Logistics with Purpose
Episode 106

Design can change the world. I think that in different industries, in politics, and in government, if industries can hire more for strategic design and use more strategic design processes, we can resolve problems in an effective way.

-Paulina Garza Gordoa

Episode Summary

In this new episode of Logistics With Purpose, hosts Luisa Garcia and Astrid Aubert welcome Paulina Garza Gordoa, the director of Institutional Development at Un Kilo de Ayuda (One Kilo of Help), to the show. Paulina shares her journey from being an industrial designer to working in the social sector, emphasizing the importance of strategic design in solving global problems. She discusses her work at Un Kilo de Ayuda, an organization that focuses on early childhood development and provides emergency relief in disaster-stricken areas.

Listen in as Luisa, Astrid, and Paulina discuss the importance of logistics in disaster relief situations, efficient processes, encouraging companies to support NGOs, and so much more.

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:02):

Welcome to Logistics with Purpose presented by Vector Global Logistics. In partnership with Supply chain. Now we spotlight and celebrate organizations who are dedicated to creating a positive impact. Join us for this behind the scenes glimpse of the origin stories change, making progress and future plans of organizations who are actively making a difference. Our goal isn’t just to entertain you, but to inspire you to go out and change the world. And now here’s today’s episode of Logistics With Purpose.

Luisa Garcia  (00:35):

Hello and welcome everybody to your new episode of Logistics and Purpose. I am Lisa Garcia, and today I am with my co-host, Astrid, and we are very excited because today we have a great guest. She’s Paulina Garcia from Welcome Paulina. How are you doing today?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (00:51):

Hi, Lisa, Anita to see you again. Thank you for the opportunity to talk to you and have this amazing conversation. Thank you very much.

Luisa Garcia  (01:00):

Yes, thank you for being here.

Astrid Aubert  (01:01):

Thank you Lisa also for invite me and to do this co-host with you. Let me make a little brief about Paulina Garza, gua, director of the Institutional Development Atula or one kilo of help in English. Welcome Paulina to the show.

Paulina Garza Gordoa (01:18):

Thank you very much. E

Luisa Garcia  (01:19):

Okay, Paul, for starting our interview. We’re going to make a quick question section we have, so we’re going to ask you a few questions and you have to answer with the first thing that comes through your mind. Okay.

Paulina Garza Gordoa (01:31):

That’s amazing. Thank you.

Luisa Garcia  (01:32):

Okay, so let’s start. What is the best advice that you have received?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (01:37):

Okay, one that I remember the most. It was my grandmother told me, do good without looking at whom. And it was a really good advice to understand the importance of looking out for others. But however, I evolved this in good, good while looking at whom, because I know that it’s important to be aware that we are equal, that we just have different opportunities in life and we are in adventure. And that touch or not in the world, it’s because I know lottery or the way we born, but it’s not that this part of our life can be changed. So that’s one of my best advice of childhood.

Luisa Garcia  (02:19):

Wow, I love that. Okay. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (02:24):

Okay. I think that read minds like Mel Dibon in the movie so I could be more pathetic to others. I think that would be the answer.

Luisa Garcia  (02:34):

Awesome. I would like that. What is the most interesting place that you have ever visited?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (02:39):

Fortunately, I have visited a lot of countries, but I think that one of the most interesting place I’ve ever visited is indigenous communities in Mexico. It’s not in a specific location, but I have learned a lot about people who live there, a lot of capacities, the trends that they have, also the amazing way that they live and they enjoy life.

Luisa Garcia  (03:02):

Thanks for sharing that. That’s great. Well, what’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (03:08):

Okay. I think that I have to tell that being with my dog, I have a 3-year-old George Shire theory. He is the best and I really enjoy to be with hip.

Luisa Garcia  (03:19):

Oh, that’s cute. Yeah. And finally, how do you stay hopeful during talk times?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (03:25):

Okay, that’s interesting. I think something that my grandfather used to say as well, that it’s everything that has a solution except death and death is the solution to everything. So when I think about that, everything goes in their right level. That was really interesting to answer. Not everyone asked me that kind of questions, so thank you.

