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
|8:00 am – 12:30 pm
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
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