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Michelle Halkerston is honored for her achievements

Michelle Halkerston, AWESOME Advisor and President & CEO of Hassett Express, recently attended the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) 2019 “Capital Ideas” Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, as one of five women selected as finalists for the 2019 Distinguished Women in Logistics Award. The Award was established to promote the achievements of women employed in the North American transportation industry. Continue reading

Article suggests women who support women are more successful

Recent research has been focused on understanding what kind of network is most beneficial to women in their careers – and how that differs from a network that benefits men. An article in Forbes, written by Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient, reinforces the idea that while men and women both benefit from having a network of well-connected peers across different groups, women especially need an inner circle of close contacts. Continue reading

Gender strategist advises CEOs to turn to women’s leadership initiatives

Jeffery Tobias Halter, who was featured as a speaker and panel moderator at the 2018 AWESOME Symposium, believes that a women’s leadership initiative is in the best interest of today’s CEOs. His LinkedIn article, titled “CEOs, Did You Know a Women’s Leadership Initiative Can Solve Two of Your Biggest Business Challenges?” Continue reading

Heather Sheehan takes an active role in UTK’s Supply Chain Forum

The annual Supply Chain Forum hosted by University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Haslam School of Business included participation by AWESOME Executive Director Heather Sheehan. In addition to being a speaker and holding a roundtable, she was named Outstanding Woman in Supply Chain by UTK’s chapter of the student organization NeXxus. Continue reading

“It is so important for young college women to have strong and courageous mentors and role models. Surrounding ourselves with confident leadership and accomplished women inspire and encourage us to pursue our goals and take risks.”

— Kendall Grafton, president of the student organization NeXxus at the University of Tennessee Knoxville after hearing remarks from Heather Sheehan, who was selected by NeXxus as Outstanding Woman in Supply Chain.

Melinda Gates shares her own story of gender assumptions and unpaid work

Melissa Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has written an essay in the Wall Street Journal titled “Equality for Women Must Start at Home (Even the Gates Home).” Continue reading

AWESOME Symposium will begin Day 1 with beauty services and photo sessions

Two bonus features will be offered on Day 1 of the 2019 AWESOME Symposium – May 1-3 in Seattle. During check-in on May 1, the Ulta Beauty Bar will provide complimentary dry hairstyling and cosmetic consultations and applications, and a professional photographer will be taking professional headshots, compliments of Hassett Express. Appointments are still available for the Ulta Beauty Bar. Continue reading

AWESOME leaders are speakers at first “Women in Supply Chain Summit” held by MIT

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics has launched a new initiative to support the professional growth of women in supply chain. The first of a planned series of summits was held on March 26-27 in Boston. AWESOME Advisor Maria Nieradka, Principal of Three Lions Consulting, was featured as a speaker leading into a discussion on Filling the Talent Gap, and Dana Stiffler, Managing Partner of Gartner, spoke about Mentorship, Sponsorship and Networking. Continue reading

Ann Drake named as one of “Six Professionals You Should Know”

A recent article in Global Trade magazine featured six women who “continue to shape the future of operations within global trade, supply chain management and transportation.” Ann Drake, founder of AWESOME and Chairman of the Advisory Board of DSC Logistics, is one of the six. Continue reading