2018 AWESOME Sponsors

Sponsors Benefit from Best Practice Session

As one component of their sponsorship benefits, AWESOME’s Partner and Champion sponsors participated in a four-hour best practice session on May 9, opening day of the 2018 Symposium. This is the second year this type of facilitated discussion has taken place – this year, on the topics of diversity & inclusion, sustainability, and supply chain innovation & advanced technologies.

Participants included representatives from Host Partner JDA, Founding Partner DSC Logistics, and AWESOME Champions Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, and NIKE. The session was facilitated by Kelsey Carvell, a senior project leader at Deloitte Consulting.

“Based on the level of participation and positive feedback we’ve received, we look forward to continuing to offer this session at future Symposiums,” said Heather Sheehan, Executive Director. “It’s a unique opportunity for these companies that don’t intersect otherwise to take a deeper dive into issues and challenges that they all face.”

Participants reported that the diversity of experience represented and the cross-section of business functions represented added value to the discussion. They also appreciated the size of the group and being in an environment that permitted candid and meaningful discussion.

2019 Sponsorships

Read more about 2019 sponsorship levels and benefits. If you’re interested in more information about 2019 Sponsorships, please contact Tracy Drake at 847.635.4542 or tracy.drake@awesomeleaders.org.

2018 Sponsors

Meet these outstanding companies who share AWESOME’s commitment to developing diverse talent and advancing women’s leadership.

JDA Software is the leading provider of seamless supply chain planning and execution solutions for retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and wholesale distributors. The company’s unmatched solution portfolio enables its clients to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve visibility so they can deliver on customer promises every time. More than 4,000 global customers run JDA, including 72 of the top 100 retailers, 71 of the top 100 consumer goods companies, and 13 of the top 16 3PLs.
DSC Logistics is a leader in transforming logistics and supply chain management into a critical business strategy based on collaborative partnerships, innovative thinking, and high-performance operations. DSC achieves the business goals of Fortune 500 and other leading companies by designing, integrating, managing and adapting customized solutions. As a Lead Logistics Partner (LLP) and third-party logistics (3PL) provider, DSC Logistics provides Dynamic Supply Chain Leadership.
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based health care company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with more than 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. Its aspiration is to be recognized by customers around the world as a modern, progressive burger company. McDonald’s is committed to using its size and scale as a force for good. Within the company, that means providing inclusive work environments, training and support. Through initiatives such as the McDonald’s Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), McDonald’s has created a culture where women have significant opportunity to succeed and grow.
NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories.
Expeditors is a Fortune 500 service-based logistics company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. At Expeditors, we generate highly optimized and customized supply chain solutions for our clients with unified technology systems integrated through a global network of 331 locations in 109 countries on six continents. As a service-based company, we don’t own the aircraft, ships, or trucks we use every day. Therefore, we can be highly flexible in our approach to supply chain management and effective at finding the best route and pricing options for our customers. We are proud of our uncompromising commitment to customer service and we believe our ability to execute on customers’ customized needs differentiates us in the marketplace.
At Clarkston Consulting, our people solve problems for the world’s leading consumer products and life sciences companies. Since 1991, Clarkston Consulting has provided a broad set of customized consulting services to help our clients achieve their strategic goals from problem discovery through project delivery. We implement proven solutions to transform the way your company thinks, innovates, and grows. Clarkston Consulting offers value-driven expertise in business strategy, supply chain operations, commercialization, enterprise technology, and quality and regulatory processes. Our 97% client satisfaction rating is more than a metric, it’s who we are.
Hassett Express, LLC, is a leader in time-definite and expedited transportation and logistics solutions.  As a privately held Chicago-based WBE, Hassett’s success of more than 35 years is based on commitment to our employees, our customers and our community. We focus on our core strengths of industry experience, safe and reliable transportation and a high level of customer service, while at the same time supporting the changing needs of our customers through the implementation of new technologies and processes. Hassett has offices throughout the country combined with a network of over 250 agents on a global basis. We are a certified SmartWay Transport Partner in both logistics and as a carrier.
XPO Logistics Inc. is a top ten global logistics provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world. The company operates as a highly integrated network of people, technology and physical assets in 32 countries, with 1,444 locations and more than 91,000 employees. XPO uses its network to help more than 50,000 customers manage their goods more efficiently throughout their supply chains. The company has two reporting segments, transportation and logistics, and within these segments its business is well diversified by geographies, verticals and types of service. XPO’s corporate headquarters is in Greenwich, Conn., USA, and its European headquarters is in Lyon, France.
Adecco Staffing is the nation’s leading provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. We partner with Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized operations and small organizations to staff all of the industries that drive our economy forward. We proudly connect thousands of talented workers, representing diverse skillsets, to opportunities for better work each week. Like AWESOME, Adecco believes in inspiring a more qualified, confident and collaborative workforce. Our organization has committed to unleashing the talent of our people, a top strategic priority for 2018. Through community partnerships, thought leadership, targeted recruitment strategies and opportunities for professional development specifically designed for women, Adecco cultivates and illuminates female accomplishments every day.
Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGI; TSX: CIGI) is an industry leading global real estate services company with 15,000 skilled professionals operating in 68 countries. With an enterprising culture and significant employee ownership, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide. Services include strategic advice and execution for property sales, leasing and finance; global corporate solutions; property, facility and project management; workplace solutions; appraisal, valuation and tax consulting; customized research; and thought leadership consulting. Colliers professionals think differently, share great ideas and offer thoughtful and innovative advice that helps clients accelerate their success. Furthermore, our clients represent different geographies, demographics, cultural perspectives and experiences so we strive to support their needs by reflecting that same diverse representation in our own teams and workforce.


