More women needed in supply chain management

by Carol Miller, MHI VP of Marketing and Communications

Women account for 37% of students enrolled in university supply chain courses, but only 5% of top-level supply chain positions at Fortune 500 companies are filled by women, according to SCM World. In comparison, women hold 15% of all executive officer positions at Fortune 500 companies.

Getting more women in supply chain management is a major part of getting more women into corporate leadership as supply chain and logistics get more and more interest from the C-suite.

And findings of the most comprehensive study yet on the relationship between successful companies and the percentage their leaders who are women have been described in a Forbes article, “Companies Do Better With Women Leaders (But Women Need More Confidence To Lead), Study Says.

The worldwide study, conducted by DDI, a Pittsburgh-based human resources consulting firm, and The Conference Board, a nonprofit business research group, found that companies that are in the top 20% based on financial performance have at least 27% of leaders who are women. In the least successful companies surveyed, only 19% or less of leaders are women.

Below are some resources for women in the supply chain
RILA Women in Supply Chain Network brings together those who support the professional development of women in the retail supply chain field.

AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) is an industry-wide supply chain leadership initiative founded by Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics.