Women Leaders in Logistics Share Unique Insights

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Recap by Lindsey Beauch, 2018 Marketing Intern 

The latest Columbus Region Logistics Council program brought experts together to discuss their leadership journey in a field that is largely male-dominated.

How can women pave a career path in an industry as fast-paced and widely evolving as logistics? Our panel of logistic specialists did so by proactively taking on unique challenges, building confidence and staying true to themselves. Changing the model of what a qualified leader looks like is no small feat. However, each of our panelists chose to rewrite the rules in their own way.

Retired Major General Deborah Ashenhurst kicked off the morning highlighting her experience working in the United States National Guard. Her advice to the audience was simple, but made an impact.

“Sometimes in life, you have to do some heavy lifting,” said Ashenhurst.

“Grasp opportunities when they come, especially when you don’t expect them.”

Kelly Fuller, the panel’s moderator and workforce director of the Columbus Chamber, took questions from the audience that sparked insightful conversations about respect, failure and leadership.

Whether it’s saying “enough” after being the only one asked to make copies in a group of equally qualified people, or taking ownership of moving to a new country as a company’s sole representative, these women did not let setbacks define them.

The full panel featured:

  • Retired Major General Deborah Ashenhurst, National Guard
  • Sarah Jane Chapman, Abercrombie & Fitch Brands
  • Krista Pohlman, Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op
  • Deborah Finney, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

“You may not change the industry, but you can change something for one other person and that’s enough,” said Chapman. “I knew all the answers; I just wasn’t used to being the one asked the questions,” said Chapman.

“It’s important to put yourself in uncomfortable situations. It helps you grow,” said Pohlman.

The program was filled with the opportunity to network and learn from one another’s experiences. For future CRLC events, please visit the Chamber’s website.

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