April 27-29, 2016

Fourth Annual AWESOME Symposium
April 27-29, 2016
Portland, Oregon

Symposium logo CMYK

Host Partner: NIKE, Inc.
Founding Partner: DSC Logistics

For more details and updates, visit our Symposium Website

If you have received an invitation: REGISTER NOW

Cost of the Symposium — $495 — goes up after March 31.

If you have registered for the Symposium: RESERVE A HOTEL ROOM

A limited number of rooms are available at a special rate.

If you have not received an invitation: Click here

Senior-level leaders may also recommend an Emerging Leader to attend the Symposium. See details below.

Symposium Agenda
April 27-28, 2016

Wednesday, April 27

3:00 pm

Tour of NIKE, Inc. World Headquarters

(for those who have registered for Nike tour)

4:45 pm

Depart from The Nines Hotel for Networking Reception at Nike World Headquarters

(for those not registered for Nike tour)

5:30 pm

Networking Reception

6:30 pm

Welcome Remarks and presentation of 2016 AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award

    Annette Clayton, EVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric
    Jackie Sturm, Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group General Manager of Global Supply Management, Intel
    Facilitated by: Debbie Lentz, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc.


8:30 pm

Return to The Nines begins

Thursday, April 28 : The Nines : Portland, OR

7:00 am – 8:00 am


8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Symposium Morning

Panel 1: Supply Chain Innovation: Leading Change for Future Success

This panel of senior women leaders will share their experience driving supply chain innovation and leadership lessons learned. Why is supply chain innovation critical to business success? What role do leaders play in challenging the organization and driving innovation and change? What are the biggest barriers to innovation and what are the critical leadership skills required to overcome those barriers? What role does diversity play in innovation? How can we as leaders be catalysts for innovation and position our organizations for future success?


    Stacey Taylor, SVP & Chief Procurement Officer, MGM Resorts International


    Andrea Atwell, VP Supply Chain, L’Oreal
    Linda Bryant, VP, Global Strategy & Business Excellence, Janssen Supply Group, LLC
    Francesca DeBiase, Francesca DeBiase, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, McDonalds
    Alexandra Lopez, CPO & VP Operations, Cisco Systems

Up-Close Conversation

    Christie Smith, Regional Managing Principal, Consulting, Deloitte; Managing Partner, Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion

AWESOME/Gartner 2016 Women in Supply Chain Research Findings

    Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME and Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner

Panel # 2: Paradigm for Parity

At current rates of progress, we can expect to see gender parity in the C-suite and at the Board level in about 100 years, but steps are being taken to accelerate the progress. This panel of outstanding male leaders from multiple industries will reflect on “Paradigm for Parity,” a call to action and plan put forth by a coalition of 50 senior women leaders (CEOs, senior executive, founders, board members, and business academics). With the goal of achieving parity by 2030, “Paradigm for Parity” outlines five action steps to be taken and highlights the imperative that both men and women champion women’s advancement or it won’t ever happen. Panelists will discuss why this initiative is important for businesses today, what it will take to get there, what challenges must be overcome, and what actions must be taken to achieve success.


    Sandra Beach Lin, Member, Board of Directors at American Electric Power, WESCO International, PolyOne Corporation & Interface Biologics; Former President & Chief Executive Officer, Calisolar Inc.


    Rick Frazier, Chief Product Supply and Service Officer, Coca-Cola Refreshments
    Eric Sprunk, COO, NIKE, Inc.
    Steve Inaker, Cardinal Health, Formerly President, Hospital Sales and Services, Cardinal Health, Medical Segment

Buzz Session

12:00 – 1:15 pm

Lunch for all participants

Special lunch and session for Emerging Leaders: Creating Your Own AWESOME Future through Networking

    Facilitated by Patty Ross, VP, Global Workplace Design + Connectivity, Nike, Inc. Patty will share the positive impact that building a network has had on her career at Nike and provide insight into the tools, techniques and mindset women can adopt to help them achieve success.
1:15 – 4:00 pm

Up-Close Conversation

    Christiana Shi, President, Global Direct to Consumer President, NIKE

Panel #3: Women in Sport

Charlie Brooks, VP NA Communications, will moderate a discussion with a panel of outstanding women who have tackled challenges, exemplified leadership and achieved greatness, either on the field, on the track or in the workplace.

Buzz Session

Panel #4: Beyond Supply Chain: Taking it to the Next Level

This panel of accomplished C-suite leaders and Board Directors will share insights about what it takes to move beyond supply chain to the next level of leadership. What is required to get there and be successful in those roles? How do you move beyond your functional role to have a seat at the table? What did you do to prepare? What unique contributions can you make as a C-level leader or a Board Director? What difficulties or challenges did you face that were unique to those roles? What advice do you have for others as they navigate their journey to future C-suite and/or Board roles?


    Joanne Bauer, Board of Directors, Omnicell Inc. and Aurora Healthcare; Former President, Health Care, Kimberly-Clark Corporation


    Tanya Fratto, Non Executive Director at Smiths Group plc and Former President and CEO, Diamond Innovations
    Joyce Russell, President, Adecco Staffing U.S.
    Lynn Utter, Board of Directors, WESCO International and Former President / COO, Knoll

Concluding Remarks

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

Join us at Nike Portland for a one-of-a-kind, private shopping and networking experience in the heart of downtown Portland! 

7:00 pm

Dine Arounds

Optional Activity — small group Dutch-treat dinners in Portland (for those who have registered for Dine-Arounds) If you registered for Dine-Arounds, you’ll receive your dinner designation when you arrive at the Symposium. If you haven’t yet signed up for this part of the events, contact mary.cline@awesomeleaders.org. now, because there is a limited capacity.

Friday, April 29 : The Nines : Portland, OR

Additional Activities (optional)

7:30 am Tour of Nike World Headquarters / Exercise in Workout Facilities
7:30 am Guided power walk in downtown Portland
10:30 am Willamette Valley Winery Tour and Lunch
10:30 am Multnomah Falls Hiking and Lunch
10:30 am Discover Downtown Portland – guided tour and lunch
4:00 pm Return to Hotel


The recommended hotel for Symposium participants is The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland, also the location of Symposium sessions on April 28. The rate for participants will be $239 per night + taxes. The registration form includes a link to the hotel reservation site. If you’ve already registered for the Symposium, reserve a hotel room now.


Senior leaders who participate in the 2016 AWESOME Symposium are invited to recommend an Emerging Leader to also attend. (An Emerging Leader is a high-performing / high-potential individual in a supply chain leadership role who does not yet meet the AWESOME criteria. View AWESOME eligibility criteria.)
Please note that opportunities for Emerging Leaders to participate are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis, so early registration is recommended. You will be able to submit an Emerging Leader’s name when you complete your own registration, or to provide that information at a later date if places are still available.
Emerging Leaders: Click here for more information.
Watch www.awesomeleaders.org/womens-supply-chain-leadership-symposium/ for updated information.

Hope to see you in April!

Teamwork in action! See our Symposium website of the first AWESOME Nike visit


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