Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Episodio 9

Resumen del Episodio

En este episodio de Supply Chain Now en español, el presentador Enrique Alvarez da la bienvenida al podcast a Claudia Freed y Tony Rivera con EALgreen. Escuche y aprenda más sobre los antecedentes de Claudia y Tony, lo que los llevó a ambos a EALgreen y cómo están impactando positivamente el futuro a través de su trabajo.

Transcripción en Español

[00:00:37] Muy buenos días y bienvenidos a un nuevo episodio de Supply Chain Now en español. Yo soy su anfitrión, Enrique Álvarez, y el día de hoy tengo el placer y el gusto de entrevistar a dos personas muy, muy exitosas en una organización que realmente está haciendo cambiando el mundo, ayudando a las personas y realmente haciendo de. Nuestras vidas cotidianas, una a una mejor, una mejor. Vida para todos, entonces déjenme les antes de que les presente oficialmente a mis invitados. Les recuerdo que si es si les interesa y les da gusto escuchar este tipo de entrevistas, por favor no sigan en su play now en español. Nos pueden encontrar en cualquier. En cualquier parte y lugar donde tengan sus podcast en YouTube y también en nuestra página de Internet en Supli Chain o puntocom. Y bueno, ahora si me da mucho gusto de presentarles a Claudia Freed. Claudia es presidenta y si o de una n? O está basada en Chicago. Tiene un historial muy muy especial y bueno, es originaria de Argentina. Claudia, qué tal? Cómo estás?

[00:01:50] Hola Enrique y un placer estar interesado. Y un abrazo grande a todos los amigos de habla hispana que nos están escuchando y viendo.

[00:01:58] Hay un gusto tremendo tenerte aquí. Como te decía antes de que empezáramos a grabar este episodio, para mí es no sólo muy grato que estén aquí, pero para hacer un trabajo muy muy fácil, ya que este tienes una carrera y una historia muy interesante y estoy seguro que a todo mundo le va a gustar escucharla y bueno, también con nosotros. Tony Rivera Tony es el vicepresidente de Estrategia y Transformación. Si, o de una empresa logística antes de eso y bueno, ejecutivo de Caterpillar por varios años. Tony originario de México. Tony bienvenido. Cómo estás?

[00:02:34] Hola, mucho gusto Enrique. Gracias por tenerme aquí en tu programa. Estoy muy bien. Es un placer estar aquí contigo y Claudia para platicar un poco de nuestra nuestras aventuras, para decir de nuestro trabajo.

[00:02:51] Me parece perfecto y estamos muy, muy listos para escuchar no sólo las aventuras de los dos, sino un poco más sobre la gran organización que dirigen y poderlos apoyar tanto nosotros como nuestra audiencia en lo que sea necesario. Claudia, por qué no empiezas? Empecemos contigo. Por qué no nos platicas un poco de ti? Quién eres? Cómo llegaste? Qué te trajo a Chicago? Etcétera.

[00:03:16] Bueno, muchas gracias. Hola! Contarles mi historia y compartir un poco de generaciones de maestros, osea, yo comienzo mi vida en Argentina siendo miembro de una familia que siempre se dedicó muchísimo a la educación. Lo que me interesa de contarles a ustedes hoy es que hay veces que uno está dentro de una historia y ni siquiera se da cuenta que es un protagonista de algo más grande que está sucediendo. Y eso es un poquito lo que me sucedió a mí. Yo soy hija de Mario y Rubí. Mi padre fue presidente de una universidad en Argentina. Mi abuelo Enrique Zena era el nombre acalló en la calle de Enrique. Fue el primer superintendente de Escuelas Públicas e iba a recorrer sus escuelas en el campo en un caballo. Y mi padre fue profesor. Mi mamá era profesora, así que el tema de educación ha estado siempre muy central en mi vida.

[00:04:19] Pensaste en algún momento en seguir los pasos de.

[00:04:25] Buena pregunta. Yo siempre estaba interesada y curiosa por la ciencia. Yo era una niña que hacía experimentos en el patio de mi casa. Siempre andaba con instrumentos que yo pretendía ser doctora. Así que a mí la educación, como como docente, no me atraía. Hay veces que dicen que el en en la la casa del herrero, eh? La gente no, no, no tiene hierro, pero yo no. Yo no me incliné por la docencia, sino por el amor a aprender cosas

[00:05:03] Que bien, que bien, no? Bueno, gracias Tony. Cuéntanos un poco de ti de chico. Cómo? Cómo era tu vida en MEAM?

[00:05:11] Pues mi mamá emigró a los Estados Unidos cuando yo tenía dos años y me quedé allá en México con mis abuelos hasta que tuve seis años donde me trajo mi mamá para acá estoy.

[00:05:23] A Llegaron Toni que a

[00:05:25] Chicago ya llegamos a Chicago. Ella estuvo en Chicago. Entonces empecé mi vida aquí en los Estados Unidos a los seis años y pues fue otra vez un poco difícil. Yo también tengo alopecia, entonces no tengo pelo, no he tenido pelo de los dos años. Entonces se me hizo un poco difícil de joven, no solamente por no platicar o hablar el idioma, pero también poreste porque no, no tenía pelo. Entonces este. Pero esas experiencias en mi vida en realidad fortifican con mi carácter, que me hizo una persona mucho más fuerte de lo que pensé hubiera sido si no tuviera. Esa es. Eso es de esas cosas de ahí. Pues viví en Chicago hasta que tuve. A los 23 años estaba trabajando en un restauran muchas horas y un día decidías de meter todo a mi carro e irme a Austin, Tejas. Sin este, sin amigos, sin casa, sin trabajo nomás, porque quería algo nuevo. Y ahí es donde empezó mi carrera profesional.

[00:06:33] Bueno, ahí deja, déjate interrumpo antes de que te nos sigas adelantando, porque lo que quería preguntarte, igual que a Claudia, es bueno de chico en esa primera etapa de tu vida todavía en Chicago, tú que qué quería ser de grande?

[00:06:48] La verdad está bien. Y ser verdad?

[00:06:50] Sí, cuando crezcamos tú y yo en algún momento vamos a vamos a saberlo.

[00:06:54] Hace así este este en la realidad. Yo siempre quería hacer algo donde iba a impactar a gente, entonces este quería tener un impacto positivo más para muchachos y muchachas jóvenes que nada de desde niño. Si tenía un sueño era tener una un waffle naje donde yo lo manejaba. Y este y este. Pues en Latinoamérica donde este. Me acuerdo de ver muchos niños pobres que no tenían mucho y las quería ayudar.

[00:07:28] Eso es. Digo unas palabras muy poderosas y una visión muy madura y realmente una pasión por ayudar a los demás que normalmente no se ve tan tan joven. Edad no, pero. Pero es un muy buen punto porque me gustaría ahora retomar esto que estás diciendo Tony y preguntarle a lo mejor a Claudia ella obviamente le gustaba más la investigación, la exploración, no tanto en la parte de la docencia, pero de éste a esta pasión que los dos tienen porque los conozco y se les ve por dar a los demás de dónde viene? En tu caso, Claudia, desde dado, a qué le atribuyes esa esa pasión por ayudar a los demás?

[00:08:09] En mi papá, que falleció cuando él tenía solamente cuarenta y dos años, yo tenía 15 años. Dejó una marca profunda en mi filosofía de vida porque él era profesor de filosofía. Entonces siempre vi desde muy pequeña la vida desde una perspectiva diferente. Y él siempre decía que era muy importante llenarse la mente de riqueza, y no sólo el bolsillo o ni siquiera el bolsillo. Entonces él nos inculcó desde muy jóvenes este principio de, como Tony dice, de querer tener una perspectiva global o más amplia de lo que nosotros teníamos solo. Nosotros nunca tuvimos mucho dinero. Pero nuestro papá nos mandaba a las cuatro hijas en el carro y nos llevaba a pasear y decía siéntense los ojos, jiennense los ojos. Y eran de las experiencias. Y el aspecto de ciencia era porque yo cuando era niña tenía muchas enfermedades, asma, tenía complicaciones siempre y mi médico, el doctor Jorge Axle, fue una persona muy importante en mi niñez y entonces yo creo que eso es lo que inspiró que yo quería ser como él, médico. Yo quería ser hematólogo, pero ahora veo una aguja y me desmayo.

[00:09:32] Es decir, eso pasa. Yo tampoco soy muy amigo de las de las agujas. Pero. Pero es que qué bonito entonces. Por ejemplo, remontamos a este viaje. A lo mejor alguno de los varios que obtuvieron con tus hermanas te acuerdas? A lo mejor de alguno en particular o de algún momento que dijeras bueno, esto marcó mi vida. Sé que la influencia que tuvo tu papá se escucha que fue importante y fue un motor en esto de ayudar a los demás y llenarse, llenarse la mente de riqueza, no el bolsillo, como lo como lo dijiste en algún particular que te acuerdas que te dijera algo, que algún consejo, que le pudieras compartir la audiencia,

[00:10:11] Muchas, muchas de experiencias. Compartir con la audiencia es realmente volver a lo que nos une a todos. El concepto tremendo de familia que ahora en el contexto cultural que estoy en este país, dio en el contexto profesional esa esa idea de familia, de cuidarse el uno al otro. A mi papá siempre decía. El que a buen árbol se arrima, buena sombra lo cobija. Es una frase de un historiador, de un escritor en Argentina que tiene mucho que ver con tener buena compañía en la vida. Y eso fue muy importante. Mi papá tuvo amigos de toda la vida. Yo sigo con el concepto de amistades de toda la vida, así que amigos y familia para él fueron muy importantes. Lo último que te quiero contar que conecta a mí. Viaje a los Estados Unidos. Mi papá me mostró la nieve por primera vez en Argentina, cuando nos llevó a una laguna que se llama Laguna del Diamante, cerca de Chile, y por primera vez vi la nieve en la colina de una montaña en el que Los Andes y hoy vivo en Chicago, donde todos los inviernos tengo que estar peleando con 20 pulgadas de nieve. Y así que no conecta las cosas a través de la memoria y como como un olor. Las experiencias lo hacen sentir

[00:11:40] Como cómo te vienes a Estados Unidos? Cuál fue tu trayectoria para llegar aquí? Tony ya nos compartió un poco la suya. Cómo? Cómo fue la tuya?

[00:11:47] Yo llegué a Estados Unidos con el deseo de ser una estudiante de intercambio en la última, en el último año de la escuela secundaria, como la prepa de de México. Resulta que había ido un estudiante de Filadelfia a mi pequeño pueblo en Paraná, Argentina, y él se conoció con mi hermana. Pero en el curso de mi hermana sólo hablaban francés y en mi curso estábamos tratando de estudiar inglés y este muchacho que era de nuestra edad, me dijo Tú tendrías que. Investigar qué sería de irte de este país y ser una estudiante de intercambio para poder aprender inglés de verdad. Y él plantó la semilla en un momento que era muy difícil en mi vida. Mi papá había muerto de un ataque al corazón durante la la la insurgencia política que estaba ocurriendo en Argentina en el año 1978. Yo tenía dieciséis años y en ese

[00:12:45] Momento una edad difícil como para apostillado al botón

[00:12:49] Empie en ese y en ese momento ese compañero me inspiró. Mi mamá me dijo No tengo nada de dinero, pero tengo todo el amor y el apoyo que darte. Y así empezó mi carrera de venir a ser un estudiante de intercambio. Luego regresé a Argentina a los seis meses. La familia de intercambio me ofrece de volver a Estados Unidos a ingresar a la Universidad de Puru para ser rimen. Yo regreso a Estados Unidos. Hago un año de primer Hessen y estaba totalmente. Devastada, miserable, horrible. Me fue muy mal y dije me vuelvo a Argentina. Y esta familia dijo No, espera un momento. Aprende el idioma, cambia de currículum académico, cámbiate de universidad. Pierdes todo lo que has hecho, pero empieces de vuelta. Y luego, si ahí no, no tienes éxito, entonces te vamos a dejar volver. Y aquí el

[00:13:44] Importante. Que interesante que a través de una familia, que bueno, parece que te adoptó como si fueras también su hija este que. Qué importa? Porque no les importó que empezaras de nuevo, no? No les importó que ya hubieras tenido toda esa primera etapa. Fue Ten paciencia. Y qué valiente de tu parte también hacerlo, porque no cualquier persona, no cualquier persona. Y es difícil. Bueno, los tres vivimos en Estados Unidos y lo que decías antes, conectándolo con el concepto de familia, pues es diferente. Y siendo latino creo que eso el concepto de familia nos une mucho y es algo que realmente es difícil de sobrellevar. Cuando estás extrañando a tu casa, no?

[00:14:28] Y en lo que has dicho, para mí no era solamente la la guía que me daba esta familia, pero mi orgullo personal. Mi mamá me había se había sacrificado mucho para darme esta oportunidad y yo no quería volver derrotada. Entonces, esa, esa convicción que hay veces que uno tiene, como decía Toni, las experiencias, los golpes de la vida te hacen ver las cosas desde un punto diferente. Y ese es el tipo de carácter que uno a través de los años puede desarrollar y no cambiaría. Nada de lo que me ha pasado en la vida, a pesar de que algunos golpes han sido muy duros, me han hecho quien soy al día de hoy.

[00:15:09] Es lo mismo que Tony nos estaba diciendo y que le ha ayudado su condición y otras cosas a hacer mejor y a tener una perspectiva diferente de la vida. Y bueno, volvemos con esto contigo, Tony. Estabas en esta fue la decisión de dejar Chicago. Fue de la noche a la mañana o fue de amaneciste dijiste hasta aquí? Voy a empacar el coche, me voy hoy porque ya no aguanto x hoyel este.

