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The following events feature AWESOME leaders participating as speakers, panelists or moderators at significant supply chain events.

Upcoming Events

September 24-27, 2017 | CSCMP Annual Supply Chain Conference

Atlanta, Georgia

The CSCMP early bird registration discount has expired, but the AWESOME discount is still valid. As a member or friend of AWESOME, register before August 31 and use this promotion code: EDGE17-AWS. You’ll receive $300 off the regular conference rate.*

* See promotion details and exclusions below

Sunday, September 24   |   AWESOME Networking Event   |   7:30 pm
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, 270 Peachtree St NW 100, Atlanta
(By invitation)

Sponsored by

More details to be announced

We’d also like to recommend the Women at Work Panel & interactive discussion, sponsored by Penn State Executive Programs, on September 24, 3:15 – 5:30 pm.

Monday, September 25   |   Opening General Session   |   8:30 am
Presentation of 2017 Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
to AWESOME Executive Director Nancy Nix

Wednesday, September 27  |  AWESOME Mega Session — powered by AWESOME  |   8:30 am
Innovation in the Supply Chain: Perspectives from Leading Executives

Learn from successful senior executives about building and leading innovative, agile supply chains. Technology disruptors, rapidly-changing customer preferences, social media, and other forces create challenges and opportunities requiring companies to adapt their production and supply chain capabilities. This session will answer questions such as: How are organizations transforming their supply chains for innovation and agility? What major technology and other disruptors are forcing changes in supply chain strategies? How can supply chain leaders be catalysts for innovation and improved top-line and bottom-line performance?

Panelists include:

    Wendy Herrick, Vice President Supply Chain GTM US, Unilever
    Michelle Livingstone, Vice President, Transportation, The Home Depot
    Barbara Schwarzentraub, Director Global Supply Chain and Operations, Caterpillar


Moderator: Heather Sheehan, Director of Member Engagement & Sponsorships, AWESOME; former VP and co-Chief Procurement Officer, Danaher Corporation

CSCMP Conference discount for AWESOME
As a member or friend of AWESOME, if you’d like to attend this very special conference – CSCMP EDGE 2017, register before August 31 and use this promotion code: EDGE17-AWS

You’ll receive $300 off the regular conference rate.

* Special AWESOME promotion expires August 31, 2017. Offer excludes Student, Young Professional, Educator, Corporate, Official EDGE Speakers, and Supply Chain Exchange registration types. Offer cannot be used to register for the Academic Research Symposium. Offer limited to one per customer and account. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers. Offer is nontransferable and may not be resold. 

Past Events

July 10-12, 2017 | GT Nexus Bridges 2017

New York, New York

Wednesday, July 12
Leveraging Technology and Building Connections to Compete in a Networked Future

Technology will play an ever-more critical role in the networked supply chain of the future. Yet ultimately the power of a network is also about people. Connecting people, processes, and data to create agile supply networks and end-to-end visibility will be increasingly important in a rapidly changing competitive landscape. Leveraging technology and collaborating to achieve common goals will be keys to success. This panel of senior women leaders will focus on the interaction between people and technology and the importance of leveraging and building connections in the supply chain to ensure future competitiveness.

Panelists:

      Norma Clayton, VP Learning, Training & Development (retired), The Boeing Company
      Felicia Dinkel, VP Global Logistics, Sims Metal Management
      Meri Stevens,VP Strategy & Deployment, Johnson & Johnson

Moderator: Heather Sheehan, Director of Member Engagement & Sponsorships, AWESOME; former VP and co-Chief Procurement Officer, Danaher Corporation

Bridges is an industry leading event for supply chain technology. It brings together top supply chain executives from the world’s largest companies. This year, Bridges has an exciting lineup of executive customer keynotes from Helly Hansen, Electrolux, Rockport, CNH and Caterpillar. These supply chain visionaries will provide key insights on how to manage and mitigate supply chain risk, use global logistics control towers, define visibility, consolidate systems, and set up new supply chain operations for spinoff companies. Click here to see the top five reasons why people attend Bridges @ Inforum.


