AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award

Nominations are now open for 2018 AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award
Nominations are due by November 30, 2017


The AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award recognizes women in senior supply chain leadership roles who have:

    • Achieved extraordinary professional excellence and success
    • Addressed challenges impacting opportunities for women in our field
    • Advanced the changing landscape of women’s supply chain leadership

Because the selection criteria can be interpreted and applied in a variety of ways, each honoree will add new dimensions to the understanding of what it means to be an outstanding supply chain leader.

For example, they may be women who have:

    • Contributed broadly throughout the supply chain (e.g. multiple businesses or industries, functional diversity — manufacturing, logistics, procurement, technology, engineering — global roles and responsibilities)
    • Contributed to business success (strategic perspective, business growth, innovation, quality, service, and customer support)
    • Broadened recognition of the business case for advancing women leaders
    • Contributed to the development and advancement of women leaders in their organization
    • Gained visibility for women in leadership roles in the industry
    • Advanced collaboration and integration across the supply chain (customer partnerships, cross-functional integration)

To submit a nomination, please send the following nomination materials to

    • Two nomination letters, at least one from a senior leader who is a member of the AWESOME network or meets the criteria to become a member, highlighting the reasons your nominee is deserving of the award.
    • Complete contact information for each nominator and the candidate: include name, title, company, phone number, email address, and mailing address
    • The candidate’s resume
    • Articles or other reference materials highlighting the candidate’s demonstrated leadership in supply chain, in outreach initiatives, and in support of women’s leadership (e.g. articles, speaking engagements, participation on Boards or with non-profit organizations, or other volunteer activities)

The 2018 ALL Awards will be presented at a dinner event as part of the 2018 AWESOME Symposium, scheduled for May 2018. It is particularly important that honorees are present for the dinner and awards ceremony to receive the award.

ALL Award Background:

As AWESOME works to advance women supply chain leaders, it is also our goal to recognize women supply chain leaders who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and success.

The ALL Award was created in 2014 to recognize outstanding women supply chain leaders. Also, each year since then, the AWESOME Company Leadership Award has been given to the ALL Award recipients’ companies, honoring them for being the kind of company that recognizes and values excellence in women leaders.

2017 ALL Award Honorees

The fourth annual AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award was presented to Francesca DeBiase, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, McDonald’s Corporation, and Kristin French, retired Brigadier General, U.S. Army, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics and Materiel Readiness), U.S. Department of Defense.

The award ceremony took place as part of opening reception and dinner AWESOME’s Fifth Anniversary SymposiumAn AWESOME New Frontier: Imagine. Believe. Achieve. Read highlights of the Up-Close Conversation with 2017 Honorees that followed the award presentation.

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Francesca DeBiase seeks to further embed sustainability into the way McDonald’s does business around the world. Applying her corporate experience to the company’s sustainability priorities, she challenges her team to set increasingly higher targets that grow the business by making a positive difference in society.

Francesca is also responsible for overseeing Global Supply Chain. Her team’s role is to ensure the most competitive suppliers with the right capabilities are focusing on the future needs of our customers. The team leverages the scale of our $40 billion spend in food, packaging, logistics, toys, technology, equipment and other services, while driving safety, quality and sustainability leadership in the industry.

Since joining McDonald’s in 1991, Francesca has held numerous management roles in Supply Chain and Finance in the U.S. and internationally. She was previously responsible for strategic sourcing, quality assurance and new food development for McDonald’s European operations, leading a team of supply chain, quality, food safety, sustainability and food technology experts.

Francesca is a Board member of Hephzibah Children’s Association. For Loyola University Chicago, she is an Advisory Board member to the Supply and Value Chain Center. She is also a passionate advocate for women and the Global Advisor to the McDonald’s Women’s Leadership Network.

She began her career with Ernst & Young and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics from Loyola University Chicago.

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Kristin French, a West Point graduate, retired from military service as a Brigadier General in the United States Army. She now serves in the Pentagon as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. She is responsible for the oversight of Department of Defense logistics policies, practices, operations and efficiencies in support of enhanced readiness to the Warfighter. Her logistics portfolio includes maintenance, materiel readiness, supply chain integration, transportation policy, and program support. She assumed her current position in July 2016.

Kristin graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York in 1986 and was commissioned into the Regular Army as a Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. She retired from military service as a Brigadier General in November 2015. Prior to her military retirement, she served as the Commanding General for the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and the Joint Munitions Command in Rock Island, Illinois. From 2011 to 2013 she served as the Commanding General for 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in April 2012 deployed the unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Her 29+ years in uniform included duties in key command and staff positions worldwide, to include tours in the Pentagon, Defense Logistics Agency and Army Materiel Command. Along with her General Officer commands, she commanded Alpha Company, 703d Main Support Battalion, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Kitzingen, Germany; Regimental Support Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado; and 406th Army Field Support Brigade, Army Sustainment Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Her military service includes combat deployments as the Commanding General, Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan and senior operational logistician in Afghanistan as well as a squadron commander and the senior logistician in western Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She also completed a deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Fox and to Croatia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor.

Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy; a Master of Science degree in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology; and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Her military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Courses and the Logistics Executive Development Course at Fort Lee, Virginia; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. She received numerous awards and decorations throughout her military career, to include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Bronze Star Medals and the Parachutist badge. She is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

2016 ALL Award Honorees

The third annual AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award was presented to Annette Clayton, EVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Schneider Electric, and Jackie Sturm, VP of Global Supply Management at Intel on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the World Headquarters of Host Partner NIKE, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, outside Portland.

The award ceremony took place as part of opening reception and dinner for the AWESOME SymposiumCreating an AWESOME Future: Challenge. Innovate. Lead.

Read Highlights of their Symposium comments

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Annette Clayton is the Executive Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer of Schneider Electric, responsible for a 12 billion euro operation comprised of 90,000 employees and more than 218 manufacturing factories and 100 distribution centers in 44 countries. She also oversees the company’s India Commercial Sales zone and the Customer Satisfaction & Quality and Safety, Environment & Real Estate organizations.

Prior to joining Schneider Electric in 2011, Annette led Dell’s supply chain transformation and manufacturing and fulfillment operations, and was also responsible for the commercial order management and customer care operations in 16 countries. She joined General Motors in 1983 and held senior management positions in engineering and production, including serving as the President of Saturn Corporation. She was also a member of the North American Strategy Board and served as the Vice President of Quality. Annette serves on the board of Polaris Industries and advisory board for SCM World.

(Since receiving the ALL Award in 2016, Annette has been named President and CEO, North America Operations,for Schneider Electric.)

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As VP of Global Supply Management at Intel, Jackie Sturm is responsible for all of Intel’s strategic sourcing and procurement worldwide, delivering on solutions that meet stringent objectives across a complex and diverse set of businesses, technologies, and supply ecosystems. Her organization is a 7-time winner of Intel’s prestigious Intel Quality and Achievement Awards and was most recently cited by Gartner as #4 in its Top 25 Global Supply Chains. Jackie is a member of Intel’s Ethics and Compliance Oversight Committee, and directs the Supply Chain Environmental and Social Governance program, which includes Intel’s first-mover Conflict Minerals initiative. Jackie’s experience prior to Intel included Hewlett Packard, start-up Ridge Computer, and Apple.

As a leader, Jackie’s primary focus is on talent and professional growth of her entire team and she sponsors targeted advancement programs such as Women in Supply Chain Excellence to address the particular challenges faced by women in technology. She is an active member of the Intel Network of Executive Women.

2015 ALL Award Honorees

Beth Ford, EVP, Chief Supply Chain and Operations Officer, Land O’Lakes, and Debbie Lentz, SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Toys”R”Us, were presented with the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) award on opening night of the AWESOME on May 6.

“The ALL Award recognizes women supply chain leaders who have achieved extraordinary professional excellence and addressed challenges for women in our field,” said Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME’s executive director. “These leaders have advanced the landscape of supply chain leadership, raising visibility for the possibilities that exist for women today. As Chief Supply Chain Officers, Debbie and Beth represent the importance and impact of supply chain roles in business today.”

Read comments by Beth Ford and Debbie Lentz at the ALL Award presentation.

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Beth Ford joined Land O’Lakes in January 2012 as Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain and Operations Officer. In this role, she is responsible for all supply chain and operating functions from sourcing through to customer delivery as well as for R&D and IT. During her 25+year career, Beth has held line operating and senior leadership positions with global companies in multiple industries including chemicals (International Flavors and Fragrances), consumer package goods (Pepsi), publishing (Scholastic and Hachette), and oil and gas (Mobil Oil).

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School, and a BBA from Iowa State University. She remains involved with both universities, sitting on the Deming Center Board of Advisors for Columbia University Business School and the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Business at Iowa State. Beth is also active in her community and in industry, having accepted Board appointments with both the United Way and Children’s Theater of Minneapolis as well as with the Executive Advisory Board of think tank SCM World.

Beth sits on the Board of Directors for Clearwater Paper Corporation and PACCAR, Inc.

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Debbie Lentz is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc., responsible for distribution, transportation, fleet operations, customs compliance, global importing and exporting, and engineering. In this role, she also oversees sales and operations planning, merchandise planning and allocation, inventory management as well as e-commerce/ Omni Channel fulfillment. She is a key member of the executive team leading the company’s “TRU Transformation” strategy.

Before joining Toys“R”Us, Inc. in 2014, Debbie spent 13 years at Kraft Foods Group, where she most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Logistics. In this role, she was responsible for product supply, fulfillment, demand planning, distribution, transportation, customer service and customer development. She led a successful transformation which drove significant cost savings, inventory reduction and service improvement as well as the seamless separation and spin off of Kraft Foods Group from Mondelez International for her function. Prior to this role, she lived and worked in Zurich, Switzerland, where she led customer service and logistics for 23 countries in Europe. She successfully integrated two key acquisitions, LU Biscuits and Cadbury, designed an integrated supply chain organization model and opened a transportation load control center in Bratislava.