[00:15:34] No, no, la realidad fue de de reciendo yo fui apurás escort escuelas católicas verdad que formó también muchas de mis ideas y este me acuerdo que este pues este es uno de los vecinos su papá e instalaba alfombras y me agarró a tenía unos 13 14 años y me dijo mira de todos los muchachos aquí si todos se quedan en el mismo vecindario, se quedan en la misma área. Lo entiendo dijo. Pero si tú no sales y haces algo en la vida va a ser un desperdicio de lo que te tienes tú de eso. Y entonces esa fue una influencia muy grande de unas palabras que en realidad me ayudaron. Entonces, cuando tuve 23 años, no sé por qué, pero ese día estaba trabajando y trabajaba como 12, 14 horas al día. Entonces estaba ahí y fui al mercado porque yo hacía las compras y esa mañana me acordé de lo que me dijo y dije aquí estoy desperdiciando mi vida haciendo esto, quiero hacer algo nuevo, quiero ir donde he leído porque en esos días no había mucho internet, entonces de donde? Que he leído que era muy interesante y me fui para Boston, entonces este ahí este, decidí empezar de nuevo, hice otra vez muchos amigos y eso es lo que pues Tog tomé muchas chances verdad? De joven este ente con otra empresa he vivido en seis o siete diferentes ciudades, tuve que aprender mucho hasta que nacieron mis hijos y después pues ya, ya me calmé y pues no pude, ya no pude estar viajando y hacer restart todo eso verdad? Porque tenía que darles algo así. Pero otra vez fue otro cambio para mí que ha sido lo mejor, dar lo que necesitaba. Estaba al punto, tuve mis hijos a los 30, entonces este ya estuve el punto donde dije en realidad ahora este, este estoy listo para hacer esto, no creo que más joven tenía, estaba listo para ser papá o lo que sea y ahora ya mis hijos están grandes, sí, y pues Varma van a ver más este cosas que tengo que hacer, a ver cómo cambia mi vida.

[00:18:07] Oye, no muy muy emocionante. Y nuevamente veo un poco la conexión, no entre entre tu historia y la de Claudia. Resulta que ahora, en tu caso, un vecino o un amigo ahí de la colonia es el que te impulsó a ti y tuvo una influencia grande en darte el primer paso para para darte cuenta de que te gusta la aventura y explorar nuevos lugares y conocer nuevas personas y algo que te acuerdes, Toni, de esta persona en particular o cualquier otra que fue tu mentor en esos primeros 20 años tan formativos de tu vida, alguna enseñanza o algún ejemplo, o algún momento que aparte del que ya compartiste, que te marcó

[00:18:49] A En realidad eso fue un momento donde él me platicó no, no, no más éramos este era papá, pero la las influencias más grandes que tuve, pues después de la facultad de mi mi high school verdad? Fui a una escuela católica que se llama Montecarmelo aquí en Chicago y este y hoy este post formaron muchas ideas. Yo quería ser sacerdote este de de toda high school verdad? Pero nunca me llamó Dios para seguir ese paso. Entonces estoy y llegué a la universidad y ahí Jacq con el porque era pura escuela de hombres. Entonces cuando llegué a la universidad acá no era mi pasaban así, ja, ja ja ja. De hecho

[00:19:38] Está bien. Hay otras maneras de ayudar a la comunidad se adquiera acidas.

[00:19:43] Pero si ahí este pues me instalaron este el servicio a otros verdad? El servicio, hacer las cosas para no solamente para ti, para que tu tengas éxito. Pero si haces las cosas mal y sirves a la humanidad. Entonces vas a tener una vida muy grata.

[00:20:07] Si entre más, que es algo que yo trato de decirle a mis hijos, no hay un libro aquí que les leía cuando eran más chicos, que entre más, entre más das, más tienes. Y entre más das, más tienes y. Y es algo que a lo mejor es difícil darse cuenta en la vida, o a lo mejor mucha gente lo platica y lo sabe. Pero realmente tener esa como paz y certeza de que es cierto es muy difícil. Y bueno, te lo dice alguien que te lo platicó, pero no oku uno vivo con esa certeza al 100 por ciento. Es algo que sigo trabajando y sigo, sigo tratando de hacer, pero pero es muy cierto y creo que tú y tanto tú como Claudia son el ejemplo de de dos personas que se dieron cuenta de esta filosofía de vida que es muy cierta, o al menos para mí. Qué es lo que más te gustó de hosting? Toni Cambiando un poquito el ritmo

[00:20:57] A es es por qué hostias, de

[00:20:59] Todo lo que pude de cualquier ciudad de Estados Unidos, empacaste y manejaste a Austin, Tejas.

[00:21:05] Y este y hasta este día. De todas las ciudades que he visitado y he ido, es mi ciudad favorita en los Estados Unidos. Tiene todo. Preciosa. adjUdi. Tiene ríos, tiene una vida nocturna, especialmente cuando eres joven. Muy, muy bonita. Ah! Hay mucha diversificación. Es este, pues, un punto más moderado, no? No, totalmente libre y liberado como este a la izquierda este. Pero es como el resto de tejas. Verdad que es más conservativa? Entonces este fue. Fue una ciudad preciosa. Yo trabajé por Apolos cuando estaba allí. Está en contabilidad. Codeaba, verdad? Jajaja. Pero este, este, este. Y fue antes del iPad porque al iPad si no estuviera reconecta

[00:22:02] Con

[00:22:04] Este no es una ciudad genial. Y otra vez. Yuvi viajado. He tenido la fortuna de viajar todos los Estados Unidos continentales. He estado en cada estado. No he y este. Y he vivido en. Creo que 8 diferentes ciudades. Entonces este de todos los lugares donde he ido ahí este. Pues me fue muy bien y hoy todavía tengo muchos amigos. Y este. Este es un lugar que me encanta.

[00:22:31] Muy bonita ciudad. Si nos están escuchando y tienen la oportunidad de visitar Estados Unidos y tienen la oportunidad de visitar alguna ciudad hostil. Me imagino que el hosting de ahorita obviamente ha de ser muy muy diferente al hosting que tú conociste cuando llegaste primero a él. Pero. Pero si yo tengo el placer de conocerlo un par de veces y es una ciudad muy bonita. Tienes razón. Claudia Si quieres, ahora pasando, pasando contigo y siguiendo ahora tu tu historia, cuéntanos cual fue la segunda, o sea, cuál fue la segunda carrera. A final de cuentas dejaste todo lo que tenías y lo que habías trabajado, que es una decisión sumamente importante y de mucho valor. Y qué fue lo que cambiaste?

[00:23:19] El rumbo de mi vida cambió por una beca, una beca escolar que me une a lo que hago en el día de hoy. En aquel momento no sabía yo que esa beca escolar que se me taba ofreciendo para ir a la Universidad existía solamente en Chicago. No existía el puru y en la universidad en la cual me ofrecían esta beca, no ofrecía en el curriculum de medicina. Y yo no quería ser enfermera. Yo quería ser hematólogo. Doctora Claudia. Pero como no iba a poder ser doctora Claudia, cambié a un currículum totalmente diferente. A mí me gusta mucho la contaduría. Me gustan las finanzas y cambié de rumbo y estudié Economía y Ciencias de la computación. Pero fue una beca totalmente

[00:24:10] Radical el cambio. Pero bueno. Tu miedo por las agujas a lo mejor tuvo algo que ver. El ojo era un buen indicio de que estabas en la carrera correcta. Pero. Pero es un cambio radical, pero igual de fascinante y muy aplicable a lo que estás haciendo ahorita. Como dices,

[00:24:28] Una de las de las historias que me hacen reír toda la vida y que yo digo que no me convertí en doctora. Pero me casé con un médico.

[00:24:37] Hasta entonces. Doctora.

[00:24:40] La señora del doctor. O sea, una. Hay veces en la vida que uno tiene que llegar a la meta, a

[00:24:46] Por donde puede o

[00:24:47] Donde puede y como sea, mientras que sea con integridad y con honor y con alegría. Vivo e cercano al mundo de medicina, no solamente a través de la carrera de de. De mi esposo, sino que también como directora de varias campañas de hacían e donaciones para investigaciones de cáncer. Entonces uno, la pasión, el fuego que uno tiene adentro por alguna temática en la vida no muere simplemente porque no te tiene o quiere hacer otra cosa.

[00:25:21] Claro, claro, no hay todo y tienes muchísimas dimensiones de todas las diferentes industrias y organizaciones que puedes participar sin necesariamente ser el médico. En este caso recto, correcto.

[00:25:36] Y le tengo que wenos miedo a las agujas de esa forma jajajaja

[00:25:40] Pues eso es lo que te lleva a Chicago. Pero bueno, antes de que nos cuentes que pasó en Chicago este algo que a lo mejor la gente que nos escucha es gente que se está graduando, gente joven que escucha estas dos historias de vida tan exitosas y tan diferentes pero a la vez tan cercanas y iguales en muchas dimensiones. Qué les recomendarías tú? Tú, Claudia, a alguien que te está escuchando, que a lo mejor está en la universidad ahorita y le dan miedo las agujas y eso es una. Qué nos recomiendas para que sean felices y exitosos en su carrera?

[00:26:15] Un par de cosas. A mi me gustan listas de cosas de hacer número uno, número 2, número 3 y una de las cosas principales es de acordarse de que la vida ojalá para todos es mi plegaria diaria. Es una maratón larga que tiene que tener mucho tiempo y hay metas que llevan mucho tiempo de ser logradas. Vivimos en una sociedad donde todo gratificante, inmediato. Entonces si uno se acuerda de que nuestros ancestros, nuestros abuelos, abuelitas, si tuvieron suerte, mucha gente vivió mucho tiempo y les llevó mucho su esfuerzo lograr metas. Claro, si uno no llega a la meta en 90 días no quiere decir que no la va a llegar. O sea, mantener primero una perspectiva de que la vida es larga y que hay que disfrutarla en cada paso. Segundo, que muchas veces no es solamente el trabajo o la carrera que uno elige, sino las condiciones bajo las cuales puede lograr y esa satisfacción. Por ejemplo, a mi padre siendo maestros, enseñaban en una escuela rural de pocos recursos, pero era tan grande el amor que ellos tenían a la carrera de ser docentes, que ese fue el lo que más los alegraba. No tenían que ser directores de grandes universidades de prestigio, sino que las condiciones bajo las cuales uno puede llegar a lograr las ambiciones profesionales. Y tercero, hay que empezar pequeña mente con pequeños pasos. Por ejemplo, hablando de lo que nos gusta a nosotros acá en esta comunidad de supliquen de la experiencia de Tony. Todos nosotros somos personas con energía, con sueños, con ganas de cambiar el mundo. Pero uno no empieza cambiando el mundo y vuelve para atrás, empieza de a poquito. Qué pasos pueden tomar con la carrera del día de hoy? Con quiénes se pueden vincular, con qué comunidad pueden establecer lazos para empezar esa caminata que si Dios quieren, les dura toda una vida de poder cambiar el mundo con la pasión que ellos tienen y poder. Lograr algo a través de toda una vida es muy rara la persona que en una idea cambia el mundo. Es muy raro, es

[00:28:43] No perfecto y bueno ahí y ahí lo tienen. Lo que nos están escuchando básicamente se resume en tres cosas y como bien lo dijo Claudia, las listas son importantes. Yo soy un fanático de las listas. También uno acordarse que la vida es un maratón, no es un maratón. Es larga tener paciencia, a lo mejor se puede reflejar ahí. No te des por vencido. Pudiera hacer algo que yo que yo leo en el transfondo de esa de ese comentario. Lo segundo no es el trabajo, la carrera o el dinero en sí. Es las condiciones de la vida lo que te da placer y satisfacción. Y el ejemplo de tus papás es un ejemplo sumamente poderoso y fácil de entender, fácil de imaginar. No tienes que estar. En un palacio en las mejores condiciones, no se puede estar en una escuela rural y ser la persona más feliz del mundo, es más, a lo mejor hay menos distracciones. Yo te diría que las personas que conozco, que a lo mejor tienen unas condiciones más apegadas a la naturaleza, más apegadas a esas condiciones de vida, pueden llegar a ser más felices y es más fácil estar tranquilo y en paz. Y lo tercero es empezar con pequeños pasos, no ver. Ver siempre el siguiente escalón. Ver, siente el siguiente escalón. No tienes que ver toda la escalera para dar el siguiente paso. Muy, muy buenas enseñanzas de vida de Claudia. Casi doctora Claudia. Claudia, por favor, continúa. Ahora, si no sólo con tu carrera profesional llegas a Chicago, sino que te empuja ahora hacia la parte de cadena de suministro que te empuja a la organización que con tanto trabajo te has logrado crecer y desarrollar. Cuéntanos un poco más de tu tema.

[00:30:33] Como no! La beca que referí que me cambió la vida me trajo a Chicago a estudiar Economía, esa beca era un experimento social en el año mil novecientos ochenta y dos. Había dos empresarios que ellos mismos habían ido a la universidad porque les habían regalado a ellos becas para ir a sus propias universidades, cuando ellos eran jóvenes y habían hecho un pacto. Estos dos amigos. Que dijeron? Nosotros tenemos confianza que vamos a tener mucho éxito en el ámbito de negocios y cuando apenas podamos. Queremos darle a otros estudiantes la misma oportunidad de tener una beca y vamos a crear una idea de negocio, de cómo generar becas para muchos estudiantes. Yo no sabía que me habían elegido a mí como la primera candidata para esta beca. Él, que era un experimento que le dio a nacer ahí. Hallel La idea de estos dos amigos que tenían este sueño y muy sucintamente, muy brevemente, cuál era la idea? Ellos creían fundamentalmente que de la forma que podemos mejorar el mundo es protegiéndole a cada persona que quiera estudiar la oportunidad de estudiar, que el dinero no sea la barrera por la cual alguien puede superarse. Y utilizaron los principios de logística de D. D. de administración de empresa, todo lo de negocios que sabían para crear una plataforma que convierte el valor de un producto que ya no se utiliza más. Y el valor de una beca y esa beca, si el autor gana estudiantes que tienen recursos financieros muy bajos. No tiene que ser alguien súper inteligente, ni que sea alto, ni bajo, ni gordo, ni flaco. El deseo de estudiar y de superarse en la vida.

[00:32:38] Entonces la idea principal era darle los recursos a alguien a quien sea que quiera ser o quien quiera educar. Y la forma y la fórmula de cambiar el mundo y mejorar el mundo.

[00:32:50] Exactamente.

[00:32:51] Y bueno, y nos va a tener que explicar así un poco más. Uno cómo funciona y y este cómo? Cómo funciona? De manera práctica. Cómo lo podemos explicar a los demás? Porque cómo transformas el valor de ciertas cosas materiales en becas?

