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Supply chain-trained COO becomes a more strategic thinker

An article in Harvard Business Review cites the example of a new COO who came up through the supply chain ranks and found ways to change her focus to become a more strategic thinker. The author, Ron Carrucci, writes that too few leaders even understand what strategic thinking really is – and how important it is to their role. SUPPLY CHAIN-TRAINED COO BECOMES A MORE STRATEGIC THINKER Continue reading

Industry publication refers to AWESOME/Gartner study

The publication Refrigerated and Frozen Foods recently featured an article titled “The rise of women in supply chain and logistics.” The article highlights observations from the AWESOME/Gartner Women in Supply Chain survey, including that more organizations have reported initiatives to improve gender diversity over the past several years. Read more about the 2019 Research. Continue reading

Women were in charge of the first moonwalk spacesuits

Fifty years after the first moonwalk took place, some of the behind-the-scenes people who made it happen are finally being recognized. This includes a group of women working for International Laytex Corporation (ILC) — now Playtex — who stopped sewing girdles long enough to assist NASA in making a spacesuit that could mean the difference between life and death for an astronaut. Continue reading

MIT’s Katie Date shares ideas for achieving gender balanced teams

When MIT held its first Women in Supply Chain Summit last March, one of the topics of discussion was how to correct the gender imbalance in supply chain leadership. Katie Date, who is manager of corporate and SCALE network outreach at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, summarized some of the key observations from that discussion in an article published in Supply Chain Management Review. Katie also leads MIT CTL Women in Supply Chain Initiative. Continue reading

European Council names Christine Lagarde as first woman in this role

Christine Lagarde has been nominated to be president of the European Central Bank. If confirmed, she will become the first woman to lead that organization – an addition to her already impressive list of firsts. Continue reading

Distinguished Service Award Honoree engenders awe and inspiration

Since the day Johnson & Johnson’s Kathy Wengel began speaking on a panel of supply chain leaders at AWESOME’s first symposium in 2013, she has been an inspiring model of what a leader with courage and competence can do. For the many accomplishments of her 30-year career at Johnson &Johnson and her impact beyond the J&J business, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has selected Kathy to receive the 2019 Distinguished Service Award. Continue reading