Members of the AWESOME network are invited to nominate an outstanding woman in supply chain for the 2018 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award. Nominations due by November 30, 2017. Continue reading
AWESOME leaders explored supply chain innovation from many angles at the Mega Session powered by AWESOME at the 2017 CSCMP Edge conference. They gave insights on what innovation is and isn’t, what gains can be achieved, what the barriers are, and how companies can create an innovation-friendly environment. They also gave examples of high-impact results their companies – Caterpillar, GE, The Home Depot, and Unilever – have been able to achieve through innovation. Continue reading
Nancie Torrence, Group Vice President, JDA Software, and President of JDA Women’s Interest Network, has been named a finalist for The Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Nancy is a member of the AWESOME network. Continue reading
A study conducted by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey – 2017 Women in the Workplace 2917 – concludes that progress toward gender diversity is hampered by perceptions that women are better represented in leadership positions than they actually are. Continue reading
The newly released sixth volume of REALITY CHECK, a report published by AWESOME (Advancing Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) following each of the organization’s annual Symposiums, highlights three reasons the advancement of women in the field is cause for optimism. Continue reading
Johnson & Johnson has announced they will be awarding funding for research to women in non-tenured academic roles doing research in science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing, and design. Since many of these areas have direct application in supply chain, we wanted to make you aware of this opportunity. Continue reading
AWESOME leaders are encouraged to nominate a high-potential young woman in your organization for the fourth annual 30 Under 30 program sponsored by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and THOMASNET.com. Last year’s class of “Rising Supply Chain Stars” included 19 men and 11 women. The deadline for nominations is December 3, 2017. Continue reading
In a recent article on Forbes.com, a young professional offers advice to others seeking a mentor about how to chose the individual to be mentored by and how to make the most of the relationship. In AWESOME discussions, women in senior leadership roles have cited the benefits of mentors in advancing women through the supply chain pipeline.
Pat Mitchell, media industry leader and supporter of women’s empowerment, who gave an inspiring “Out in Front” talk at the 2017 AWESOME Symposium, has extended a special invitation for AWESOME leaders to apply to attend the TEDWomen Conference November 1-3 in New Orleans. Pat is one of the originators of TEDWomen, which started in 2010. Continue reading
“We’re not just playing catch-up. We’re going beyond where women in our field have ever gone. We’re going to reach that place where gender doesn’t stop a woman or slow her down or make her divert her course…where men and women have equal power and potential…where we truly understand how to create a corporate culture that brings out the best in everybody…and where our profession attracts the brightest young women because it’s a land of opportunity.”
— Ann Drake, founder of AWESOME and CEO of DSC Logistics, in opening remarks at the 2017 Symposium.
Below are excerpts from Words of Wisdom in REALITY CHECK – Volume Six, recording comments by participants in the 2017 AWESOME Symposium.
“People say leadership is lonely and it is. You’re going to have to do things that are unpopular. But that’s when we need to say, ‘If I choose not to do this, if I choose not to lead this, if I choose not to break through and solve this problem, then who will?’”
“We know what it’s like to have that extra scrutiny that comes with being a woman or a minority – the first of your kind to stand in front as the leader, but what an opportunity it turns out to be, an opportunity to redefine what it means to be a leader.”
“A mentor and a sponsor are two different things. A mentor is about teaching and providing guidance. A sponsor is somebody who’s willing to stand up for you and say ‘hey this person is best for this job. She should make this career move and I bet my career that she will be successful.’”
“I am making sure that every candidate list I review includes the names of qualified women and minorities, and it’s not as simple as it sounds. You have to stand up and demand it and refuse to look at lists that do not.”
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