How one of the most important organisations in Transport & Logistics became what it is today…
We’ve all heard of Women in Logistics (WiL) and the amazing work it does – but where did it start? And what obstacles has the organisation had to overcome along the way?
- What is the mission of Women in Logistics?
- How did WiL get where it is today?
- Rerouting Logistics: discussing diversity in Transport & Logistics.
What is the mission of Women in Logistics?
For those of you who aren’t as familiar with the work of WiL, its vision (according to Chair Ruth Waring) is to:
“Improve the lives of women in Logistics in the UK and address gender imbalance, enabling the Logistics industry to benefit from female talent.”
To make this vision a reality, WiL works to create opportunities that will ‘support women working in the sector, and identify and address challenges to recruitment and retention’. Here’s how:
- Connect: Provide networking and professional development events.
- Engage: To provide a voice for women working in Logistics and to address, from a female perspective, key challenges the profession faces.
- Inspire: Provide an inclusive and encouraging environment to nurture female talent within the sector.
Women in Logistics is part of The Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport, and was first established in 2008.
How did Women in Logistics get where it is today?
WiL was Ruth Waring’s visionary idea. But, although it is now a thriving organisation with over 4,000 members, it started out as a small group on LinkedIn back in 2008. And, it wasn’t until four months in that people the founders didn’t know started to join!
From these humble beginnings to the influential organisation that it is today, WiL has gone on quite the journey. Still, it wasn’t always smooth sailing.
Listen to Vice Chair Clare Bottle talking about the idea that started it all – and the powerful voices that almost stopped it – in this preview of the latest Rerouting Logistics podcast episode:
“If this is what you believe in, this could have legs…”
Rerouting Logistics: discussing diversity in Transport & Logistics
The Rerouting Logistics podcast is on a mission to tackle key issues in the world of Transport & Logistics!
By Aspion Search in partnership with former Senior Traffic Commissioner Beverley Bell, the podcast covers: diversity in Logistics, women in Logistics, young people in Logistics, and the future of the sector.
Which episodes have you listened to?
Episode 5, ‘Women in Warehousing and Sector Success’ with Clare Bottle:
Episode 4, ‘Diversity and the Logistics Age Gap’ with Leon Daniels:
Episode 3, ‘Young People in Logistics’ with Steven Granite:
Episode 2, ‘The Future of Transport & Logistics’ with Richard James Smith:
Episode 1, ‘Women in Logistics’ with Sharon Kindleysides:
Series 2 of Rerouting Logistics, coming soon…