Welcome Day Panel: Supporting the Women Who Make Our Supply Chain Organizations Work

  • Looking at the ongoing challenges of talent attraction, development, and retention as it relates to the next generation of female supply chain professionals we need to succeed now and in the future
  • Discussing, debating, comparing, and contrasting options in the New Normal of Work when we talk about:
    • Supporting working caregivers
    • Employee mental health programs
    • Work-life balance
    • Flexibility and moving away from one-size-fits-all thinking
    • Maternity leave
    • Post-maternity leave reintegration
  • Quantifying the qualifiable: How can we best demonstrate the ROI of being an employer of choice for women and giving our workers and leaders the best options to grow both professionally and personally within our organizations?
  • Offering actionable points every supply chain leader can bring back and apply to their own companies

Sasha R. Pailet Koff
SVP, Digital Supply Chain

Sasha R. Pailet Koff is the Senior Vice President of Digital Supply Chain at Dell Technologies. In this role, Sasha leads the Data, Analytics and Automation organization within Dell’s Global Operations and Supply Chain business. The teams under Sasha are focused on enabling Dell’s Supply Chain to make better decisions through predictive analytics, streamlining business processes to drive productivity through automation, and enabling full data transparency across the organization with the aim of establishing the industry-leading autonomous supply chain.

Sasha has over two decades of experience spanning a series of leadership positions helping organizations solve complex business challenges. Prior to joining Dell in 2022, Sasha spent 20 years with Johnson & Johnson, most recently serving as Vice President of Supply Chain Technology for Consumer Health. In this role, she led all supply chain technology activities for data science, planning, procurement, quality, manufacturing, delivery, and cybersecurity. Before Johnson & Johnson, she worked with Rohm & Haas (now Dow), Accenture, and at the White House.

Sasha is a purpose-driven leader who invests in the career development of her teams and is known for her strong cross-functional partnership in delivering business outcomes in service to external customers. She holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University, an MBA from Columbia University, and professional designations of CPA, CGMA, and PMP.

Melissa Goodwin
VP – Global Industrial Supply Chain

Melissa Goodwin currently leads Ecolab’s Global Industrial Supply Chain. Responsibility includes end-to-end supply chain functions and operations supporting the vibrant $7B+ business. Melissa been with Ecolab for 13 years in various leadership positions throughout planning and logistics. Prior to Ecolab, she worked in both Research & Development and Supply Chain for The Dow Chemical Company. During Melissa’s tenure at Ecolab, she has been driving supply chain transformation by developing an enterprise-wide Export / Import Logistics organization, building an end-to-end integrated bulk supply chain, building new capabilities in the planning organization, expanding the private fleet and driving the innovation of a technical failsafe solution within the bulk delivery process. She has held several leadership positions through her time at Ecolab throughout the Logistics organization. Additionally, Melissa serves on the executive steering committee for the company’s Leadership Development Program as is the Executive Sponsor for the Chicago chapter of E3 Women’s Employee Resource Group. She is a member of Ecolab’s Global Supply Chain Leadership Team & Global Management Team. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame gaining her Bachelor of Science. In 2021, Melissa was selected as a Women Make America (Formerly STEP Ahead) Top 100 Honoree by the Manufacturing Institute which highlights the achievements of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production.

Katie Holman
VP Supply Chain, Meals, and Baking Solutions
General Mills

Katie Holman is Vice President of Supply Chain at General Mills.  She leads and oversees the supply chain for the $4B+ Meals and Baking Operating Unit.  She partners with business leaders and stakeholders to drive value across planning, manufacturing, sourcing, and logistics.  Prior to this, she was the Chief of Staff to the CSCO and Director of Business Performance Management.  She has held several end-end supply chain roles, including the Director of Supply Chain for the General Mills Global India Center in Mumbai, India where she established a Global Planning COE.  She has held various leadership positions in Manufacturing, Engineering, and Continuous Improvement at General Mills.  Katie began her career at Anheuser-Busch InBev, where she held roles of increasing responsibility in Operations, Maintenance, and Engineering.  She received her MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Elsy Ocejo
VP of Supply Chain
Illes Foods

Elsy Ocejo is the VP of Supply Chain at Illes Foods, a 4th generation family company that specializes in custom and proprietary sauces, seasonings, marinades, and syrups. At Illes, Elsy develops and strengthens the company’s customer-oriented supply chain, while coordinating all supply chain initiatives with sales and marketing, FSQA, Operations, and Product Development. She also leads the planning, implementation, and integration of supply chain processes, fostering a continuous improvement culture.

Prior to this role, she was the Director of Supply Chain Strategy for Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU), part of Grupo Bimbo largest bakery in the world, where she was responsible for successful execution of manufacturing and distribution transformation projects within, working closely with line management across the Business Units, BBU and Grupo Bimbo’s functional support, and other project teams to develop business cases, detailed project plans and risk mitigation strategies and to execute projects that achieve business objectives.

She also has extensive experience in global logistics strategy, managing logistics teams abroad and trade compliance in US, Mexico, Europe, China and India. She was selected to Diversity MBA’s eleventh annual list of Top 100 under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders for 2017.

Elsy earned her bachelor’s degree in international business with a minor in International Logistics at the Tec de Monterrey, and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) at Northwestern-Kellogg School of Management. Currently, she is the President of Kellogg Alumni Club of Houston, co-Founder of Kellogg for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion group and Kellogg Network of Texas and part of the Business Advisory Council for Northwestern University’s Transportation Group.

Danielle Hansen
VP, Global Sourcing – Directs

Danielle Hansen is a Vice President of Global Sourcing at JBT Corporation (a global food tech company) and an adjunct at the University of St. Thomas with extensive experience in international supplier relationship management, negotiation, and continuous improvement. She is also the President of Strategic Training Endeavors, and a published author of Upward: Leadership Lessons for Women on the Rise. A double Tommie, Danielle graduated Cum Laude with a triple major in Legal Studies in Business, Spanish, and Operations Management and completed her MBA with a focus on International Marketing from the University of St. Thomas. She is a certified Lean & Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), and Certified in Online Teaching.  Danielle has received numerous awards including: 2018 Mentor of the Year Award, 6 Star Financial Results Award, Employee of the Month, People’s Choice Award, and Collaborative Inquiry Research Grants.  Danielle continues to train individuals and companies on negotiation, contract management, continuous improvement, emotional intelligence, and strategy while pursuing her passion for empowering and improving people’s lives.

Tracy Joshua
VP External Supply Chain

Tracy Joshua is the VP External Supply Chain for the Kellogg Company. Prior to this she was VP, Procurement where she led strategic sourcing for $3-billion of indirect spending. She led a cross-functional forum, the Procurement Indirect Action Council, that drives strategic sourcing, collaboration, diversity, and stakeholder engagement across her organization. Before joining Kellogg’s, Tracy had roles of increasing authority with Detroit Turn Around Team, BMS, and Ford Motor Company.