Research confirms engaging men is crucial to advancing women

Women participating in AWESOME Symposiums and other events have often said that engaging men in the efforts to advance women’s leadership is essential, and one of the recently published “Seven Smart Moves” of the AWESOME Action Agenda gives steps women can take. An article in Harvard Business Review supports the view that diversity initiatives won’t succeed without men being involved. Continue reading

Medical leaders group hears Ann Drake’s views on women’s networks

AWESOME founder Ann Drake spoke recently to a meeting of the Northwestern Medicine Women’s Leadership Group (NM WLG). Northwestern Medicine has four hospitals, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, an academic center in downtown Chicago that was named the No. 1 hospital in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report. The title of Ann’s talk was “The Importance of Women’s Networks.” Continue reading

Kirsten Castillo speaks to first-year MBA students at TCU’s Boot Camp

A recent “Boot Camp” at TCU – which offered first-year students pursuing an MBA at TCU’s Neely School of Business insights into a career in supply chain management – included a talk by Kirsten Castillo, AWESOME’s Director of Member Engagement. Continue reading

Beth Ford helps farmers take on today’s tough challenges

Beth Ford, the 2015 recipient of the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award and now the CEO of Land O’Lakes, was interviewed on CBS 60 Minutes about what her company is doing to help farmers. A Fortune 500 company, Land O’Lakes is one of the country’s largest farmer- and retail-member-owned cooperatives, and its supply chain goes all the way from the farm to the retail shelf. Continue reading

A professional network can provide support for women to self advocate

According to an article in Fast Company, “the advice half of working women need to hear“ is that if they are having difficulty self-advocating, they should look for peer support from other women. The author, Ursula Mead, is the CEO of InHerSight, a company ratings platform that collects data points on women’s experiences at work and helps match women with companies. Continue reading

AWESOME welcomes companies who are first to step up as 2020 Sponsors

With the 2020 AWESOME Symposium eight months away and registration set to open in early December, the first six companies have stepped up to join Host Partner McDonald’s as sponsors. Sponsorships are available in nine categories in addition to the exclusive Host Sponsor role. Continue reading

AWESOME leader encourages others to reach back for AWE scholarship

Michelle Livingstone, VP Transportation, The Home Depot, and recipient of the 2019 AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award, considered which women in her company could benefit most from earning a master’s degree at MIT on the AWESOME/MIT Advancing Women through Education Scholarship. She encouraged Elizabeth Raman Grubbs, a Senior Data Analyst at The Home Depot, to apply. Elizabeth (Liz) was selected, and she’s now attending the graduate supply chain management program at MIT. Continue reading

Fortune’s  “Most Powerful Women” includes leaders with AWESOME Connection

Roz Brewer, COO of Starbucks, and Beth Ford, CEO of Land O’Lakes have earned spots on Fortune’s 2019 list of Most Powerful Women. Roz Brewer took part in an Up-Close Conversation at the 2019 Symposium, and Beth Ford is a 2015 recipient of the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award. Continue reading

Two Women Attending MIT on AWE Scholarship say “Thank You”

The 2019-2020 Academic year has begun at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and two women are pursuing a master’s in supply chain management with support from the AWESOME/MIT Advancing Women through Education (AWE) Scholarship. They visited with AWESOME Advisor Maria Nieradka recently to talk about their experience so far. Continue reading

Survey finds trucking is improving as a field for women

A new study conducted by the Women in Trucking (WIT) Association and FreightWaves reveals that many segments of the trucking market are experiencing growth in the percentage of women in a variety of roles, including at the executive level. The founder, President and CEO of WIT is Ellen Voie, a member of the AWESOME Community. Continue reading