AWESOME Leaders Announces 2023 Corporate Sponsors

February 24, 20233 minute read

The Not-for-Profit Aligns with Companies Who Share Mission of Advancing Women in Supply Chain

CHICAGO, IL—AWESOME Leaders, a Chicago-based not-for-profit professional group for women leaders in supply chain, announced today their list of 2023 corporate sponsor partners.

AWESOME, which stands for Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education, has a mission to advance and transform the future of supply chain leadership. Over the last 10 years, AWESOME has built a one-of-a-kind community by facilitating connections and creating collaborative environments in which their women leaders can learn together and be recognized and celebrated. Their work helps women leaders continue to rise across the whole of supply chain—every node, function, and role. AWESOME women are supply chain experts, gifted leaders, and they act as catalysts for progress in our industry.

Becoming an AWESOME sponsor demonstrates an organization’s authentic commitment to AWESOME and their mission of advancing women’s leadership in supply chain. See below for the full list of 2023 AWESOME Sponsors:

2023 AWESOME Sponsors:

“Over the last decade, the AWESOME community of women leaders has made an immeasurable impact on the supply chain industry,” says AWESOME’s Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Dilley, “Our world is changing rapidly, and supply chain is at the nexus point for much of that change—that is why we are so proud to partner with these incredible organizations who are setting the standard on the critical business challenges for the next decade: innovation and technology, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and environmental, social, and governance (ESG). Our 2023 AWESOME sponsors share our commitment to building a better future, and we could not be more honored to deepen our partnership with them this year and beyond.”   

Three of AWESOME’s 2023 Sponsors shared their thoughts on AWESOME and what this corporate sponsorship means to their organizations:

“Starbucks remains proud to support AWESOME,” says Kelly Bengston, svp, chief procurement officer, at Starbucks, “We look forward to the 10th Annual AWESOME Symposium happening this spring, and are excited to continue our important work developing and raising the visibility of women’s leadership in supply chain.” 

“We’re thrilled to partner with AWESOME to support our shared mission of advancing and empowering women in the supply chain industry,” says Letitia James, VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at GXO Logistics. “This partnership enhances our commitment to gender diversity and female leadership in all areas of our business and operations.” 

“Optimas is proud to partner with AWESOME and support their mission of advancing women’s leadership in the supply chain arena,” said Daniel Harms, CEO, Optimas Americas. “There are lots of talented women in supply chain leadership roles around the world and we are lucky to have many that are part of the Optimas team. Our sponsorship is a testament to the emphasis AWESOME and Optimas place on developing women leaders in supply chain.” 

AWESOME sincerely thanks their 2023 sponsor for their support and partnership. To learn more about sponsorships and how to join or partner with AWESOME, visit their Sponsor Page.

Founded in 2013 by Ann Drake, AWESOME is a professional women’s group with a mission of advancing and transforming the future of supply chain leadership. Since its inception, the organization has been bringing together senior women leaders in supply chain for connecting, learning, collaboration, recognition, and inspiration. The AWESOME community is now more than 1,500 women in diverse senior supply chain leadership roles across a broad spectrum of organizations. The impact of the organization extends to leaders in all areas of supply chain, the business community, and beyond. For more information on AWESOME, visit