2019 Symposium Agenda

May 1-3 in Seattle, Washington

Host Partner:

Wednesday, May 1

8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Best Practice Sharing Session

Partners and Champion Sponsors will participate in a facilitated discussion about critical supply chain challenges and strategies for addressing them. The facilitator for the discussion is Kelsey Carvell, Senior Manager, Deloitte, and she will be assisted by Rohini Prasad, Senior Consultant, Deloitte and Meghan Linehan, Business Analyst, Deloitte.

(This is a private session for representatives of participating companies who have been designated and invited)

10:00 am – 2:30 pm
General Check-in for Symposium Participants & Pre-Symposium Activities at the Sheraton Grand Seattle, including:

Ulta Beauty Bar – Ulta designers will provide complimentary dry styles, cosmetic consultations and application and other services. Appointments are full, however, walk-ins are welcomed.
Business Portraits – Participants will have the opportunity to have a complimentary professional headshot taken. Appointments are full. Walk-ins are not available.

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Transportation to Starbucks for official opening of the Symposium
3:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Opening Remarks & Introductions

Welcome from Hans Melotte, Starbucks EVP Global Supply Chain Operations, and Lucy Helm, Starbucks Chief Partner Officer.

Coffee Tasting with Virginia Tenpenny, VP Global Social Impact and Executive Director of the Starbucks Foundation

Opening Remarks by Heather Sheehan, Executive Director of AWESOME

Setting the Stage – Ann Drake, Founder of AWESOME

Up-Close Conversation with Roz Brewer, Starbucks COO

Recognized as an “adept glasscutter,” Roz Brewer has faced adversity and bias with “relentless determination” throughout her career. Hard work and perseverance are “hard-wired into her DNA.” Colleagues have described her as a warm, authentic leader and a fierce businesswoman, exhibiting an unusual combination of the qualities of confidence and kindness, empathy and drive. Today, she is among Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women and is featured as a “game changer” in an exhibit at the Smithsonian, along with Jeff Bezos and Janet Yellin. Recently she was named to Amazon’s board of directors. She is an outstanding role model and inspiring example of “Reaching Beyond and Achieving More.” Roz will be interviewed by Deb DeHaas, Vice Chairman & National Managing Partner of the Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte

Out in Front with Cady Coleman, Former NASA Astronaut

Preparing for the Future – Lessons from Space

Cady Coleman, PhD, is a chemist by education, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, and veteran of two space shuttle missions and six months aboard the International Space Station. She also led open-innovation and public-private partnership efforts for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters. Cady will share her unique and extreme experiences in experimentation, innovation, problem-solving and teamwork that translate into lessons for our business and supply chain leadership challenges.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Reception at the Starbucks Reserve

This Starbucks Reserve is the original of our Host Partner’s premium stores. On a normal day, this is where Starbucks partners and the public mingle to enjoy the coffee bar (with the rarest and most extraordinary coffees Starbucks offers), the cocktail bar, and delicious items, such as pastries and pizza, from the Princi bakery. But this will be no normal day. Our reception will be especially AWESOME and will include small plates, beverages and more opportunities for AWESOME leaders to connect.

Thursday, May 2

7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Opening Comments

Ann Drake, AWESOME Founder
Chairman, DSC Logistics

Reaching Beyond & Achieving More – Personal Stories from Successful Supply Chain Women

In this signature element of the AWESOME Symposium – a panel of leading women in supply chain sharing leadership lessons – this year’s line-up of accomplished women will talk about how they are reaching beyond to achieve more in multiple dimensions of their life and career. Their stories provide valuable insights for all who want to maximize their leadership performance and impact.

