2020 Symposium Agenda

The AWESOME Symposium – a special event for senior women leaders in supply chain – offers the opportunity for connecting, collaborating, learning and inspiration.

Early Registration Ends March 31 | $895
Regular Registration Begins April 1 | $1095
Invitations have been emailed to AWESOME Leaders

Thank you to McDonald’s, our 2020 Host Partner

Wednesday, June 10

Location McDonald’s Headquarters in Chicago’s West Loop
Early morning through lunch
Best Practice Sharing Session

(Private session for designated representatives of Host Partner and Champion Sponsors)

12:00PM – 3:00PM
Symposium Check-in, materials and badge pick-up
Lunch on your own in surrounding neighborhood

Networking and activities, including various optional, no-cost activities such as beauty services and designer clothing & jewelry trunk shows are being planned.

Special Optional Activity: Elevate Your Personal Brand

Limited capacity and cost of $50/person

Two-hour workshop with D.B. Wienke, founder and CEO of ResumeLinkUp.com. Bring your laptop or tablet for active learning on how to upgrade your LinkedIn presence and digital personal brand.

Sign-up for this activity will be available during Symposium Registration, opening the week of January 27 and will close when capacity is filled.

3:00PM – 5:00PM
Symposium Kick-off and Welcome from McDonald’s leaders

Out in Front talks by women with inspiring journeys and leadership lessons

5:15PM – 7:15PM

Thursday, June 11

6:45AM AWESOME Run/walk – Optional activity
No additional cost; no sign-up required
Location Morgan Manufacturing Event Center in Chicago’s West Loop
8:00AM – 5:15PM Breakfast

Morning sessions:

Up-Close Conversation: Francesca DeBiase, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer for McDonald’s  and Ann Drake, Founder of AWESOME

Out in Front with Mary Dillon, CEO of Ulta Beauty

Transformative Leadership: Panel of Senior Women in Supply Chain

Presentation of AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award


Afternoon sessions:

Up Close Conversation: Sally Helgesen, leadership expert and author of How Women RiseBreak the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

Reaching Across – Engaging Men to Accelerate Progress: Panel of Male Leaders

Out in Front with Dr. Victoria Medvec, Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Making Waves workshop

Reception and closing celebration

Friday, June 12

Optional Chicago experiences – Sign-up will be available as part of Symposium Registration, opening the week of January 27, and will be closed when capacity is filled.
Additional cost of $95

  • Bespoke Cuisine Cooking Class
    Choose an interesting and unique food experience – part cooking class and part party. Prepare and enjoy six savory appetizers and a dessert in this establishment on “Restaurant Row.”10:00 am – 1:00 pm, $95 per person, limited capacity.
  • Chicago Architectural Foundation Tour and Boat Cruise
    Choose this two-part tour focusing on what makes Chicago famous for its architecture. First, a private tour of the new Architecture Center, then a docent-guided cruise along the Chicago River.10:00 am – 12:30 pm, $95 per person, limited capacity.
  • West Loop/Fulton Market Walking Food Tour
    Sign up to stroll through the neighborhood while sampling the signature dishes of five specialty food stores. Chicago Food Planet is the top-rated food & drink experience provider in Chicago.10:30 am – 1:30 pm, $95 per person, limited capacity.

Invitations will be e-mailed to AWESOME leaders and are non-transferrable.
Hotel and Travel Information will be available at time of Registration.

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