The mission of Women in Logistics is to provide resources for both women and men in the business of logistics, transportation, supply chain management and technology. Our goal is to maintain an information resource network for career development, mentoring, and educational opportunities.
Women in Logistics (formerly Women in Transportation) was founded by Stacy Roth, in response to the lack of networking groups for women in the industry. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, women who worked in the field of transportation had few resources available to fulfill their needs to support career growth.
The initial meetings were round table forums where members brainstormed about how to structure the group to suit their professional career goals. From these informal gatherings, it was confirmed that women wanted and needed a professional environment where they could network with each other as well as develop business contacts. They also wanted an avenue to keep current on the latest industry actions and trends. Ultimately, the organization’s focus and unique insight into important, relevant topics led to its success as a viable organization. We are the only logistics organization in the United States that provides mentoring resources for its members.
Today, WIL has nearly 400 members. Each year, the baton is handed over to a new group of officers and directors whose responsibility it is to keep the organization flush with new ideas and promote its growth.
f you are not already a member or have yet to renew your membership with Women in Logistics for 2017, now is your chance! We value your membership and involvement with the organization and would be honored to have you become an active member of our organization. Please take a moment to join or renew your membership today and take advantage of what Women in Logistics has to offer for 2017 and beyond!
- Biannual Dinners with keynote speaker
- Educational seminars
- Annual Golf Tournament
- Special events like a Giants’ game
- Annual Awards Dinner
- Scholarships for WIL members
- Mentor Program
- Job Bank
One of the most pressing needs identified by WIL was the development of a Mentor Program. As part of this program, we hope to encourage individuals to develop to their fullest potential using a network of business professionals that WIL has successfully established over the last 20+ years.
The diverse membership of nearly 400 people in various logistics positions provides an accessible platform for women and men to reach out to when facing career decisions.
Who might be interested in contacting a mentor?
- A woman or man who has been working with the same company for a long period of time and feels restless to move on and try something new.
- An experienced professional who is completely happy in her current job but who has run into a new and delicate situation and is seeking feedback from another professional with similar experience.
- A student preparing to enter the workforce who is looking for answers about careers in logistics.
- A mother or father returning to the workforce who needs to become familiarized with changes in logistics and available opportunities.
Every autumn WIL offers scholarships to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a field relevant to Logistics or Supply Chain Management at an institution in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Applicants will become student members of WIL, with the normal membership fee waived. In addition to the scholarship competition, WIL offers its members access to a job bank and mentoring programs, as well as a calendar of events. As you will see from our website, we have both men and women members.
For more additional information or to apply, please click below to download the application & requirements. If you have further questions, please contact Susan Cholette.