Jumpstart the Transformation Speakers


Heather Sheehan is Executive Director of AWESOME. Heather Sheehan began her tenure in that role in 2018 after serving as Director of Member Engagement and Sponsorships from 2015-2018. In that role, she led the growth of the AWESOME community from 200 leaders to more than 1200 leaders and significantly increased the number of AWESOME sponsors. Prior to joining the AWESOME team, Heather was selected as one of two recipients of the first AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award in 2014. At that time she was the Vice President Indirect Sourcing and Logistics for Danaher Corporation, serving as co-chief procurement officer. She also served on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) board of directors for 11 years and is past Chairman of the Board. Heather received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and MS from Carnegie Mellon University. She teaches in university programs and is the owner of Crispy Concepts LLC where she consults on leadership and supply chain.


Allison Corry is Assistant Vice President of Procurement at Intermountain Healthcare (IH), a not-for-profit health system headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with 160 clinics, a medical group, affiliate networks, 24 hospitals, homecare, telehealth, health insurance plans, and other services.  IH has consistently earned the #1 spot on the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25. Allison leads procurement teams responsible for sourcing, contracting, purchasing, CRM/SRM, analytics, and risk management activities for the system, representing ~$3B in annual spend.  She leverages her prior experiences as a regional sales and solutions leader, an operational SME, and as a Big 4 firm consulting leader to lead the team.  Her career responsibilities, span of control, and reputation in industry have progressively grown through her roles at Mercy Health, ARAMARK Healthcare, Owens & Minor, and EY. Allison is the co-author of Optimize Your Healthcare Supply Chain Performance: A Strategic Approach, a book targeted at helping the C-suite understand healthcare supply chain.  She has an MHA, MBA, and BSBA from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She serves as an alumni advisor for her university as well as a mentor and coach to the Women in Leadership program at IH.


Michelle Dilley is Chief Operating Officer at DSC Logistics, now CJ Logistics America. In this role, Dilley leads the company’s transformation initiative and is directly responsible for DSC’s logistics center operations. She leads DSC’s packaging services operations, and has responsibility for engineering, safety and security, quality, business process integration, performance excellence and operations training. Before joining DSC in her prior role as Chief Supply Chain Transformation Officer, Michelle served as Senior Vice President, Operations at LaSalle Bristol, LP, where she was accountable for supply chain operations throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to that, she served as Vice President, Supply Chain at Ascension Health. Dilley started her career at Whirlpool Corporation, where she served in a variety of roles, including General Manager, Global Indirect Goods & Services Sourcing. Dilley serves on the Board of Directors for STAG Industrial, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on the acquisition and operation of single-tenant industrial properties throughout the United States. She has a BA in International Business and German from the University of Michigan.


Debbie Lentz is President, Global Supply Chain for Electrocomponents, a global provider of electronic and industrial products. Debbie Lentz is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is based in London. She is responsible for developing and executing all aspects of supply chain strategy as well as building capability of her organization. Debbie also serves on the Board of Directors of Wincanton, the largest British logistics firm providing consultancy and solutions. Her career includes experience in supply chain, information systems, global procurement and operations, as well as integrating acquisitions, building and consolidation of networks and driving performance excellence, process optimization and significant cost and service improvement. Debbie is the former SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer for Toys’R’Us, and prior to that, spent 13 years at Kraft Foods where she advanced to the position of Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Logistics. In 2015, she was presented with the AWESOME Legendary Leadership award; and in 2008, the Robert D. Pashek award for significant contributions to the practice and development of supply chain by Penn State University.


Dr. Victoria Medvec is the Adeline Barry Davee Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is also a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Center for Executive Women at the Kellogg School. In that role, she is focused on moving more women into senior leadership roles and onto the Boards of Directors of Fortune 1000 companies.  As a renowned expert in the areas of negotiations, executive decision making, influence and corporate governance, she is the CEO of Medvec and Associates, a consulting firm focused on high stakes negotiations and strategic decisions and advises senior-level executives and Boards of Directors from companies around the world. Her clients include a long list of leading companies in a wide range of businesses, among them AWESOME sponsors McDonald’s and Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Medvec’s research is published in top academic journals such as Psychological Review and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  In addition, her research has been highlighted in numerous popular media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Today Show.


Francesca DeBiase is Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain & Sustainability Officer, McDonald’s Corporation, leading the Global Supply Chain and Sustainability function. Her team’s role is to ensure the most competitive suppliers with the right capabilities are focusing on the future needs of our customers. Francesca also leads McDonald’s sustainability strategy, steering the company in its responsibility to act on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today. Together with franchisees and suppliers, she’s driving meaningful, industry-wide change in areas that are important for customers and communities. Since joining McDonald’s in 1991, Francesca has held numerous management roles in Supply Chain and Finance in the U.S. and internationally. In 2017, Francesca received the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award. She is a member of the Board of Governors at the Metropolitan Planning Council and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. She is also a strong advocate for women and is the Global Advisor to McDonald’s Women’s Leadership Network.


Ann Drake is Founder and Chairman of AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education), an organization she launched in 2013 to advance and transform the future of supply chain leadership. Ann served as Chairman and CEO of DSC Logistics from 1994 to 2018, and in 2013 became the first woman to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). In 2019, she was honored with the Salzberg Medallion for lifetime achievement by Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. Ann has received numerous other awards from organizations such as Kellogg School of Management, the International Women’s Forum (IWF), C200, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit, recognizing her accomplishments and her impact in the areas of business leadership, women’s advancement, logistics, supply chain management, and transportation. She is Founder and President of Lincoln Road Enterprises, an organization she created in 2019 to impact the future of women’s leadership in business, supply chain, technology, and other fields. Ann received an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Please find her full bio here.

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