In Appreciation of Appreciation

Something out of the ordinary happens when dining out with my friend Bill. “Thanks for coming in today,” he’ll say to the server when they approach our table. They’ll give him a puzzled look and often reply, “Excuse me?” He’ll repeat, “Thanks for coming in; for coming to work. I’m glad you’re here.”  At this…

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The Place That Shaped Me

As my flight left the ground early Sunday morning, I looked out of the window at the patchwork of Iowa farm fields with their straight rows of corn and beans, green fields dotted with livestock and family farms, and marveled at the simple beauty of the place I call home. I’m certain others look out…

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An Unexpected Path

JoAnn Martin was a JDA customer for 17 years before she joined the company as vice president of Industry Strategy for Retail. Her experiences at L Brands, DSW and Luxottica, leading planning, allocation and analytical teams – and implementing a broad set of JDA solutions – has given her a unique approach to her job…

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An AWESOME Conversation

JDA was the proud host partner of the AWESOME Symposium, May 9-12 in Orlando. As part of the opening session, we shared a recorded conversation between Nancy Nix, Executive Director Emeritus of AWESOME and JDA CEO Girish Rishi, whose schedule prevented him from being there in person. During their conversation they discussed the importance of…

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Lifelong Learning Through Books

Graduation season is upon us and hundreds of graduates will be leaving high school and college to start a new journey – most either furthering their education or starting their career. We know it can be tough to find the right gift for a new graduate, but since continuous learning is a component of JDA’s…

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Ability to Adapt

Sharon McGowan has an amazing ability to adapt to any situation. That skill, along with her perseverance and work ethic, have helped her navigate through the ups and downs of her career and personal life. Throughout her journey she’s applied the lessons learned to improve her skills and approach, advancing into the role of EMEA…

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Growing Women in Supply Chain Leadership

This week, Wednesdays for Women features a Q&A with Heather Sheehan, Executive Director of AWESOME (which stands for achieving women’s excellence in supply chain operations, management and education). Heather’s career spans more than 30 years in the manufacturing and transportation industries, with leadership positions in procurement, logistics and marketing at Danaher, Honeywell, Union Pacific Corporation…

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Organized for Success

Nicole Phillips is a natural-born organizer and planner. Those skills have served her well, as a successful Solution Executive at JDA, wife and mother of two. They have also helped her chart her course and focus on the things that have led to personal and professional growth. Her career story is one of discovery and…

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Taking calculated risks

SriLaxmi Kotwal has found success at home. She was born, raised, studied and has worked her entire career in the Indian city of Hyderabad. As a Senior Director in JDA’s Product Development organization, she leads the development team for JDA Retail.me, one of the company’s strategic SaaS products. With a strong academic background and incredible…

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