Results of AWESOME/Gartner 2020 Women in Supply Chain Survey

June 18, 20202 minute read

Results of the fifth annual Women in Supply Chain Survey — conducted through a partnership of AWESOME and Gartner Research to track the progress of women in the supply chain field – will be released next week. One key finding is that an historic 17% of top jobs (CSCOs, EVPs, SVPs) in surveyed organizations are held by women, up from 9% five years ago. The full report will be released on, and more data and analysis will be presented in a Gartner webinar on July 21. Registration for the webinar is open now.

The webinar will be hosted by Dana Stiffler, Gartner VP Analyst, and Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director Emeritus, also will be featured.

Another key finding of this year’s research is that Consumer/Retail sector organizations lead the way with strongest leadership pipelines. The report also confirmed and reinforced one of the 2019 findings that integrated pipeline planning is the most significant action to take to improve leadership representation.

Nancy Nix, who leads the research initiative for AWESOME, said, “In today’s world, tapping into the potential of women leaders is absolutely critical to success. This research helps us track women’s progress and understand how companies are advancing women’s leadership in their supply chain organizations. With these findings, we’re able to provide insights into best practices that can be deployed to make a difference.”

The webinar will cover topics such as:

The 2020 survey, conducted in Q1 2020, surveyed 177 supply chain leaders, primarily in North America, about their companies’ goals and initiatives to improve attraction, development, retention and advancement of women. Baseline data on how many women are in frontline manager, senior manager, director, vice president and executive-level roles within supply chain organizations also was collected.

Another goal for this survey was to identify practices that increase the engagement with and success of women in supply chain organizations.