Annual AWESOME Symposium
AWESOME’s signature event – an annual Symposium first held in 2013 — brings together senior women leaders in diverse roles throughout the supply chain field to take part in discussions and collaborations to support the advancement of women’s supply chain leadership. Major corporations have stepped up to join us, including Johnson & Johnson, Host Partner of the 2015 Symposium, and NIKE, Inc., who hosted our 2016 Symposium. Our Fifth Anniversary Symposium was held May 3-5, 2017, and celebrated with Fifth Anniversary Partners –Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s and Nike; and DSC Logistics as Founding Partner, other sponsors, and leaders from throughout our industry. The sixth annual Symposium was held May 9-11, 2018, in Orlando with the support of Host Partner JDA Software and other companies committed to women’s leadership. The seventh annual Symposium was held on May 1-3, 2019, in Seattle with Starbucks as Host Partner.
AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award
AWESOME celebrates the contributions and success of outstanding women supply chain leaders by presenting the annual AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award. Since the Award was created in 2014, ten leaders have been recognized for achieving extraordinary professional excellence and success, addressing challenges impacting opportunities for women in our field and advancing the changing landscape of women’s supply chain leadership.
Powered by AWESOME
AWESOME raises the visibility of women leaders in the supply chain field by connecting them to roles as panelists and speakers at conferences, businesses and universities. Sessions powered by AWESOME have become an integral part of the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) as well as many other events focused on the supply chain profession and women’s leadership.
AWESOME Excellence in Education Scholarships are awarded annually to women studying supply chain at leading universities, enabling selected scholars to attend the CSCMP annual conference and the AWESOME Symposium and interact with senior leaders. Since the scholarships were initiated in 2013, 27 scholarships have been awarded to students in a total of 15 top universities with supply chain programs.
AWESOME taps into the experience and insights of AWESOME leaders by compiling key points from discussions, conversations, and interactive sessions. In October of 2018, the first AWESOME Action Agenda: 16 Ways to Make Waves and Advance Women’s Leadership was released – the product of brainstorming sessions at the 2018 Symposium. As a follow-up to previous symposiums, AWESOME produced six volumes of REALITY CHECK, a listening-based record of the up-to-date thinking of speakers, panelists and participants. These publications contribute the collective wisdom of supply chain thought leaders to the overall conversation about women’s advancement and leadership.
Awesomeleaders.org provides an online connection to all aspects of AWESOME, including news, insights, event information, recommended readings, profiles of outstanding leaders and updates on issues related to women’s leadership in the supply chain as well as other fields. Weekly email ALERTS reinforce the link between community members and relevant information.
Collaboration with other organizations
AWESOME works in partnership with other organizations to achieve the goal of advancing women’s supply chain leadership. As part of our collaboration with CSCMP, AWESOME provides content and industry experts for CSCMP programs and coordinates efforts through an AWESOME liaison on the CSCMP Board.
AWESOME is working with Gartner, the world’s leading technology research and advisory company, on a series of studies focusing on women’s supply chain leadership. The third Women in Supply Chain Study conducted in early 2018 and reported at the 2018 Symposium, was conducted to determine the representation of women in supply chain roles at different levels and to gain insights about companies’ gender diversity objectives, initiatives and challenges