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Women having discussion at deskAdvancing Women Leaders Program

SMI has launched a ground breaking leadership program called Advancing Women Leaders (AWL). This first of its kind program brings together mentors, sponsors, and mentees from SMI member organizations for the advancement of women into senior level executive roles.

Despite women accounting for 51.1% of the U.S. population, women currently only account for 15% of leadership roles in supply chain. This new program intends to close this gap by guiding women to leverage their networks, working alongside a Sponsor and Mentor, in unison to change the system to a more inclusive and diverse landscape.

As part of this program, SMI members will nominate a mentee and participate in the program as their Sponsor.  SMI Members will serve as mentors, providing the mentee an opportunity to learn and gain valuable experience in healthcare supply chain.  Through this structured, first of its kind program, SMI will build a framework for mentoring women while creating metrics and measurements to ensure success!

Program Overview

  • SMI Members will nominate a mentee and participate in the program as their Sponsor
  • A cohort of Mentees will begin the 12-month program during the summer with the official start at the Fall Forum
  • SMI Members will act as Mentors, providing the Mentee an opportunity to learn and gain experience in healthcare supply chain
  • Mentees will attend Forums to expand their network among the industry’s top thought leaders

What Makes This Program Unique

  • Mentees have a unique opportunity to learn from successful women in healthcare supply chain
  • Mentees participate in SMI Forums to expand their network among SMI’s thought leader community
  • This program brings women from healthcare providers and industry partners together
  • The Mentee and Mentor are from the different organizations
  • This program utilizes resources from the McGuckin Group
  • This program provides customized mentoring for future healthcare supply chain executives

Nomination Criteria & Nominate

  • Mentor, Mentee, and Sponsor must commit to this 12 month program
  • The AWL Steering Committee will review all nominations and make a recommendation for the next cohort of mentees and mentors
  • If a nominee is not chosen for a cohort, they will be considered for future cohorts
  • Deadline to submit is May 31st
  • Mentees will be matched based on number of Mentors in current Cohort


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