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PDM - Women in Operations Management Panel Discussion

February 26, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Northeastern IL University (NEIU) Student Union (SU) Alumni Hall
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

Women in Operations Management Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Northeastern IL University (NEIU) Student Union (SU) Alumni Hall
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Cost: $0

Women in Operations Management 

Steps that will advance your career. How to break into management. Things you can do to inspire the confidence of the people you work with. These are not gender specific concerns.

In fact, most of the issues that are part of day-to-day Operations Management are not gender specific, or "women's" concerns and issues per se, however women often bring a different perspective to the many considerations that make-up Supply Chain and Operations Management than the perspectives held by many of their male counterparts ... And, there are gender specific issues that still persist such as how to break the 'glass-ceiling' -- and when broken, how to help pull other women past it.  This is your opportunity to hear about these Operations and Supply Chain Management issues from a panel of women who are successful Professionals.  The considerations that will be discussed are important for anyone in or considering a career in Management.  APICS members and other Supply Chain and Operations professionals, University faculty, staff and students from NEIU and from all other area Universities and Colleges are invited and encouraged to attend.

Panel Moderator Dawn Duvall, CPIM, is the Director of Supply Chain and IT for  Ameda, Inc. a privately held consumer, medical device company, where Ms. Duvall's responsibilities include supply chain, IT, customer service, ParentCare Support, demand planning, and management of contract manufacturers and global logistics locations. Before coming to Ameda, Ms. Duval was Director of Supply Chain and IT at Milton Industries, a manufacturer of Pneumatic Air Accessories and Fittings, where Ms. Duvall was responsible for inventory control, S&OP, supplier management, purchasing, customer service, ISO and overall IT. Ms. Duvall was the Director of IT/Production at Chemtech Plastics Inc., a medium sized precision injection molder and contract assembly provider, where Ms. Duvall was in charge of logistics, warehousing, purchasing, scheduling, customer service and IT. Ms. Duvall received a Bachelor of Science (BSE) degree in Elementary Education with a minor in History from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In addition, Ms. Duvall received a Master of Science (MSE) degree in Computer Education from Cardinal Stritch University. Ms. Duvall is an active member of APICS-Chicago frequently helping with Program related duties.

Karen Alber's, career has taken her from shop floor supervisor to the C-Suite of global corporations including MillerCoors, H. J. Heinz and PepsiCo. As CIO of MillerCoors, Ms. Alber drove a large-scale enterprise transformation program to improve business processes and modernize technology. Ms. Alber's work with The Integreship Group helps leaders and organizations enact positive change and build leaders that people want to work for based on values, integrity, and civil leadership. This last phrase is the theme of her recently published book, “Who’s the Boss?” Ms. Alber holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and is a longtime APICS member.

Prior to her roles at MillerCoors and Heinz, Ms. Alber held leadership positions at PepsiCo, including Vice President of Enterprise Systems Readiness, training and development; and Vice President of the company’s integration management office. She also held a number of roles with Quaker Oats, including Vice President of integrated business solutions, and supply chain director for the Quaker Foods division. Additionally, Ms. Alber worked at SAP America as industry segment manager for its food and beverage sector. Ms. Alber’s experience leading large teams and coaching hundreds of individuals through varying levels of change throughout her career leads Ms. Alber to be uniquely qualified to now coach individuals and organizations to drive personal change and do great things. A called upon industry speaker, her fusion of real-life stories and conversational techniques connect with varying sized audiences at an intimate and instructive level.

Christine Castaneda, has been with Ajilon Professional Staffing for 15 years having started as a Staffing Manager in March 2004. During her tenure with Ajilon, Ms. Castaneda has held a series of progressively more demanding positions moving from Staffing Manager to Branch Manager to Managing Director to Area Managing Director to her current role as Area Vice President at Accounting Principals where Ms. Castenada oversees the Accounting Principals, Ajilon and Parker+Lynch offices for Deerfield, IL, Minneapolis, MN, Pittsburgh, PA and Milwaukee, WI markets. Accounting Principals and Parker + Lynch focus on contract, contract to hire, and direct hire placement of accounting and finance professionals. Ajilon focuses on non-clinical healthcare, supply chain and logistics, high-end administrative, human resources and operational support staff. Ms. Castaneda received a Bachelors, Marketing from Loyola University Chicago.

Carrie Horton, CPA, CTP, is Treasury Manager for ACCO Brands Corporation, one of the world's largest suppliers of branded office and consumer products and print finishing solutions. Over the past year, Ms. Horton has led the implementation of ACCO’s first Treasury Workstation. Ms. Horton is also responsible for debt management & compliance, cash forecasting and assisting the broader team with an FX hedging program, and payments and daily cash management activities. Ms. Horton is a proud graduate of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 2014. Since graduating from NEIU, Ms. Horton has earned both the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credentials. Ms. Horton remains actively involved with NEIU, serving on both the Alumni Advisory Board and the COBM Dean’s Executive Advisory Council.



  • 6:00 - 6:45 Registration and Informal Networking. Light food and refreshments will be available.

  • 6:45 - 7:00 Announcements and Introductions

  • 7:00 - 7:45 Panel Discussion and Q & A

  • 7:45 - 8:30 Meet the Panelists.

In addition to the insights from the panel discussion, this event provides an excellent opportunity to network before the panel discussion starts, as well as the opportunity to meet the panelists and continue networking after the panel discussion.

(APICS members receive certification maintenance points for attending this event)

APICS-Chicago thanks Northeastern Illinois University for hosting this event.

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a fully accredited public university serving approximately 12,000 students in the Chicago area with an affordable, high quality academic experience. Of note, NEIU's College of Business and Management is AACSB accredited. Go to for more information.


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