At the September 2014 meeting of AWESOME Advisors, participants reviewed AWESOME’s dramatic growth and progress since its founding in January 2013 and focused on priorities and plans going forward. AWESOME’s first Executive Director, Dr. Nancy Nix presented results of one-on-one interviews with AWESOME constituents and other industry leaders.
According to Dr. Nix, “In a relatively short period of time, AWESOME has become recognized in the industry as a dynamic, pro-active force for women’s leadership. There’s a tremendous interest in AWESOME being an action-oriented organization that provides purposeful and substantive networking and programming that advances women leaders in supply chain.”
As part of the discussion, the advisors defined how “success” will be measured, including more women advancing to top supply chain roles; up-and-coming leaders developing faster into more senior roles; women being viewed as very influential in the industry and being sought out for their leadership and business skills; and, as an organization, providing leadership in identifying and addressing emerging trends and issues.
The Advisors will meet quarterly to work with Dr. Nix and AWESOME founder, Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics, to implement initiatives in areas such as expanding the membership, planning the annual Symposium and other events, and developing outreach to universities, corporations, and organizations to inspire and encourage emerging leaders and young professionals.