2018 Symposium

2018: The Year to Make a Difference

The 2018 AWESOME Symposium is for senior-level women in supply chain who want to have a greater impact on their organization, company and community. By bringing together thought leaders and executives with experience in diverse leadership roles, we’ll focus on how leaders are making a difference and what more we can do.

Please join us in beautiful Orlando, Florida, on May 9 and 10 to interact with other AWESOME leaders and share lessons of powerful, successful leadership — AND, on May 11, enjoy continued networking with your choice of special Orlando experiences organized by AWESOME. Watch for more details soon.

If you’ve received your invitation, REGISTER now or learn more

February 16 – March 31: $795
After March 31: $995


Participants are responsible for travel and hotel arrangements and costs. Rooms are available – on a first come, first served reservation basis – at the Orlando World Center Marriott, where the symposium takes place.

Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

More information about travel and hotel

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2018 Symposium Highlights

AWESOME Symposium participants are invited to an Ulta Beauty Experience

Ulta Beauty, a 2018 AWESOME sponsor, will have its designers on hand during the Symposium Check-In (12PM – 6PM) on Day One (May 9). Plan to arrive early to partake in this fun beauty and networking experience prior to the opening Reception. All beauty services will be provided compliments of Ulta, at no cost to attendees.

Ulta, the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services, is an AWESOME sponsor in the Collaborator category.

Beyond Supply Chain – Leveraging Supply Chain Leadership to Make a Difference

A conversation with Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) and Sheila Musolino, President & CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities will focus on how these two accomplished supply chain leaders are now making a difference with not-for-profits that help people in need. They’ll share insights about the challenges they face and how they use their leadership and supply chain skills to have a greater impact.

Presentation of 2018 ALL Award

AWESOME has selected two outstanding trail-blazers and role models to receive the 2018 AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award. They are Susan Seilheimer Brennan, Chief Operations Officer, Bloom Energy Corporation, and Ilya R. Espino de Marotta, Executive Vice President for Engineering and Programs Management, Panama Canal Authority. Their achievements in their chosen fields would be remarkable for any leader – that much more so because they are women in traditionally male fields.

Following the award presentation, the Honorees will be interviewed by Heather Sheehan, AWESOME Executive Director.

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AWESOME options for Day 3 – Friday, May 11

Watch for the opportunity to sign up soon for your choice of tours.

Special AWESOME experiences at Disney World
All tours will return to the Orlando World Center Marriott no later than 12:30 pm.

Option 1: Tour of Disney’s Automated Textile Supply Chain

    Most of the 20 million visitors to the Magic Kingdom each year see only what is out in front. AWESOME has arranged a special tour to see the backstage secrets, technology, and mechanical marvels of one of the world’s largest laundry facilities. This unique behind-the-scenes look at an important aspect of the Disney supply chain in action will show you the real magic.

Option 2: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

    The 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, held February 28 through May 28, 2018, offers an array of attractions, breathtaking garden spaces and dozens of world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries. With this self-guided option, you can enjoy it all as you prefer – with a small group of your peers or on your own

Option 3: The Inside Story of Epcot Gardens of the World

    In conjunction with the Flower & Garden Festival, this behind-the-scenes tour will explore and explain the role of landscaping at Walt Disney World Resort and how Disney uses various plant materials and gardening techniques to develop a theme. You’ll also come away with ideas shared by experts of how to apply Disney landscaping techniques at home.

More Highlights

Leading with Impact – Senior Women in Supply Chain
A panel of accomplished and inspiring supply chain leaders will share their personal stories about leading with impact, overcoming challenges, leadership characteristics required, and ways you can make a difference in your company, organization and community.

Leadership in a World of Technological Change
Learn from this panel of woman tech experts about break-through technologies that will impact your supply chain in the future and how you can lead technological change for business success.

Why Women – The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men
Jeffery Tobias Halter, President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership advancement, will lead this session based on his research and his insights into creating an inclusive workplace.

Results of 2018 Women in Supply Chain Study (a collaboration of AWESOME and Gartner)
This third annual survey tracks progress of women in supply chain.

View more details of the agenda.

Enjoy video highlights of 2017 Symposium.

In case of cancellation on or before April 15, an administrative fee of $95 will be deducted from your Symposium registration fee refund and applied to AWESOME’s scholarship fund. After April 15, the registration fee is non-refundable.

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