How to Attract, Retain and Develop Supply Chain Teams

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Meghan Lang
Senior Marketing Manager

Recently, Kate Daly, SVP, Global Human Resources at Optimas Solutions moderated a Lead-and-Succeed Workshop through Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education (AWESOME).

This workshop, called “Disrupting the Workforce to Unlock Organizational Power,” dealt with the ever-present challenge in supply chain management: overseeing teams in a post-pandemic world.

Kate, along with leading experts—listed below—shared how to attract, retain and develop supply chain teams in the context of today’s hyper-connected, hyper-flexible world. The discussion focused on unlocking organizational power through talent acquisition, talent management and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.


Kate Daly – SVP, Global Human Resources at Optimas Solutions

Letitia King James – VP, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at GXO

Priya Priyadarshini – GM, Global Talent Management at Microsoft

Charlie Saffro – President & Founder at CS Recruiting

Optimas Involvement

In August, Optimas joined the AWESOME A-List Alliance as an Accelerator Sponsor to provide meaningful ways to advance women’s leadership. With more than 1,500 members in supply chain roles, across a broad spectrum of organizations, AWESOME’s reach extends to leaders throughout the supply chain, the business community and beyond.

“We are proud to partner with a sponsor like Optimas, who has earned a reputation for excellence in the supply chain industry,” said Michelle Dilley, CEO of AWESOME. “Optimas has demonstrated their commitment to AWESOME’s mission of advancing and transforming the future of supply chain by placing AWESOME women leaders in strategic roles within their organization. We are delighted to have Optimas as one of our newest Accelerator Sponsors and look forward to deepening our relationship in the future.”

Additional members of AWESOME at Optimas include Heather Skiba, vice president of Operations; Gaby Gallegos, vice president of Quality; and Kelly Billings, senior director of the program management office.

Read Optimas’ full press release here about the sponsorship!


Founded in 2013, AWESOME was created to advance and transform the future of supply chain leadership by bringing together senior women leaders in the supply chain industry for connecting, learning, collaboration, recognition, and inspiration.

The organization pursues its core initiatives by recognizing outstanding women’s leadership, providing energized programming and annually awarding scholarships through the AWESOME Excellence in Education Scholarship Program. For more information, visit

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