Spend Matters Launches New Women in Procurement Series

Women in Procurement

Spend Matters will kickoff a new series this week titled Women in Procurement, which will highlight specific women who have led successful careers in the procurement and supply chain field. While the industry may be dominated by men, and less than a quarter of supply chain-related large companies have a woman in a leadership role, we plan to showcase the women who have made positive contributions to the field and overcome a number of obstacles to get to where they are today.

Research has shown women have a unique skillset that is specifically advantageous for supply chain management: they are better at multitasking, have better emotional intelligence and an ability to motivate and leverage teams to complete projects, to name a few. SCM World also conducted a poll that showed both the majority of men and women believed a woman’s natural skillset fit well with a career in supply chain management. Yet among supply chain-related Fortune 500 firms, a mere 22 women have top supply chain executive positions. Women may be entering the field, but they are struggling to reach to top of the ranks.

A Pew Research Center survey showed that having more women in leadership positions within business, regardless of industry, can be beneficial for all women. Forty percent of women surveyed said seeing more women in leadership roles will have some positive impact on women’s lives. On Spend Matters, we have also talked about how having women in executive or board roles leads to a more successful and financially strong company.

But why aren’t more women in top business positions? According to Pew Research, people believe it’s because family responsibilities hold women back, that women are held to higher standards, are not tough enough or simply do not make good managers.

The new Spend Matters Women in Procurement series, which launches this week, aims to shine a spotlight on the women who have faced these gender biases in the workplace and succeeded in spite of them. These are women who have had successful careers in procurement and supply chain management, climbed the ranks, faced challenges along the way and have a lesson (or 12) to teach to other females in the industry. I have also heard time and time again that men need to be part of the conversation when it comes to diversity and equality in the workplace. This is not just a women's issue, but a business issue.

We hope you enjoy hearing these stories. And, if you are a women in the procurement and supply chain field, we would love to hear from you!

Voices (3)

  1. Denise Finn:

    Great idea. Looking forward to reading them all.

    1. Kaitlyn McAvoy:

      Thanks Denise! So glad you are interested in the series! Thanks for reading!

  2. Marcheta Gillespie:

    Looking forward to the series! Having been in public procurement for over 24 years, and serving as the Director of Procurement for a billion dollar organization with over 4600 employees, I can say that I have loved being part of the procurement profession. I have met many incredible women in public procurement who serve as heads of their procurement organizations, many very large agencies throughout the US, Canada and abroad. Having served for 10 years on the NIGP Board of Directors, as well as serving as the Institutes’ President, I was fortunate to work with, be mentored by and volunteer alongside amazing women in my industry. Together, we have been committed to improving and promoting our profession for future generations. It’s been an incredible ride so far!

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