      Kelly Killingsworth, VP Supply Chain Business & Systems Optimization, Walmart
      Maria Nieradka, Founder and Principal, Three Lions Consulting; former SVP, Global Supply Chain, Biogen
      Linda Theisen, VP of Corporate Procurement, Hilton
      Laura Ying, VP Purchasing, Kohler Kitchen & Bath
    Moderator: Sarah Pfaff, U.S. Coordinating Partner, EY
Out in Front with Jane Stevenson, author of Women CEOs Speak

Vice Chairman, Board & CEO Services, Korn Ferry

As the co-author of the book Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation that Drives Sustainable Growth, and a project leader for the Korn Ferry Institute’s research on women CEOs, Jane will talk about why supply chain is a great foundation to build a career to CEO and how companies can proactively close the innovation and gender gaps simultaneously. She’ll inspire us to reach up to the top leadership levels.

Reaching Across: Engaging Men as Advocates for Change

Featuring Bonnie Fetch, author of (Un)Skirting the Issues: A Guide for the Well-Intentioned Man in Today’s Workplace
Executive Director, Cummins Distribution Supply Chain

Achieving gender parity in supply chain leadership will happen only if men and women are both working toward that objective. Bonnie Fetch will begin the session with research and practical insights about unconscious bias, stereotypes, and ingrained expectations that affect women today. She’ll then moderate a mixed-gender panel discussion about what works and what doesn’t.

      Peter Anderson, VP Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing, Cummins
      Jeff Gallinat, SVP Global Mfg Operations, Cisco
      Betsey Nohe, VP Supply Chain Americas, Morton Salt
      Donna Warton, General Manager, Microsoft Devices Supply Chain
Out in Front with Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley

Carla Harris, author of Expect to Win  and Strategize to Win will share insights about owning your own power, confident leadership, how to thrive in the workplace, and other pearls of wisdom

Making Waves #1

In this engaging, interactive working session, participants will share their experience and generate new ideas about reaching beyond and achieving more.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Luncheon and AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Awards

Each year, AWESOME presents the ALL Award to two outstanding women leaders who have advanced in supply chain leadership roles and who serve as role models and inspiration to other women. The 2019 ALL Award Honorees are:

    Michelle Livingstone, VP, Transportation, for The Home Depot
    Noelle Walsh, Corporate VP, Cloud Operations and Innovation, Microsoft

Jackie Sturm, VP Global Supply Management for Intel and a 2016 ALL Award recipient, will lead an Up-Close Conversation with the 2019 recipients following the award presentation.

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm Sessions Include:

Talent Strategies and 2019 Women in Supply Chain Research Insights

Presentation by Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner

The rise of digital business means a growing urgency for supply chain innovation. The need for technology skills in supply chain roles has grown by 60% since 2014, and winning the war for talent will be a key to future success. Attracting, developing and retaining top talent will be a significant source of competitive advantage. Dana Stiffler will share insights from her research on supply chain talent strategies as well as highlights from the AWESOME / Gartner 2019 Women in Supply Chain Research.

Making Waves #2

The brainstorming discussion about reaching beyond and achieving more continues.

Innovation and the Customer Experience – Hosted by Starbucks

Keeping the customer at the forefront of your business is critical to success in today’s competitive marketplace. A world-class customer culture is not built overnight, but is developed over a number of years with a relentless focus on understanding customers and innovating to enhance the customer experience. These leaders from iconic companies recognized for their focus on customers will share insights from their experience about how to inspire innovation, empower employees, and ensure operational excellence that consistently delivers an outstanding customer experience.

      Emily Chang, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Starbucks
      Alexis DePree, VP, Transportation Services, Americas Sort Centers, Amazon
      Shea Jensen, SVP, Customer Experience, Nordstrom
      Carol Montandon, Chief Quality Officer; Vice President Quality and Compliance, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices; Global Chair, Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership Initiative
      Katie Young, VP, Urban Markets, Starbucks
    Moderator: Kelly Bengston, SVP and Chief Procurement Officer, Starbucks
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, May 3

Seattle is a contemporary, exciting city filled with major attractions and surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. Five unique and custom-designed experiences will take place on the morning of Friday, May 3. Participants in the AWESOME Symposium who stay in Seattle on Day 3 are invited to take advantage of these opportunities to continue connecting with peers.
Sign-ups are now open for those who have registered for the Symposium. All options are $90 and you pay when you sign up.

