Third Annual AWESOME Symposium — May 6-7, 2015


Hosted by Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Co-Chaired by Ann Drake, AWESOME’s founder and CEO of DSC Logistics,

and Kathy Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC)

Join us beginning at 3:30 pm on May 6 and concluding at 3:15 pm on May 7.

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Registration for the AWESOME Symposium is open

Invitations have been emailed to senior supply chain leaders
in the AWESOME Network

Please Register before May 1

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Panel of Leaders will discuss the Future and Supply Chain Megatrends

Five leading supply chain executives will headline the third annual AWESOME Symposium on May 6-7 at the World Headquarters of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Members of the panel, moderated by Michelle Livingstone, VP – Transportation, for The Home Depot, will focus on supply chain megatrends the strategies leaders are using to address new challenges and opportunities.

Panelists include:

      Wendy Herrick, Vice President Supply Chain US, Unilever
      Natalie Lotier, Vice President Global Product Strategy, Bristol-Myers Squibb
      Natalie Putnam, Vice President Integrated Marketing Strategy & Planning, Ryder System, inc.
      Meri Stevens, President, Allyn Advantage

Don’t miss these Up-Close Conversations at the AWESOME Symposium

Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Sandi Peterson

Rosabeth Moss Kanterand Sandi Peterson

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard professor and the author of Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead, and Sandi Peterson, Johnson & Johnson Group Worldwide Chairman, will take part in individual “Up-Close Conversations” at the 2015 AWESOME Symposium, May 6-7.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School and is Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative. Each Symposium participant will receive a signed copy of her new book Move, which looks at industries and technologies shaping the future of mobility and the leadership required for transformation. Read her bio

Sandi Peterson is a member of the J&J Executive Committee and is responsible for the portfolio of Johnson & Johnson consumer-facing businesses, including the Family of Consumer Companies, Diabetes Solutions, Health & Wellness Solutions and Vision Care. She’s also an executive sponsorship of the Women’s Leadership Initiative across Johnson & Johnson. She’s been named by Fortune magazine as the 20th most powerful woman in business in 2014. Read her bio

Watch for more details soon about Symposium programs and participants.


New Symposium Feature Invites Awesome Women to Include Emerging Leaders

The third annual AWESOME Symposium — to be held May 6-7 at the corporate headquarters of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey — will offer the opportunity for senior-level leaders to support the advancement of up-and-coming women.

Both previous Symposiums have included discussions on ways companies can develop future leaders – but this new feature will allow emerging leaders who are recommended by their senior counterparts to actually attend the Symposium. The guests will participate in Symposium sessions, but will also take part in a special session designed specifically for them and be able to network directly with their peers.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for developing talent in your organization, and a unique opportunity for emerging leaders to network with and learn from senior leaders in supply chain,” said Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director. “We believe that by sharing success stories and exposing emerging women leaders to new ideas, opportunities to learn from role models, different businesses, and new ways of thinking, we can help them strengthen their leadership capabilities, achieve their potential, and advance their careers.”

Ann Drake, AWESOME’s founder and CEO of DSC Logistics, and Kathryn Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC)

Ann Drake, AWESOME’s founder and CEO of DSC Logistics, and Kathryn Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC)

Update: Co-chairs announce new format

Senior-level supply chain leaders will be invited to attend the 2015 Symposium on May 6-7 with a format that differs from the previous two Symposiums. As women travel from all across the country to New Brunswick, New Jersey, homebase of the 2015 Symposium’s host, Johnson & Johnson – the schedule has been planned to accommodate travel schedules and necessitate just a one-night stay.

According to the Symposium’s co-chairs – Ann Drake, AWESOME’s founder and CEO of DSC Logistics, and Kathryn Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC) — the symposium will begin on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 6, and conclude the afternoon of Thursday, May 7. Previous Symposiums, held in Chicago, opened early in the morning and concluded after dinner on the same day.

“The Symposium will include AWESOME’s signature elements, including discussions among supply chain top executives and leading women from other fields, as well as a dialogue with ‘enlightened men,’” said Ann Drake. “We’re also adding entirely new content focusing on topics that expand the knowledge of senior women, as well as address the interest of those women in impacting career opportunities for up-and-coming leaders.”

Watch this Events page for more details soon.

Women who are not already part of the AWESOME network and would like to know more can learn about criteria here. Please contact us if you’d like to join the network and receive an invitation to the Symposium.

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