Throughout her tenure with Kraft, Debbie also held positions in global procurement, information systems, manufacturing operations and supply chain across the company’s multiple businesses in North America and Europe.

Earlier in her career, Debbie worked for Nabisco Foods Group, culminating in the position of Senior Director, Logistics Operations, where she managed all transportation, distribution and warehousing activities.

Debbie serves on the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation which focuses on leadership development, mentoring and advancing the careers of women globally, is a past president of the Chicago chapter of the International Women’s Forum, and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Debbie received her bachelor’s degree in Business Logistics from Penn State University and an MBA in Operations Management and Personnel and Labor Relations from the University of Scranton.

She has received several awards for excellence in supply chain management including The Outstanding Achievement in Supply Chain Award from Penn State University in 2008 and The DSC Logistics Thinkers and Movers Award for innovative leadership in 2013.

Read current bio.

2014 ALL Award Honorees

The two leaders honored by the first AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award were Heather Sheehan, Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Logistics, Danaher Corporation, and Kathryn Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain. The ALL Award was presented by Ann Drake, AWESOME founder and CEO of DSC Logistics, and Alex Marren, one of AWESOME’s 2014 Advisors, an aviation consultant and retired Senior Vice President, Network Operations and United Express, for United Airlines.

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Heather Sheehan is Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Logistics, Danaher Corporation. As Danaher’s co-Chief Procurement Officer, she has worldwide responsibility for non-production and logistics sourcing, strategy, and implementation across the corporation’s 40-plus operating companies. She is involved with operations in 125 countries, primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia and has led successful changes in supply chain processes, policies, talent, quality, efficiency, and acquisitions as Danaher has grown from $3 billion to over $19 billion in revenues in the past 12 years.

Heather’s career experience spans nearly 30 years in the manufacturing and transportation industries and includes experience living and working in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Danaher in 2002, Heather held various leadership positions in procurement, logistics and marketing with Honeywell, Union Pacific Corporation and NCR Corporation.

Heather has served on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ board of directors for 10 years and this year was elected Chairman of the Board.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

(Since Heather received the ALL Award in 2014, she has retired and become an advisor to Danaher and also joined AWESOME as Director of Member Engagement and Sponsorships. Read current bio)

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Kathy Wengel is Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC). She serves on the Johnson & Johnson Management Committee and chairs the JJSC Leadership Team.

JJSC encompasses five segment supply chains (Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Products, Global Orthopaedics, Global Surgery, and Diabetes Care and Vision Care) that cover plan, source, internal and external manufacturing, Customer Logistics Services and the Office of Strategy & Execution. Other functions that are also part of JJSC and support the entire corporation are Quality & Compliance, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, and Engineering & Technical Operations. Kathy has enterprise leadership responsibility for accelerating the JJSC strategic efforts to meet the diverse needs of Johnson & Johnson businesses and customers around the world by consistently and cost-competitively delivering high quality, reliable products.

During her 26-year tenure with Johnson & Johnson, Kathy has served in diverse quality, operations, technical and business leadership roles. Her early career included manufacturing engineering and facilities roles at Janssen U.S., followed by several leadership roles at the Janssen Gurabo, Puerto Rico, site, including the strategic consolidation and growth of the solid dosage manufacturing portfolio for North America Pharmaceuticals.

Kathy worked in Europe for eight years, serving first as General Manager of Janssen Latina in Italy where she built a strategic growth platform by providing unique pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities for all three sectors of Johnson & Johnson. She was subsequently appointed Vice President, Quality & Compliance, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Worldwide Chemical Production, delivering the first pharmaceutical cross-regional quality strategy while making critical improvements in the legacy product portfolio.

Kathy’s most recent role was Vice President, Quality & Compliance (Q&C), and the first Chief Quality Officer for Johnson & Johnson, a role she held since 2010. She had enterprise leadership responsibility for Q&C, as well as for the Sterility Assurance and Operations Readiness & Convergence groups. In that role, Kathy led the creation of an enterprise Quality & Compliance organization that has worked to simplify and standardize Q&C across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, including a single Johnson & Johnson Quality Policy and a common set of Quality Policy Standards, and an independent internal audit program. (Since Kathy received the ALL Award in 2014, she has new responsibilities as Worldwide Vice President, Johnson and Johnson. Read current bio)

Recipients of the AWESOME Company Leadership Award

      2014: Danaher Corp. and Johnson & Johnson
      2015: Land O’Lakes and Toys”R”Us
      2016: Schneider Electric and Intel
      2017: McDonald’s Corporation and U.S. Department of Defense

Nominations Open

Members of the AWESOME network are invited to nominate an outstanding woman in supply chain for the 2018 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award. Nominations are due by November 30, 2017.

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