Celebrating Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by recognizing the successful women right here at C.L. Services. We sat down with three of our incredible women leaders here at C.L. Services to learn more about their experience being a woman in the logistics industry, and the important women role models in their lives. Read more below from Olivia Pointer, Senior Account Manager, Kimberly Wright, Fleet Manager, and Kendall Pence, Director of Talent & Culture.

 

OLIVIA POINTER, SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

  • Who is a female-identifying role model in your life?
    • My sister is my biggest role model. Business-wise, she has a very admirable work ethic and does whatever it takes to get the job done. 
  • What do you love most about your job?
    • The carrier side is no doubt one of the most stressful sides to be on, but with the right work family, all the energy is very exciting. I love how every single day is different. New experiences and new learning opportunities happen very regularly!
  • How does being a woman in the logistics and transportation industry affect your day-to-day?
    • It all depends on who you’re dealing with. Though I don’t see this as something that is necessarily gender specific, if you have good relationships with the right people, you can definitely get some strings pulled in your favor in this industry. Very helpful when you’ve got drivers who need specific accommodations some facilities don’t typically make. 

 

KIMBERLY WRIGHT, FLEET MANAGER

  • How has being a woman in logistics and transportation shaped your industry experience?
    • Being a woman in a male-dominated industry is something I never really think about. Even though this industry is male-dominant, our team at C.L. Services is diverse. This is my 8th year in the industry, and I always take time to focus on what is truly important – what I bring to the table that can help my team move the needle. You can choose to feel intimidated and discouraged, or you can think about how you can impact those around you. Be you. Be a team player and know what makes you great. Most of all, never be afraid to be confident.
  • Who is a female-identifying role model in your life?
    • My mom has always been my main role model in life and business. She was in the military and has been my inspiration. There were many times in her life where she was one of the only females in certain situations, but regardless of any circumstance, she never gives up. She is a woman who remains strong and fearless and is always up to try new things.
  • What do you love most about your job?
    • I love how fast-paced the carrier side of the business is. I love when I see our team work together to successful and help our customers. It’s always exciting to see a new hire start at the bottom and watch them reach success.

 

KENDALL PENCE, DIRECTOR OF TALENT & CULTURE

  • How has being a woman in logistics and transportation shaped your industry experience?
    • It’s no secret that the transportation industry is historically a male-dominant industry. With the emphasis on expansion of diversity and inclusion in today’s society, I know the industry will continue to experience the push toward becoming more gender-balanced. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with a variety of diverse people internally and externally, with all different backgrounds, knowledge, and experience, regardless of gender. Overall, I think being a woman in this industry has taught me to be a sponge, and always seek new ways to learn and expand my knowledge, so I better contribute to the industry, C.L. Services, and more specifically, the individuals I interact with daily.
  • What do you love most about your job?
    • My favorite part of my job is the opportunity I have to meet a huge variety of people. I love hearing about people’s backgrounds, their experiences in the supply chain industry and even more so, their interest in the industry and their continued pursuit of opportunities in supply chain/transportation. Logistics is such a broad industry and I truly believe everyone has something special they can bring to the table, so I thoroughly enjoy figuring out what that “secret sauce” is for each individual. 
  • If you could go back and give yourself advice on day one of your job, what would it be?
    • When I first started this role at C.L. Services, I used to think that the extent of my industry knowledge/experience, was all that I could bring to the table. I have learned that while industry knowledge and experience are important and valuable, everyone has an additional set of skills to bring to the team and industry as well! I would’ve told myself to be more confident early on and remind myself that we are all learning something new every day.

 

Written by:
Tim Griffin
Director of Marketing & Media, C.L. Services

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