[00:33:09] Se para para explicar el modelo. Uno tiene que pensar en dos sectores de la economía, por ejemplo, un sector del el sector acá en los Estados Unidos, de la universidad o de la educación terciaria y pequeñas universidades. Nosotros la llamamos como que son pequeñas ciudades. Cada universidad tiene plomería, electricidad, el cuidado de los parques. Todas tienen necesidades de infraestructura. Y estos dos empresarios dijeron estas universidades tienen que pagar por el costo de todo el mantenimiento. No sería bueno si nosotros podemos acudir a las grandes empresas multinacionales y pedirles que cada vez que ellos tengan algún pedazo de deuda, inventario o algún equipo de algún motor, una escalera, una máquina de cortar el césped. Si ese producto, ese equipo está feo o viejo, o tiene alguna deficiencia que no lo pueden vender como nuevo en lugar de tirando a la basura. Por qué no creamos como un intercambio? En lugar de ser intercambio escolar, que es cuando yo vine a Estados Unidos a aprender el idioma, este es otro concepto de intercambio donde se cambia el valor de un motor, de una escalera de de de indumentaria para mantener las universidades y el valor de ese producto se cambia como a través de un intercambio con los administradores de la universidad por el valor de una beca. Entonces es así. La compañía dona el producto. Ellos reciben un beneficio de impuestos porque son donantes. La universidad adquiere ese producto para poder usarlo en su infraestructura y ahorra dinero. Por ejemplo, 500 dólares y esos 500 dólares se lo pasan a un estudiante en la forma de una beca. What if? Así fue como yo ingresé a esta universidad a estudiar Economía. Dos motores que fueron donados por una gran empresa fueron donados a mi pequeña universidad acá en Chicago y es en ese canjeo de valor se me otorgó a mí para poder yo costear costearme mi educación en economía.

[00:35:35] Y tú fuiste la primera, la primera persona que le dieron la beca. O sea, tú no sólo eres Fuser. Ahora, si llegamos nuevamente al principio, tú eres la que dirige la organización. Pero también fuiste la primera beneficiaria de este modelo de negocio.

[00:35:54] Totalmente. La primera beneficiaria. La la, la. La primera persona que demostró este concepto desde el punto de vista de negocio. Siempre tenemos que hacer el planeamiento del prototipo.

[00:36:06] Tú eras el

[00:36:07] Concepto, el bien. Y el

[00:36:10] Estaba justo. Batallé con la palabra.

[00:36:13] Sí, sí, pero eso.

[00:36:16] El conejillo de indias

[00:36:17] Era el conejillo de indias, eh? Pero fundamentalmente creo que eso acentuó y solidificó mi convicción, claro, de de la misión de la organización. Si no me hubieran almi cambiado la vida, no me podría haber dedicado el resto de mi vida.

[00:36:37] Ah, no, claro. Eres la prueba viviente de que esto funciona y funciona muy bien. Y bueno, Toni, ahora vamos contigo para alcanzar un poco, porque Claudia se nos adelantó cronológicamente hablando y luego me gustaría que Claudia también nos explicara bueno, qué pasó después? Porque me imagino que ahí hubo algún componente que la regresó a la organización que le dio la beca. Pero tú, Toni, cuéntanos un poco cómo te enteras de esta organización y qué es para ti a l Green. Cómo? Como? Cuál es tu conexión? Siguiendola la historia que nos contabas tú era una cosa muy ahora dónde estás ahora cuando estás en hosting? Luego te moviste varias veces, regresas a Chicago y ahí es donde lo ves.

[00:37:19] Sí, aquí estoy en Chicago. Y este pues estaba en un punto donde estaba intentando de empezar otra empresa que por las circunstancias en México, donde cambió el gobierno, pues no nos iba muy bien porque cambiaron mucho del filme del de las picas que daba para energía este prófugo Bill Céltica. Entonces este, ese. En esos días este recibí un mensaje por LinkedIn, este vito experencia tenías este a este. Has ayudado a otras empresas de logística o también ayudas en un trabajo por Alan Neith, este que es el mejor que han hecho este except network que ayuda a organizaciones durante este tiempo de desastres verdad? Humanos que sea aquí este local o también internacional. Entonces hice un trabajo con ellos y no sé cómo me encontró Claudia, pero ella me mandó a zafe de de de así y nos dijo Tenemos una situación nueva donde tenemos que poner instalaciones para manejar todos nuestros transporte. Entonces nosotros hasta este punto, con la gente que nos daba, donaba producto, ellos manejaban el transporte y el suministro de cadena y ahora nosotros necesitamos hacer eso. Nos puedes ayudar. Y empezamos a hablar e inicien más con pláticas. Esté ayudándoles pro bono. Después se hizo un trabajo este portaste como cónsul consultando los en cómo se iba a manejar esto y por fin este a Claudia me invitó a estem ponerme parte del equipo.

[00:39:13] Pues si ya ya habías diseñado el plan Stack, que alguien lo hiciera. Si no es tu idea ahora encárgate del. Oye Tony, antes de que nos cuentes también te nos adelantes mucho porque me paso tu experiencia y tu amor por la logística. Obviamente se ve reflejado desde Caterpillar y más atrás. Cuéntanos un poco de tu trayectoria oraci en la parte más técnica de logística. Qué? Cuál es la experiencia con logística?

[00:39:38] Lo más chistoso es yo empecé yo, yo, yo, yo soy muy diferente como platicó Claudia, que ella era de listas yo y yo soy más de me aviento a lo más profundo de una piscina helada para afuera, verdad? Listas? Entonces yo he tenido proyectos muy interesantes donde he manejado pues la construcción de centros de oncología en Latinoamérica desde que me metí así también estaba un tiempo haciendo este reciclaje de Batees. Días de plomo este y esto fue después, porque mi mi carrera no era en logística, era en este, en bienes raíces. Yo tenía una compañía de título, era el dueño de aquí, pero me cansé de la industria. Era muy en 2006 lo vendí y entonces empecé a hacer proyectos de reciclaje en México. Yo quería estar más en México porque tenía mucha. Tengo mucha familia allá y I y. Y cuando empecé a mover las baterías, cuando empecé a mover productos dentro de México y para acá, pues vi que yo estaba pagando un exceso muy grande por lo que es el transporte, porque lo que era este las situaciones. Y dije pues deja ver cómo como se trabaja esto, verdad? Y este pues me metí y empecé. Empecé a investigar y y tomé un riesgo y era algo nuevo que me encanta. Cemil, lo nuevo, este y este. Así empecé mi, mi, mi experiencia en logística. Más Nada más que nada porque quería aprender lo que estaba haciendo, porque era una gran parte de nuestros costos. Verdad? Claro. Era más de 30 por ciento 40 por ciento de los costos. Entonces me quería investigar. De ahí fui a la escuela. Regresé a la escuela a sacar. Cuando estuve con Caterpillar, regresé a la escuela a sacar un título en operaciones de Supply Chain porque me interesó tanto.

[00:41:48] En qué ciudad estabas con cautela?

[00:41:49] Estaba en Chicago. Estaba también en Chicago y en ese año fue muy increíble para mí. Trabajaba a punta en por Caterpillar. Terminé dos años de escuela en un año y con Street tres bunkers en México de oncología, centros de oncología.

[00:42:06] Hasta se imaginó que no te aburriste mucho en Italia.

[00:42:10] Dependia niños muy pequeños. Entonces entre todo este ya no lo puedo hacer. Ya no puedo trabajar así. Pero en esos días pues este está muy dedicado y eso me.

[00:42:23] Me encanta el pilar. Estabas en el área también de cadena de suministro logística o estabas en otra área?

[00:42:29] No, en este Caterpillar está este. Me metí yo más a la cadena de suministro porque estaba en este compras. Entonces nosotros estábamos responsables de comprar todos los sistemas farolitos, entonces yo tenía responsabilidad de este cilindros y tanques en todo el mundo. Era por Caterpillar y pues mucha parte de de la aseguranza de de productos que está entrando tanto a ser este pues las compras de de del material este. También tenías que asegurarte que los de los proveedores también te estaban mandando productos y la cadena de suministro fue muy interesante porque muchas veces este les pegamos a los proveedores por defectos y yo era una de las personas que otra vez si algo no está bien, yo me metí a investigar. Entonces fui a una de las bodegas donde era este. Estábamos mandando productos a Brasil como de aquí de de Joliet y es de donde teníamos una planta de Caterpillar y pues me metí verdad? Fui, investigué con mis ojos y vi que pues todo el packaging que se estaba pagando de los proveedores, todas las cajas, todo lo que como lo enviamos lo estábamos deshaciendo y también estábamos este estar pagando por ese mismo servicio dos veces y aparte en el cambio donde se hacía mucho el producto se estaba dañando. Entonces lo que lo que yo, yo, yo aprendí en ese punto es muchas veces este. Tienes que meterte en los detalles y para entender tus cadenas de suministro, pues como empresario, como gerente de un cualquier empresa, tienes que estar en las bodegas, tienes que ver los procesos, verdad? Es algo donde Claudia y yo y también nuestros otros compañeros de este, estamos constantemente este haciendo esto ahora, verdad? Veamos cómo podemos mejorar el proceso si uno de los procesos no está trabajando, hay que investigar que está pasando en vez de siempre mucha gente en las cadenas y siempre culpa al proveedor o siempre culpa de Siddhānta en Ninth.

[00:44:52] Y eso no es la situación verdad? Tienes que investigar y también lo que hay que pensar es que no, no todos este yo, yo, yo pienso que nadie quiere hacer trabajo mal, verdad? Entonces muchas veces donde el proceso no está trabajando es porque la gente no está educada en como se debe. Trabajar o no, están pensando en como trabajar eso y es por eso que también nosotros trabajamos muy bien como equipo, aunque tenemos, como dijísteis, historias similares. Todos tenemos y hay muchas diferentes formas de ser verdad. Claudia es una lista, yo soy más así. Entonces cada un@ de aventarte de aventaje este blog. Pero hoy ardí. Cada equipo tiene que tener de todos verdad? De la gente de lista, de la gente que es más riesgosa. Este y en entre todos, pues trabajar con sus ideas colectivas para mover adelante a la empresa.

[00:45:53] Totalmente de acuerdo. Totalmente de acuerdo. Y por eso es tan importante la diversidad. Y por eso, bueno, gente como ustedes y como muchas personas en Estados Unidos y en todos los otros países del mundo, los equipos más exitosos son los que son más inclusivos, los que traen gente con diferentes formas de pensar, de diferentes carreras, de diferentes partes del mundo o diferentes familias con diferentes trayectorias e historias. Claudia Volviendo a ti, entonces tú la historia vista desde la otra al lado de la moneda. Tú, tú por qué necesitabas a alguien que te ayudara a armar este plan de suministro? E a l Grint

[00:46:31] Yo nunca me imaginé que iba a estar siendo la presidenta de la organización.

[00:46:37] Primeramente cuéntanos un poco de eso, porque si me estoy saltando totalmente desde que recibiste la beca, te graduaste y cómo regresaste a ser la presidenta?

[00:46:46] C Desde el punto de vista que cuando me otorgaron la beca, obviamente abrió mis ojos. Claro, ese gesto tan generoso, porque yo dije gente que no me conoce, que no sabe ni quién soy yo, no saben de mi abuelo, de mi mamá, de mi papá. Nadie me quería dar esta oportunidad. Y por qué? Porque él es así. Entonces eso me despertó la curiosidad y la obligación moral de no defraudarlos a estas personas, de decir bueno, si ustedes creen en mí, yo voy a creer en ustedes. Y me gradué desde la Universidad de North Park con un título de Economía y ciencias de la computación. Y a ingresé a ésta a una organización muy innovadora e prestigiosa. D. y D. le llaman D. de cambios de contratos de finanzas, porque acá, como saben, estamos en Chicago y entonces hay dos mercados de acciones, uno que es el mercado de acción, donde se compra y se venden productos agrícolas. Y luego estaba el otro mercado de finanzas, de acciones que se llamaban el mercado de opciones, que es otro instrumento financiero que permite comprar y vender contratos para que lleguen a reducir el riesgo de las empresas que están haciendo trabajos globalmente a través de diferentes monedas. Como decía Toni con respecto a Catal pelar y diferentes grupos, entonces yo entre a Adam y como una práctica a cómo se deshace desarrolla de la carrera de un economista dentro de una casa de finanzas públicas. Y estuve trabajando ahí por siete años con la expectativa de que yo era miembro de lo que le llaman el grupo de los mercados internacionales y empecé a estudiar japonés porque la organización donde yo trabajaba se estaba expandiendo en los mercados de Tokio. Estudié japonés por cinco años y en la víspera de que se estaba organizando el grupo para hacer el primer viaje al Stock Exchange de Tokio, mi querido doctor me llama y me dice Buenas noticias Claudia. Estás esperando mellizas? Jajajajaja en la adolescencia, buenas noticias y cambio mis planes.

[00:49:10] Claro, totalmente. Ya lo decía Tony también. No, ese es un cambio muy importante en la vida de varios de nosotros.

[00:49:17] Y yo era joven a esa altura tendría

[00:49:19] Globos japoneses para estas alturas.

[00:49:21] Mala suerte, suficiente como para poder hacer parte de un equipo a japonesa. Obviamente es una de las idiomas la que no tiene nada que ver con las con las lenguas de romances anglo. Entonces yo estudié lo que se llama hiragana, que es el japonés más básico que te permite hacer japonés de negocios de Ganger. Me abrió los ojos a toda la cultura de Asia, no solamente de Japón, que hasta el día de hoy disfruto. Antes de Cobián yo había viajado a 32 países a Mencanta, a Japón, China, Malasia, Tailandia, Vietnam. He estado en todos esos lugares.

[00:50:05] Bueno, entonces te cante. Bueno, cambian tus planes y cuéntanos ahora cómo te conectas otra vez. Mejor que en algún momento sales de esa empresa

[00:50:15] Durante durante todo el tiempo que estuve en esa empresa que se llamaba Sí Arty su cabello Rizo Chauhan Training. Yo continué miá filas afiliacion con y al ring que en aquel momento se llamaba Education no Assistance de meter el programa era de asistir a personas. Con sus sueños de obtener una educación. Se llamaba asistencia educacional. Luego de irme de Desía ti, estuve trabajando como consultora, de ahí comienza un poco mi carrera en logística, porque fui de consultora de finanzas a una organización que en aquel momento le estaba dando consejo de Administración de empresas a la ciudad de Chicago. Bajó el alcalde, que se que fue muy famoso y que pudimos aró Washington, una persona súper importante en la cultura de Chicago. Yo tuve el honor, el honor de trabajar con él bajo la el proyecto de cómo mejorar la educación pública en Chicago. Y ahí comienza mi carrera de entender un poco el efecto y la importancia de transporte, logística, distribución de productos y empezar a ver cómo todo eso está vinculado con la calidad de la educación. Y fue en ese momento que el director de el jefe del director de IA iÉl, en ese momento de educación se está SMT e me invita a volver a a la organización, no sólo como la primera gran estudiante, no sólo como una voluntaria porque había estado manteniendo mi conexión, sino como directora ejecutiva, que fue el primer título que yo recibí en el año mil novecientos noventa y cinco. Cuando yo llego ahí Hallel ahora como reclutada, el Señor me dijo Claudia, estamos observando tu carrera. Me tocó en el hombro y dice Estamos observando tú tu carrera desde que te graduaste de la universidad y creemos que estás lista para Kanban como para volver

[00:52:20] A

[00:52:21] La historia.

