May 3-5, 2017

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AWESOME’s signature event -– a Symposium held annually beginning in 2013 — brings together senior women leaders in diverse roles throughout supply chain to take part in networking, discussions, Up-Close Conversations, and interactive dialogue for the purpose of advancing women’s supply chain leadership. This invitation-only event for senior leaders in the 900-member AWESOME network (read Criteria for membership) also offers a special program for Emerging Leaders recommended by senior leaders.

Registration is open for senior leaders who have received an invitation

    Regular Symposium rate is $695
    Late Registration rate (after April 1, 2017) is $795
    (Different rates apply for Emerging Leaders. See details below)

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Meet our Sponsors

Some Highlights of the Symposium

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Downtown Chicago experiences – Day 3

On Day 3 of the 2017 Symposium — Friday, May 5 — you can continue your networking and your learning by choosing one of three special downtown Chicago options. Each one is unique and gives you an “insider’s” experience of some of Chicago’s mind-expanding opportunities.

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  • Visit 1871, the impressive new Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart – see its creative workspace design and learn about its educational programs, incubators and accelerators for aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Take a guided walk through Chicago’s renowned architectural wonders with a special focus on the evolution of the skyscraper
  • Get “behind-the-scenes” at the United Airlines’ Network Operations Center in downtown Chicago, the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nerve center in the airline

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7 reasons to register now for the AWESOME Symposium

      1. A meaningful way to involve yourself and your company in important actions to advance women’s supply chain leadership
      2. An opportunity to meet and reconnect with members of the AWESOME network, which now number 900 of the leading women in our profession
      3. Stimulating discussions by a panel of female supply chain leaders and a panel of leading men in supply chain
      4. Unique insights from women who are deans of three of the best business schools, focusing on achieving gender equity in business schools and beyond
      5. A stimulating conversation with women who are superstars in Chicago’s urban architecture and design community
      6. The chance to recognize and hear, first-hand, career stories of the two remarkable recipients of the 2017 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award
      7. AWESOME’s signature BUZZ sessions – talk around the table on relevant topics with your peers

    Invitations have been emailed to eligible network members.

    If you meet the AWESOME criteria and don’t receive an invitation, please contact mary.cline@awesomeleaders.org.

    In case of cancellation on or before March 31, an administrative fee of $85 will be deducted from the refund and applied to AWESOME’s scholarship fund. After March 31, the registration fee is non-refundable.

    You won’t want to miss the networking…the discussions…the interaction…the insights into leadership…and the tastes and sights of Chicago.

    Celebrate AWESOME and Women’s Supply Chain Leadership!

    SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

    Read more about Fifth Anniversary Partners and other Sponsorship Levels

     

    Day 1 : Wednesday, May 3

    11:00 am
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    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
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    5:00 pm
    Kick-off AWESOME’s Fifth Anniversary Symposium

    Panel Discussions:

      Senior Women in Supply Chain talking about BUILDING CONNECTIONS FOR THE NETWORKED FUTURE
      Women Business School Deans with behind-the-scenes insights on ACHIEVING GENDER EQUITY IN BUSINESS SCHOOL AND BEYOND
      Up-Close Conversations with an outstanding business leader
      AWESOME’s signature “BUZZ” – talk around the table among senior leaders
    5:30 pm
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    8:30 pm
    NETWORKING RECEPTION & DINNER

    PRESENTATION of the 4th Annual AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award, followed by conversation with Honorees

    Day 2 : Thursday, May 4

    7:30 am
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    8:00 am
    Continental Breakfast available in meeting room
    8:00 am
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    3:00 pm
    Panel Discussion by Male Supply Chain Leaders on LEVERAGING DIVERSITY: HOW COMPANIES AND COLLEAGUES ARE CHANGING THE LEADERSHIP ENVIRONMENT

    Special Panel Discussion: PIONEERING WOMEN IN URBAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

    New RESEARCH REPORT by AWESOME & Gartner

    Up-Close Conversations

    BUZZ Sessions

    4:30 pm
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    6:30 pm
    NETWORKING RECEPTION HOSTED BY DELOITTE
    7:00 pm
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    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

    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
      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
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    8:30 am
    POWER WALK in downtown Chicago (No extra charge)
    9:30 am
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    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.

    Introducing our AWESOME Sponsors

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    Read about Sponsorship levels and benefits

    For more information about sponsorships, please contact:

    Heather Sheehan
    heather.sheehan@awesomeleaders.org
    1 (202) 422-2153
    Jennifer Krueger
    jennifer.krueger@awesomeleaders.org
    1 (847) 635-4382

    Scenes from the 2016 Symposium

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    Watch 2016 video

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