Articles & Interviews

AWESOME Founder Ann Drake and CEO Michelle Dilley share perspectives on current events

After the events in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, AWESOME Leaders reflected on what we learned about leadership.
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Article highlights results of 2020 AWESOME/Gartner Women in Supply Chain Survey

Supply Chain Quarterly
Co-authors Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner, and Nancy Nix, Executive Director Emeritus, AWESOME, cite key points of research tracking women’s progress in supply chain leadership roles.

Ann Drake interviewed as prominent “Pro to Know”

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine
SDCE selected Ann as one of leaders to re-visit after being named a “Pro to Know” numerous times during the publication’s 20-year history.

Supply Chain Technology blog titled “5 Women Who Rocked the Supply Chain”
The article recognizes Ann Drake, Founder and Chairman of AWESOME, and Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women in Trucking, as “inspirational women that have pushed the industry in their own unique ways.”

Interviews with AWESOME leaders for article on “Women at the Top of the Supply Chain”

Supply Chain Quarterly
The article on supply chain leaders making it to the top levels of corporate management includes quotes from Heather Sheehan, AWESOME Executive Director, and Debbie Lentz, President of Global Supply Chain, Electrocomponents, and a profile of Susan Brennan, EVP/COO of Bloom Energy.

Interview with AWESOME Founder and Chairman Ann Drake

Strategy Magazine
Described as a publication that delivers analysis on the ideas and issues that are changing today’s world, Strategy asked Ann about her reasons for founding AWESOME and how she’s working to create equality at the top.

Podcast with Francesca DeBiase, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, McDonald’s

Q Talks by Loyola University Chicago
Francesca participated in a discussion on the topic of ethical business.

Podcast featuring Michelle Halkerston, President and CEO, Hassett Express

FreightWaves Insiders
While attending the AirCargo 2020 conference, Michelle was asked about her professional journey – from an internship with NASA to buying her own company.

Video with comments by Kathy Wengel, EVP & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer
Johnson & Johnson

World Economic Forum session on Women’s Leadership
Kathy participated in a WEF session, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, on the quest for gender parity.
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Interview with Heather Sheehan, AWESOME Executive Director

SMC3’s Insider Blog
Leading up to her role as the moderator for a panel at the 2020 Jump Start conference, Heather was interviewed about the progress women are making as supply chain leaders.

Interview with Michelle Halkerston, President & CEO, Hassett Express

Michelle describes technology integration investments she views as game-changers for her business.

Interview with Ninette Vaz, Global Supply Chain Internet of Things Senior Manager, Intel

Delivered Magazine
Ninette explains how diversity delivers in the workplace and talks about AWESOME as a source of support for women in supply chain.

Interview with Beth Ford, CEO of Land O’Lakes
2015 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award recipient

CBS 60 Minutes
Beth talks about leading her Fortune 500 company, one of the country’s largest farmer-and retail-member-owned cooperatives with a supply chain goes all the way from the farm to the retail shelf.
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Article by Ann Drake, AWESOME Founder

On October 17, 2019, Ann was honored with the Salzberg Medallion from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. This article shares share her acceptance remarks as she talked about the metamorphosis that led her to discover, learn, transform her company, and launch AWESOME.

The rise of women in supply chain and logistics

Refrigerated and Frozen Foods
An article titled “The rise of women in supply chain and logistics” highlights observations from the 2019 AWESOME/Gartner Women in Supply Chain survey.

Interview with Beth Ford, CEO of Land O’Lakes
2015 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award Recipient

Wall Street Journal
Interviewed at Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival, Beth said she sees plant-based products as solution, not threat to nation’s dairy and meat industries.

Article written by Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director, and Dana Stiffler, Research Vice President at Gartner

Supply Chain Management Review
Describes the business case for companies to advance women leaders in supply chain and the results of the 2016 AWESOME/Gartner “Women in Supply Chain Survey.”

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