The Top 10 Women of the Supply Chain
March is Women’s History month, and today, March 8, is International Women Day. We set aside this month and this day to acknowledge the incredible contributions of women throughout history and to celebrate the women making a momentous impact on our world today. The landscape of the supply chain industry is changing. Technology is rapidly changing, customer expectations are shifting, and in the wake of COVID-19 attention and scrutiny of the supply chain has elevated to the Board of Directors, the mainstream media, the Oval Office, and even around the kitchen table. Simultaneously, another change is occurring in the industry: a growing number of women in leadership roles. Below are our top ten women in the supply chain for 2023. These women are leading, inspiring and trailblazing in the industry. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg, and though we only have space for ten, we also celebrate the hundreds of thousands of women supporting our supply chain every day.
As the chief executive officer for Schneider Electric North America, Annette Clayton is responsible for the region’s business strategy, developing and fostering new growth business models specifically in the areas of sustainability, decarbonization and renewables. Annette is passionate about decarbonization, and in her role as CEO is partnering with innovators, industry and governments to push towards a future of zero waste and zero emissions.
In 2022, Robyn Brunscher became the inaugural director of the University of Nevada, Reno’s newest industry-based program in the College of Business, Supply Chain and Transportation Management, where she is teaching and inspiring the next generation of supply chain professionals. With over 25 years of experience in the supply chain management industry, Robyn has worked in business development roles at several companies.
Senior Vice President U.S. Manufacturing and Plant Operations PepsiCo
Recently named a 2023 “Rockstar of the Supply Chain” by Food Logistics, Erica Edwards has been an operations and supply chain leader at PepsiCo for over 15 years. Erica provides PepsiCo with a diverse perspective that combines strategy, operations and technical acumen to drive execution performance. Erica is an inspiration and an advocate for women in the supply chain, actively using her voice and influence to hire, support and promote women at PepsiCo and in the industry.
CEO Everstream Analytics
Julie Gerdeman is the CEO of Everstream Analytics, where she leads a diverse global team dedicated to helping clients build agile, resilient, and sustainable supply chains with its predictive insights and risk analytics platform. Julie is committed to making supply chain risk management a mission-critical business imperative and the importance of integrating sustainability and ESG goals.
Yaxin Guan was appointed Chief Operation Officer at ForwardX Robotics in 2015, overseeing global operations for the largest warehouse automation solutions provider in Asia. During her tenure, she has overseen the deployment of solutions for globally recognized brands, as well as the expansion of ForwardX operations to North America. Yaxin began her career in 2006 as an analyst at McKinsey & Company and has also led investment strategy for global private equity firms.
CIO North America and Global Digital Transformation Officer DHL Supply Chain
As the CIO for DHL is North America, Sally Miller is responsible for all aspects of Information Technology in support of the business strategy. Sally was appointed Global Digital Transformation officer in 2022, taking on global responsibility for DHLs transportation system and integration centers. Sally promotes “an all-in strategy” to supply chain innovation with an investment in “technology and talent.” A female leader in both supply chain and tech, Sally has been a trailblazer and mentor in the industry.
Executive Director MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management
Dr. Ponce is the Executive Director of the MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management, overseeing an online and global program that is attended by tens of thousands of students from more than 190 countries. She is also the Director of the MIT Omnichannel Distribution Strategies Lab at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, as Research Scientist, where her research into the design of omnichannel distribution strategies that integrate online and offline channels is transforming supply chain management education around the world.
Director of Operations and Business Development Louisville Regional Airport Authority
Megan Atkins is the Director of Operations and Business Development at Louisville Regional Airport Authority, home of the global headquarters and North American hub of UPS. Megan started at (SDF) as a business development manager with a background in operations but was soon running the airport’s multi-year $400 million renovation. She has been named on the Louisville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, as well as on of the 2022 Most Admired Woman by Today’s Woman. Megan also holds a private pilot’s certificate.
Manager of Customs Compliance & Trade Finance, Disney Parks Supply Chain Management
Lisa Vega-Pravato manages customs and trade for the happiest place and the largest consumer products licensor on earth. Disney-branded products are produced in over 40,000 facilities in close to 100 countries across the globe. The company’s global footprint comes with a highly complex network of suppliers, which Disney holds to the highest standards and a strict code of conduct. For over two decades, Lisa has supported the Disney Supply chain with her vast knowledge of international customs and trade law and her commitment to responsible sourcing.
Meaghan Ziemba is the founder and owner of Z-Ink Solutions, LLC. and the creator of Mavens of Manufacturing, a live video series that celebrates women in manufacturing. Through her work Meghan is working to decrease the skills and gender gaps in manufacturing, attract more women to the industry, and elevate the profile of U.S. manufacturing.