[00:52:23] Pero eso fue 25 años atrás. Wow, 25 años atrás que comencé mi segundo capítulo con ella y él ahora como directora y he tenido el gran privilegio de seguir aquí todos estos años.

[00:52:39] Guau! Y eso fue bueno. La forma de que regresaste a casa, como lo mencionaste y bueno, también te habría. Ya tenías el conocimiento de la parte logística. Tony es un experto en la parte de logística. Qué problema estabas tratando de resolver? Y sacamos un poco de adelantemos un poco en el tiempo y en los años que estaba tratando de resolver cuando. Tenías que contratar a Toni. Y qué es lo que estabas buscando, qué pasaba en tu cadena de suministro? Que necesitabas a alguien con la experiencia y el talento de Toni?

[00:53:13] A veces, cuando vemos a las organizaciones desde tan cerca, cuando dicen eso de que si uno mira el árbol y no se pierde el el bosque, lo que estaba sucediendo es que esta es una organización sin fines de lucro que tiene una misión muy clara. Pero para poder continuar esa misión, uno tiene que crecer. De la única forma que uno crece en negocio es adaptándose. Y cómo se adapta? Es dos o tres formas muy simple. Primeramente, es tecnología. Segundo, tener un plan como hoy que hay que Gosho con militÃ, no?

[00:53:48] Primero, parasitología

[00:53:50] Tener un plan. Están dando a entender bien la tecnología porque ahora no podemos existir. Nadie tiene el lujo de decir lo estoy haciendo sin tecnología. Entonces entendemos biología, su tecnología en todo aspecto y les puedo contar 50 mil historias, pero no tiene. No tenemos el tiempo y la tecnología. Vamos a

[00:54:08] Tener que tener otra sesión para platicar con más calma, porque tienes razón, tenemos muchos temas que me encantaría e confortan realizar en algún momento

[00:54:18] De su tecnología y el y el papel de tecnología en tu negocio, lo que sea. Decía ng ósea de trans porte, sea de vitaminas, lo que sea. Tecnología. Segundo, tener un plan que nosotros lo llamamos un plan de contingencia o un plan para manejar el riesgo. Porque cuando un negocio está tranquilo como agua de pozo que decimos en la Argentina no pasa nada, pero cuando uno quiere estar creciendo y haciendo haciendo escala, entonces ahí empieza a ver la complejidad del negocio y hay que tener un plan para poder administrarlo. Y tercero, es lo que me lleva Toni, que es rodearse de gente que hay veces que tiene mejor educación que la que tiene uno, rodearse de gente que tiene experiencia, que es más inteligente que uno en ese sentido. No intelectualmente, sino que ha vivido más. Claro. Entonces empezamos nosotros. Cuando yo tomé el cargo de la empresa y nuestro equipo empezó a trabajar, la empresa tenía suficiente dinero como para tener dos o tres pavos, o sea, dos o tres mensualidades. Y si no crecíamos, moríamos. Aquí dicen Si no estás creciendo, estás muriendo. El primer, el primer desafío, fue como crecer en el negocio, porque nosotros vivimos de donaciones generosos, donantes. Entonces, como uno crece cuando en un limitado flujo de capital y demostrando el valor y el impacto que uno tiene en la sociedad o en la comunidad. Y así hemos crecido la organización en los últimos 25 años de 60000 dólares que teníamos en el banco, que de casualidad acababan de pagar dos o tres mensualidades al día de hoy que quitamos en este a los cinco millones de dólares y con el ayuda de Tony creciendo.

[00:56:11] Wow! Es una historia impresionante. Ahorita regreso contigo para eso. Pero Tony, antes de que lo perdamos en los textos. Tony Eh? Tú ves el problema? Ves la empresa? Es una not for profit. Tú vienes de Caterpillar. Por qué aceptar un trabajo así? Si tú no estabas coordinando envíos a nivel mundial para cÃrtel? Pidan cuál fue qué? Qué te llama la atención? Cuál? Cuál fue tu reacción de e a l green?

[00:56:40] Mira, más que nada este, pues este entre por la causa verdad? Porque yo creo que educación es muy importante. La la para sa a salir adelante como los jóvenes, sacarlos de pobreza, sacarlos. Entonces la misión de nosotros es muy noble, que me gustó más. Para mí fue una decisión de enriquecerse el corazón más que Enríquez, enrocarse las bolsas, verdad? I Y en realidad para como pasó todo, pues lo mejor que podía haber pasado para mí en este punto este yo estaba pues en medio de unas cosas familiares llegó la pandemia este y con con. con esta organización, pues tuve la oportunidad y la fortuna de pasar más tiempo con mis hijos que ya están más grandes y me dio esa flexi de flexibilidad. También el trabajo que hago cada día, aunque unos días con cualquier trabajo te despiertas como cansado, te sientes fastidiado, este sabiendo la misión, leyéndolas las cartas que nos llegan de los estudiantes de las escuelas, como les estamos ayudando, pues da mucha motivación y aparte de eso esté otra vez como está mi título Estrategia y transformación. Tomamos esta empresa este cuando yo empecé que Claudia y el equipo hizo muy buen trabajo en crecer y la estamos cambiando verdad? A una empresa que ahora toma medidos sobre sobre todo verdad con coneste datos actuales, ahora estamos midiendo de cuántas emisiones de carbono estamos utilizando y salvando este por nuestra estrategia. Estamos viendo cuánto pues este producto sacamos de los basureros este y lo reciclamos o logo o lo rehusamos ento. Y también estamos usando este post analitico cosas de analítica para este pues buscar nuevos de este nuevas empresas que nos pueden ayudar con sus productos que ya nos están utilizando. Es es es es un es un es un negocio, un mercado donde estamos entrando ahorita y estando en logística. Ustedes que saben que que el mundo está en indultados ahorita con cosas que la gente está regresando. Entonces cambiamos de ser una organización tradicional donde busca donaciones para ayudar. Que Zapp somos una solución para negocios, que ahora no solamente es que estamos dando. Danos tu de tus donaciones

[00:59:41] Porque ya te están buscando a ti porque lo necesitan hacías. Interesante ñadas.

[00:59:49] Si nos están buscando a nosotros, porque ahora les estamos ayudando con un punto de dolor, verdad? Les gusta aliviarles, pues aliviando eso. Y es, es, es, es algo también este manejando, que es el transporte, que es una de las cosas ahorita que está este muy difícil este, pues solamente con manejarlas eso y quitarles esas sopesamos les estamos ayudando bastante afuera, que ahora pues también hay beneficios fiscales para ellos afuera del oro y carga moral que les puede ayudar. Y entonces por eso estoy aquí, porque es es como un start up. Verdad? Somos. Somos un poco o instará de 40 años.

[01:00:35] Eso da ese tipo de organizaciones son las que realmente me emocionan. Y realmente yo que a todos los que nos están escuchando les emociona conocer, les emociona participar como a ti o Tonica en su momento no la conocías, la empezaste a conocer con Siste’a Claudia y a varios de las personas que componen esta increíble organización y. Tienen la misión, tienen el propósito. Tienen un potencial muy grande. Es ganar, ganar es salvar al planeta. Y bueno, algo que tengo que mencionar es muchas de las otras organizaciones en e n geos o de no lucrativas este no tienen tampoco esa visión de ser shed del seudos y de las emisiones y de ser verde y de asegurarnos que estamos siendo responsables con el planeta y con el ecosistema. Y eso es. Eso es admirable, porque no sólo están tratando de educar a gente y no sólo están dando dinero para que la gente se eduque, pero también están siendo conscientes de de su impacto que tienen en la naturaleza y eso. Claudia Mi no es muy especial para ustedes.

[01:01:49] Totalmente. Una. Una nueva etapa en nuestra historia, porque hasta ahora nuestra historia ha sido enfocada más que nada en proveer una solución, como decía Toni, a empresas que tienen productos dañados y que anteriormente tenían pocas opciones. Cuando empezamos a darnos cuenta de que el mercado estaba cambiando y podemos acotar ciertos ciertos momentos, por ejemplo, las empresas de finanzas empiezan a decirle a los inversores Nosotros no vamos a invertir más en inversiones que dañan al planeta o que tienen que son injustas. Cuando empieza a moverse el péndulo de los negocios, a Harry, a Rick, a cuestionarse cuál es el papel de las empresas y se empiezan a despertar a esta idea de que las empresas no solamente están para hacer dinero, sino para comenzar a la pregunta seminal que empieza a entrar en la conversación de negocios es. Hay empresas que pueden hacer menos daño? Clases es cuando empiezan las empresas, que son las que nos apoyan a nosotros a manifestar que ellos también tenían visión de poder eliminar o reducir el daño que le hacían al planeta. Ahí es uno de los cambios que nosotros tenemos que hacer. Claro, y empezamos a enfocarlo, como dice Toni, a medir el impacto en el medio ambiente de nuestra propia producción de esta solución. Guau! En el año 2016 cambiamos el nombre, nos convertimos, fuimos de hecho catión. Así están SMT Nos convertimos en la sigla de esas letras. Y el hecho de que autóno asestan de metal y le agregamos la palabra green de que en inglés es el color verde para enfatizar lo espera de nuestro compromiso con el planeta. Con respecto a todo lo que hacemos desde el desde la oficina que nosotros tenemos en no tener papeles, el reducir la forma en que impactamos el medio ambiente y cómo manejamos todas las donaciones. El año pasado Tony me puede corregir, pero recibimos más de 500 camiones de producto que en algún otro momento hubieran podido ser tirados a la basura porque tenían un pequeño daño y nosotros los rescatamos y los convertimos a eso en becas.

[01:04:20] Guau! Es impresionante el valor que están generando y lo hacen de una manera responsable y en favor del medio ambiente. Es un modelo a seguir muy interesante y ojalá muchas de las personas que nos están escuchando le pongan atención particular. Atención no sólo al ejemplo que está dando Claudia y Toni de liderazgo, sino también a la organización y sobretodo al modelo de negocio que están proponiendo. No es educar, es quitar un poco las grandes cantidades de productos que no estamos usando el desperdicio, eliminar el desperdicio y aparte, ser responsable con el planeta. Qué objetivos tienes en parte en base? Y si nos das un poco más de números Tony o tu Claudia, el que quiere decirnos qué objetivo tienen la parte del CEO 2, o el número de camiones recibidos, o cómo miden el cómo miden el éxito de A L Green era año por año.

[01:05:14] La verdad, el año pasado hicimos este Milk Milk en cinco becas, verdad? A lo mío, cinco becas a por casi tres millones de dólares. Esto que hicimos este estamos creciendo, pues ponemos nuestros objetivos, algo donde es razonable, claro, la verdad este decrecer unos 10 a 15 por ciento cada año.

[01:05:39] Cuántas, cuántas pecas se han dado en estos 40 años? Bueno, 20, 30 los años que sean de organización

[01:05:45] Diecinueve mil trescientos cuarenta y un becas,

[01:05:49] Diecinueve mil 341 becas y esto incluye toda la educación. O sea que es una beca. Cómo la definen ustedes la

[01:05:56] Beca, eh? Bueno, buena pregunta Toni,

[01:05:59] Si nosotros trabajamos con las universidades no decimos ni la cantidad que pueden dar en que a la gente. Cuando nosotros ponemos el dinero con las universidades, esté el equipo de financia este, ellos se lo dan a los estudiantes que tienen más necesidad. Algunas veces es el promedio de nuestras becas. El año pasado fue dos mil novecientos y unos dólares a este, pero hemos tenido gente que ha tenido becas de de de 20000 dólares. Hemos tenido ORT, pero

[01:06:39] La universidad es la que se encarga de objetiva. O sea, ustedes no, ustedes no participan en la parte de selección y eso las universidades conocen a sus alumnos. Ellos sabrán a quién, quién tiene mayor necesidad y ellos se encargan de administrar el dinero que ustedes donan acias.

[01:06:56] Entonces, esa es una de las formas.

[01:06:58] Las universidades tienen ahora, o sea, te puedes inscribir al programa o con cuántas universidades tienen ahorita con los que trabajan

[01:07:08] Aproximadamente 60 universidades, que es impresionante. Pero tal vez también en la perspectiva. Cuando uno considera que en los Estados Unidos hay más de mil cien pequeñas universidades de de cuatro años océano. Nosotros recién estamos comenzando. Las universidades pueden formar parte de nuestra comunidad, que es gratis. No tienen que pagar una membresía ni nada. Por eso lo único que requerimos es que cada universidad sea también una LGO, que sea una universidad que no tiene fines comerciales.

[01:07:49] He organizado y están en todos los Estados Unidos o están en alguna región en particular? En todo Estados Unidos.

[01:07:56] Estamos en todo Estados Unidos y uno mira el mapa donde nosotros tenemos el nuestro Impact Report, que está publicado en nuestro sitio web. Los invitamos a ver, van a ver mapas de los Estados Unidos. Si se ve una gran concentración en lo que le llaman el medio oeste, o sea, el el pedazo mayor del del país. Pero también estamos en la costa este y en la costa oeste, pero todo en los Estados Unidos.

[01:08:22] Y bueno, y esa es la necesidad de la logística y las operaciones están en todos lados. Entonces tienes que distribuir todos estos productos que están constantemente donando a diferentes partes del país.

[01:08:34] Sí, y una cosa, quería organizar el torneo, una cosa que quería aclarar porque no contesté tu pregunta a Enrique por qué ha de contratarlo a Tony, invitarlo a que venga? No, eh, nosotros. Otra otra etapa de crecimiento fue cuando uno de nuestros contribuyentes más importante nos presenta una oportunidad de trabajar con ellos en el mercado de California. Entonces nosotros es de Chicago a California. Tuvimos que hacer una expansión y no teníamos un experto que sea de nuestro equipo, que nos ayude a hacer esa expansión geográfica que no había sido originalmente parte del programa. Lo que nos hagan que nos comience a dar ese tipo de de de experiencia y que nos lo solucione a nosotros. Primero el problema de expandir. Entonces, con la experiencia de Tony pudimos realmente pensar como integrar dos lugares, como empezar a pensar en el transporte, en el costo a todos. Eso que hizo no teníamos calculado porque no había sido nunca parte de la visión que estos dos empresarios en el año 80, 81 y 82, ellos nunca pensaron que esto iba a crecer tanto relativamente en cuatro décadas.

