Advancing through change


Panel Discussion featuring Supply Chain Management Leaders

An Advancing Women in Supply Chain Event

Thanks for joining us for Advancing through Change: Career Resilience for Supply Chain Professionals, on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

This interactive event featured four inspirational logistics and supply chain leaders, from early career to established professionals. Participants learned ways to create a resilient career to adapt to change, pivot when needed and reach professional goals. 


Ibtisaama Ahmed, PhD Student at Georgia Southern University

Ibtisaama Ahmed is a first-year PhD student in supply chain management at the College of Business of Georgia Southern University. Her research interest focuses on sustainable supply chain management. Before joining Arizona State University to complete her undergraduate and graduate education, Ahmed pursued her undergraduate degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. There, she won the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship to transfer to ASU to complete her degrees.

Ahmed has participated in many supply chain management case competitions receiving grants to create two businesses while pursuing her education, a robotics venture and an agribusiness venture in Ghana.

Dr. Pam Campbell, Superintendent, Columbia School District, Michigan

As a successful coach, Pam Campbell learned that it takes work to shape a winning team. Similarly, shaping the future of students takes working together with a focus on excellence.  As a superintendent, Campbell has found that partnering with fellow educators, school board and community members while focusing on excellence has resulted in an increase in student success.  

Campbell has advanced degrees from Michigan State University and Pepperdine University, including a PhD in Educational Administration from MSU. Campbell has served on the YMCA Board of Directors, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Brooklyn Food Pantry Board, and the Chamber of Commerce.  She also volunteers with the American Red Cross.  


Fern Shaw, President, UPS Northern Plains District

Fern Shaw is president of UPS’s Northern Plains District with UPS Small Package responsibilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Since beginning her UPS career as an industrial engineering management trainee in 2005, Shaw has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in operations technology, engineering, and package, transportation, and hub operations. 

Shaw sponsors several of UPS’s leading committees: Diversity & Inclusion Steering Council, United Way, Profitable Growth, and the Corporate Upstarts Advisory committee.  Shaw was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum for the class of 2018. She was also chosen to attend the 2020 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.


Susan Uramoto, Former COO of Mighty Leaf Tea

Throughout a supply chain and operations career spanning 28 years, Susan Uramoto has held leadership positions with major consumer brands such as The Home Depot, Coca-Cola, and Starbucks Coffee Company. 

Realizing an affinity to help start-ups and emerging brands, Uramoto joined Mighty Leaf Tea Company as COO, supporting their growth and successful acquisition by Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Subsequently, she supported the growth of brands such as thinkThin! and Nona Lim Noodles and Soups as VP of Operations.

In 2019, Uramoto started a sabbatical to pursue her other passion, psychology, and travel across the U.S. with her husband, Dan. She has one daughter, who just completed her first year of university, studying art.

Resilience Tools

As a thank you for attending this event, we have compiled a free toolkit to assist you in your continued work creating a resilient professional career. 


At the Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain–Africa (CARISCA), our mission is to support higher education institutions in building capacity to

  • Provide best-in-class degree programs and training
  • Facilitate research translation and utilization
  • Engage stakeholders in best practices
  • Increase the participation of women and disadvantaged populations in supply chain education and practice

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