Supply Chain Now Episode 553
“Nobody is born an optimist or a pessimist. It’s actually a choice that all of us make on a daily basis. Some days it’s easier to choose optimism and some days it’s not, but we have a choice as to how we react to our environment.”
– Laura Cyrus, Director of Corporate Engagement at Truckers Against Trafficking
Many of us have a career path that is long and winding. How we see each of those twists and turns – as a setback or an opportunity – often determines how successful we will be at the end of the journey.
Laura Cyrus followed a particularly windy path to get to Truckers Against Trafficking, a 501(c)3 organization that exists to educate, equip, empower, and mobilize members of the trucking, bus and energy industries to combat human trafficking. She picked up web skills and voiceover experience in different positions that she now leverages for a whole new reason.
In this conversation, Laura tells Supply Chain Now Host Enrique Alvarez:
· How new graduates or job seekers ‘take inventory’ of seemingly random professional experiences into a capability profile that will help them find their next role
· Why drivers and other members of the supply chain / trucking industry are uniquely positioned to combat human trafficking – if they are properly trained
· Some of the best (and most amazing) success stories that have come out of the Truckers Against Trafficking movement
Laura Cyrus, director of corporate engagement with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), has been with the organization since 2013, beginning as an intern while completing her master’s degree at the Korbel School within the University of Denver. There, she studied international human rights, completing dual specializations in forced labor and human trafficking and international administration and law. Laura has served in various positions during her time at TAT and enjoys being involved in both the macro and micro aspects of running a national non-profit organization. She travels nationally to speak on behalf of TAT, enabling her to build relationships with relevant industry stakeholders and activate new partners. Whether speaking with supply chain leaders, sustainability and CSR directors, trucking company executives, or the everyday heroes of the road (aka American truck drivers), Laura enjoys sharing her passion on the topic of anti-trafficking efforts and encouraging everyone to find the most effective way they can be a change-maker in this work.
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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