May 23-25, 2017 | Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Phoenix, Arizona
Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum

Tuesday, May 23 | 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Women in the Supply Chain Lunch

Discussion of key findings from the AWESOME/Gartner 2017 Women in Supply Chain Study.

Panelists:

      Ann Drake, CEO, DSC Logistics and Founder, AWESOME
      Lisa Kulok, SVP Global Supply Chain Operations, Columbia Sportswear Company.
      Meri Stevens, VP Strategy & Deployment, Johnson & Johnson

Moderator: Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner, Inc.

April 3-6, 2017 | Promat 2017

Chicago, Illinois
Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum

Tuesday, April 4 | 12 noon – 4:30 pm
Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
How to Influence Your Company and the Industry

This panel of industry leaders will give their advice on how to break down walls in your company. Panelists will address issues facing women today and how they can help themselves and clear the path for next generation of women.

Panelists include:

      Shana Relle, Global Marketing & Product Management – Logistics & Material Handling, Intralox
      Shari Altergott, Corporate Director of Marketing & Business Development, Associated & Peach State Integrated Technologies, Inc.
      Cheryl Rossborough, Chief Financial Officer, Ace Industries
      Kelly Furstoss, Senior Director, Warehouse & Logistics Operations, Glanbia Performance Nutrition
      Holly Busalacki, District Sales Manager, Komatsu

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME

March 14, 2017 | EXPO – Transportation Club of Minneapolis & St. Paul

Bloomington, Minnesota

Women in Logistics:  Career Opportunities & Challenges

More and more women are entering the field of logistics but are still under-represented, especially in leadership roles. With the talent shortages companies face today, they are recognizing that recruiting, retaining, and advancing women is a business imperative – and the opportunities for women have never been greater. This panel of women leaders will share their experiences and discuss opportunities for women and challenges they face. They will also offer insights about steps companies can take to make a difference and ways women can advance their own careers.

Panelists include:

      Molly DuBois, VP North America Surface Transportation, C.H. Robinson
      Gina Garven, Director of Category Management, Robinson Fresh
      Kirsten Hall, CEO of Logistics Planning Services (LPS)
      Kim Roy, VP of Operations, DecoPac, Inc.
      Sarah Storlie, President of Service Plus Transport

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME

January 23-25, 2017 | “Jump Start” Conference hosted by SMC3

Orlando, Florida

Monday, January 23 | 11:20 am – 12 noon
The Need for Speed – the Retailer’s Perspective

As more consumers elect for ‘click-to-buy’ shopping, retailers are forced to demand faster, better service.  From visibility to last mile what are the newest and biggest challenges facing virtual retailers?  What opportunities are there for the right 3PL, carrier and technology solution partners?  Join our panel of leading experts from AWESOME as we lay out the retailer’s needs to grow the omni-channel experience.

Panelists include:

      Shari Boston, VP, Global Sourcing & Supply Chain, ConvaTec Inc.
      Erin Donnelly, Director of Transportation, Home Depot

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME

September 25-28, 2016 | CSCMP’s 2016 Annual Conference

Orlando, Florida

Monday, September 26 | 3:45 – 5 pm
Supply Chain Challenges & Capabilities for the Future: A Conversation with Top Executives

A panel of supply chain leaders will discuss issues C-level executives are facing today and provide insights into a wide range of supply chain challenges and capabilities required for the future. They also will discuss talent strategies for success.

Panelists:

      Annette Danek-Akey, SVP Fulfillment, Penguin Random House
      Michelle Halkerston, President and CEO, Hassett Express
      Linda Wood, VP of Operations Services, R. J. Reynolds

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 8:30 – 9:45 am
Supply Chain Innovation: Leading Change for Future Success

Panel members are experienced, successful leaders who will speak about driving innovation and the leadership needed for ground-breaking changes. In an in-depth discussion, they will address questions such as: What are the definition and examples of innovation? Why is supply chain innovation critical to business success? What role do leaders play in challenging the organization and driving innovation and change? What are the barriers to innovation and the critical leadership skills required to overcome them? What role does diversity play in innovation? How can supply chain leaders be catalysts for innovation and position organizations for future success?

