Highlights of CSCMP EDGE 2019

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AWESOME Reception – Sunday, September 15

The sixth annual AWESOME Reception to kick off the CSCMP Conference brought together AWESOME Leaders, AWESOME Scholars, CSCMP EDGE speakers, and other special guests. Many thanks to sponsor XPO Logistics.

Presentation of Distinguished Service Award to AWESOME Advisor Kathy Wengel – Monday, September 16

Kathy Wengel, EVP and Chief Global Supply Chain Officer for Johnson & Johnson, received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from CSCMP.  Mary Long, Chair of the CSCMP Board of Directors and also an AWESOME Advisor, introduced Kathy at the DSA presentation.

In her acceptance remarks, Kathy said, “I am incredibly proud of the work all of us in CSCMP do to elevate this exciting, rewarding – and rapidly changing! – profession.”

In recounting the family history that gave her the courage and incentive to commit to a career in supply chain, she said, “Every one of us has a history and path that launches us, but it is up to us to find what we love to do and build our careers around that.” Read more of Kathy’s remarks

In her 30-year career at Johnson & Johnson, Kathy has held 13 different official jobs and only three existed before she took on that role. She said, ”Women can do anything, anytime, anywhere!”

Kathy becomes only the third woman in more than 40 years to be selected for the DSA. The two women to receive the award previously are Ann Drake, founder of AWESOME and Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME’s Executive Director Emeritus.

Scholars Breakfast – Tuesday, September 17

Five top university women attended CSCMP EDGE 2019, selected by AWESOME and sponsored by Expeditors. The AWESOME Scholars met with supply chain pros at a special breakfast. The breakfast conversation focused on career choices and opportunities. Meet our 2019 Scholars.

Mega Session – powered by AWESOME – Wednesday, September 18

Leveraging Talent to Innovate, Disrupt and Scale Your Supply Chain

Kristin French, Chief of Staff, Defense Logistics Agency, US Department of Defense
Sally Miller, CIO North America, DHL
Beth Ward, SVP Supply Chain, Hallmark
Trish Young, VP Strategic Enterprise Capabilities, Value Streams, NIKE, Inc.

Moderator Dana Stiffler, VP Research for Gartner, opened the discussion with findings from a Gartner CEO survey showing that the talent and skills gap is seen as the #1 constraint to growth.

View Dana’s slides

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Released at CSCMP EDGE: 2019 Action Agenda — Seven Smart Moves to Make Bigger Waves for Women’s Leadership

Now available for download

Read the latest “collective wisdom” of senior supply chain leaders on actions individuals can take to further their own career, support the advancement of other women, and transform the future of supply chain leadership.

Seven Smart Moves now available for download


Kirsten Castillo  (right) has joined Nancy Nix, Executive Director Emeritus; Ann Drake, founder; and Heather Sheehan, Executive Director, on the AWESOME Leadership Team. Kirsten is Director of Member Engagement.

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