3PL Central Attends Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education's Fifth Annual Symposium

Date: May 23, 2017

3PL Central has long been a strong supporter of diversity throughout the Supply Chain Industry.  I recently demonstrated this support by attending the Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education (AWESOME)’s invitation-only signature event in Chicago, May 3-5th.

The conference was an impressive gathering of women in leadership positions throughout the Supply Chain, spearheaded by the tremendous efforts of Ann Drake of DSC Logistics.  Of particular note were the insightful perspectives provided by the three business school deans in attendance, Sally Blount, from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Sarah Gardial, from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business, and Judy Olian, from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

The conference covered a variety of topics, including how to build connections in a networked world and how companies can leverage diversity to grow.  But one of the most important was how we can all work together to inspire more young people, particularly women, to pursue a career in the Supply Chain industry, and in the case of 3PL Central, how we can attract more female developers and software engineers to this exciting space.

It is an issue in serious need of attention.  As you probably know, the lack of qualified talent in our industry is becoming a crisis.  What’s worse is that the current influx of new graduates falls far below what will be needed within the next few years.  These facts just underscore why AWESOME’s efforts are so important.

In addition to discussing ways to entice a new generation of logistics workers, the attendees and speakers also spoke about how we can better define career trajectories for women in our industry.  For example, even slight modifications in our employee benefits packages to employees can make meaningful impacts in working lifespan of a qualified female employee, and increase ROI to the company investing in the talent.  So, yes, go ahead and look at expanding maternity leave policies – it actually materially impacts employee retention.   

It is a topic to which I can personally relate.  I was one of only a handful of women working in this field when I helped found a warehouse nearly twenty five years ago, and I am still only a handful of women in the software space serving the supply chain industry.  I can attest to the challenges and opportunities presented by working in a male-dominated field. 

At the same time, I can also attest to how fascinating, cutting-edge – and highly rewarding our industry can be.  Given the bright future for the logistics space and the importance of technology and software to it, I think the employment opportunities will be enormous for years to come. 

Nancy Rohman, President and Co-Founder, 3PL Central

Nancy Rohman

Written by Nancy Rohman

Nancy is the co-founder and President of 3PL Central. Over the past decade, Nancy has been responsible for the day-to-day operations, accounting/finance and strategic execution of delivering the Company’s products and services to a growing and expanding customer base. Prior to launching 3PL Central with John, Nancy worked for many years as an investment banker for Lehman Brothers and J.P. Morgan. She began her career in accounting for the Big 4 accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick. Nancy holds a Bachelor’s of Administration Degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. She also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Nancy earned her CPA and is a member of the California Bar.