2017 Symposium Agenda

Day 1 : Wednesday, May 3

11:00 am
1:00 pm
General Check-in and Lunch

Emerging Leaders Check-in: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Read more about Emerging Leaders and their Symposium Agenda
1:00 pm
5:00 pm
Kick-off AWESOME’s Fifth Anniversary Symposium

Panel Discussion: Senior Women in Supply Chain talking about BUILDING CONNECTIONS FOR THE 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. (Panelists to be announced)

OUT IN FRONT with Trish Lukasik, COO, SpotHero

Panel Discussion: Women Business School Deans with behind-the-scenes insights on ACHIEVING GENDER EQUITY IN BUSINESS SCHOOL AND 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.

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director and former Executive Director of the EMBA Program and Professor of Supply Chain Practice at the Neeley School of Business at TCU


    Sally Blount, Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern
    Sarah Gardial, Dean, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa
    Judy Olian, Dean, Anderson School of Management, UCLA

AWESOME’s signature “BUZZ” – talk around the table among senior leaders

5:30 pm
8:30 pm

PRESENTATION of the 4th Annual AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Awardto Francesca DeBiase, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, McDonald’s Corporation, and Kristin French, retired Brigadier General, US Army, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics and Materiel Readiness), U.S. Department of Defense.

Presentation will be followed by conversation with Honorees led by Heather Sheehan, AWESOME’s Director of Member Engagement & Sponsorships and recipient of 2014 ALL Award

Day 2 : Thursday, May 4

7:30 am
8:00 am
Continental Breakfast available in meeting room
8:00 am
3:00 pm
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. (Panelists to be announced)

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.

Moderator: Lynn Osmond, CEO, Chicago Architecture Foundation

Mary Sue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago
Carol Ross Barney, Founder and President, Ross Barney Architects
Amy Liu, Vice President, Brookings Institution and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

New RESEARCH REPORT by AWESOME & Gartner — Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner

Up-Close Conversation with Ellen Kulllman, former Chair and CEO, DuPont and co-chair, Paradigm for Parity

Interviewer: Donna Zarcone, President and CEO at the Economic Club of Chicago

BUZZ Sessions

4:30 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
9:00 pm
DINE-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 a senior leader.

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 senior leaders 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 senior leaders for other networking elements of the Symposium and also may sign up for optional activities on Friday, May 5.

Read More about Emerging Leaders

Senior Leaders may recommend an Emerging Leader during the Registration process. Please submit recommendations early, as Emerging Leader spots are limited.

Emerging Leader Symposium rates:

    Regular Symposium rate is $550 is valid until 11:59 pm CST on April 1, 2017
    Late Registration rate (after April 1, 2017) is $650

Day 3 : Friday, May 5 — ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

When registering, you will have the opportunity to secure your spot in your choice of these downtown Chicago experiences.

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)

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 option has been filled. Please choose one of the other two unique tours.
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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