Panelists:

      Andrea Atwell, VP, Direct to Consumer Ecommerce, CPD, L’Oréal
      Darci Harris, VP Supply Chain, Mars
      Marie Robinson, COO, Michael Kors

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix Executive Director, AWESOME

June 20-22, 2016 | Eye for Transport 3PL Summit and CSCO Forum

Chicago, Illinois

June 21
Next Generation of Logistics and Supply Chain Talent

Panelists:

      Charles Blevins, VP Supply Chain, Dart Container Corporation
      Sougata Dasgupta, Global Supply Chain Operations, Bloomberg
      Michelle Halkerston, President & CEO, Hassett Express
      Maike Sievers, Director of Logistics Planning Sales and Marketing, BLG Logistics

Moderator: Michele Carroll, President, Carrollco Marketing Services

June 15, 2016 | CSCMP Chicago Roundtable Annual Seminar

Naperville, Illinois
Development of Diverse Talent Powered by AWESOME

This panel of accomplished leaders will share insights and lessons learned from their career journeys. The discussion will focus on how they have developed themselves, challenges they faced along the way and how they overcame them, the critical players in their career, and how they have developed others. Woven into the discussion will be a focus on how to develop diverse talent and some of the things that get in the way in terms of hidden biases.

Panelists:

      Kristen Daihes, Supply Chain Consultant; former VP, Global Supply Chain, SC Johnson
      Sandra Pineau-Boddison, SVP – Customers, United Airlines
      Heather Sheehan, Director, Member Engagement and Sponsorships, AWESOME; former VP, Indirect Sourcing and Logistics, Danaher Corporation
      Wendy Wadas, Sr. Director Customer Service and Logistics, Morton Salt, Inc.

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME

May 17-19, 2016 | Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, May 17
Women in Supply Chain Executive Networking Luncheon
(Discussion of AWESOME / Gartner 2016 Women in Supply Chain Research Findings)

Panelists:

      Linda J. Bryant, VP, Strategy & Business Excellence, Janssen Supply Chain, Johnson & Johnson
      Jane Barrett, Group Vice President, Supply Chain Research, Gartner

Host and Moderator: Dana Stiffler, VP Research Gartner

May 1-4, 2016 | JDA Focus

Nashville, Tennessee

Sunday, May 1: Owning Your Career in Supply Chain: Stories from the Field
How do women in the male-dominated field of supply chain take ownership of their careers? In this presentation, Nancy Nix will share how emerging leaders – who happen to also be women – are building successful supply chain careers by seeking the right opportunities, identifying champions and taking calculated risks that benefit both them and their companies. With more than 25 years of supply chain experience in academics and industry, Nancy has gained valuable insights and heard stories of challenges and successes from women in many roles. Her unique perspective will provide the insights you need to chart your career course going forward.

Presentation by: Dr.Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME

April 4-7, 2016 | MODEX 2016, Georgia World Congress Center

Atlanta, Georgia
MHI Young Professionals Network Presents – New Generation Supply Chain Workforce

Tuesday, April 5
More and more women are entering the field of Supply Chain but still only represent approximately 10% of the Supply Chain leadership. This panel will delve into the challenges that come with being a female supply chain industry professional. Panelists will give their perspective on being a woman in the Supply Chain industry, how to support the new generation of women and how they excelled in a typically male-dominated field.

Panelists include:

      Ingrid Boston, Director, CSS Transition Quality PMO, Johnson and Johnson
      Angela Jenkins, Career & Technical Education Director, MHI
      Diane Garforth, Director, David’s Bridal

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The Changing Faces in Workforce – Diversity in the Supply Chain Panel
The faces in the supply chain industry are changing. As with all industries the Supply Chain workforce is becoming more diverse. This panel will examine the challenges, dynamics and trends in today’s increasingly diverse Supply Chain industry as well as discuss how to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Panelists include:

      Laura Davis, President, Laura A. Davis & Associates
      Bobby Miller, Executive Partner North America, ORTEC
      Cherie Payton, Senior Director, Instant Game Services, Scientific Games


