Key Initiatives

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 networking, 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 will be held May 3-5, 2017, and celebrated with Fifth Anniversary Partners, DSC Logistics as Founding Partner, other sponsors, and leaders from throughout our industry.

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, six 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. Two more women will be honored for their legendary leadership at the 2017 Symposium.

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.

Scholarships

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, 17 scholarships have been awarded to students in a total of 12 top universities with supply chain programs.

Collective Wisdom – REALITY CHECK

Following each AWESOME Symposium or other event, AWESOME produces a listening-based record of the up-to-date thinking of speakers, panelists and participants. Distributed in print as well as in a downloadable format on the AWESOME website, REALITY CHECK contributes the collective wisdom of supply chain thought leaders to the overall conversation about women’s advancement and leadership. Volume Five – How We Make Things Happen: Reaching New Levels of Leadership — was released in September 2016.

AWESOME Website

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 network 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.

Research

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 first study, Women in Supply Chain, conducted in early 2016 and reported at the 2016 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.

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