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68 Convenience Store News | DECEMBER 2016 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM EXPERT'S VIEW I'm talking about women like Tracy Joshua and companies like Kellogg Co., where more than 40 per- cent of its board directors are women. CHALLENGES IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN "Retail and consumer goods has had its challenges [advancing women], particularly in supply chain, where women have traditionally struggled to reach executive positions," says Joshua, who serves as Kellogg's vice president for procurement indirect. "But it is a very dynamic and transformational time in our industry, especially for women." She points to several reasons why she has few female peers and even fewer who are women of color: • Women don't see growth opportunities or a career path to the top. • The supply chain, in particular, is perceived as more tactical — trucks, warehousing, operations, plants — than strategic in nature. • Supply chain and manufacturing roles are domi - nated by men and favor male workstyles. "Men are promoted for their potential, while women are W omen who want to be senior leaders in retail and consumer goods know the numbers are against them. Women make up more than half of the retail industry's workforce, but com- prise just 22 percent of its global senior management, according a 2015 study by Grant Thornton. In food and beverage, women do a bit better (27 percent), but both industries lag far behind sectors like hospitality, healthcare and education. For women of color, the numbers are even more discouraging. Black women hold only 1.5 percent of senior-level executive positions in the private sec- tor. Hispanic and Asian women each hold about 1 percent of those roles, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. These numbers suggest the challenge. However, they don't tell the story of the tens of thousands of women and scores of leading companies who are changing the odds and advancing women to senior leadership. The Leader's Mission: Bring Other Women With Her Kellogg's Tracy Joshua offers insights on gender and race in the workplace By Joan Toth, Network of Executive Women Convenience Store News is pleased to continue this series of exclusive educational columns by the Network of Executive Women (NEW), coinciding with the 2016 CSNews Top Women in Convenience awards this fall. More than 60 female managers, executives and directors who work in the convenience store industry were honored in the third- annual program. In addition to being a presentation spon- sor for the Top Women in Convenience program, NEW and CSNews have partnered to develop this series of columns directed at helping corporate leaders drive more inclusive com- pany cultures. Sponsored by:

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