[01:10:04] Sí, estoy seguro que esto sobrepasó un poco las iniciad las expectativas iniciales de ellos. Y bueno, ahora con lo que ya has demostrado que se puede hacer y con lo que todo el equipo ha demostrado que se puede hacer en alegría. Me imagino que ahora si las expectativas ahora sí van más allá, son 1100 universidades. Bueno, captemos 1100 universidad. Entonces tienen todavía espacio para para crecer y para desarrollarse. Y ha sido un placer platicar con ustedes. Se nos está lentamente acabando el tiempo. Pero. Pero me encantaría tener en algún momento otra entrevista para ver cómo van este. Obviamente me gustaría. Tony, tú querías decir algo, algo más que complemente la entrevista que quieras dejarnos. Ahorita pasamos a la parte final, digamos, de la entrevista.

[01:10:51] Si una de las cosas a través de nuestra estatal transformación es. Que ahora estamos entrando más a escuelas de oficios. Verdad? Entonces, tradicionalmente éramos este más este. Ah! Báculos, datos de eso. Pero ahora a escuelas de oficios, porque esa es otra vez una de las necesidades más grandes que hay este para empleo en los Estados Unidos. Y también, pues oportunidades a gente que en realidad desde no les no sean tan buenos para la escuela, pero pueden utilizar sus claro de cosas y es algo donde nos estamos. Estamos centrando mucho con las escuelas técnicas que hacen esos tipos de programas. Así ha sido nuestra expansión este año.

[01:11:38] Si yo soy alguien que está escuchando el programa, qué necesitan? Cómo? O sea, yo estoy totalmente vendido en la historia, en el propósito, en la cultura, en lo que representa e a l. Cómo puedo ayudar? O sea, si no soy dueño de una empresa, cómo? Cómo puedo involucrar con ustedes?

[01:11:57] Me pueden contactar a mí? Directo a Toni arroba e l e r e e n punto o r g entonces este Toni a robar y al gran punto org y este o me pueden llamar a casa 31 8 03 16 y a los 7.

[01:12:21] Y bueno. Y si soy una empresa y tengo productos que quisiera donar dos pregunta hasta ahí. Qué tipo de productos están buscando? Y también como. Cómo hay un programa a través de la página que puedan inscribirse? Cómo funciona esa parte?

[01:12:39] Nosotros siempre pensamos en universidades, como dije al principio, como que son pequeñas ciudades. Entonces nosotros estamos interesados en todo tipo de producto. Hay veces que por cuestiones de logística, de almacenamiento, de transporte, vamos a decir bueno, por ejemplo, no vamos a recibir comida, pero nosotros tenemos una gran red de otras organizaciones a través de todo el país y a veces hasta del mundo, donde podemos facilitar que se le entregue esa comida, por ejemplo, a una organización que puede utilizarla. Entonces nosotros decimos no, decimos no a nada. Claro, siempre evaluamos si podemos evaluar que el interés de esa empresa y nuestra misión se pueden esperen en la fina línea en el alias Halia, mientan, aliment, que estén alineada a alinearse, que estén alineadas. Y entonces hay una, una, una, una oportunidad para trabajar con ellos. Y siempre nos pueden conectar también en LinkedIn a través de nuestro sitio web. Lo más fácil es LinkedIn. A mí mi correo electrónico también Claudia arroba y a l g r e e n punto o rg muy fácil de conectar y siempre estamos interesados en también ayudar a las universidades. Si hay algún profesor, por ejemplo. Como decía Toni, a pesar de que nosotros empezamos dando becas para estudiantes en economía y en computación, el día de hoy nosotros damos becas a estudiantes que están en reservaciones de Hanoi de cambiar bakan en los Estados Unidos y también trabajamos con escuelas e institutos técnicos donde están aprendiendo a soldar, a hacer carpintería, arreglar motores, a restaurar carros y esas universidades y escuelas técnicas también necesitan becas y requieren apoyo

[01:14:40] Y son muy importantes para el funcionamiento económico del país y sus carreras técnicas y universidades técnicas son igual o más importantes para todo el mundo y es importante que que lo escuchen los que no están escuchando el día de hoy y que hagan algo aparte, que lo escuchen y que hagan algo este. Pero no es impresionante para

[01:15:01] Tu negocio este? Muchos son camioneros, verdad? También necesitan esa también. Entonces este impacta la la industria de transporte mucho,

[01:15:11] Totalmente y bueno, y necesitan eso es un buen punto. Tonicidad. Alguien nos está escuchando en la parte de Supli. Jeannine siguí tienen buenos contactos en la parte de camiones también. Que te contacten. A lo mejor pudiera ver al otro componente de donación en flete que pudiera seguir reduciendo los costos de operación que tienen. Y me imagino que entre más puedan reducir sus costos operativos, más dinero pueden pasar a becas. Entonces podría haber alguna sinergia con alguna empresa de camiones que nos está escuchando, alguna empresa, camiones que tenga una organización y una cultura basada en el propósito y en ayudar. Esto creo que es. Creo que es muy fácil. No creo que el caso y el ejemplo lo tenemos aquí. Claudia es la viva imagen de que esto funciona y. Y cómo podemos lograr que una organización empiecen 60000 dólares y ahora tenga más de 5 millones? Y el valor agregado y el impacto social que tiene es mucho, mucho, mucho mayor a los cinco millones? Cuántas personas de esos diecinueve mil 341 estudiantes con becas no llegan a ser dueños de empresas o empleados o padres de familia? O sea, el impacto es enorme. Es una historia increíble. Me da nuevamente muchísimo gusto haberlos conocido. Cuentan con todo nuestro apoyo y el de la gran comunidad de Supli Chain Now. Para lo que necesiten. Y bueno, me encantaría que despidieran el programa con algún, alguna, algún reto o algún challenge que le quieran dejar a la audiencia. Y si quieres, Toni, empecemos contigo y dejo que Claudia cierra el programa.

[01:16:53] Sellaste para mí este post. Lo que yo digo es este mira, casi vamos a salir de esta pandemia. Si sabemos algo de lo que es el suministro de cadenas es lo que mueve toda la economía. Entonces cualquier chavo, cualquier estudiante, se necesita mucha gente en todas, todas las áreas de la cadena, entonces entren a esta carrera. Es algo donde nunca va a parar, porque el movimiento de comida, del movimiento, de todo lo que usamos diario está ahí, no hay suficiente gente, entonces sigan ese. Esa es esa carrera porque es una que se necesita y y de ahí poder. Puedes hacer muchas cosas.

[01:17:40] Totalmente de acuerdo. Y bueno, con el apoyo de E. a L. Grint a lo mejor hasta pueden tener alguna beca para estudiar esa logísticas es que apliquen y una ansiedad esta industria que como dice Toni. Nunca va a dejar de existir y ahora creo que es más evidente que nunca. Lo importante que es no de Claudia cerramos con broche de oro al placer platicar contigo.

[01:18:03] Bueno, el placer ha sido nuestro y de conocer y estar compartiendo unos momentos con tu audiencia a cada uno. Cada persona que escucha puede llegar a tener una reacción o una o un impacto diferente, pero lo que te ríamos a compartir como palabras de cierre es que recuerden que la prosperidad está basada en dos cosas en la gratitud que uno siente, el agradecimiento que uno tiene y la educación. Cuando nosotros a nadie salva el futuro o ahorra el futuro agarrandose de la vida de una forma e conseil con celos de la vida de que si uno quiere tener prosperidad tiene que acordarse que primeramente tiene que haber gratitud, porque a las cosas que nos pasan hay que estar agradecidos, aunque sean feas y duras, porque eso nos hace crecer. Y la educación nos abre la mente y nos abre los ojos, nos conecta con otra comunidad que muchas veces ni siquiera imaginamos que existe. Así que si lo que uno quiere es prosperar como ser humano, hay que tener una actitud de agradecimiento y mantener la mente abierta, aprendiendo nuevas cosas y cultivando nuevas nuevos pensamientos e ideas.

[01:19:24] Claudia Muchísimas gracias. Absolutamente nada más que agregar a estas palabras tan sabias. A todos los que nos escuchan. Mucho gusto estar aquí otra vez con ustedes. Nuevamente esto es Supply Chain Now en español. Yo soy Enrique Álvarez y los esperamos en un próximo episodio.

[01:19:41] Gracias, gracias, gracias.

Episode Summary

In this episode of Supply Chain Now in Spanish, host Enrique Alvarez welcomes Claudia Freed and Tony Rivera with EALgreen to the podcast.  Listen and learn more about Claudia and Tony’s backgrounds, what led them both to EALgreen, and how they’re positively impacting the future through their work.

Episode Transcript

[00:00:37] Good morning and welcome to a new episode of Supply Chain Now. I am your host, Enrique Alvarez, and today I have the pleasure and the pleasure of interviewing two very, very successful people in an organization that is really making a difference in the world, helping people and really making a difference. Our daily lives, one by one better, one better. Life to all, so let me introduce you before I officially introduce you to my guests. I remind you that if you are interested and enjoy listening to this kind of interviews, please do not continue to play now in Spanish. You can find us anywhere. Wherever and wherever you have your podcasts on YouTube and also on our website at Supli Chain or dotcom. And well, now it gives me great pleasure to introduce Claudia Freed. Claudia is president and whether or not a n? Or it’s based in Chicago. She has a very very special background and well, she’s originally from Argentina. Claudia, how are you? How are you?

[00:01:50] Hello Enrique and a pleasure to be interested. And a big hug to all the Spanish-speaking friends who are listening and watching us.

[00:01:58] It’s a tremendous pleasure to have you here. As I was telling you before we started recording this episode, for me it’s not only very nice to have you here, but to do a very very easy job, because this is a very interesting career and story and I’m sure everyone is going to like to hear it and well, also with us. Tony Rivera Tony is the Vice President of Strategy and Transformation. Yes, or a logistics company before that and well, Caterpillar executive for several years. Tony is originally from Mexico. Tony welcome. How are you?

[00:02:34] Hi, nice to meet you Enrique. Thanks for having me here on your show. I am very well. It’s a pleasure to be here with you and Claudia to talk a little about our adventures, to tell you about our work.

[00:02:51] I think it’s perfect and we’re very, very ready to hear not only about the adventures of the two of them, but a little bit more about the great organization they run and to be able to support them and our audience in any way we can. Claudia, why don’t you start? Let’s start with you. Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Who are you? How did you get here? What brought you to Chicago? Et cetera.

[00:03:16] Well, thank you very much. Hello! To tell you my story and share a little bit of generations of teachers, I mean, I started my life in Argentina being a member of a family that was always very dedicated to education. What I am interested in telling you today is that there are times when you are inside a story and you don’t even realize that you are a protagonist of something bigger that is happening. And that’s a little bit what happened to me. I am Mario and Rubi’s daughter. My father was president of a university in Argentina. My grandfather Enrique Zena was the name silenced on Enrique’s street. He was the first superintendent of Public Schools and would ride around his schools in the country on a horse. And my father was a teacher. My mom was a teacher, so education has always been very central to my life.

[00:04:19] Have you ever thought of following in the footsteps of.

[00:04:25] Good question. I was always interested and curious about science. I was a little girl doing experiments in my backyard. She was always going around with instruments that I pretended to be a doctor. So education, as a teacher, didn’t appeal to me. There are times when they say that the in the house of the blacksmith, eh? People don’t, don’t, don’t have iron, but not me. I didn’t go into teaching, I went into it for the love of learning things.

[00:05:03] That’s good, that’s good, isn’t it? Well, thank you Tony. Tell us a little about yourself as a boy. How? What was your life like at MEAM?

[00:05:11] Well, my mom immigrated to the United States when I was two years old and I stayed there in Mexico with my grandparents until I was six years old when my mom brought me here.

[00:05:23] A Toni arrived that to

[00:05:25] Chicago we have arrived in Chicago. She was in Chicago. Then I started my life here in the United States when I was six years old and it was a little difficult again. I also have alopecia, so I have no hair, I haven’t had hair for two years. So it was a little difficult for me when I was young, not only because I didn’t speak the language, but also because I didn’t, I didn’t have hair. Then this one. But those experiences in my life actually fortified me with my character, which made me a much stronger person than I thought I would have been if I hadn’t had them. That’s the one. That’s one of those things right there. Well, I lived in Chicago until I had. At 23 years old I was working long hours in a restaurant and one day I decided to pack everything in my car and go to Austin, Texas. Without this one, without friends, without a home, without a job, because I wanted something new. And that’s where my professional career began.

[00:06:33] Well, there you go, let me interrupt you before you keep getting ahead of us, because what I wanted to ask you, just like Claudia, is well as a kid in that first stage of your life still in Chicago, what did you want to be when you grew up?

[00:06:48] The truth is fine. And be true?

[00:06:50] Yes, when we grow up you and I are going to find out at some point.

[00:06:54] It makes this one in reality. I always wanted to do something where I was going to impact people, so this one wanted to have a positive impact more for young boys and girls than anything from a child. If I had a dream it was to have a waffle naje where I drove it. And this one and this one. Well, in Latin America wherever it is. I remember seeing many poor children who didn’t have much and I wanted to help them.

[00:07:28] That’s it. I say very powerful words and a very mature vision and really a passion for helping others that you don’t normally see so young. Age no, but. But it’s a very good point because I would like to pick up on what you are saying Tony and ask Claudia, maybe she obviously liked research, exploration, not so much in the teaching part, but from this to this passion that you both have because I know you and I see you giving to others, where does it come from? In your case, Claudia, what do you attribute this passion for helping others to?

[00:08:09] My dad, who passed away when he was only forty-two years old, I was 15 years old. He left a deep mark on my philosophy of life because he was a philosophy professor. So I always saw life from a different perspective from a very young age. And he always said that it was very important to fill your mind with wealth, and not just your pocket or not even your pocket. So he instilled in us from a very young age this principle of, as Tony says, wanting to have a global or broader perspective than what we had on our own. We never had much money. But our dad would send us four daughters in the car and take us for a ride and he would say sit your eyes down, screw your eyes up. And they were of the experiences. And the science aspect was because when I was a child I had many illnesses, asthma, I always had complications and my doctor, Dr. Jorge Axle, was a very important person in my childhood and so I think that’s what inspired me to want to be like him, a doctor. I wanted to be a hematologist, but now I see a needle and I faint.

