP Annual Supply Chain Conference

Atlanta, Georgia

Sunday, September 24   |   AWESOME Networking Event   |   7:30 pm
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, 270 Peachtree St NW 100, Atlanta
(By invitation)

Sponsored by

Monday, September 25   |   Opening General Session   |   8:30 am
Presentation of 2017 Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
to AWESOME Executive Director Nancy Nix

Wednesday, September 27  |  AWESOME Mega Session — powered by AWESOME  |   8:30 am
Innovation in the Supply Chain: Perspectives from Leading Executives

Learn from successful senior executives about building and leading innovative, agile supply chains. Technology disruptors, rapidly-changing customer preferences, social media, and other forces create challenges and opportunities requiring companies to adapt their production and supply chain capabilities. This session will answer questions such as: How are organizations transforming their supply chains for innovation and agility? What major technology and other disruptors are forcing changes in supply chain strategies? How can supply chain leaders be catalysts for innovation and improved top-line and bottom-line performance?

Wendy Herrick, Vice President Supply Chain GTM US, Unilever
Michelle Livingstone, Vice President, Transportation, The Home Depot
Jennifer Schopfer, Vice President, General Manager – Transport Logistics, GE Transportation
Barbara Schwarzentraub, Director, Divisional CFO, Caterpillar

Moderator: Heather Sheehan, Director of Member Engagement & Sponsorships, AWESOME; former VP and co-Chief Procurement Officer, Danaher Corporation

Two more sessions on Monday, September 25 (both 2-3:15 pm) feature AWESOME leaders as panelists: Ann Drake, AWESOME founder, “Decisions Determine your Destiny”; and Michelle Livingstone and Mary Long, both AWESOME Advisors, “Omnichannel – Not just a Retail Challenge.” Learn more

We’d also like to recommend the Women at Work Panel & interactive discussion, sponsored by Penn State Executive Programs, on September 24, 3:15 – 5:30 pm.


September 14, 2017 | GlobalTranz/LPS

Phoenix, Arizona

Ladies in Logistics group

Session hosted by AWESOME member Kirsten Castillo, COO of GlobalTranz/LPS

Speaker: Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director

Topic is career insights and lessons learned, as well as perspectives on how women can be successful in what is still a male dominated industry.


July 10-12, 2017 | GT Nexus Bridges 2017

New York, New York

Wednesday, July 12
Leveraging Technology and Building Connections to Compete in a Networked Future

Technology will play an ever-more critical role in the networked supply chain of the future. Yet ultimately the power of a network is also about people. Connecting people, processes, and data to create agile supply networks and end-to-end visibility will be increasingly important in a rapidly changing competitive landscape. Leveraging technology and collaborating to achieve common goals will be keys to success. This panel of senior women leaders will focus on the interaction between people and technology and the importance of leveraging and building connections in the supply chain to ensure future competitiveness.

Norma Clayton, VP Learning, Training & Development (retired), The Boeing Company
Felicia Dinkel, VP Global Logistics, Sims Metal Management
Meri Stevens, VP Strategy & Deployment, Johnson & Johnson

Moderator: Heather Sheehan, Director of Member Engagement & Sponsorships, AWESOME; former VP and co-Chief Procurement Officer, Danaher Corporation

Bridges is an industry leading event for supply chain technology. It brings together top supply chain executives from the world’s largest companies. This year, Bridges has an exciting lineup of executive customer keynotes from Helly Hansen, Electrolux, Rockport, CNH and Caterpillar. These supply chain visionaries will provide key insights on how to manage and mitigate supply chain risk, use global logistics control towers, define visibility, consolidate systems, and set up new supply chain operations for spin off companies. Click here to see the top five reasons why people attend Bridges @ Inforum.


May 23-25, 2017 | Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Phoenix, Arizona
Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum

Tuesday, May 23 | 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Women in the Supply Chain Lunch

Discussion of key findings from the AWESOME/Gartner 2017 Women in Supply Chain Study.

Ann Drake, CEO, DSC Logistics and Founder, AWESOME
Lisa Kulok, SVP Global Supply Chain Operations, Columbia Sportswear Company
Meri Stevens, VP Strategy & Deployment, Johnson & Johnson

Moderator: Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner, Inc.


April 3-6, 2017 | Promat 2017

Chicago, Illinois
Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum

Tuesday, April 4 | 12 noon – 4:30 pm
Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
How to Influence Your Company and the Industry

This panel of industry leaders will give their advice on how to break down walls in your company. Panelists will address issues facing women today and how they can help themselves and clear the path for next generation of women.

Panelists include:
Shana Relle, Global Marketing & Product Management – Logistics & Material Handling, Intralox
Shari Altergott, Corporate Director of Marketing & Business Development, Associated & Peach State Integrated Technologies, Inc.
Cheryl Rossborough, Chief Financial Officer, Ace Industries
Kelly Furstoss, Senior Director, Warehouse & Logistics Operations, Glanbia Performance Nutrition
Holly Busalacki, District Sales Manager, Komatsu

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME


March 14, 2017 | EXPO – Transportation Club of Minneapolis & St. Paul

Bloomington, Minnesota

Women in Logistics:  Career Opportunities & Challenges

More and more women are entering the field of logistics but are still under-represented, especially in leadership roles. With the talent shortages companies face today, they are recognizing that recruiting, retaining, and advancing women is a business imperative – and the opportunities for women have never been greater. This panel of women leaders will share their experiences and discuss opportunities for women and challenges they face. They will also offer insights about steps companies can take to make a difference and ways women can advance their own careers.

Panelists include:
Molly DuBois, VP North America Surface Transportation, C.H. Robinson
Gina Garven, Director of Category Management, Robinson Fresh
Kirsten Hall, CEO of Logistics Planning Services (LPS)
Kim Roy, VP of Operations, DecoPac, Inc.
Sarah Storlie, President of Service Plus Transport

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME


January 23-25, 2017 | “Jump Start” Conference hosted by SMC3

Orlando, Florida

Monday, January 23 | 11:20 am – 12 noon
The Need for Speed – the Retailer’s Perspective

As more consumers elect for ‘click-to-buy’ shopping, retailers are forced to demand faster, better service.  From visibility to last mile what are the newest and biggest challenges facing virtual retailers?  What opportunities are there for the right 3PL, carrier and technology solution partners?  Join our panel of leading experts from AWESOME as we lay out the retailer’s needs to grow the omni-channel experience.

Panelists include:
Shari Boston, VP, Global Sourcing & Supply Chain, ConvaTec Inc.
Erin Donnelly, Director of Transportation, Home Depot

Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME

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