AWESOME report outlines steps needed to advance women as leaders

Individuals are encouraged to seize opportunities, own their accomplishments, and build a trusted network – but companies need to step up, too.

The newest REALITY CHECK, Volume 5: “How We Make Things Happen — Reaching New Levels of Leadership” (Photo: Business Wire)

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DES PLAINES, Ill.--()--Women need to drive their own advancement by seizing opportunities, owning their accomplishments, and building a trusted network -- but they can’t do it alone, according to a new REALITY CHECK released by AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education). The fifth volume in a series of reports with insights collected at the annual AWESOME Symposium focuses on “How We Make Things Happen – Reaching New Levels of Leadership.”

To identify successful strategies for advancing women’s leadership, AWESOME involves top leaders in the supply chain industry as well as leaders in other fields. The new REALITY CHECK also includes candid lessons from top women in sport, members of a panel presented by NIKE, the 2016 Symposium’s Host Partner.

According to Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME Executive Director, “A perception exists that women are making significant strides in our profession, which is true in some respects. For example, our network of women in senior leadership roles now numbers more than 850, but that still represents only a small percentage of the highest levels of supply chain leadership.”

“Our recent research reveals a pattern of women entering the field and then still hitting barriers as they advance. While many companies value diversity, fewer are actually setting goals, taking action and measuring effectiveness,” she explained. (The 2016 study conducted by AWESOME in collaboration with Gartner Research found that, among those surveyed, women comprise approximately 35% of the supply chain workforce, but only 5% of the highest roles of Chief Supply Chain Officer, SVP or EVP.)

All five volumes of REALITY CHECK are available for download on awesomeleaders.org/collective-wisdom/reality-check/.

ABOUT AWESOME

AWESOME is a groundbreaking leadership organization launched in early 2013 by Ann Drake, Chairman and CEO of DSC Logistics. In 2012, she was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in the 47 years since the award was established in 1965. This honor inspired her to take action to expand opportunities for women's supply chain leadership. Since then, the AWESOME network has grown to include more than 850 senior-level leaders representing the full spectrum of supply chain organizations and leadership roles. The AWESOME mission includes effecting progress and change through networking, collaboration, awareness and recognition, learning and inspiration. For more information: www.awesomeleaders.org.

Contacts

AWESOME
Jennifer Nix
Phone: (312) 402-0740
Email: Jennifer.nix@dsclogistics.com
Web: www.awesomeleaders.org

Release Summary

Leadership organization AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education) releases a new REALITY CHECK -- its fifth volume in a series of insightful reports.

Contacts

AWESOME
Jennifer Nix
Phone: (312) 402-0740
Email: Jennifer.nix@dsclogistics.com
Web: www.awesomeleaders.org