[00:09:32] I mean, it happens. I’m not a big fan of the needle ones either. But. But how nice then. For example, we go back to this trip. Maybe one of the several they got with your sisters you remember? Maybe one in particular or a moment that you said well, this marked my life. I know that the influence that your father had was important and was a driving force in helping others and filling himself, filling his mind with wealth, not his pocket, as you said in some particular that you remember him telling you something, some advice, that you could share with the audience,

[00:10:11] Many, many experiences. Sharing with the audience is really getting back to what brings us all together. The tremendous concept of family that now in the cultural context that I am in this country, gave in the professional context that idea of family, of taking care of each other. My dad always said. He who takes shelter under a good tree has a good shadow. It is a phrase from a historian, from a writer in Argentina that has a lot to do with having good company in life. And that was very important. My dad had lifelong friends. I still have the concept of lifelong friendships, so friends and family were very important to him. The last thing I want to tell you that connects me. Travel to the United States. My dad showed me snow for the first time in Argentina, when he took us to a lagoon called Laguna del Diamante, near Chile, and for the first time I saw snow on the hill of a mountain in the Andes and today I live in Chicago, where every winter I have to be fighting with 20 inches of snow. And so it doesn’t connect things through memory and like a smell. Experiences make you feel

[00:11:40] How do you come to the United States? What was your path to get here? Tony has already shared some of his with us. How? How was yours?

[00:11:47] I came to the United States with the desire to be an exchange student in the last, in the last year of high school, like high school in Mexico. It turns out that a student from Philadelphia had come to my small town in Parana, Argentina, and he met my sister. But in my sister’s class they only spoke French and in my class we were trying to study English and this boy who was our age, he said you should. Research what it would be like to leave this country and be an exchange student in order to really learn English. And he planted the seed at a very difficult time in my life. My dad had died of a heart attack during the political insurgency that was going on in Argentina in 1978. I was sixteen years old and at that time

[00:12:45] Moment a difficult age as for apostille to button

[00:12:49] I started on that one and at that moment that partner inspired me. My mom told me I don’t have any money, but I have all the love and support to give you. And so began my career from coming to being an exchange student. Then I returned to Argentina after six months. The exchange family offers me to return to the United States to attend Puru University to become a graduate student. I’m going back to the States. I do a year of first Hessen and was totally. Devastated, miserable, horrible. It went very badly and I said I’m going back to Argentina. And this family said No, wait a minute. Learn the language, change your academic curriculum, change universities. You lose everything you’ve done, but you start over. And then, if you don’t succeed there, then we’re going to let you come back. And here the

[00:13:44] Important. How interesting that through a family, that well, it seems that he adopted you as if you were also his daughter this that. What does it matter? Because they didn’t mind you starting over, did they? They didn’t care that you’d already had that whole first stage. It was Be patient. And how brave of you to do it too, because not just anyone, not just anyone. And it is difficult. Well, the three of us live in the United States and what you were saying before, connecting it with the concept of family, well, it’s different. And being Latino I think that the concept of family unites us a lot and it’s something that’s really hard to cope with. When you’re homesick, right?

[00:14:28] And in what you said, for me it was not only the guidance that this family gave me, but my personal pride. My mom had sacrificed a lot to give me this opportunity and I didn’t want to go back defeated. So, that, that conviction that sometimes you have, as Toni said, the experiences, the blows of life make you see things from a different point of view. And that’s the kind of character that one over the years can develop and wouldn’t change. Nothing that has happened to me in my life, even though some of the blows have been very hard, has made me who I am today.

[00:15:09] It’s the same thing that Tony was telling us and that his condition and other things have helped him to do better and to have a different perspective on life. And well, back to you on this one, Tony. You were in this was the decision to leave Chicago. Was it overnight or was it from dawn you said so far? I’m going to pack the car, I’m leaving today because I can’t stand it anymore.

[00:15:34] No, no, the reality was from reciendo I was apurás escort Catholic schools truth that formed also many of my ideas and this I remember that this well this is one of the neighbors his dad and he installed carpets and he grabbed me at I was about 13 14 years old and he told me look of all the boys here if they all stay in the same neighborhood, they all stay in the same area. I understand,” he said. But if you don’t get out and do something in life it’s going to be a waste of what you have of it. And so that was a very big influence of some words that really helped me. Then, when I was 23 years old, I don’t know why, but that day I was working and I was working like 12, 14 hours a day. So I was there and I went to the market because I was shopping and that morning I remembered what he said and I said here I am wasting my life doing this, I want to do something new, I want to go where I read because in those days there wasn’t much internet, so from where? I read that it was very interesting and I went to Boston, so I decided to start over, I made a lot of friends again and that’s what Tog took a lot of chances, right? When I was young I lived in six or seven different cities, I had to learn a lot until my children were born and then I calmed down and I couldn’t, I couldn’t travel and do all that anymore, right? Because I had to give them something like that. But again it was another change for me which has been the best thing, to give what I needed. I was at the point, I had my kids at 30, so I was at the point where I said actually now this, this I’m ready to do this, I don’t think I was younger, I was ready to be a dad or whatever and now my kids are grown up, yeah, and so Varma is going to see more of this stuff that I have to do, see how my life changes.

[00:18:07] Hey, not very exciting. And again I see a bit of a connection, not between your story and Claudia’s story. It turns out that now, in your case, a neighbor or a friend there in the neighborhood is the one who pushed you and had a big influence in giving you the first step to realize that you like adventure and exploring new places and meeting new people and something that you remember, Toni, of this particular person or any other person who was your mentor in those first 20 formative years of your life, some teaching or some example, or some moment that apart from the one you already shared, that marked you.

[00:18:49] A Actually that was a moment where he told me no, no, no, no more we were this was dad, but the biggest influences I had, well after college my high school right? I went to a Catholic school called Montecarmelo here in Chicago and this and today’s post formed a lot of ideas. I wanted to be this priest out of all high school right? But God never called me to follow that step. Then I’m and I got to college and there Jacq with him because it was purely a men’s school. So when I got to college here it wasn’t like that, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. In fact

[00:19:38] It’s all right. There are other ways to help the community become acidic.

[00:19:43] But if there this then I was installed this service to others right? Service, doing things not just for you, but for you to succeed. But if you do things wrong and serve humanity. Then you’re going to have a very pleasant life.

[00:20:07] If the more, which is something I try to tell my kids, there’s a book here that I read to them when they were younger, that the more, the more you give, the more you have. And the more you give, the more you get and. And it’s something that maybe it’s hard to realize in life, or maybe a lot of people talk about it and know it. But to really have that kind of peace and certainty that it’s true is very difficult. And well, it tells you someone who told you, but not oku one alive with that certainty 100 percent. It’s something that I’m still working on and I’m still, I’m still trying to do, but it’s very true and I think that you and both you and Claudia are the example of two people who realized this philosophy of life that is very true, or at least for me. What did you like the most about hosting? Toni Changing the pace a little bit

[00:20:57] A is is why the fuck, of

[00:20:59] Everything I could from any city in the United States, you packed up and drove to Austin, Texas.

[00:21:05] And this and to this day. Of all the cities I have visited and been to, it is my favorite city in the United States. It has everything. Beautiful. adjUdi. It has rivers, it has a nightlife, especially when you’re young. Very, very pretty. Ah! There is a lot of diversification. So this is a more moderate point, isn’t it? No, totally free and liberated as this one left this one. But it’s like the rest of the tiles. Isn’t it more conservative? So this was it. It was a beautiful city. I worked for Apollos when I was there. It’s in accounting. I was coding, wasn’t I? Hahaha. But this one, this one, this one. And it was before the iPad because to the iPad if it wasn’t reconnected

[00:22:02] With

[00:22:04] This is not a cool city. And again. Yuvi traveled. I have had the good fortune to travel all over the continental United States. I’ve been to every state. I haven’t and this one. And I’ve lived in. I think 8 different cities. So this of all the places I’ve gone there this one. Well, it went very well and today I still have many friends. And this one. This is a place I love.

[00:22:31] Very nice city. If you are listening to us and you have the opportunity to visit the United States and you have the opportunity to visit a hostile city. I imagine that the hosting of now obviously has to be very very different from the hosting you knew when you first came to it. But. But I’ve had the pleasure of meeting it a couple of times and it’s a very beautiful city. You’re right. Claudia If you want, now moving on, moving on with you and following your story now, tell us what was the second, I mean, what was the second race. At the end of the day you gave up everything you had and everything you had worked for, which is an extremely important and valuable decision. And what did you change?

[00:23:19] The course of my life changed because of a scholarship, a school scholarship that has brought me to what I do today. At that time I didn’t know that the scholarship I was being offered to go to college existed only in Chicago. There was no puru and the university where I was offered this scholarship did not offer it in the medical curriculum. And I didn’t want to be a nurse. I wanted to be a hematologist. Dr. Claudia. But since I wasn’t going to be able to be Dr. Claudia, I switched to a totally different curriculum. I really like accounting. I like finance and changed course and studied economics and computer science. But it was a scholarship that was totally

[00:24:10] Radical change. But hey. Your fear of needles may have had something to do with it. The eye was a good indication that you were in the right race. But. But it’s a radical change, but just as fascinating and very applicable to what you’re doing right now. As you say,

[00:24:28] One of the stories that make me laugh all my life and that I say I didn’t become a doctor. But I married a doctor.

[00:24:37] Until then. Doctor.

[00:24:40] The doctor’s wife. That is, one. There are times in life when you have to get to the finish line, to get to the

[00:24:46] Where you can or

[00:24:47] Wherever you can and however you can, as long as it is with integrity and with honor and with joy. I live in and close to the world of medicine, not only through the career. From my husband, but also as the director of several campaigns and donations for cancer research. So one, the passion, the fire that one has inside for some subject in life does not die simply because you do not have or want to do something else.

[00:25:21] Sure, sure, there’s not everything and you have lots and lots of dimensions of all different industries and organizations that you can participate in without necessarily being the doctor. In this case straight, correct.

[00:25:36] And I have to be afraid of needles that way hahahahahaha

[00:25:40] Well, that’s what gets you to Chicago. But well, before you tell us what happened in Chicago this something that maybe the people who listen to us are people who are graduating, young people who listen to these two stories of life so successful and so different but at the same time so close and equal in many dimensions. What would you recommend? You, Claudia, to someone who is listening to you, who maybe is in college right now and is afraid of needles and that’s one. What do you recommend for them to be happy and successful in their career?

[00:26:15] A couple of things. I like to do lists number one, number 2, number 3 and one of the main things is to remember that life hopefully for everyone is my daily prayer. It is a long marathon that takes a long time and there are goals that take a long time to achieve. We live in a society where everything is rewarding, immediate. So if one remembers that our ancestors, our grandparents, our grandmothers, if they were lucky, many people lived a long time and it took them a lot of effort to achieve goals. Of course, if you don’t reach your goal in 90 days, it doesn’t mean you won’t reach it. In other words, first keep a perspective that life is long and that you have to enjoy it every step of the way. Second, that it is often not just the job or career that one chooses, but the conditions under which one can achieve and that satisfaction. For example, my father being a teacher, they taught in a rural school with few resources, but the love they had for the teaching career was so great that it was the thing that made them most happy. They did not have to be directors of large prestigious universities, but the conditions under which one can achieve one’s professional ambitions. And third, you have to start small with small steps. For example, speaking of what we here in this community like to hear about Tony’s experience. We are all people with energy, with dreams, with the desire to change the world. But you don’t start by changing the world and go back, you start small. What steps can you take with today’s race? With whom can they link themselves, with what community can they establish ties to begin that walk that if God wills, will last them a lifetime of being able to change the world with the passion they have and the power they have. To achieve something through a lifetime is very rare person who in one idea changes the world. It’s very rare, it’s

[00:28:43] Not perfect and well there and there you have it. What you are hearing from us basically boils down to three things and as Claudia rightly said, lists are important. I’m a fan of lists. One must also remember that life is a marathon, not a marathon. It is long to be patient, maybe it can be reflected there. Don’t give up. I could do something that I that I read in the background of that of that comment. The second thing is not the job, the career or the money itself. It is the conditions of life that give you pleasure and satisfaction. And the example of your parents is an extremely powerful and easy to understand, easy to imagine. You don’t have to be. In a palace in the best conditions, you can’t be in a rural school and be the happiest person in the world, moreover, maybe there are fewer distractions. I would tell you that the people I know, who perhaps have conditions more attached to nature, more attached to those conditions of life, can become happier and it is easier to be calm and at peace. And the third thing is to start with small steps, not to see. Always see the next step. See, feel the next step. You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the next step. Very, very good life teachings from Claudia. Almost Dr. Claudia. Claudia, please continue. Now, if not only with your professional career you get to Chicago, but it pushes you now into the supply chain part that pushes you into the organization that you’ve worked so hard to grow and develop. Tell us a little more about your topic.

[00:30:33] Of course! The scholarship that I mentioned that changed my life brought me to Chicago to study economics, that scholarship was a social experiment in the year nineteen eighty-two. There were two businessmen who had gone to college themselves because they had been given scholarships to go to their own universities when they were young and had made a pact. These two friends. What did they say? We are confident that we are going to be very successful in the business arena and when we just can. We want to give other students the same opportunity to have a scholarship and we are going to create a business idea, how to generate scholarships for many students. I didn’t know that I had been chosen as the first candidate for this scholarship. He, who was an experiment that gave him to be born there. Hallel The idea of these two friends who had this dream and very succinctly, very briefly, what was the idea? They fundamentally believed that the way we can improve the world is by protecting every person who wants to study the opportunity to study, that money is not the barrier by which someone can overcome. And they used the logistic principles of D. D. business management, everything they knew about business to create a platform that converts the value of a product that is no longer used. And the value of a scholarship and that scholarship, if the author wins students who have very low financial resources. It doesn’t have to be someone super smart, or tall, or short, or fat, or skinny. The desire to study and to excel in life.

[00:32:38] So the main idea was to give the resources to someone whoever they want to be or whoever they want to educate. And the way and the formula to change the world and improve the world.

[00:32:50] Exactly.

[00:32:51] And well, and you’re going to have to explain it to us a little bit more. One how it works and this one how? How does it work? In a practical way. How can we explain it to others? Because how do you transform the value of certain material things into scholarships?

