Agenda — draft

May 1-3 in Seattle, Washington

Host Partner:

There’s never been a better time to be a woman in supply chain! The 2019 AWESOME Symposium will explore ways to make the most of this time – to reach beyond and achieve more in our own careers and to advance women’s leadership. We’ll hear from and interact with outstanding women – in supply chain and in other fields – as we focus on reaching out, reaching up, reaching in, reaching back, and reaching across.

Here are a preliminary schedule and some of the sessions and activities of the 2019 Symposium.

(Sessions and events will take place at the Sheraton Grand Seattle and/or Starbucks sites. Specific locations to be announced)

REGISTER by March 15: $895

After March 15: $995

Please see your emailed invitation addressed from Ann Drake, Founder of AWESOME, for registration link. Senior-level supply chain women meeting the AWESOME criteria can contact Mary Cline ( for more information.

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, Sr. Manager, 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, including:

Ulta Beauty Bar – Ulta designers will provide complimentary dry styles, cosmetic consultations and application and other services. Appointment slots will be available for sign-up prior to the Symposium.
Business Portraits – Participants will have the opportunity to have a complimentary professional headshot taken. Appointment slots will be available for sign-up prior to the Symposium.

Mid-afternoon – evening Symposium officially begins

Opening Remarks & Introductions
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.

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!

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

Sessions Include:

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, former SVP Global Supply Chain, Biogen
      Linda Theisen, VP of Corporate Procurement, Hilton
      Laura Ying, VP Purchasing, Kohler Kitchen & Bath
    Moderator: Sarah Pfaff, Principal, 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.

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, responsible for Microsoft Cloud & Infrastructure Operations

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.

More sessions to be announced

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Closing Reception

Friday, May 3

Seattle is a contemporary, exciting city filled with major attractions and surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. AWESOME will offer several opportunities to experience the local sights, explore some hidden treasures, and continue networking with your peers. We hope you will extend your stay in Seattle and take advantage of these opportunities. Some options will end before noon to allow for afternoon flights.

There will be an additional cost for Friday’s activities and registration will take place separately. Look for additional announcements soon.

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