AWESOME would like to express our appreciation to Disney for providing 2018 Symposium participants with the opportunity to enjoy the behind-the-scenes magic of Walt Disney World.
Infor builds business software for specific industries in the cloud. With 16,500 employees and over 90,000 customers in more than 170 countries, Infor software is designed for progress. Infor’s Networked Supply Chain combines planning, procurement, execution and finance applications with a multi-enterprise business network. This unique combination aligns the supply chain to provide an unparalleled level of speed, flexibility and precision.
Intel is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of essential products and technologies that power the cloud and an increasingly smart, connected world. Intel delivers computers, networking, and communications platforms to a broad set of customers including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original design manufacturers (ODMs), cloud and communications service providers, as well as industrial, communications, and automotive equipment manufacturers. We are expanding the boundaries of technology through our relentless pursuit of Moore’s Law and computing breakthroughs that make amazing experiences possible. Beyond the impact of Intel’s products, we set ambitious goals in corporate social responsibility to drive improvements in environmental sustainability, supply chain responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social impact. Intel has a global workforce with 100,000 employees in 90+ countries and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
project44 enables you to deliver stronger value to your customers, through the power of information. By digitizing the entire shipment lifecycle, we ensure access to the right information, at the right time — creating a smarter end-to-end shipping experience.
Staffmark, Advantage Resourcing, and Atterro (affiliated sister companies) are part of Recruit Holdings, one of the largest HR companies in the world. Through their extensive network of offices, they partner with businesses across the United States to develop staffing solutions that meet their clients’ ever-changing needs. These solutions range from creating and managing staffing plans for small businesses to innovative workforce solutions for large companies with multiple locations across the country. They provide temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire services for commercial, technical, professional, and specialty positions.
Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store in 1990, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from approximately 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of October 28, 2017, Ulta Beauty operates 1,058 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content.
Ajilon specializes in executive search and mid-level placements within the supply chain and logistics industry. Ajilon is part of The Adecco Group, the world’s largest workforce solutions company. With international reach and a local presence in 60 North American markets, Ajilon helps organizations achieve a sustainable, competitive workforce and connects top talent with best-fit jobs.
Dealer Tire is a family-run company established in 1999 by the owners of the former Mueller Tire & Brake, a Cleveland-based retail chain founded in 1918. Dealer Tire manages replacement tire and parts programs for over 20 automotive OEMs in the US. The organization serves more than 10,000 car dealerships from a nationwide network of distribution centers.
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 6,000 private and middle market companies. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors with one purpose: to deliver measurable, lasting results. We help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. As part of the Deloitte network of member firms, we are proud to be associated with the largest global professional services network, serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them.
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops — such as corn, soybeans and cotton — that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natual resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researches, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.
Morton Salt is an American way of life. Since 1848, Morton Salt has been improving lives and enhancing every day moments – at home, at work and virtually everywhere in between. Still today, the company is widely recognized for its Morton Salt Girl brand icon and famous When It Rains It Pours® slogan. And Morton Salt consumer products remain staples in the hearts and homes of millions of Americans. The company is also hard at work for businesses, serving a wide range of industries including food and pharma. That’s because Morton Salt is a company with vision, drive and a big heart. Based in Chicago, Morton Salt and its subsidiaries employ more than 3,000 team members in the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Home Care, Personal Care and Food & Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries. On any given day, 2.5 billion people use Unilever products to feel good, look good and get more out of life – giving us a unique opportunity to build a brighter future.
Verst is a leading provider of fully-integrated transportation, warehousing, fulfillment and packaging services in business for over 50 years. An Inbound Logistics Magazine Top 100 3PL, Verst serves a wide range of industries including e-commerce, retail, automotive, food and beverage, wine and spirits, paper, and health and beauty. As the need for velocity increases, speed and consistency are more important than ever. Verst offers exceptional accuracy, flexibility and speed to market. Verst provides logistics solutions with the capacity to put solutions in place quickly reaching over 85% of the U.S. population in under 2 days. Verst exists to extend the expertise and capabilities of their clients. Whether you partner with them for logistics, fulfillment, packaging, or a combination of services, teaming up with Verst offers clear advantages to flex and respond quickly to market demands. Verst Logistics’ business is to serve as an extension of your business.

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