2016 Symposium Agenda

May 13, 20165 minute read

Fourth Annual AWESOME Symposium
April 27-29, 2016
Portland, Oregon

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Host Partner: NIKE, Inc.
Founding Partner: DSC Logistics

April 27-29, 2016

Wednesday, April 27

3:00 pm

Depart for Tour of NIKE, Inc. World Headquarters

(for those who have registered for Nike tour)

4:45 pm

Depart from The Nines Hotel for Networking Reception at Nike World Headquarters – Tiger Woods Center

(for those not registered for Nike tour)

5:30 pm

Networking Reception

6:30 pm

Welcome Remarks

Trish Young, VP of North America Supply Chain, NIKE, Inc.

Eric Sprunk, COO, NIKE, Inc.

Presentation of 2016 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award

Ann Drake, Chairman and CEO, DSC Logistics; Founder of AWESOME

Debbie Lentz, SVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc.; 2015 ALL Award Honoree

2016 ALL Honorees:

Annette Clayton, EVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric

Jackie Sturm, VP of Global Supply Management at Intel

7:30 pm


8:30 pm

Return to The Nines begins

Thursday, April 28 : The Nines : Portland, OR

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 am – 8:25 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:25 am – 9:25 am

Panel 1: Supply Chain Innovation: Leading Change for Future Success

This panel of senior women leaders will share their experience driving supply chain innovation and leadership lessons learned. Why is supply chain innovation critical to business success? What role do leaders play in challenging the organization and driving innovation and change? What are the biggest barriers to innovation and what are the critical leadership skills required to overcome those barriers? What role does diversity play in innovation? How can we as leaders be catalysts for innovation and position our organizations for future success?


Stacey Taylor, SVP & Chief Procurement Officer, MGM Resorts International


Linda Bryant, VP, Global Strategy & Business Excellence, Janssen Supply Group, LLC
Francesca DeBiase, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, McDonalds
Alexandra Lopez, CPO & VP Operations, Cisco Systems
Kristen Workman, VP, Supply Chain Performance, Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric

9:25 am – 9:50 am

Up-Close Conversation

Christie Smith, Regional Managing Principal, Consulting, Deloitte; Managing Partner, Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion

Interviewer: Heather Sheehan, Director, Member Engagement & Sponsorships, and Advisor, AWESOME; former VP, Indirect Sourcing and Logistics, Danaher Corporation; 2014 ALL Award Honoree

9:50 am – 10:15 am


10:15 am – 10:35 am

AWESOME/Gartner 2016 Women in Supply Chain Research Findings

Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME
Dana Stiffler, VP Research, Gartner

10:35 am – 11:35 am

Panel # 2: Paradigm for Parity

At current rates of progress, we can expect to see gender parity in the C-suite and at the Board level in about 100 years, but steps are being taken to accelerate the progress. This panel of outstanding male leaders from multiple industries will reflect on “Paradigm for Parity,” a call to action and plan put forth by a coalition of 50 senior women leaders (CEOs, senior executive, founders, board members, and business academics). With the goal of achieving parity by 2030, “Paradigm for Parity” outlines five action steps to be taken and highlights the imperative that both men and women champion women’s advancement or it won’t ever happen. Panelists will discuss why this initiative is important for businesses today, what it will take to get there, what challenges must be overcome, and what actions must be taken to achieve success.


Sandra Beach Lin, Member, Board of Directors at American Electric Power, WESCO International, PolyOne Corporation & Interface Biologics; Former President & Chief Executive Officer, Calisolar Inc.


Astad Dhunjisha, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Monsanto Company
Rick Frazier, Chief Product Supply and Service Officer, Coca-Cola Refreshments
Eric Sprunk, COO, NIKE, Inc.
Steve Inacker, Cardinal Health, Formerly President, Hospital Sales and Services, Cardinal Health, Medical Segment

11:35 am – 12 noon

Buzz Session

12 noon – 1:25 pm

Lunch for all participants

Special lunch and session for Emerging Leaders:

Creating Your Own AWESOME Future through Networking

Facilitated by Patty Ross, VP, Global Workplace Design + Connectivity, NIKE, Inc. Patty will share the positive impact that building a network has had on her career at Nike and provide insight into the tools, techniques and mindset women can adopt to help them achieve success.

Introduction by Sitora Muzafarova, NSW Demand Planning Director, NA, NIKE, Inc.

1:25 pm – 2:25 pm

Panel #3: Women in Sport

Charlie Brooks, VP, NA Communications, NIKE, Inc.; 16 years of experience at Nike in a variety of regional and global roles, including Public Relations Manager, Nike UK, European PR Director, Nike EMEA, the Netherlands, and Global Communications Director. Charlie will moderate a discussion with a panel of outstanding women in sport who have tackled challenges, exemplified leadership and achieved greatness, either on the field, on the track or in the workplace.

Panelists: Debbie Antonelli, Basketball Analyst; Joan Benoit Samuelson, Running, Health and Fitness Clinician and NIKE, Inc. Consultant; Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Head Coach, USC Women’s Basketball; and Sarah Reinertsen, Ironman Triathalete

Read more about the Women in Sport panelists

2:25 pm – 2:50 pm

Buzz Session

2:50 pm – 3:20 pm


3:20 pm – 4:20 pm

Panel #4: Beyond Supply Chain: Taking it to the Next Level

This panel of accomplished C-suite leaders and Board Directors will share insights about what it takes to move beyond supply chain to the next level of leadership. What is required to get there and be successful in those roles? How do you move beyond your functional role to have a seat at the table? What did you do to prepare? What unique contributions can you make as a C-level leader or a Board Director? What difficulties or challenges did you face that were unique to those roles? What advice do you have for others as they navigate their journey to future C-suite and/or Board roles?


Joanne Bauer, Board of Directors, Omnicell Inc. and Aurora Healthcare; Former President, Health Care, Kimberly-Clark Corporation


Tanya Fratto, Non Executive Director at Smiths Group plc and Former President and CEO, Diamond Innovations
Joyce Russell, President, Adecco Staffing U.S.
Lynn Utter, Board of Directors, WESCO International and Former President / COO, Knoll

4:20 pm – 4:45 pm

Concluding Remarks

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

Join us at Nike Portland for a one-of-a-kind, private shopping and networking experience in the heart of downtown Portland!

7:00 pm


Optional Activity — small group Dutch-treat dinners in Portland (for those who have registered for Dine-Arounds)

Friday, April 29 : Portland and surrounding area

Additional Activities (optional)

7:30 am Tour of Nike World Headquarters / Exercise in Workout Facilities
7:30 am Guided power walk in downtown Portland
10:30 am Willamette Valley Winery Tour and Lunch
10:30 am Multnomah Falls Hiking and Lunch
4:00 pm Return to Hotel