March 10-12, 2016 | 27th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference

Nashville, Tennessee
Women in Aviation: Leadership Lessons from the Top

Panelists:

      Lynda Coffman, VP of United Groundhandling Services, United Airlines
      Ann Drake, CEO, DSC Logistics and Founder of AWESOME
      Alex Marren, EVP, North America Rent-A-Car Operations, Hertz; former SVP of Onboard Service, United Airlines
      Sandra Pinneau-Boddison, SVP Customers, United Airlines

Moderator: Dr.Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director

January 22, 2016 | BGSA Supply Chain 2016

Palm Beach, Florida
Winning the War on Talent: Unleashing the Leadership Potential of Women in Supply Chain

Panelists:

      Ann Drake, CEO, DSC Logistics and Founder of AWESOME
      Jill Lavitsky, VP, Customer & Logistics Services-North America, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems
      Natalie Putnam, VP Marketing, Ryder System, Inc., and an AWESOME Advisor
      Heather Sheehan, former VP, Indirect Sourcing, Danaher Corporation and AWESOME Advisor

Moderator: Dr.Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director

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December 2, 2015 | Cargo Logistics America

San Diego, California
Who Will Move the World?

Panelist: Dr.Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director

October 4-7, 2015 | MHI Executive Summit & Annual Conference

Ponta Vedra, Florida
The Future Supply Chain Workforce

Panelist: Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director

September 27-30, 2015 | CSCMP Global Conference

San Diego, California

Sunday, September 27
“Women at Work” session — sponsored by Penn State Executive Programs
Beyond Networks: Building Relationships for Career Success

Panelists:

      Michelle Halkerston, President & CEO, Hassett Express, LLC
      Kristen W. Lacy, Director, Logistics Management, Altria Group Distribution Company
      Natalie Putnam, VP, Integrated Marketing Strategy & Planning, Ryder System, Inc.
      Molly VandenHeuvel, most recently Senior Director, Supply Chain & Operations, Kraft Foods Group

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Monday, September 28
Women in the C-Suite: Leadership Lessons from the Top.

Panelists:

      Laurel Junk, Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer, Enterprise Shared Services, Kaiser Permanente
      Debbie Lentz, SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Toys“R”Us

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME

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Monday, September 28
The Importance of Diversity in Strategic Sourcing

Panelists:

      Anu Hans, Group CPO & VP Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson
      Cathy Kutch, Director of Supplier Relations and Diversity, Kellogg Company
      Eugene Campbell, VP of Supplier Diversity, The Walt Disney Company

Moderator: Mary Long, VP, Logistics & Network Planning, Domino’s Pizza

September 13-16, 2015 | TMW’s 2015 | TransForum User Conference

Orlando, Florida
Real World Strategies for the Logistics Talent Gap

Speaker: Heather Sheehan, former VP, Indirect Sourcing, Danaher Corporation and AWESOME Advisor

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How do women in the male-dominated field of supply chain take ownership of their careers? In this presentation, Nancy Nix will share how emerging leaders – who happen to also be women – are building successful supply chain careers by seeking the right opportunities, identifying champions and taking calculated risks that benefit both them and their companies. With more than 25 years of supply chain experience in academics and industry, Nancy has gained valuable insights and heard stories of challenges and successes from women in many roles. Her unique perspective will provide the insights you need to chart your career course going forward.

April 27, 2015 | JDA Focus 2015

Orlando, Florida
Mentoring Mindset: Supporting Careers for Women in Supply Chain

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director

April 15, 2015 | Kellogg Executive Women’s Network

Evanston, Illinois — Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Leadership Lessons from the Top: A Fireside Chat with Powerful Female Business Leaders

Panelist: Ann Drake, CEO, DSC Logistics

February 12, 2015 | CSCMP Chicago Roundtable

Chicago, Illinois
Career Lessons from the Top

Panelists:

      Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s
      Ann Drake, CEO, DSC Logistics
      Meghan Murray, PwC
      Rebecca Wlazlo, ULTA Beauty

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