Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive honor Dakonya Freis and Devon Vogel

MARSHFIELD, WI – Sept 19, 2023 | Nelson-Jameson, a leading distributor in the food processing industry, announced that two of its female executives - Dakonya Freis, Vice President of Commercial Development, and Devon Vogel, Vice President of Customer Solutions – were honored with Women in Supply Chain Awards. Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global cold food supply chain, and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain, named both Freis and Vogel as winners of its annual award. The honor pays tribute to female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network.  

“We couldn’t be more proud of Dakonya and Devon for receiving this well-deserved recognition, and from such respected publications in our industry,” says Mike Rindy, President of Nelson-Jameson. “Dakonya and Devon embody the cultural values of Nelson-Jameson and lead with our guiding principles of kindness and mutual respect. These exceptional women continue to have measurable, positive impact on supply chain operations.”

According to Gartner’s eighth annual Women in Supply Chain Survey, women have made a strong comeback to the supply chain workforce in 2023, with gains at nearly every level of leadership. The survey also reports that women now make up 41% of the supply chain workforce, up from 39% in 2022.  However, frontline representation continues to lag, with women filling just 31% of these roles. 

“This year, we received over 400 submissions, the highest amount of applications not only for this award, but also for all of our awards. What’s more, 118 of those applications were submitted by male counterparts, nominating their boss, co-worker or associate. Last year, that figure was just at 75. Also this year, 39 women self-nominated, a tremendous uptick from last year’s award, which just saw 12 self-nominations. This shows progress. This shows hope that one day, we won’t need an award like this because men and women in the supply chain will be equal,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “While there’s still more work to be done, what we’re doing is working. From truck drivers to CEOs, what these winners are doing matters to the future of all supply chains.”

“Women have been making a significant impact in supply chain management, contributing to the growth and innovation of the supply chain industry. As more women join the supply chain workforce, they bring diverse perspectives that can help address complex supply chain problems and improve global supply chain operations. It is important that we empower, recognize and elevate these achievements through initiatives like the Women in Supply Chain Award, as seen through the overwhelming response. Congratulations to all the winners, those who nominated others and the bravery of those who nominated themselves,” adds Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, founder of Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcast and Blended Pledge project, both exclusive sponsors of the Women in Supply Chain award.

Go to https://foodl.me/fdx1zi to view the full list of winners. Recipients will be honored at this year’s Women in Supply Chain Forum, set to take place Nov. 14-15, 2023 in Atlanta.

Go to www.WomenInSupplyChainForum.com to register and learn more.