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Port of Seattle – Private Breakfast & Personal Tour with Port executives – hosted by Expeditors

Expand your supply chain operating experience by joining us for a very special tour of the Port of Seattle. At the private breakfast preceding the tour – exclusively for AWESOME — members of the Port’s Executive Team will talk with us about the Port, including the future developments for growth. After breakfast, on the guided walking tour, you will see working vessels loading and unloading containers and have an up-close view of how the Port of Seattle operates.

More details:

  • Depart from Sheraton Grand Seattle: 7:45 am and arrives back at hotel no later than 10:30 am.
  • Brief bus ride to breakfast – then after breakfast, brief bus ride to the terminal operations
  • Special note: You’ll need a photo ID for entry.
  • Comfortable closed-toe shoes are recommended.
Chihuly Garden & Glass – VIP Private Tour, guided by Chihuly experts

Arrive via Seattle’s famous monorail at Seattle Center, location of Chihuly Garden and Glass, the most comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly’s artwork in the world. Before the museum opens to the public, begin a guided tour of all eight galleries, the Glasshouse, and the garden. A professional photographer will take photos as you tour for you to take home, along with a collectible Chihuly exhibition book.

More details:

  • Depart from Sheraton Grand Seattle: 8 am for 10-minute walk to monorail
  • Tour ends at Chihuly Garden at approximately 9:30 am
  • Return to hotel (allow 30 minutes by monorail) or continue to enjoy Seattle Center on your own.
Pike Place Market – Early Access VIP Tour

Explore one of Seattle’s most famous destinations while it’s just waking up for the day. With the help of your guide, you’ll discover and sample locally made delectable treats as you go. Pike Market is one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the United States and was recently expanded. This is the site of Starbucks first ever store, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on the Seattle waterfront, the Market also offers a stunning vista.

More details:

  • Tour departs from Sheraton Grand at 7:30 am and ends at Pike Place Market at 10 am – 20 minute walk each way
  • When the tour ends, return to the hotel or stay and enjoy more of the Market.
  • Special note: The tour includes walking on cobblestone streets, so please wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • • This tour involves sampling many types of food, so if you have food allergies, sensitivities or restrictions, we encourage you to choose a different option for the day.
Amazon Spheres – Insider’s look and tour guided by Amazon Supply Optimization Technology (SCOT) leaders. Opportunity to visit Amazon Go on your own This activity has been filled to capacity. Please choose another activity.

Check out the one-of-a-kind Spheres, where Amazon employees relax, think and work surrounded by nature, including 40,000 plants. Few “outsiders” are invited in to tour and enjoy the eye-opening workspace. Your tour guides will be members of Amazon’s SCOT (Supply Chain Optimization Technology) team. After the tour, you can return to the hotel or choose to browse and shop on your own at the innovative Amazon Go store right next door.

More details:

  • Depart from Sheraton Grand at 7:45 am; tour ends at Spheres at 11 am – 15-minute walk each way.
  • Special note: You’ll need a photo ID for entry.
  • If you plan to visit Amazon GO, you’ll want to download the app prior to your visit.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room – Private Tour and Tasting This activity has been filled to capacity. Please choose another activity.

Visit Starbucks original Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room in a gorgeous 100-year-old building. Participate in a special private coffee seminar and tasting where you’ll learn about brewing techniques, coffee tasting techniques and terroir (environment where a particular type of coffee originates). Before the seminar begins, use your $25 Starbucks gift card to enjoy coffee, sample baked artisanal food and pastry, and shop in the retail market.

More details:

  • Tour departs from Sheraton Grand at 7:00 am
  • 15-minute walk
  • Return to Grand Seattle Hotel at 9:00 am

All activities take place during the morning of Friday, May 3, 2019.

Activities are exclusively for participants registered for the AWESOME Symposium and are offered as a way for members of the AWESOME community to continue connecting with each other on an informal level. For that reason, we are not able to include guests or family members in any of these activities.

Your choice of activity: $90 (Only one activity per registrant.)

If you are registered for the AWESOME Symposium, proceed to Day 3 Sign-Up.

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