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Mary Long named to Who’s Who Women in Life Sciences

The Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA) has named AWESOME Advisor Mary Long, managing director of the Global Supply Chain Institute’s Supply Chain Forum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, to Who’s Who Women in Life Sciences. BSMA is an organization that connects operations and supply chain management leaders and professionals in the biotech, biopharma, and biomedical device industries. Continue reading

New “women in the workplace” research zeroes in on early-career obstacles

McKinsey and LeanIn have released results of their fifth annual Women in the Workplace study. The major conclusion is that the major obstacle facing women in their rise to top leadership is the “first rung” — moving into a management position. Continue reading

Syracuse University presents awards as part of anniversary celebration

At Syracuse University recently, two AWESOME leaders were presented with prestigious Salzberg Medallions, and an AWESOME Scholar was recognized as the University’s outstanding supply chain management undergraduate. The presentations coincided with the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management, considered the nation’s first supply chain management program. Continue reading

AWESOME educator reaches back to inform and inspire future leaders

The University of Arkansas recently hosted a two-day symposium for WISE (Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence) Future Leaders. The event was organized by Stephanie Thomas, Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Arkansas and a member of the AWESOME community. Continue reading

Research confirms engaging men is crucial to advancing women

Women participating in AWESOME Symposiums and other events have often said that engaging men in the efforts to advance women’s leadership is essential, and one of the recently published “Seven Smart Moves” of the AWESOME Action Agenda gives steps women can take. An article in Harvard Business Review supports the view that diversity initiatives won’t succeed without men being involved. Continue reading

Medical leaders group hears Ann Drake’s views on women’s networks

AWESOME founder Ann Drake spoke recently to a meeting of the Northwestern Medicine Women’s Leadership Group (NM WLG). Northwestern Medicine has four hospitals, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, an academic center in downtown Chicago that was named the No. 1 hospital in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report. The title of Ann’s talk was “The Importance of Women’s Networks.” Continue reading

Kirsten Castillo speaks to first-year MBA students at TCU’s Boot Camp

A recent “Boot Camp” at TCU – which offered first-year students pursuing an MBA at TCU’s Neely School of Business insights into a career in supply chain management – included a talk by Kirsten Castillo, AWESOME’s Director of Member Engagement. Continue reading

Beth Ford helps farmers take on today’s tough challenges

Beth Ford, the 2015 recipient of the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award and now the CEO of Land O’Lakes, was interviewed on CBS 60 Minutes about what her company is doing to help farmers. A Fortune 500 company, Land O’Lakes is one of the country’s largest farmer- and retail-member-owned cooperatives, and its supply chain goes all the way from the farm to the retail shelf. Continue reading

A professional network can provide support for women to self advocate

According to an article in Fast Company, “the advice half of working women need to hear“ is that if they are having difficulty self-advocating, they should look for peer support from other women. The author, Ursula Mead, is the CEO of InHerSight, a company ratings platform that collects data points on women’s experiences at work and helps match women with companies. Continue reading

AWESOME leader encourages others to reach back for AWE scholarship

Michelle Livingstone, VP Transportation, The Home Depot, and recipient of the 2019 AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award, considered which women in her company could benefit most from earning a master’s degree at MIT on the AWESOME/MIT Advancing Women through Education Scholarship. She encouraged Elizabeth Raman Grubbs, a Senior Data Analyst at The Home Depot, to apply. Elizabeth (Liz) was selected, and she’s now attending the graduate supply chain management program at MIT. Continue reading