Kathy Wengel receives DSA Award at CSCMP EDGE

Kathy Wengel, EVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Johnson & Johnson, and an AWESOME Advisor, became the third woman in more than 50 years to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). The award was presented at the Opening General Session of CSCMP EDGE on September 16 in Anaheim, California. Continue reading

Distinguished Service Award Honoree engenders awe and inspiration

Since the day Johnson & Johnson’s Kathy Wengel began speaking on a panel of supply chain leaders at AWESOME’s first symposium in 2013, she has been an inspiring model of what a leader with courage and competence can do. For the many accomplishments of her 30-year career at Johnson &Johnson and her impact beyond the J&J business, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has selected Kathy to receive the 2019 Distinguished Service Award. Continue reading

Maria Nieradka joins Board of Cloudleaf

Drawing from more than three decades of experience in biotech, pharmaceutical and consumer health industries, AWESOME Advisor Maria Nieradka has been named to the board of Cloudleaf. Before founding her own consulting firm, Three Lions Consulting, LLC, Maria held senior executive positions at Biogen, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Continue reading

Supply chain leaders open the curtain on customer experience

At the 2019 AWESOME Symposium, one panel featured a retail organization that sells high-end fashion, a health care and medical device company that touches people at every stage of life, a company that built their brand on being a warm and inviting environment, and a company that epitomizes the trend toward digital commerce. Did they have views on how customer experience and the supply chain are closely connected? Absolutely! Continue reading

Special session facilitates exchange of Best Supply Chain Practices

A private best practice sharing session with representatives of AWESOME’s 2019 Host Partner, Founding Partner, and Champions will take place preceding the opening of the Symposium on May 1. The discussion will be facilitated by Kelsey Carvell, a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting. Continue reading

Will the next generation of CEOs rise through the supply chain?

According to a commentary on fortune.com, “supply chain professionals are poised to become the most powerful executives in the world.” The author — Nader Mikhail, CEO of Elementum, a supply chain orchestration software company – predicts that companies will increasingly turn to “leaders who have made careers out of translating the big picture and thousands of moving parts into executional reality.” Continue reading

First AWESOME/MIT Scholarship has been awarded

The first woman to receive the AWESOME/MIT Advancing Women through Education (AWE) Scholarship was announced as Elizabeth Raman from The Home Depot. AWESOME and the MIT Center for Logistics and Transportation partnered to create the scholarship, which awards full tuition for an early career woman to pursue a master’s degree in supply chain management from MIT during school year 2019-20. The award, currently valued at $72,000, is the first ever full tuition award specifically for women in the 20-year history of the MIT SCM. Continue reading

Kathy Wengel represents J&J and supply chain at World Economic Forum

Kathy Wengel, Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer and an AWESOME Advisor, participated in the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In an interview for Hub Culture, she talks about how the intersection of science and technology is bringing untapped potential to J&J’s healthcare business and helping the supply chain bring medicine to hard-to-reach areas. Continue reading

Maria Nieradka joins AWESOME Advisors

Maria Nieradka, former SVP, Global Supply Chain, Biogen, has joined other leading women in supply chain as an AWESOME Advisor. AWESOME Advisors provide direction and input for goals, priorities and plans for AWESOME, working with AWESOME leadership: Heather Sheehan, Executive Director; Ann Drake, Founder; and Nancy Nix Executive Director Emeritus. Continue reading