342: Women In Supply Chain™, Juliette Samson

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain™, I’m joined by Juliette Samson – a powerhouse supply chain and IT leader who uses transformational strategies to influence multi-million-dollar revenue growth.

With over 20 years of experience as an executive global business operations and technology leader, Juliette has been integral to driving organizational growth for IT and supply chain operations. With expertise in revenue acceleration, advanced negotiations, project and program management, Juliette is passionate about digitization initiatives that transform businesses.

Today Juliette will be talking to us about her career so far; the new trend of hyper-collaboration; how supply chain tech is changing; and helping to raise the influence of women on boards. Plus, she’ll be sharing her experiences as a woman in supply chain, as well as her words of advice for all of the women following in her footsteps.

Guest bio:

 

Juliette is a senior executive with a proven track record of leading change, formulating, and executing strategy, focusing on customer service and program delivery across consumer-packaged goods, financial, communications and information technology industries. She has managed organizations of 100+ personnel with varying roles from business management to technical engineers. Additionally, her deep experience in technology, vendor management and contract negotiations led to significant savings in each of her various global multi-site roles.

Currently, Juliette  the CIO of Genpro Inc, a Logistics Services company,  she is also on the Board of Directors and leads the technology committee of TargaTek, a Hyper Collaboration SaaS Start-up.  She is also on the Board of directors of the National Kidney Foundation.

Residing in the tri-state area with her husband and two children; she is a graduate of Cornell, Lehigh and Columbia University and speaks four languages, Romanian, Hungarian, Spanish and English.

 

SHOW SPONSOR:

 

Women fuel the success of some of the world’s most successful businesses, yet barriers still exist. SAP is committed to supporting and elevating a new generation of women to profoundly lead and impact global supply chains and are proud to support the Women In Supply Chain™ Series and its efforts.

Supply chains need to evolve from low-cost and optimized to risk-resilient and sustainable and SAP can help.

SAP Digital Supply Chain solutions connect the entire process — design, planning, manufacturing, logistics, maintenance, and service; connecting your supply chains to the rest of your business and all your contextual data; supporting your efforts in alleviating risk in your supply chains.

SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software and for the last 50 years has been helping companies to run better. Find out more at sap.com/scm

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[07.53] Juliette’s background; her education and early years; and where she found her incredible drive at such a young age.

“I was raised by two holocaust survivors, which in itself gives me some of the growth and ambition to succeed.”

[10.36] Juliette’s long career at AT&T; her experiences; and her approach to embracing opportunity.

“Because I spent such a long time in such a large company, the opportunities were there to move jobs every three years. And I did, I took advantage of that while I was travelling the world and learning a tremendous amount.”

[13.31] An overview of Juliette’s career highlights, as she explored new markets and moved from Fortune 50’s to smaller companies; her biggest achievements; and what she’s most proud of.

“Supply chain was something I hadn’t done before but I was offered the opportunity and I picked it up… I had the opportunity to do some amazing things.

[20.47] Why Juliette took a chance on supply chain, despite a lack of experience, and her words advice of advice for other young people.

“In  order for people to succeed, you have to stretch yourself past the comfort level… I’m a true believer in jumping in, and doing things you don’t think you can do.”

[24.01] Juliette’s role as CIO of Genpro Inc; her perspective on how technology is changing; and why tech is an enabler to work smarter, not harder.

[26.47] Juliette’s position at Targatek; how it’s leading the way in hyper-collaboration; and why that approach is increasingly important in business.

[30.20] Why Juliette is on the board of the National Kidney Foundation, and the importance of giving back to the community.

[33.41] Juliette’s experience as a woman in a male-dominated industry; her advice; and why she wants to help all young people do the right thing.

“I work in a male-dominated world but honestly, I considered that a part of life… however, as I progressed through my career, I realized how underpaid I was.”

[36.28] A look at Extraordinary Women on Boards (EWOB), and what they’re doing to help increase the presence and influence of women on boards.

[39.49] From putting yourself out there to embracing change, Juliette’s advice for girls and women looking to follow in her footsteps.

“Having a career and being a wife and a mother is super challenging. You have to figure out how to build a support system around you.”

[44.19] The future for Juliette.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

You can connect with Juliette over on LinkedIn.

If you enjoyed this episode and want to hear more from other incredible women in the industry, check out 326: Women In Supply Chain™, Paige Wei-Cox or 302: Women In Supply Chain™, Charlie Saffro.

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