The RILA Women in Supply Chain Network is one of our fastest growing initiatives. Developed in response to requests from the Supply Chain Conference Steering Committee members and conference attendees who recognized a need in this space, the Network's activities bring together those who support the professional development of women in the retail supply chain field.
The goal of the RILA Women in Supply Chain Network is to foster the development of talent and provide a professional network for female supply chain practitioners. With future events and resources, RILA seeks to provide networking, educational and professional development opportunities for women in the retail supply chain field.
For more information about Women in Supply Chain Network or upcoming events, contact
Kelly Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or join our RILA Women in Supply Chain LinkedIn Group.
Women in Supply Chain Regional Panel & Networking Events
An ongoing series of regional events designed to connect professionals on a more local level, each of these evening activities will feature a panel discussion with supply chain professionals from the local area, representing a range of career stages. Panelists will discuss topics including leadership, career development, emerging industry trends, best practices, and more.
The most recent event was hosted by The Home Depot at its Store Support Center in Atlanta, Georgia on October 23rd from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The event featured a panel of local supply chain executives, including:
Vice President, Transportation, The Home Depot
Chief Customer Care Officer, Coca-Cola
Vice President, Replenishment, AutoZone
- Sherry Harriman,
Divisional Vice President, Supply Chain, Wal-Mart Stores
Director of Inventory Planning and Replenishment, The Home Depot
Following the panel, Walter Palmer,
President & CEO, PCG Solutions, discussed networking strategies and tips, then attendees had time for informal networking and refreshments.
Sample panelists from previous events:
SVP, Supply Chain Management, JCPenney
VP, Logistics & Demand Chain, 7-Eleven
Operations Excellence Director, JCPenney
Business Transformation Analyst, 7-Eleven
Director, Quality Assurance, Procter & Gamble
VP, Inventory & Demand Planning, Lowe's Companies
SVP, Supply Chain, Belk Stores
Engineering Manager, Distribution, Lowe's Companies
Chief Supply Chain Officer, Newell Rubbermaid
Record-Breaking Attendance during at Retail Supply Chain 2014!
170 executives attended RILA's sixth annual
Women in Supply Chain panel breakfast session at the 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference in February. This year's discussion centered around the concept of leadership, embodied by panel moderator General Becky Halstead, U.S. Army (Ret.). Senior executives from across the industry shared personal insights on topics including:
Building your personal brand
Leadership styles and adaptability
Leadership challenges in the field
Following the Tuesday-morning breakfast session, Gen. Halstead delivered the Tuesday keynote address on the general session stage. Drawing on her experience of almost 30 years of military service, including being the first female Commanding General in a combat zone and running supply chain operations in Iraq, Gen. Halstead shared valuable lessons on leadership and the fact that "the first person you must lead is YOU."