What it takes to be an AWESOME Sponsor

A sincere and strong commitment to advancing women’s leadership
The desire to connect with more than 1,300 senior women supply chain leaders in the AWESOME community

AWESOME sponsors come in all varieties. We have Fortune 100 companies and smaller, younger companies with a special focus. Among sponsors are manufacturers, retailers, food service and hospitality businesses, logistics and transportation providers, consulting companies, tech firms, and business services organizations. More than half have been sponsors for multiple years – and every year, we add new sponsors.

Relationships with sponsor companies will be based on our shared values and common goals. We have created sponsorship opportunities that provide meaningful participation and demonstrate genuine commitment. Multiple levels of sponsorships are available.

The special role of HOST PARTNER

We are in the early stages of connecting with a potential Host Partner for the 2020 AWESOME Symposium. The Host Partner works with the AWESOME team to plan and present a successful and memorable event – and enjoys significant privileges and benefits. We like to plan ahead, so if your company might have interest in being our Symposium Host Partner in the future, let’s talk.

Previous Host Partners include Johnson & Johnson, NIKE, JDA Software, Starbucks.

If you’d like to know more about sponsorships opportunities and benefits, please contact
Heather Sheehan – heather.sheehan@awesomeleaders.org
Tracy Drake – tracy.drake@awesomeleaders.org


