Emerging Leader Program

“Emerging Leader”: A high-performing / high potential woman in a supply chain leadership role who does not yet meet the AWESOME criteria. (View AWESOME eligibility criteria.)

2017 Emerging Leader Program

Senior-level leaders who are members of the AWESOME network are invited to recommend an Emerging Leader to attend the Symposium, May 3-5 in Chicago.

Here’s what Emerging Leaders who attended past AWESOME Symposiums have said:

    “Extremely valuable. Career-changing!”
      “I had no idea the impact the Symposium would have on my view of my future. Being able to meet and talk with the leading women in my profession was not only inspiring, it also gave me a better understanding about what I needed to do to succeed.”
    “I learned a lot of very important things at the Symposium I attended as an Emerging Leader…about company dynamics, about the changing expectations of people in my field, about how to navigate challenges so I could be ready for the next level. Since that Symposium, I’ve been promoted and I’m now coming back as a network member.”
      “Probably the two biggest things I gained from participating in the Symposium were a) more confidence in my potential and b) a much larger circle of professional peers.”

According to Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director, “When young professionals and established leaders connect and interact at the Symposium, both groups come away with fresh perspectives and new ideas. Our goal is to give future leaders new insights and inspiration to advance their careers by connecting with successful women in our field.”

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.

View Emerging Leaders Symposium agenda

View general Symposium agenda

To recommend an Emerging Leader

If you are a senior supply chain leader, when you register for the Symposium, you will be able to recommend an Emerging Leader on the Registration form. If you wish to make a recommendation after you have registered, email mary.cline@awesomeleaders.org and provide the Emerging Leader’s name, title, company, email address and phone number. We will send your recommended Emerging Leader an invitation.

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

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.

2017 Symposium Agenda for Emerging Leaders

Day 1 : Wednesday, May 3

4:30 pm
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
8:30 pm

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

Day 2 : Thursday, May 4

8:00 am Continental Breakfast provided in meeting room
8:30 am Interactive Leadership Development Program
Increasingly, companies are recognizing the importance of diversity in leadership roles. However, barriers still exist that prevent many women from achieving their full leadership potential. In this session, emerging leaders will gain new insights and skills focused on strengthening your brand, broadening your impact, and advancing your career.

Join Senior Leaders for lunch and return to program
4:30 pm
6:30 pm
Networking Reception hosted by Deloitte
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.

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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