[00:33:09] He stops to explain the model. One has to think of two sectors of the economy, for example, a sector of the sector here in the United States, of the university or tertiary education and small universities. We call it what we call small towns. Each college has plumbing, electrical, park care. All have infrastructure needs. And these two businessmen said these universities have to pay for the cost of all the maintenance. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go to the big multinational companies and ask them every time they have some piece of debt, inventory or some piece of equipment of some engine, a ladder, a lawn mower. If that product, that equipment is ugly or old, or has some deficiency they can’t sell it as new instead of throwing it away. Why don’t we create as an exchange? Instead of being a school exchange, which is when I came to the United States to learn the language, this is another concept of exchange where you exchange the value of an engine, of a ladder of clothing to maintain the universities and the value of that product is exchanged like through an exchange with the university administrators for the value of a scholarship. So that’s how it is. The company donates the product. They receive a tax benefit because they are donors. The university purchases this product so that it can use it in its infrastructure and saves money. For example, $500 and that $500 is passed on to a student in the form of a scholarship. What if? That’s how I entered this university to study economics. Two engines that were donated by a large company were donated to my small college here in Chicago and it is in that exchange of value that was given to me so that I could afford to pay for my education in economics.

[00:35:35] And you were the first, the first person who was given the scholarship. I mean, you’re not only Fuser. Now, if we go back to the beginning, you are the one who runs the organization. But you were also the first beneficiary of this business model.

[00:35:54] Absolutely. The first beneficiary. La la, la la. The first person to demonstrate this concept from a business point of view. We always have to do the prototype planning.

[00:36:06] You were the

[00:36:07] Concept, the good. And the

[00:36:10] It was just right. I struggled with the word.

[00:36:13] Yes, yes, but that.

[00:36:16] The guinea pig

[00:36:17] He was the guinea pig, huh? But fundamentally, I believe that it accentuated and solidified my conviction, of course, of the mission of the organization. If they hadn’t changed my life, I wouldn’t have been able to dedicate the rest of my life to it.

[00:36:37] Ah, no, of course. You are living proof that this works and works very well. And well, Toni, now let’s go with you to catch up a little bit, because Claudia got ahead of us chronologically speaking and then I would like Claudia also to explain to us well, what happened next? Because I imagine there was some component there that returned her to the organization that gave her the scholarship. But you, Toni, tell us a little about how you found out about this organization and what it is for you at l Green. How? How? What is your connection? Following the story you were telling us it was a very now thing where are you now when you are hosting? Then you moved several times, you go back to Chicago and that’s where you see it.

[00:37:19] Yes, here I am in Chicago. And he was at a point where he was trying to start another company that because of the circumstances in Mexico, where the government changed, well, we were not doing very well because they changed a lot of the film of the spades that gave energy to this fugitive Bill Celtica. So this one, that one. In those days this I received a message by LinkedIn, this vito experencia you had this to this. You have helped other logistics companies or you also help in a job by Alan Neith, this being the best that this except network has done helping organizations during this time of disasters right? Human that is here this local or also international. Then I did a job with them and I don’t know how Claudia found me, but she sent me to zafe de de de de así and told us we have a new situation where we have to set up facilities to handle all our transportation. So we up to this point, with people giving us, donating product, they handled the transportation and supply chain and now we need to do that. You can help us. And we start talking and initiate more talks. Be helping them pro bono. Then a job was done this portaste as consul consulting them on how this was going to be handled and finally this Claudia invited me to estem put me part of the team.

[00:39:13] Well, if you had already designed the Stack plan, someone else should do it. If it’s not your idea now take care of the. Hey Tony, before you tell us about your experience and your love for logistics, I’ll pass on your experience and your love for logistics. Obviously it is reflected from Caterpillar and further back. Tell us a little bit about your career oraci in the more technical part of logistics. What? What is the experience with logistics?

[00:39:38] The funniest thing is that I started me, me, me, me, I’m very different as Claudia said, that she was a “me” list person and I’m more of a “I jump into the deep end of a freezing cold pool” person, right? Ready? So I’ve had very interesting projects where I’ve managed the construction of oncology centers in Latin America since I got into it so I was also doing this recycling of Batees for a while. Lead days this and this was after, because my my career wasn’t in logistics, it was in this, in real estate. I had a title company, I owned it here, but I got tired of the industry. It was very in 2006 I sold it and then I started doing recycling projects in Mexico. I wanted to be more in Mexico because I had a lot. I have a lot of family there and I and. And when I started to move the batteries, when I started to move products within Mexico and here, I saw that I was paying a very large excess for what is transportation, because what was this situation. And I said well let’s see how this works, right? And this one I got in and started. I started researching and and took a risk and it was something new that I love. Cemil, what’s new, this one and this one. That’s how I started my, my, my experience in logistics. More Nothing mostly because I wanted to learn what I was doing, because it was a big part of our costs. Right? Of course. It was more than 30 percent 40 percent of the costs. Then he wanted to investigate me. From there I went to school. I went back to school to take out. When I was with Caterpillar, I went back to school to get a degree in Supply Chain Operations because I was so interested.

[00:41:48] In which city were you cautiously?

[00:41:49] I was in Chicago. I was also in Chicago and that year was very incredible for me. Worked toe to toe on Caterpillar. I finished two years of school in one year and with Street three bunkers in Mexico oncology, oncology centers.

[00:42:06] He even imagined that you weren’t bored in Italy.

[00:42:10] Depended on very young children. So between all this I can’t do it anymore. I can’t work like this anymore. But in those days because this one is very dedicated and that makes me.

[00:42:23] I love the pillar. Were you also in the logistics supply chain area or were you in another area?

[00:42:29] No, in this Caterpillar is this one. I got more into the supply chain because I was in this shopping. So we were responsible for buying all the lantern systems, so I had responsibility for these cylinders and tanks all over the world. It was by Caterpillar and so much of the insurance of products that is coming in so much to be this as well as the purchases of this material. You also had to make sure that the suppliers were also sending you products and the supply chain was very interesting because a lot of times we hit the suppliers for defects and I was one of the people that again if something wasn’t right, I went in and investigated. Then I went to one of the wineries where this one was. We were sending products to Brazil like from here in Joliet and that’s where we had a Caterpillar plant and I got in, right? I went, I investigated with my eyes and I saw that all the packaging that was being paid for from the suppliers, all the boxes, everything that we were undoing and we were also paying for the same service twice and also in the change where the product was being damaged. So what I, what I, what I, what I learned at that point is many times this. You have to get into the details and to understand your supply chains, as an entrepreneur, as a manager of any company, you have to be in the warehouses, you have to see the processes, right? It’s something where Claudia and I and also our other partners in this, we’re constantly doing this now, right? Let’s see how we can improve the process if one of the process is not working, you have to investigate what is happening instead of always many people in the chains and always blame the supplier or always blame Siddhānta in Ninth.

[00:44:52] And that’s not the situation is it? You have to investigate and also what you have to think is that no, not everyone this me, me, I, I think no one wants to do bad work, right? So a lot of times where the process isn’t working is because people aren’t educated on how to do it. Working or not, they are thinking about how to work that and that’s why we also work very well as a team, even though we have, as you said, similar stories. We all have and there are many different ways to be true. Claudia is smart, I’m more like that. Then each one of you can take advantage of this blog. But today I burned. Every team has to have everyone right? From the smart people, from the people who are more risky. This and in between all, then work with their collective ideas to move the company forward.

[00:45:53] I totally agree. I totally agree. And that’s why diversity is so important. And so, well, people like you and like many people in the United States and in every other country in the world, the most successful teams are the ones that are the most inclusive, the ones that bring in people with different ways of thinking, from different careers, from different parts of the world or different families with different backgrounds and different histories. Claudia Back to you, then you the story seen from the other side of the coin. You, you why did you need someone to help you put this supply plan together? E a l Grint

[00:46:31] I never imagined that I would be the president of the organization.

[00:46:37] First of all, tell us a little bit about that, because if I’m totally skipping ahead from when you received the scholarship, graduated and how did you get back to being the president?

[00:46:46] C From the point of view that when I was awarded the scholarship, it obviously opened my eyes. Of course, that generous gesture, because I said people who don’t know me, who don’t even know who I am, they don’t know about my grandfather, my mother, my father. Nobody wanted to give me this opportunity. And why is that? Because he is like that. So that aroused my curiosity and the moral obligation not to let these people down, to say well, if you believe in me, I’m going to believe in you. And I graduated from North Park University with a degree in Economics and Computer Science. And I joined a very innovative and prestigious organization. D. and D. they call him D. The first one is the stock market, where agricultural products are bought and sold, and the second one is the stock market, where agricultural products are bought and sold. And then there was the other financial, stock market which was called the options market, which is another financial instrument that allows you to buy and sell contracts so that you get to reduce the risk of companies that are doing work globally across different currencies. As Toni was saying with regard to Catal peeling and different groups, then I went into Adam and as a practice to how he unravels the career development of an economist within a public finance house. And I was working there for seven years with the expectation that I was a member of what they call the international markets group and I started studying Japanese because the organization where I was working was expanding into the Tokyo markets. I studied Japanese for five years and on the eve of organizing the group to make the first trip to the Tokyo Stock Exchange, my dear doctor calls me and says Good news Claudia. Are you expecting twins? Hahahahahaha in my teens, good news and I change my plans.

[00:49:10] Sure, totally. Tony said it too. No, that is a very important change in the lives of many of us.

[00:49:17] And I was young at that time I would have

[00:49:19] Japanese balloons for these heights.

[00:49:21] Bad luck, enough to be able to be part of a Japanese team. Obviously it is one of the languages that has nothing to do with the Anglo Romance languages. So I studied what is called hiragana, which is the most basic Japanese that allows you to do Ganger’s business Japanese. It opened my eyes to the whole culture of Asia, not just Japan, which I enjoy to this day. Before Cobián I had traveled to 32 countries to Mencanta, Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam. I’ve been to all those places.

[00:50:05] Well, then I sang to you. Well, change your plans and tell us now how you get online again. You better get out of that company sometime

[00:50:15] During the whole time I was in that company which was called Yes Arty its hair Rizo Chauhan Training. I continued my affiliation ranks with and to the ring which at that time was called Education Assistance not to put the program was to assist people. With their dreams of getting an education. It was called educational assistance. After I left Desía ti, I was working as a consultant, from there my career in logistics began a little bit, because I was a financial consultant for an organization that at that time was giving business management advice to the city of Chicago. The mayor came down, who I know was very famous and we were able to plow Washington, a super important person in the culture of Chicago. I had the honor, the honor of working with him under the project of how to improve public education in Chicago. And there begins my career of understanding a little bit the effect and the importance of transportation, logistics, distribution of products and start to see how all that is linked to the quality of education. And it was at that moment that the director of the head of the director of IA iHe, at that moment of education is being SMT and invites me to come back to the organization, not just as the first great student, not just as a volunteer because I had been maintaining my connection, but as executive director, which was the first title that I received in the year nineteen ninety-five. When I got there Hallel now as a draftee, the Lord told me Claudia, we are watching your career. He tapped me on the shoulder and said We’ve been watching your career since you graduated from college and we think you’re ready for Kanban to come back.

[00:52:20] A

[00:52:21] The story.

[00:52:23] But that was 25 years ago. Wow, 25 years ago I started my second chapter with her and him now as director and I have had the great privilege of still being here all these years.

[00:52:39] Wow! And that was good. The way you came home, as you mentioned and well, you would have too. You already had the knowledge of the logistical side. Tony is an expert in logistics. What problem were you trying to solve? And we pulled out a little bit of let’s fast forward a little bit in time and in the years I was trying to figure out when. You had to hire Toni. And what were you looking for, what was going on in your supply chain? That you needed someone with Toni’s experience and talent?

[00:53:13] Sometimes when we look at organizations from so close, when they say that if you look at the tree and don’t miss the forest, what was happening is that this is a nonprofit organization that has a very clear mission. But in order to continue that mission, one has to grow. The only way you grow in business is by adapting. And how does it adapt? It’s two or three very simple ways. First of all, it’s technology. Second, have a plan like today that you have to Gosho with militÃ, no?

[00:53:48] First, parasitology

[00:53:50] Have a plan. They’re getting the technology right because now we can’t exist. No one has the luxury of saying I’m doing it without technology. So we understand biology, its technology in every aspect and I can tell you 50 thousand stories, but it doesn’t have. We don’t have the time and technology. We are going to

[00:54:08] We will have to have another session to talk more calmly, because you are right, we have many topics that I would love to do at some point.

[00:54:18] Of your technology and the and the role of technology in your business, whatever. I was saying ng, whether it’s transportable, whether it’s vitamins, whatever. Technology. Second, have a plan that we call a contingency plan or a plan to manage risk. Because when a business is quiet as well water as we say in Argentina nothing happens, but when you want to be growing and doing scale, then you start to see the complexity of the business and you have to have a plan to manage it. And thirdly, it’s what Toni takes me to, which is to surround yourself with people who are sometimes better educated than you are, to surround yourself with people who have experience, who are smarter than you are in that sense. Not intellectually, but he has lived more. Of course. Then we started. When I took over the company and our team started working, the company had enough money to have two or three bucks, that is, two or three monthly payments. And if we didn’t grow up, we died. Here they say If you’re not growing, you’re dying. The first, the first challenge, was how to grow the business, because we live on generous donations, donors. So, how does one grow when in a limited flow of capital and demonstrating the value and impact one has on society or the community. And so we’ve grown the organization over the last 25 years from $60,000 that we had in the bank, that happened to have just paid two or three monthly installments to today that we removed in this one to five million dollars and with Tony’s help growing.

[00:56:11] Wow! It’s an impressive story. I’ll be right back with you for that. But Tony, before we lose him in the texts. Tony Eh? Do you see the problem? Do you see the company? It is a not for profit. You come from Caterpillar. Why take a job like this? If you weren’t coordinating worldwide shipments for cartel? Ask what was what? What catches your attention? Which one? What was your reaction to the green?

