Program featuring research highlights and discussion among leading executives focuses on advancing women in supply chain

February 04, 20213 minute read

Women in Supply Chain – Leading the Way

Tuesday, February 9 – 2-3 pm Central

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At an AWESOME/Gartner Strategic Partnership Session on Tuesday, February 9, a panel of executives who have first-hand experience with leading major change and being champions of diversity and inclusion in their organizations talked about what works and what doesn’t.

Leading up to the panel discussion, Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director Emeritus, gave brief highlights of what has been learned over the past five years of AWESOME/Gartner research into how women are progressing in the supply chain field. Dana Stiffler, Gartner VP Research, moderated the discussion, raising questions such as what organizational changes make it possible for women to make progress? And what holds them back?

AWESOME and Gartner are preparing to launch the 6th Annual Women in Supply Chain Survey to assess recent progress against the backdrop of previous research.

According to Nancy Nix, “We are looking forward to hearing from these panelists – all of whom have a strong commitment to diversity, as well as actual experience with supporting the diversity initiatives of their organizations. Their perspectives add specific, real-world dimensions to the statistics revealed in our research.”

The panelists for the February 9th Transformative Leadership Panel:

Cheryl Capps Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Corning Incorporated

Since joining Corning in 2011, Cheryl Capps, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain officer, has led her organization’s supply chain transformation, focusing on increased agility, cost reduction and enhancing the overall customer experience. A key pillar of this transformation is the implementation of new digital capabilities to transform supply chain into a competitive advantage for Corning; enabling innovation, growth, and financial success.  Cheryl is featured as a thought leader in multiple industry recognized publications, including Forbes and Supply Chain World.  She serves as an advisor to Supply Chain 50 where she is responsible for mentoring supply chain leaders and is the executive sponsor for multiple groups that promote diversity, equality and health & welfare within Corning and the Community.

Jackie Sturm Corporate Vice President Supply, Intel

Intel has made inclusion a central tenet within their RISE strategy, focusing on creating a positive impact for the companies Intel invests in, suppliers they work with, and employees that power their workforce globally.  Intel measures and transparently shares progress towards their goals, including reaching 100% global gender pay equity in 2018 – ahead of their original 2020 goal.  Jackie Sturm, Corporate Vice President, Global Supply Chain, is committed to diversity and inclusion because it enables innovation, agility, and improved decision making.  As executive sponsor for Intel’s supplier diversity program, Jackie helped lead the way toward $1B annually with diverse-owned suppliers

Craig Weiss – Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Chief Transformation Officer, Conagra Brands

Craig Weiss has been with Conagra Brands for over 17 years in a number of roles of increasing responsibilities and leadership.  In his current role as Senior Vice President of Logistics and Planning and Chief Transformation Officer, he is making diversity one of his priorities. He has strong views on the importance of women having opportunities to realize their maximum leadership potential, the strategic necessity of companies tapping into the full talents of women and other minorities, and the urgency of leaders making diversity and inclusion a business priority.