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AWESOME LIGHTNING Round focuses on growing and strengthening authentic leadership

At the September 17th AWESOME LIGHTNINGΒ Round, leaders talked about what they’ve learned over the past year-and-a-half and how they’re moving forward with their teams. One of the participants said, β€œLet’s be honest…it’s a struggle.” Some of their team members are facing burn-out, leaders are trying to accommodate diverse concerns and situations while keeping their supply chain up and running,… Continue reading

AWESOME will present 2021 Legendary Leadership Award to Lillian Dukes and Jamie Rhee

For the first time since 2014, when the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award was created, the award presentation will take place at an ALL Award Luncheon, which will be held on October 7 from 11:30 to 2:30 pm at the University Club of Chicago. The 2021 honorees areLillian Dukes Lillian Dukes, SVP Technical Operations, Atlas Air Worldwide, and Jamie Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation. Continue reading

AWESOME Transformative Leadership Panel focuses on storytelling for business leaders

Storytelling has become an important leadership skill for many business situations. AWESOME presented a Transformative Panel on β€œUsing Stories to Drive Change, Engage Your Team and Succeed” to help leaders develop, improve, and apply their storytelling abilities.
The discussion led by Irene Birbeck, a partner with Clarkston Consulting who, in addition to specializing in the implementation and optimization of complex,… Continue reading

AWESOME Advisor reflects on her career at Home Depot and her next phase

Michelle Livingstone, who served as Vice President for Transportation for The Home Depot for more than 13 years, has announced she’s leaving that position and moving into a new phase she calls β€œrewirement.” In her VP role, Michelle and her team were responsible for the movement of shipments into and within The Home Depotβ€˜s multi-channel supply chain,… Continue reading

A Two-Generation Passion for Supply Chain – and Life

It was no surprise to AWESOME that Ashley Servais, a 2020 AWESOME Scholar who is soon to graduate from the Neeley School of Business at TCU, was chosen by Poets & Quants, a high-profile publication for undergrads, as one of the 2021 Best & Brightest Business Majors. She has had an outstanding collegiate career and, after graduation, will begin a position with Dell Technologies in their Supply Chain Development Program. In honor of Ashley’s selection, we decided to explore her β€œroots.” We learned that both parents are supply chain professionals. What led Ashley to choose supply chain and excel in it? We talked with Ashley and her mom, Donna (Lao) Servais, Sr. Director, Transportation, International Operations at Office Depot. Continue reading

AWESOME Virtual Events focus on challenges supply chain leaders face now

Leaders who participated in two recent AWESOME events brought their own experiences and insights to a discussion facilitated by Deloitte. The March 17th Cross-Industry Collaboration focused on 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑯𝒐𝒕 π‘«π’†π’Žπ’‚π’π’… 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π‘ͺ𝒐𝒍𝒅 π‘ͺπ’‰π’‚π’Šπ’ and the March 19th π˜“π˜π˜Žπ˜π˜›π˜•π˜π˜•π˜Ž Round addressed 𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝑡𝑢𝑾 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑡𝑬𝑿𝑻 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π‘Ίπ’–π’‘π’‘π’π’š π‘ͺπ’‰π’‚π’Šπ’ 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔. Continue reading