[00:56:40] Look, more than anything this one, well this one comes in for the cause, right? Because I think education is very important. La la to get them out of poverty, to get them out of poverty, to get them out. Then the mission of us is very noble, which I liked the most. For me it was a decision to enrich his heart more than Enriquez, to roll up his bags, right? I And actually for how it all happened, well the best thing that could have happened for me at this point was that I was in the middle of some family things and the pandemic came and with that. with this organization, because I had the opportunity and the fortune to spend more time with my children who are older now and it gave me that flexi of flexibility. Also the work that I do every day, although some days with any work you wake up tired, you feel annoyed, this knowing the mission, reading the letters that come to us from the students of the schools, how we are helping them, it gives a lot of motivation and apart from that it is again like my title Strategy and transformation. We took this company this when I started that Claudia and the team did a very good job in growing and we are changing it right? To a company that is now taking measurements mostly true with this current data, we are now measuring how much carbon emissions we are using and saving this by our strategy. We are seeing how much as this product we take out of the dumpsters this and recycle it or logo or refuse it then. And we are also using this post analytic analytics stuff for this as we are looking for new ones from this new companies that can help us with their products that are already using us. It’s a it’s a it’s a it’s a it’s a it’s a business, a market where we are entering right now and being in logistics. You who know that the world is in pardons right now with things that people are returning. So we changed from being a traditional organization where we look for donations to help. That Zapp we are a solution for business, that now is not only that we are giving. Give us your donations

[00:59:41] Because they’re already looking for you because they need you. Interesting ñadas.

[00:59:49] If they’re looking for us, why are we helping them with a sore spot now, right? They like relieving them, so relieving that. And it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s something we are also handling, which is transportation, which is one of the things that is very difficult right now, well, just by handling it and removing those weights we are helping them a lot outside, and now there are also tax benefits for them outside of the gold and moral burden that can help them. And so that’s why I’m here, because it’s like a start up. Right? We are. We are a little or will urge 40 years.

[01:00:35] That gives those kinds of organizations are the ones that really excite me. And I really think that everyone who is listening to us is excited to know, is excited to participate as you or Tonica at the time you did not know her, you started to know her with Siste’a Claudia and several of the people who make up this incredible organization and. They have the mission, they have the purpose. They have great potential. It’s winning, winning is saving the planet. And well, something I have to mention is a lot of the other organizations in e n geos or nonprofits this don’t have that vision either of being shed of pseudos and emissions and being green and making sure that we’re being responsible to the planet and to the ecosystem. And that’s it. That’s admirable, because not only are they trying to educate people and not only are they giving money for people to educate themselves, but they’re also being aware of their impact that they have on nature and that. Claudia Mi is not very special to you.

[01:01:49] Absolutely. One. A new stage in our history, because until now our history has been focused mostly on providing a solution, as Toni was saying, to companies that have damaged products and previously had few options. When we started to realise that the market was changing and we can narrow down certain moments, for example, finance companies start to tell investors we are not going to invest anymore in investments that harm the planet or that have that are unfair. When the pendulum of business starts to swing, Harry, Rick, start to question what the role of business is and they start to wake up to this idea that business is not just there to make money, but to start the seminal question that starts to enter the business conversation is. Are there companies that can do less harm? Classes is when the companies, which are the ones that support us, begin to show that they also had a vision of being able to eliminate or reduce the damage they were doing to the planet. That is one of the changes we have to make. Sure, and we started to focus on, as Toni says, measuring the environmental impact of our own production of this solution. Wow! In 2016 we changed the name, we became, we were in fact cation. So are SMT We became the acronym for those letters. And the fact that we stand alone asestan of metal and we add the word green that in English is the color green to emphasize the expectation of our commitment to the planet. In regards to everything we do from the office that we have in going paperless, reducing the way we impact the environment and how we handle all donations. Last year Tony can correct me, but we received over 500 truckloads of product that at some other time would have been thrown in the garbage because they had a little damage and we rescued them and turned them into grants.

[01:04:20] Wow! It is impressive the value they are generating and they are doing it in a responsible and environmentally friendly way. It is a very interesting role model and hopefully many of the people who are listening to us will pay particular attention to it. Attention not only to the leadership example Claudia and Toni are setting, but also to the organization and above all to the business model they are proposing. It’s not educating, it’s taking away a little bit of the large quantities of products that we are not using the waste, eliminating the waste and besides, being responsible with the planet. What goals do you have in part based on? And if you give us a little bit more numbers Tony or your Claudia, the one who wants to tell us what the goal they have the CEO 2 part, or the number of trucks received, or how they measure the how they measure the how they measure the success of A L Green was year by year.

[01:05:14] Actually, last year we did this Milk Milk in five scholarships, right? As for me, five scholarships for almost three million dollars. This we did this we are growing, so we set our goals, something where it is reasonable, of course, the truth is to decrease about 10 to 15 percent every year.

[01:05:39] How many, how many freckles have occurred in these 40 years? Well, 20, 30 whatever years of organization.

[01:05:45] Nineteen thousand three hundred and forty-one scholarships,

[01:05:49] Nineteen thousand 341 scholarships and this includes all education. So it’s a scholarship. How do you define it

[01:05:56] Scholarship, eh? Well, good question Toni,

[01:05:59] If we work with universities we don’t even say how much they can give in that to people. When we put the money in with the universities, when the equipment is funding this, they give it to the students who are most in need. Sometimes it is the average of our scholarships. Last year it was two thousand nine hundred and some dollars to this year, but we’ve had people who have had scholarships of 20,000 dollars. We have had ORT, but

[01:06:39] The university is in charge of objectivity. In other words, you don’t, you don’t participate in the selection process and the universities know their students. They will know who, who has the greatest need and they are in charge of administering the money you donate to them.

[01:06:56] So, that’s one of the ways.

[01:06:58] The universities they have now, I mean, you can sign up for the program or how many universities they have right now that they work with.

[01:07:08] Approximately 60 universities, which is impressive. But perhaps also in perspective. When one considers that in the United States there are over eleven hundred small four-year ocean colleges. We are just getting started. Universities can be part of our community, which is free of charge. They don’t have to pay a membership or anything. That’s why the only thing we require is that every university should also be an LGO, that it should be a non-commercial university.

[01:07:49] I have organized and are they all over the United States or are they in any particular region? Throughout the United States.

[01:07:56] We are all over the United States and you look at the map where we have our Impact Report, which is posted on our website. We invite you to see, you are going to see maps of the United States. If you see a large concentration in what is called the Midwest, that is, the largest part of the country. But we’re also on the East Coast and the West Coast, but all in the United States.

[01:08:22] And well, and that’s the need for logistics and operations are everywhere. Then you have to distribute all these products that are constantly donating to different parts of the country.

[01:08:34] Yes, and one thing, I wanted to organize the tournament, one thing I wanted to clarify because I didn’t answer your question to Enrique why he has to hire Tony, invite him to come? No, uh, us. Another stage of growth was when one of our major contributors presented us with an opportunity to work with them in the California market. Then we are from Chicago to California. We had to do an expansion and we didn’t have an expert on our team to help us do that geographic expansion that wasn’t originally part of the program. Whatever they do to us that starts giving us that kind of experience and that solves it for us. First the problem of expanding. So, with Tony’s experience we could really think about how to integrate two places, how to start thinking about transportation, about the cost to everyone. What he did we had not calculated because it had never been part of the vision that these two businessmen had in 80, 81 and 82, they never thought that this was going to grow so much relatively in four decades.

[01:10:04] Yes, I’m sure this was a bit beyond their initial expectations. And well, now with what you’ve already shown you can do and what the whole team has shown they can do in joy. I imagine that now if the expectations go beyond that, it’s 1100 universities. Well, let’s capture 1100 college. Then they still have room to grow and develop. And it has been a pleasure chatting with you. We are slowly running out of time. But. But I’d love to have another interview at some point to see how this one goes. Obviously I would like to. Tony, you wanted to say something, something else to complement the interview that you want to leave us. Now we come to the final part, shall we say, of the interview.

[01:10:51] If one of the things through our state transformation is. That we are now entering more trade schools. Right? So, traditionally we were this plus this. Ah! Staffs, data on that. But now to trade schools, because that’s again one of the biggest needs there is for employment in the United States. And also, as well, as opportunities to people who may not really be that good for school, but they can use their clearing of things and that’s something where we are. We’re focusing a lot with the technical schools that do those types of programs. This has been our expansion this year.

[01:11:38] If I am someone who is listening to the show, what do they need? How? I mean, I’m totally sold on the story, on the purpose, on the culture, on what it represents. How can I help? I mean, if I don’t own a company, how? How can I get involved with you?

[01:11:57] Can you contact me? Direct to Toni at e l e r e e e n dot o r g then this Toni to steal and to the big dot org and this or you can call me at home 31 8 03 16 and at 7.

[01:12:21] And well. And if I am a company and I have products that I would like to donate two questions up to there. What kind of products are you looking for? And also like. How is there a program through the page that I can sign up for? How does that part work?

[01:12:39] We always think of universities, as I said at the beginning, as being small towns. So we are interested in all kinds of products. There are times when due to logistical, storage, transportation issues, we will say well, for example, we are not going to receive food, but we have a large network of other organizations throughout the country and sometimes even the world, where we can facilitate the delivery of that food, for example, to an organization that can use it. So we say no, we say no to anything. Of course, we always evaluate whether we can assess that the interest of that company and our mission can be expected to be on the fine line in the Halia alias, lie, feed, that they’re aligned to align, that they’re aligned. And then there’s a, a, a, a, an opportunity to work with them. And you can always connect with us on LinkedIn through our website. The easiest is LinkedIn. To me my email also Claudia at at and a l g r e e e n dot o rg very easy to connect and we are always interested in also helping universities. If there is a teacher, for example. As Toni was saying, even though we started giving scholarships for students in economics and computer science, today we give scholarships to students who are on reservations in Hanoi to change bakan in the United States and we also work with schools and technical institutes where they are learning to weld, to do carpentry, to fix engines, to restore cars and those universities and technical schools also need scholarships and require support.

[01:14:40] And they are very important for the economic functioning of the country and their technical careers and technical universities are equally or more important for everybody and it is important that those who are not listening today listen to him and that they do something apart, that they listen to him and that they do something this. But it’s not impressive for

[01:15:01] Your business this? Many are truck drivers, right? They need that one too. So this impacts the transportation industry a lot,

[01:15:11] Totally and well, and they need that’s a good point. Tonicity. Someone is listening to us on the Supli side. Jeannine Segui has good contacts on the trucking side as well. Have them contact you. Maybe I could look at the other freight donation component that could continue to reduce the operating costs that they have. And I imagine the more they can reduce their operating costs, the more money they can pass on to scholarships. So there might be some synergy with some trucking company that is listening to us, some company, trucking that has an organization and a culture based on purpose and helping. I think this is it. I think it’s very easy. I don’t think that’s the case and we have the example here. Claudia is the spitting image that this works and. And how can we get an organization to start with $60,000 and now have over $5 million? And the added value and the social impact it has is much, much, much greater than the five million? How many of those 19,341 scholarship students do not go on to become business owners or employees or parents? In other words, the impact is enormous. It’s an incredible story. It gives me great pleasure to have met you again. They have our full support and that of the great Supli Chain Now community. For whatever you need. And well, I’d love it if you would like to end the show with some, some, some challenge or some challenge that you want to leave the audience with. And if you want, Toni, let’s start with you and I’ll let Claudia close the show.

[01:16:53] You sealed this post for me. What I say is this look, we’re almost out of this pandemic. If we know anything about what chain supply is, it’s what drives the entire economy. So any kid, any student, you need a lot of people in all, all areas of the chain, so get into this career. It’s something where it’s never going to stop, because the movement of food, of movement, of everything that we use every day is there, there’s not enough people, so follow that. That’s that race because it’s one that you need and and from there you can. You can do a lot of things.

[01:17:40] I totally agree. And well, with the support of E. a L. Grint maybe they can even have some scholarship to study that logistics is that they apply and an anxiety this industry that as Toni says. It will never cease to exist and now I think it is more evident than ever. How important it is not Claudia’s we close with a flourish to the pleasure of talking with you.

[01:18:03] Well, the pleasure has been ours and to meet and share a few moments with your audience each one. Each person listening may have a different reaction or a different impact, but what we would like to share as closing words is to remember that prosperity is based on two things in the gratitude that one feels, the gratitude that one has and the education. When we no one saves the future or saves the future holding on to life in a way and jealousy of life that if you want to have prosperity you have to remember that first there must be gratitude, because to the things that happen to us we must be grateful, even if they are ugly and hard, because that makes us grow. And education opens our minds and opens our eyes, connects us to another community that we often don’t even imagine exists. So if one wants to thrive as a human being, one must have an attitude of gratitude and keep an open mind, learning new things and cultivating new thoughts and ideas.

[01:19:24] Claudia Thank you very much. Absolutely nothing more to add to these very wise words. To all who listen to us. Nice to be here with you again. Again this is Supply Chain Now in English. I’m Enrique Álvarez and we’ll be waiting for you in an upcoming episode.

[01:19:41] Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Claudia Freed is a business leader with a strong record of managing challenging situations and creating value for all involved. She became part of EALgreen in 1982 when she was chosen to become the first low-income scholarship recipient to receive the gift of a college education. With the EAL scholarship, Claudia earned a degree in Economics and worked in the financial sector, commodities trading, and credit risk management, moving on to management consulting under a selective program designed to lend private sector expertise to the City of Chicago government. EAL was founded on the principle of “paying it forward” and was engineered as a proof-of-concept on the importance of social and environmental impact in the business world. It’s mission is education. EAL exchanges excess inventory for scholarships using supply chain as the solution for reallocating resources between two sectors: businesses and higher education.

Twenty-five years ago, Claudia was recruited to return to EAL as Executive Director and in 2016, she was named CEO. This full-circle story has been professionally rewarding as she has served on more than 10 boards of directors, including Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ, traveled the world, and now she is on Supply Chain Now Radio. Together with an amazing team, EAL has grown to be a national organization that has impacted the lives of nearly 19,000 students empowering them through education while helping the environment.

Tony Rivera is the Vice President, Strategy and Transformation for EALgreen.  Tony has 20+ years of experience leading key growth initiatives across Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Tony is known as an expert in delivering creative, reliable, cost-effective solutions and strategies that drive business growth in a fast-paced environment. Connect with Tony on LinkedIn.

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog.  He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community.  Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include CiscoMicrosoft, Citrix and IBM.  Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.

He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

Mary Kate Soliva is transitioning from active duty in the US Army. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.

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Jeff Miller

Host

Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business.  Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.

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Amanda Luton

Chief Marketing Officer

Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM.  When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.

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Billy Taylor

Host of Dial P for Procurement

Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.

An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.

A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.

A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning.  He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.

Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.

Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.

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Katherine Hintz

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.

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Ben Harris

Host

Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.

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Page Siplon

Host, The Freight Insider

Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).

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Kristi Porter

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.

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Kevin Brown

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics.  He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.

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Demo Perez

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.

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Kim Winter

Host, Supply Chain Now

The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.

He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.

A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).

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Nick Roemer

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.

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Alex Bramley

Sales Support Intern

Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.

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