Avnet’s Distributing Wisdom podcast brings together the brightest minds in the electronic components industry to examine how distribution drives technology, product and supply chain innovation. Featuring an exciting roster of industry leaders sharing their unique experiences and "wisdom," each episode tackles a specific challenge we’re facing today and examines how our we’re building on our industry’s past to shape the future of technology.
How ESG factors into the electronics industry
Three experts on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) join Distributing Wisdom for an educational and insightful conversation into why ESG matters for the electronic components industry. Experts discuss strategies for managing increasing expectations from multiple stakeholders while setting a strong foundation for a long-term program that can adapt and grow as more needs and requirements arise. Guests on this episode include Suzanne Fallender, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility at Intel; Diane Osgood, Principal of Osgood Consulting; and Stacy Mendez, Director of ESG at Avnet.
The challenge of gender diversity in electronics
Three senior women leaders join us for an honest conversation about the challenge of increasing gender diversity in the electronics industry. Our guests examine our progress on the issue while sharing their personal experiences and offering practical ways to provide more opportunities for women today and in the future. Guests on this episode include: Jackie Mattox, founder of Women in Electronics; Brenda Freeman, member of Avnet's Board of Directors and founder of Joyeux Advisory Group and Holly Snopko, Quote Center Manager at Avnet.
Industry experts agree: distribution is at an inflection point
We sit down with three seasoned experts in the electronics industry to get their honest perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the distribution industry today. Our guests tackle the difficult issues, from inventory practices to margins to the new trend of "customers without a supply chain." They also discuss what distribution leaders can learn from other industries to deliver even more value, and what young professionals just entering the industry should focus on. Guests on this episode include: Craig Conrad, senior lecturer, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution, Texas A&M University; Barb Jorgensen, editor-in-chief, EPSNews; and De Anna Norman, manager, District Sales, Avnet.
Suppliers see distribution as key to expansion
Leaders from major electronics component distributors discuss how distribution enables them to reach more customers while managing increasing technological complexity. Our guests discuss how their go-to-market strategies and sales forces are changing, plus what new target markets they see on the horizon. We also explore how the need for digitization and global scale, as well as supply chain support, are reshaping the industry. Guests on this episode include: Michael Barone, Vice President, Global Channel Sales at Xilinx; Fred Bell, Vice President at Molex; Monica Highfill, Vice President, Sales, Americas at KEMET, Karen Worley, Director, Supplier Development at Avnet.
The value of distribution: yesterday, today and tomorrow
On the inaugural episode of Distributing Wisdom, we’re joined by past and present leaders of Avnet to explore the value of distribution as an industry. We’ll speak with current Avnet CEO Phil Gallagher, retired CEO Roy Vallee and retired Avnet board member Veronica Biggins about the evolution of the industry, and what we can expect in the near future. Our guests share their unique insight into how they adapted to new challenges while looking back on some of Avnet’s most transformative changes during their tenure.