2017 Symposium Agenda

Day 1 : Wednesday, May 3

8:00 amBest Practice Sharing Session for Founding Partner and Fifth Anniversary Partners
Michelle Drew Rodriguez, Manufacturing Leader, Center for Industry Insights, Deloitte LLP
11:00 amCheck-In and Lunch
Emerging Leaders Check-in: 4:30 pm
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1:00 pmWelcome and Opening Remarks
Ann Drake, CEO, DSC Logistics and Founder of AWESOME
1:30 pmOut in Front with Pat Mitchell
Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of Pat Mitchell Media and TEDWomen — Curator, Host and Executive Director
2:00 pmBuilding Connections for a Networked Future
While most discussions about the networked future focus on technology, ultimately the power of a network is about people – building and leveraging connections that make a difference. Leveraging technology and collaborating to achieve common goals will be keys to success. This panel of senior women leaders will focus on building and leveraging connections in the supply chain of the future and the key role women leaders can play.

Micaela Bulich

    • , VP Onshore Wind Global Supply Chain, GE Renewables

Michelle Dilley

    • , Chief Supply Chain Transformation Officer, DSC Logistics

Linda Guzzi

    • , SVP, Enterprise Sourcing and Business Optimization, McKesson

Amy White

    • , VP Global Planning and Executive Sponsor of Nike’s Women of Operations, NIKE, Inc.

Sarah Pfaff

    , (Moderator) Principal, Ernst & Young Supply Chain Advisory Services
3:00 pmBreak
3:30 pmThe Future of Women’s Leadership: Achieving Gender Equity in Business Education & Beyond
Women Deans of top business schools will share their perspective on the challenges to achieving gender equity in business and explore opportunities for collaboration among educators and business leaders to effect progress. They will focus on barriers young women face as they enter the workforce and what business schools can do to recruit female students and prepare them for success. They will also share insights from their own experience as women leaders and the importance of advancing women’s leadership in business school faculty and leadership roles.

Sally Blount

    • , Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern

Sarah Gardial

    • , Dean, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa

Judy Olian

    • , Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Nancy Nix

    , (Moderator), AWESOME Executive Director
4:30 pmBUZZ / Closing
5:30 pmNetworking Reception
6:45 pmAWESOME Legendary Leadership Awards

WelcomePresentation of Awards

2017 ALL Award Honorees

Francesca DeBiase, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, McDonald’s Corporation

Kristin French, retired Brigadier General, U.S. Army, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics and Materiel Readiness), U.S. Department of Defense

The 2017 ALL Honorees will be interviewed by Heather Sheehan, Director, Member Engagement & Sponsorships, AWESOME, Recipient of the 2014 AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award


Day 2 : Thursday, May 4

7:00 amBreakfast Buffet
8:00 amOpening Remarks
8:15 amLeveraging Diversity: How Companies and Colleagues are Changing the Leadership Environment
Companies who are able to tap into the potential of women leaders and leverage diversity at top levels in the organization have been shown to outperform those who do not. This panel of senior male leaders will share personal insights about challenges that impact the advancement of women and ways men and women can work together to unleash the power of diversity. Learn from their experience about unconscious biases that get in the way, and ways to uncover and overcome them; the role of sponsors in developing and advancing high potential talent and the importance of building and leveraging personal and professional networks to become a stronger leader and advance your career.

Martin Felli

    • , Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, JDA Software Group, Inc.

Robert Martichenko

    • , Founder & CEO – LeanCor Supply Chain Group

Hans Melotte

    • , EVP, Global Supply Chain, Starbucks

Abré Pienaar

    • , CEO, iPlan

Dave MacEachern

    , (Moderator), Global Transportation & Third-Party Logistics Practice Lead, Spencer Stuart
9:15 amOut in Front with Trish Lukasik
Trish Lukasik, COO of SpotHero
9:45 amBreak
10:15 amAWESOME/Gartner Women in Supply Chain Research

Dana Stiffler

    , VP Research for Gartner, will discuss results of the 2017 AWESOME Gartner “Women in Supply Chain Study.”
10:45 amBUZZ
11:15 amUp-Close Conversation with Ellen Kullman

Ellen Kullman

    • , CEO of DuPont from 2009 to 2015
    • Ellen will be interviewed by

Donna Zarcone

    , CEO of the Economic Club of Chicago
11:45 amLunch
1:00 pmPioneering Women in Architecture and Urban Design
For the first time in nearly one hundred years, the rate of urban population growth has outpaced the suburbs, and more than ever, talent is clustering in urban areas. Chicago, considered the birthplace of the skyscraper, has long been recognized for its innovation in architectural design and provides the ideal backdrop for this discussion with leading women in architecture and urban design. These pioneering women will share insights about mega-trends affecting cities and regions, their work to create community-focused, sustainable work and living spaces that will attract the work-force of the future, and leadership lessons learned from their journey.

Carol Ross Barney

    • , Founder and President, Ross Barney Architects

MarySue Barrett

    • , President, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago

Amy Liu

    • , Vice President, Brookings Institution and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

Lynn Osmond

    , (Moderator), CEO, Chicago Architecture Foundation
2:00 pmBUZZ
2:30 pmClosing / Adjourn
4:30 pmNetworking Reception hosted by Deloitte
7:00 pmDine-Arounds
Small group, Dutch-treat dinners at Chicago’s best restaurants. Indicate on the registration form whether you’ll join Dine-Arounds and you’ll be able to select your restaurant at a future date.


Emerging Leaders – high-performing / high potential women in supply chain leadership roles who do not yet meet the AWESOME criteria — attend the Symposium on the recommendation of an AWESOME network member.

On Wednesday, May 3, the Symposium experience for Emerging Leaders begins with check-in starting at 4:30 pm. Then at 5:30 pm, they will join AWESOME network members for the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award reception and dinner. On Thursday, May 4, Emerging Leaders will participate in a special leadership development program designed to help them gain new insights and skills focused on strengthening their brand, broadening their impact, and advancing their careers. Emerging Leaders will join AWESOME network members for other networking elements of the Symposium and also may sign up for optional activities on Friday, May 5.

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Day 3 : Friday, May 5 — ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

7:30 am
8:30 am
POWER WALK in downtown Chicago (No extra charge)
9:30 am
12:30 pm
Choice of 3 Optional Tours (Charge is $25 for any of the 3)
Tour groups will depart from the Palmer House at 9:10 am to arrive on site at 9:30 am.

1871 – Chicago’s Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship
Named after the year of the Great Chicago Fire – an event that resulted in brilliant engineers, architects and inventors coming together to build a new city — 1871 is a community of startups, corporations, and community partners who learn from each other and innovate together in Chicago’s iconic Merchandise Mart. During this tour, you will see 1871’s creative workspace design and learn about the educational programs, incubators and accelerators they offer to aspiring entrepreneurs. You will also meet outstanding women who are leading successful new business ventures.

Chicago Architecture Foundation / Architectural Tour — Evolution of Skyscrapers
Chicago is known for building some of the world’s first skyscrapers, but how have their designs and technologies changed over time? On this guided walking tour, explore everything from classic buildings to super-tall highrises to discover how each one is representative of major developments in architectural technology and design from 1872 to the present. See how architects adapted building styles to meet the fashions of their era and used cutting-edge engineering to build taller than ever before. This tour is an enticing overview which introduces you to the bigger stories of Chicago architecture.

United Airlines Network Operations Center
This tour will give you an inside look at the United Airlines Network Operations Center (NOC) located in downtown Chicago, the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nerve center in the airline industry. In 2015 the NOC operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 147 million passengers. You will also have a chance to meet women of United and hear their stories.

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