April 2014—AWESOME, the initiative launched in early 2013 to advance women supply chain leaders, will hold its second annual Symposium on Thursday, May 15, in Chicago. With the theme of “Accelerate AWESOME,” women who are senior director level and above in supply chain roles are being invited to participate in a day of networking, collaboration and learning.
Four panels of experts with different perspectives will talk about issues related to women’s leadership. The two morning panels include “Leadership Unleashed,” with strategic supply chain leaders talking about how women are impacting company cultures and customer relationships and “Insights Uncensored,” a conversation with male supply chain leaders about the challenges women still face. In the afternoon, the program includes “Powering Up the Pipeline,” focusing on companies that have successful women’s leadership development programs, and “Building Leadership Careers Across Boundaries,” a panel of leading women from other industries discussing what steps they took to succeed.
AWESOME stands for Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education. The initiative was launched by Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics, after she became the first woman to receive the Distinguished Service Award from CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) in October, 2012.