Regenia Sanders, Partner/Principal, EY Advisory, and Melanie Nuce, SVP, Corporate Development at GS1 US, talked about their careers and views on how companies can increase the number of women in their leadership ranks in a webcast for VF Corporation. The webcast, titled “Leaders of Change – Women in Supply Chain,” appeared in 150 locations globally.
Regenia and Melanie were joined in the discussion by Liz Alessi, VP of Sourcing for Coach, and Lori. Cameron Bailey, EVP, Global Supply Chain for VFC, served as moderator.
When asked what successful leaders can do to help other women advance, Regenia answered, “It is incumbent on all of us, when we’re in these positions and have these opportunities, to bring others along.” She also spoke about AWESOME as an organization that’s having an impact and said, “To be successful in corporate America, we have to embrace each other and work together.”
Melanie said she has always believed that “merit wins,” but at times in her career she learned there are barriers. Two factors, she said, that are driving positive change in the supply chain field are innovation and the need for intellectual curiosity.
The panel agreed that making sure women leaders are visible in an organization will help other women – as will shining a light on leadership stories that involve people with different lifestyles and experiences. They talked about the importance of being authentic in an organization and how that sometimes necessitates a person standing up for herself and the other aspects of her life, whether they be family related or in other areas of life.
VF Corporation is a $12-billion global company that outfits consumers around the world with a diverse portfolio of lifestyle products, including: Vans, The North Face, Timberland and Dickies.