Advancing Women Through Education (AWE) / MIT

2021-2022 Academic Year

Rachael Clark

Rachael Clark was selected to receive the AWESOME/MIT Advancing Women through Education (AWE) Fellowship while working as a Demand Planner at PepsiCo. That role involves accurately forecasting the over Food Service and Vending business at Frito-Lay North America.

Rachael joined PepsiCo in 2017 as a Supply Chain Intern for the Product Supply function in Plano, Texas. Since then, Rachael has worked in various supply chain capacities, with her impact focused on developing forecasting and data analytics tools to provide supply chain visibility to the demand planning function and senior leadership. In her current role, Rachael collaborates with sales, finance, and supply chain to improve cross-functional communication and increase forecast accuracy amidst COVID-19 business volatility.

Outside of the supply chain function, Rachael has served in a planning leadership role for Frito-Lay’s Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN), an Employee Resource group whose mission is to engage and empower leaders to develop and support women. Rachael’s involvement at PepsiCo has also extended in re-founding the First Five Years organization, which serves to develop employees in their early years within the Supply Chain organization.

Rachael graduated from Arizona State University in 2018 with bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Supply Chain Management, with certificates in Business Data Analytics and International Business. Rachael also graduated from Barrett, the Honors College, where she defended a thesis entitled “Autonomous Vehicle Sensor Data Monetization.”

Outside of work, Rachael enjoys volunteering in the community. One of her favorite experiences has been serving at the Girl Scouts STEM Center in Dallas where she helped organize a robotics competition and taught a coding curriculum for young girls. Rachael also loves being involved with the W. P. Carey School of Business, where she serves on the Alumni Council and most recently created a case study for the undergraduate Supply Chain Management Association on behalf of Frito-Lay.

Rachael’s passions include traveling, West Coast Swing dancing, technology, and running.

Michelle Ramírez Moreno

Michelle Ramírez Moreno was selected to receive an AWESOME/MIT Advancing Women through Education (AWE) Fellowship while working as Transport & Warehousing Forecast Manager at Procter & Gamble. Her main contributions have been the development of transportation costs forecasting to improve business perspective and enable crucial decision making in Venezuela. She is responsible for sourcing strategies assessments of new initiatives for all import categories in the country. Additionally, she leads the local transportation process and projects to optimize costs, track progress and identify causes of issues.

In her previous role as Purchases Finance Manager, Michelle led supply chain changes to contribute with the reduction of raw and packing cost structures for local production in Venezuela. She also successfully worked on designing alternative supply lanes that enabled cost reduction and lead time optimizations, as well as designing a new process for raw materials purchase that influenced multifunctional teams.

Michelle graduated from the Universidad Metropolitana with a bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering in 2018 and graduated from IESA (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración) with a Master’s in Finance in 2021.

Michelle leads the Equality & Inclusion intervention in Venezuela that promotes the integration of people with disabilities in the workforce. Additionally, she contributes with the integration of women leadership to achieve an equal representation in the company, brands, and communities.

Her passions are playing volleyball, contributing to the community through math classes to those with fewer opportunities, as well as travelling and spending quality time with family and friends.

Karoline Rueckerl
Karoline Rueckerl was selected for an AWESOME/MIT Advancing Women through Education (AWE) Fellowship while working at BMW in the logistics strategy department leading a project to conceptualize supplier parks for current and future production plants. She has worked on multiple cross-functional projects in order to improve the organizational structure and collaboration efforts throughout the company. Among her previous roles she has acted as a global interface between headquarters and production plants and worked to define international best practices in logistics. She has completed multiple internships in productions plants located throughout the world and gathered experience outside of the automotive industry at BASF and Danone (formerly WhiteWave Foods) in various functions throughout the supply chain.

Karoline has always had a strong passion for supply chain in a professional and educational capacity. She has earned a Master’s in Supply Chain Management with Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich and she completed a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management and Information Systems at Penn State University. During her studies she held multiple leadership roles in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals organization and led teams in case competitions and Student Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations projects.

Karoline has a focus on giving back to the community around her by organizing charity drives and being involved in several organizations working to further diversity and develop future female leaders.

2020-2021 Academic Year

Namuun Purevdorj

Namuun Purevdorj completed a Master’s of Applied Science, Supply Chain Management from MIT in 2021. Her undergraduate degree in International Economic Relations and Global Business is from Mt. Holyoke College. When Namuun was selected to receive the AWE Fellowship, she was a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum.

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Priyanka Jarugumilli
Priyanka Jarugumilli completed a Master’s of Applied Science, Supply Chain Management from MIT in 2021. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Technology degree from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. When Priyanka was selected to receive the AWE Fellowship, she was a Manager, Product Supply for Procter & Gamble in India.

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Jennie May

When Jennie May was selected to receive the AWE Fellowship, she was an Alternative Source Manager with Pratt & Whitney. Prior to that, she graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in Marketing and Supply Chain Management and Public Relations She will continue her education by attending the MIT master’s program in fall of 2021.

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2019-2020 Academic Year

Elizabeth Raman Grubbs

Elizabeth Raman Grubbs completed her Master’s of Applied Science, Supply Chain Management from MIT in 2020. Her 2017 bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management is from Georgia Institute of Technology. When Elizabeth was selected to receive the AWE Fellowship, she was a Senior Data Analyst at The Home Depot.

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Gabriela Lamas Oporto

Gabriela Lamas Oporto completed her Master’s of Applied Scoence, Supply Chain Management from MIT in 2020. When Garbriela was selected for the AWE Fellowship, she was is a Senior Process Engineer for Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon Inc, Product Management and had been with J&J since 2014. She graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

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