2018 AWESOME Symposium

Day 1 : Wednesday, May 9

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Best Practice Sharing Session for Symposium Host Partner, Founding Partner and Champions
12:00 noon – 5:30 pm Symposium Check-in
Ulta Beauty Bar
Hair and make-up services compliments of Ulta Beauty
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Reception and Culinary Station Dining
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Evening Program
Keynote Speaker (to be announced)
Coffee, dessert, and wine will be served

Day 2 : Thursday, May 10

7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am – 12:15 pm Leading with impact – Senior Women in Supply Chain Panel

Leaders with impact are those who are able to see opportunities and possibilities beyond their current environment and responsibilities and take steps to make a difference — in their organizations, their communities, and the world.  Identifying what is changing out there and doing things differently in ways that impact the people around you requires vision and the kind of leadership we all aspire to.  These 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 organizations.   

    Amy Carovillano, Vice President Logistics & Distribution, The Container Store
    Shelley Simpson, EVP; Chief Commercial Officer; President, Highway Services, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
    Dapo Ajayi, Chief Procurement Officer, AstraZeneca
    Lauri Boulger, VP of Global Supply Chain Planning, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Moderator: Micaela Bulich, former Vice President, Onshore Wind Global Supply Chain, GE Renewables

Leadership in a World of Technological Change

In today’s interconnected world, technological innovation will continue to reshape the future of supply chain and present companies with both significant opportunities and daunting challenges. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies to support your business strategy will be key to successful leadership in the future. Learn from these senior women leaders about break-through technologies that will impact your supply chain in the future and how you can lead technological change for business success.

    Moderator: Trish Young, VP/Strategic Enterprise Capabiities, Value Streams, Nike
    (Panelists to be announced)

Up-Close Conversation with Ann Drake
Founder of AWESOME and CEO of DSC Logistics
When Ann Drake became the first woman ever to receive the supply chain industry’s highest award – CSCMP’s Distinguished Service Award – she had an “Ah-ha” moment; she saw the opportunity to make a major difference for women’s leadership, and she grabbed it. Since then, Ann has connected with leading women all over the world, sharing and comparing experiences and lessons. In this candid conversation, she’ll talk about her leadership journey and how she was inspired by successful women in her network, what motivated her when she started AWESOME, how she sees women advancing in our field and beyond, and how the AWESOME leaders in the room can build momentum and increase our impact on the future of women’s supply chain leadership, turning ripples of action into waves of change.    

Interactive Session

12:15 – 1:45 pm Luncheon and AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Awards

    2018 Honorees:
    Susan Brennan, COO Bloom Energy
    Ilya Marotta, EVP for Engineering and Programs Management for the Panama Canal Authority

    The Award presentation will be followed by a Conversation with honorees and Heather Sheehan, AWESOME Executive Director

1:45 pm – 5:15 pm AWESOME / Gartner 2018 Women in Supply Chain Research Results
Presented by Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner
Why Women – The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men
Jeffery Tobias Halter, author of Why Women – The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men, will introduce this session with a ground-breaking presentation about the leadership imperative to move your organization to a deeply internalized approach regarding gender differences; executed with a sense of urgency, to create competitive advantage. Jeffery will share insights about how to (1) operationalize your company’s business case for women in the marketplace and workplace, (2) create an integrated women’s leadership strategy with scorecards and measures to drive organizational accountability, and (3) engage male champions as advocates and sponsors for women’s leadership advancement. Following Jeffery’s remarks, he will lead a discussion with industry leaders who will share insights about how their organizations are advancing women and engaging men. (Panelists to be announced)
BUZZ Session
Beyond Supply Chain – Leveraging Supply Chain Leadership to Make a Difference
In this up-close conversation, you will meet two accomplished leaders who moved from corporate supply chain roles to lead non-profit organizations focused on helping communities and people in need. You will learn about the organizations they lead and their career journey as they have leveraged their leadership skills and supply chain experience to make a difference. They will also share insights about the challenges they face and ways you can make a difference in your community or beyond.

    A Conversation with:
    Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)
    Sheila Musolino, President & CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Networking Reception

Day 3 : Friday, May 11

Special AWESOME Options at Disney World

Light breakfast will be available at the hotel.

Tours depart hotel beginning at 8:00 am and return no later than 12:30 pm.

Participants must pre-register for these options.

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 tour will 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, breath-taking 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.

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