Third Annual AWESOME Symposium May 6-7, 2015


The third annual AWESOME Symposium, hosted by Johnson & Johnson at the company’s World Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ, in conjunction with founding partner DSC Logistics, attracted top supply chain leaders from across the country. Sessions provided discussions and conversations on Strategy, Collaboration, Leadership Development and Inspiration.

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The 2015 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award was presented to Beth Ford and Debbie Lentz and to their companies for recognizing and advancing women as leaders. Beth is EVP, Chief Supply Chain and Operations Officer, Land O’Lakes. Debbie is SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer Toys “R” Us, Inc.

Read these key take-aways from the AWESOME Symposium:

    Supply Chain Leaders’ insights on the megatrend of collaboration.
    C-Suite Panelists’ comments on lessons learned through their careers.
    Key points from interactive discussions among senior leaders and emerging leaders.
    Words of Wisdom from Symposium panelists and participants
    Insights from panel of male supply chain leaders

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2015 Symposium Agenda

May 6, 2015

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel – New Brunswick
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Symposium Check-in
Location: Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Building Connections: Networking and Reception
A History of Caring: The Johnson & Johnson Story
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Welcome / Opening Remarks
  Ann Drake, CEO, DSC Logistics and Founder of AWESOME
  Kathy Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson
  Supply Chain (JJSC)
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Celebrating Excellence: AWESOME Legendary Leadership Awards
  Award Winners:
  Beth Ford, Executive Vice President,
  Chief Supply Chain and Operations Officer,
  Land O’Lakes

  Debbie Lentz, Senior Vice President,
  Chief Supply Chain Officer
  Toys “R” Us, Inc.

  Interviewed by: Susan Purdum, Instructor,
  Supply Chain Management,
  Smeal College of Business and Faculty Affiliate,
  Penn State’s Center for Supply Chain Research

May 7, 2015

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel – New Brunswick
7:00 am – 7:45 am Breakfast Buffet
7:45 am – 8:10 am Welcome / Opening Remarks
8:10 am – 8:35 am AWESOME Leadership: Up-Close Conversation with Sandi Peterson,
  Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson and member of
  the board of directors of the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
Interviewed by: Kathy Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson
  Supply Chain (JJSC)
8:35 am – 9:35 am Session 1: Strategy in Action 
Leading for the Future / Supply Chain Megatrends

    Michelle Livingstone, Vice President – Transportation, The Home Depot

    Natalie Putnam, Vice President, Integrated Marketing Strategy & Planning,
      Ryder System, Inc.
    Wendy Herrick, Vice President Supply Chain, US, Unilever
    Natalie Lotier, Vice President Global Product Strategy,
      Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Meri Stevens, Vice President, Strategy and Deployment,
      Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC)

9:35 am – 10:20 am Session 2: Collaborative Conversations – Senior Leaders
Session 2: Collaborative Conversations – Emerging Leaders

    Moderator: Ginny Clarke, Senior Partner, Executive Search,
      Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions

    Mary Long, Vice President, Logistics & Network Planning
      Domino’s Pizza
    Meghan Murray, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Carolyn Woznicki, Vice President, Global Sourcing
      Illinois Tool Works

10:20 am – 11:20 am Session 3: Collaboration in Action
Working Together for Impact: A Candid Conversation

    Courtney Billington, Vice President – Supply Chain, Pharma,
      Johnson & Johnson

    Mike Duffy, President, Medical Products, Cardinal Health
    Sean McCartney, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations,
    Jason Reiman, Vice President, Global Logistics, The Hershey Company
    Remko Van Hoek, Senior Vice President, Sourcing and Procurement,
      The Walt Disney Company

11:20 am – 11:45 am AWESOME Leadership: Up-Close Conversation with Dr. Rosabeth Moss
  Kanter, Harvard professor and the author of Move: Putting America’s
  Infrastructure Back in the Lead

Interviewed by: Heather Sheehan, Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and
  Logistics, Danaher Corporation
11:45 am – 12:05 pm Buzz and Break –Working Together for Impact
12:05 pm – 12:50 pm Lunch / Shared Insights on Leading for the Future
12:50 pm – 1:40 pm Session 4: Engagement in Action
Advancing Women Leaders – Emerging Leaders’ Point of View

    Ginny Clarke, Senior Partner, Executive Search,
      Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions

    Jennifer Nix, Senior Director, DSC Logistics
    Donna Palumbo, Senior Manager, Sourcing & Procurement,
      The Walt Disney Company
    Andrea Poulopoulos, Sourcing Manager, Danaher Corporation
    Marinelba Rosado, Director, Value Stream Management,
      Johnson & Johnson

1:40 pm – 2:00 pm Buzz and Break – Takeaways and Next Steps / Advancing
Women Leaders
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Session 5: Inspiration in Action
Leading Through Change with Stories of Success – C-Suite Perspectives

    Moderator: Susan Packard, co-founder and former COO, HGTV

    Carolee Friedlander, CEO, Access Circles, and Founder
      and former President and CEO, Carolee Designs, Inc.
    Nina McLemore, Founder and CEO, Nina McLemore, LLC
    Teresa Weintraub, President and CEO, Fiduciary Trust International
      of the South

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Reflections and Closing

Light refreshments, continued networking and book signing by Susan Packard for those whose travel schedule permits.

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