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About Programs

SMI’s Latest Programs

SMI programs represent the collective power of our members as they lead, learn, connect and transform the industry. These programs are designed to move the industry forward through mentorship, collaboration, and education. Learn more below about some of the current SMI programs…


Since its inception, SMI has worked to fulfill its mission of advancing supply chain performance. As a result, numerous assessments of industry related issues/problems, educational activities and tools have been developed.  Advocacy presents SMI with an opportunity to enable transformative change resulting in improvements to long recognized problems or challenges in the industry.

Women in discussion


The Advancing Women Leaders program brings together mentors, sponsors, and mentees from SMI member organizations for the advancement of women into senior leadership positions. Women currently only account for 15% of leadership roles in supply chain. This program strives to close this gap by guiding women in leveraging their networks while changing the corporate system to a more inclusive and diverse landscape. SMI members nominate a mentee and participate in the 12-month program as their sponsor. Members of the SMI Board of Directors (link) serve as mentors. Through this structured, first of its kind program, SMI is building a framework for mentoring women in supply chain while creating metrics and measurements to ensure success!

Tom Hughes Award


Tom Hughes (SMI Executive Director from 2004 – 2021) was a long-recognized supply chain leader and tireless innovator, pioneer, and creator who was at the forefront of promoting the power of provider-supplier collaborations to create positive change in the industry. The SMI Tom Hughes Collaboration Award has been established to recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate a consistent and innovative spirit of collaboration in their day-to-day interactions. Awards are presented annually at SMI Forums where award recipients share this collaboration story with the entire SMI community.