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Cody Blair, Director of Marketing
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Columbus Region Logistics Council Announces Women in Logistics Scholarship
Initial Funding Lead by CaaStle
Columbus, Ohio (October 7, 2019)- The Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Columbus Region Logistics Council’s Women in Logistics group has announced a scholarship to fund the education of women studying in the logistics and supply chain programs at Columbus State Community College in an effort to grow the advancement opportunities for Central Ohio women in logistics.
CaaStle, a leading technology and logistics company that powers subscription rental services, provided an initial $5,000 for the scholarship fund. The scholarships will include $250 towards certification programs and $500 for degree programs. Scholarships will be awarded each year and include students entering their education, as well as women in the industry who are already employed.
“The logistics sector in Central Ohio continues to grow rapidly, with a near insatiable demand ranging from warehouse supervisors to c-suite executives,” said Adrian Burns, Directors of the Columbus Region Logistics Council. “We believe strongly that continuing to empower more women to fill these roles, in a traditionally male-dominated field, will elevate both individuals and the industry as a whole.”
In addition to the award, each recipient will be paired with a female mentor in the logistics industry.
“Logistics are core to our business, and CaaStle is proud to work with the Chamber of Commerce and Columbus State Community College to support women in our industry through education, networking, and mentoring with the Women in Logistics Scholarship,” said Ericka Ponte, Senior Regional Director at CaaStle in Groveport, OH. “As a company in the service industry, one of our biggest assets is our employees and ensuring that they create a seamless experience for the customer. By helping to provide women with the tools for success, we’re investing in our community and hope to encourage more women to explore a career in logistics.”
The initial scholarship will be $750 per semester with hopes to continue to grow the fund and the number of recipients.
To make a donation, please make checks payable to the Columbus State Foundation, with The Women in Logistics Scholarship Fund in the memo line and mail to: Columbus State Foundation, 550 E. Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215.
Donors and Recipients of the scholarship will be recognized each year at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Women in Logistics event.
About the Columbus Chamber
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a mission-driven nonprofit organization serving over 2,000 organizations throughout Central Ohio. The Chamber, founded in 1884, is committed to advancing a thriving Columbus Region and provides support in the areas of research, government affairs, marketing, education and workforce development.
About CaaStle, Inc.
CaaStle is the innovative B2B platform that enables retailers and fashion brands to offer their own subscription rental experience directly to customers. CaaStle pioneered the subscription rental model in 2012 with its owned and operated brand Gwynnie Bee and now makes this proprietary technology, reverse logistics systems and infrastructure available as an end-to-end solution, known as CaaS (“Clothing as a Service”). The company’s white-label approach has created a new economy for retail— allowing brands to fully own the relationship with their customers while CaaStle manages all operations and logistics on their behalf. The company is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Mountain View, CA, New Delhi, Bangaluru, and two distribution centers located in Groveport, OH and Phoenix, AZ. Named one of Fast Company’s 2019 Most Innovative Companies, CaaStle is proving that subscription rental is fast becoming an essential and lucrative component of a brand’s strategy for success. For more information, visit CaaStle.com.
About Columbus State Community College
Columbus State is one of the largest comprehensive colleges in Ohio, currently serving more than 46,000 students and contributing nearly $1 billion annually in regional economic impact. It is the only community college in the nation to earn the three key national distinctions of a Guided Pathways college, an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Right Signals Initiative college, and in 2019 received the Leah Meyer Austin award, the highest honor a college in Achieving the Dream’s network can earn.