Since the beginning in 1971, Starbucks has been committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive third place and to nurturing the human spirit — one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time. Today, with more than 29,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the world’s premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee that is ethically and sustainably sourced, as well as the provider of our other brands: Seattle’s Best Coffee, Teavana, Evolution Fresh and Ethos Water. It is our vision that together we will elevate our partners, customers, suppliers and neighbors to create positive change.
DSC Logistics, a CJ Logistics Company, transforms logistics and supply chain management into a critical business strategy based on collaborative partnerships, innovative thinking and high-performance operations. As a Lead Logistics Partner (LLP), third-party logistics (3PL) provider and supply chain consultant, DSC provides dynamic supply chain leadership by reducing total system costs, transforming business processes, improving service to customers and facilitating growth and change. Ready to lead in the global marketplace, we have joined with CJ Logistics, a leading global supply chain management innovator, accelerating our transformation strategy to deliver customer value. In addition to nationwide logistics center and transportation management and supply chain packaging services, DSC now offers expanded omnichannel fulfillment capabilities, international freight forwarding, cross-border transportation and global operations.
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based health care company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 37,000 locations in 120 markets around the world. Its aspiration is to be recognized by customers around the world as a modern, progressive burger company. McDonald’s is committed to using its size and scale as a force for good. Within the company, that means providing inclusive work environments, training and support. Through initiatives such as the McDonald’s Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), McDonald’s has created a culture where women have significant opportunity to succeed and grow.
NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, OR, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brands include Converse, which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories.
Intel is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of essential products and technologies. Intel invents at the boundaries of technology to make amazing experiences possible for business and society, and for every person on Earth. Harnessing the capability of the cloud, ubiquity of the Internet of Things, the latest advances in memory and programmable solutions, the promise of always-on 5G connectivity, Intel is disrupting industries and solving global challenges. Leading on policy, diversity, inclusion, education, environmental sustainability and supply chain responsibility, we create value for our stockholders, customers, and society. Intel has a global workforce with 100,000 employees in 90+ countries and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
Expeditors is a Fortune 500 service-based logistics company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. At Expeditors, we generate highly optimized and customized supply chain solutions for our clients with unified technology systems integrated through a global network of 331 locations in 109 countries on six continents. As a service-based company, we don’t own the aircraft, ships, or trucks we use every day. Therefore, we can be highly flexible in our approach to supply chain management and effective at finding the best route and pricing options for our customers. We are proud of our uncompromising commitment to customer service and we believe our ability to execute on customers’ customized needs differentiates us in the marketplace.
Hassett Express, LLC, is a leader in time-definite and expedited transportation and logistics solutions. As a privately held Chicago-based WBE (Women Business Enterprise), Hassett’s success of more than 35 years is based on commitment to our employees, our customers and our community. We focus on our core strengths of industry experience, safe and reliable transportation and a high level of customer service, while at the same time supporting the changing needs of our customers through the implementation of new technologies and processes. Hassett has offices throughout the country combined with a network of over 250 agents on a global basis. We are a certified SmartWay Transport Partner in both logistics and as a carrier.
Ulta Beauty is the largest U.S. beauty retailer and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. In 1990, the Company reinvented the beauty retail experience by offering a new way to shop for beauty – bringing together all things beauty, all in one place — and now offers more than 25,000 products from approximately 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon featuring hair, skin, brow, and make-up services in more than 1,160 retail stores across 50 states and also distributes products through its website ulta.com. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and our industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program.
ABM is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of approximately $6.4 billion and more than 130,000 employees in 350+ offices throughout the United States and various international locations. ABM’s comprehensive capabilities include janitorial, electrical & lighting, energy solutions, facilities engineering, HVAC & mechanical, landscape & turf, mission critical solutions and parking, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. ABM provides custom facility solutions in urban, suburban and rural areas to properties of all sizes – from schools and commercial buildings to hospitals, data centers, manufacturing plants and airports. ABM Industries Incorporated, which operates through its subsidiaries, was founded in 1909.
As the world’s leading agricultural company, Bayer Crop Science offers seeds, seeds traits, crop protection & environmental science, and digital farming. In order to address the enormous challenges the world faces – from a changing climate to limited natural resources to a growing population – we are working to shape agriculture through innovation, helping to nourish our growing world while preserving natural resources, and delivering better solutions for farmers. As a leading innovation company, Bayer has been named one of the Most Reputable Companies as well as being selected for Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Large Employers,” and “Best Employers for Diversity.”
C&S Wholesale Grocers is the lead supply chain company in the food industry today—and the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. We supply independent supermarkets, chain stores, and institutions with over 140,000 different products from more than 50 high-tech facilities, delivering everything from seafood to soup to soap. In fact, if it belongs on a supermarket shelf, it’s probably moving through a C&S warehouse right now. With our continuing commitment to new technologies, C&S is constantly focused on delivering cost savings, service, and value to our customers. With more than 100 years of experience serving retailers as a fourth generation family business, we have the depth, expertise, and vision to help businesses run efficiently and profitably.
At C.H. Robinson, we believe in accelerating global trade to seamlessly deliver the products and goods that drive the world’s economy. Using the strengths of our knowledgeable people, proven processes and global technology, we help our customers work smarter, not harder. As one of the world’s largest third-party logistics providers (3PL), we provide a broad portfolio of logistics services, fresh produce sourcing and managed services for 120,000 customers and 73,000 active contract carriers through our integrated network of offices and over 15,000 employees. In addition, the company, our Foundation and our employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations. C.H. Robinson is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Cisco creates IT solutions, software and services that help companies around the world seize tomorrow’s digital opportunities today. Founded in 1984, Cisco was instrumental in building the internet, proving that amazing things can happen when we connect the previously unconnected. Since then, Cisco has been at the heart of many historic changes in technology, and that continues to be true today – creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors and ecosystem partners. Our collaborative technologies and cloud-based solutions enable different systems and remotely located workgroups to work together in sync, automating cumbersome business processes and improving workplace productivity. We believe in creating long-lasting customer partnerships and aligning solutions that ensure customer success. That’s why customers come first here.
CJ Logistics is opening a new frontier of logistics around the world with advanced logistics solutions, systematic consulting based on TES&C (Technology, Engineering, Systems/Solutions & Consulting) capabilities, and network expansion initiatives through M&As. Through an established and expansive global logistics network that connects the entire world, CJ Logistics provides the industry’s leading one-stop total logistics service. CJ Logistics is on track to become a global top 5 logistics company and will always passionately pursue worldwide logistics excellence. Based on collaboration and cutting-edge technology, we create customer value by strengthening logistics partnerships with industry-leading companies known the world over for their success in the global marketplace.
At Clarkston Consulting, our people solve problems for the world’s leading consumer products and life sciences companies. Since 1991, Clarkston Consulting has provided a broad set of customized consulting services to help our clients achieve their strategic goals from problem discovery through project delivery. We implement proven solutions to transform the way your company thinks, innovates, and grows. Clarkston Consulting offers value-driven expertise in business strategy, supply chain operations, commercialization, enterprise technology, and quality and regulatory processes. Our 97% client satisfaction rating is more than a metric, it’s who we are.
Colliers International (NASDAQ, TSX: CIGI) is a leading global real estate services and investment management company. With operations in 68 countries, our 14,000 enterprising people work collaboratively to provide expert advice and services to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, owners and investors. For more than 20 years, our experienced leadership team, owning more than 40% of our equity, have delivered industry-leading investment returns for shareholders. In 2018, corporate revenues were $2.8 billion ($3.3 billion including affiliates), with more than $26 billion of assets under management.
XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) is a top ten global logistics provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world. The company operates as a highly integrated network of people, technology and physical assets in 32 countries, with 1,535 locations and more than 100,000 employees. XPO uses its network to help more than 50,000 customers manage their goods more efficiently throughout their supply chains. The company has two reporting segments, transportation and logistics, and within these segments its business is well diversified by geographies, verticals and types of service. XPO’s corporate headquarters is in Greenwich, Conn., USA, and its European headquarters is in Lyon, France.
Adecco Staffing is the nation’s leading provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. We partner with Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized operations and small organizations to staff all of the industries that drive our economy forward. We proudly connect thousands of talented workers, representing diverse skillsets, to opportunities for better work each week. Like AWESOME, Adecco believes in inspiring a more qualified, confident and collaborative workforce. Our organization has committed to unleashing the talent of our people, a top strategic priority for 2018. Through community partnerships, thought leadership, targeted recruitment strategies and opportunities for professional development specifically designed for women, Adecco cultivates and illuminates female accomplishments every day.

CBRE Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2018 revenue). The company has more than 90,000 employees (excluding affiliates) and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 480 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 5,000 private and middle market companies. Our people work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today’s marketplace to make an impact that matters — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. We help supply chain executives navigate uncertainties to find sustainable growth opportunities in today’s increasingly global and digital market.
Ajilon specializes in executive search and mid-level placements within the supply chain and logistics industry. Ajilon is part of The Adecco Group, the world’s largest workforce solutions company. With international reach and a local presence in 60 North American markets, Ajilon helps organizations achieve a sustainable, competitive workforce and connects top talent with best-fit jobs.
ALOM is a global supply chain management services and solutions provider serving as a partner to its Fortune 100 customers in the technology, automotive, government, medical, telecommunications, and utility/energy sectors. Headquartered in Fremont, CA, its expert team of strategists, technology engineers, and supply chain specialists operate globally from 19 locations. ALOM supply chain service offerings include procurement, ecommerce, inventory, assembly, digital media duplication, print management, fulfillment, IT and visibility tools, logistics management, and operations. ALOM is proud to deliver its customers’ products and services impeccably, enrich the end-user experience, and uphold their brand reputations.
Morton Salt is an American way of life. Since 1848, Morton Salt has been improving lives and enhancing every day moments – at home, at work and virtually everywhere in between. Still today, the company is widely recognized for its Morton Salt Girl brand icon and famous When It Rains It Pours® slogan. And Morton Salt consumer products remain staples in the hearts and homes of millions of Americans. The company is also hard at work for businesses, serving a wide range of industries including food and pharma. That’s because Morton Salt is a company with vision, drive and a big heart. Based in Chicago, Morton Salt and its subsidiaries employ more than 3,000 team members in the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas.
Optricity creates and supports warehousing analysis, optimization and performance improvement software. To develop sustainable solutions, including its highly acclaimed warehouse slotting application, OptiSlot DC™ software, Optricity utilizes a blend of warehousing domain expertise, advanced mathematics and software engineering skills. The Platform of planning solutions includes slotting, profiling, integration, simulation, @Ease Warehousing Technologies™ and the Moves Conductor™ for warehousing operations.
project44 is the world’s leading Advanced Visibility Platform for shippers and third-party logistics firms. project44 connects, automates, and provides visibility into key transportation processes to accelerate insights and shorten the time it takes to turn those insights into actions. Leveraging the power of the cloud-based project44 platform, organizations are able to increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs, improve shipping performance, and deliver an exceptional Amazon-like experience to their customers. Connected to over 175,000 carriers worldwide and having comprehensive coverage for all ELD and telematics devices on the market, project44 supports all transportation modes and shipping types, including Parcel, Final-Mile, Less-than-Truckload, Volume Less-than-Truckload, Truckload, Rail, Intermodal, and Ocean.
Transplace is the leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, helping manufacturers, retailers and distributors optimize supply chain operations and increase financial performance. Offering a complete suite of transportation management, strategic capacity, and cross-border & global trade services, Transplace’s customizable logistics solutions and best-in-class technology gives businesses greater control of their transportation operations and enhanced visibility of shipments and overall supply chain performance. With deep expertise in key vertical markets, including consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, retail and chemicals, Transplace leverages its entire network to solve large-scale, complex supply chain problems for its customers in the most efficient, cost-effective manner.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Home Care, Personal Care and Food & Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries. On any given day, 2.5 billion people use Unilever products to feel good, look good and get more out of life – giving us a unique opportunity to build a brighter future.
Verst Logistics is a leading provider of fully-integrated eCommerce fulfillment, transportation, warehousing, and packaging services in business for over 50 years. An Inbound Logistics Magazine Top 100 3PL, Verst serves a wide range of industries including retail, automotive, food and beverage, wine and spirits, paper, and health and beauty. Privately held and family-owned, Verst offers quick response and great flexibility, putting logistics solutions in place fast to reach over 85% of the U.S. population in under 2 days. Verst exists to extend the expertise and capabilities of their clients. Whether you partner with them for logistics, fulfillment, packaging, or a combination of services, teaming up with Verst offers clear advantages to flex and respond quickly to market demands. Verst Logistics’ business is to serve as an extension of your business.

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