Astrid Aubert  (03:49):

It’s good to know a little bit more about you, but now we want to hear about your background. Can you please tell us a little bit more about your grew up or your childhood?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (04:01):

Perfect. Well, I grew up in a large family. I was surrounded by cousins, by my aunts where attention, it wasn’t focused on anyone in particular. We were hurt, but we were raised in an environment of motel support and collaboration I think. So living in a community, supporting each other through tough situations. So it was also an environment that was a lot of respect for elders, for all people, so of our superiors. So it was very important, that kind of respect. I think being surrounded by my siblings, my cousins, we were taught to share, to be creative in entertaining ourselves. So that was really important for me. We didn’t have a lot of TV or nowadays internet and tablets, so we had the responsibility to entertain ourselves with creative ways, so creative ways. So we are really lucky about that. I think this is

Astrid Aubert  (05:01):


Paulina Garza Gordoa (05:01):

City. Mexico City, yes. Yes. Okay.

Luisa Garcia  (05:05):

Wow. That’s great. Alina, thank you for sharing that with us. And I think that being with your family and growing up with your family is a blessing and I would love to, well hear a story from your early years that shaped who you are and what do you do now?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (05:20):

Okay, nowadays, well, I’m an industrial designer. Well, I believe in the magic of design and it goes beyond the aesthetics, I think is the ability to analyze problems and provide effective solutions to our global problems. So initially I had no idea I would dedicate my life to the social sector, but I think today I’m very proud of that change. I was willing to study about theater and stages, so I changed my course of professional work because strategic design can change the world I think, so that by redesigning public policies, ensure human rights, redesigning worldviews, making us more human. So that’s one of my main goals, change minds to know that design can make strategic impact. So that’s why.

Astrid Aubert  (06:12):

Awesome. I’m reading your CV and I know you have this degree in the industrial design from the university ana, but also you have a master in strategy design and social innovation. Could you tell us more about these two degrees and I don’t know how it go for you now.

Paulina Garza Gordoa (06:30):

Yes. For me, as I said, the design can change the world and I think that in different industries also in politics or in government, if that industries can hire more strategic design people or doing strategic design processes, we can resolve problems in an effective way. Sometimes I have the question about why an industrial designer or a designer in the social sector, and I answered that because our main goal is to solve problems and to know that in a creative way we can have better results. And it’s not only the aesthetics or how do the design can contribute to the wellbeing in spaces, but also in way of thinking.

Luisa Garcia  (07:17):

Wow, I love your answer. And also alongside your studies, in 2010, you started your journey by volunteering at the organization on Teo Para in English ARO for my country. Could you please describe your experience there and your transition into the workplace and what led you to get involved in nonprofit organizations?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (07:39):

Yes, of course. Well, I really have a really lucky experiences. I started my social experiences from a really young age such as missions or specific activities in slums. However, I started my professional career in a very particular way. As S said, I wanted to be a set designer, but I got involved with a youth volunteer organization and I built houses in slums and immediately I felt like the calling of to put my abilities and service my people, my capacities and people with really few opportunities, people with really good attitude but with really few opportunities. So it’s not that we are the ones that solve all the problems, but we sharing experiences and having a little support, they can have more opportunities. So that’s why I started in the social sector.

Astrid Aubert  (08:32):

Thank you. And I’m also reading that you are the social responsibility coordinator at EBC University and also you are a professor at the University of American. That’s right.

Paulina Garza Gordoa (08:45):

That’s right.

Astrid Aubert  (08:45):

Yeah. Okay. You have this unique opportunity to inspire others. So can you please share how you transmit your passion for the social responsibility to the

Paulina Garza Gordoa (08:55):

Test students or your partners? Well, teaching has been a spectacular journey for me and it’s because I wanted my students to have that eye opening experience I had as a volunteer and I have had it when I get graduated, but I want them to have it even before so they can make good decisions in favor of equality or equity or human rights when they become professionals. My main goal is that they can focus on solving problems rather than creating them to be useful in society to help to reduce inequity or inequality. So that’s my main goal in teaching and guiding these kind of projects in university obviously have fun, right?

Luisa Garcia  (09:41):


Paulina Garza Gordoa (09:41):

Of course.

Luisa Garcia  (09:43):

Yeah, I think that, well personally in school I would like to have a teacher like you,

Paulina Garza Gordoa (09:50):


Luisa Garcia  (09:51):

It is great that your students has that opportunity because as we have discussed previously of this call, it is important to being guided by a purpose and I feel that that’s where we share ideas, everything you do, but with a purpose and we continually see how young people are interested in making an impact. Can you share an example from your time at these institutions that demonstrate students excitement and desire to make positive change in the world? What projects have you seen that they want to develop or something like that?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (10:24):

Okay. Well, I observed that they are really interested in changing the world, but they don’t know how. I think that’s one of our great missions as a university or as an ngo O as well, to find new mechanisms so they can make a positive impact to believe in any NGOs again, or for NGOs to evolve to bring better value propositions and measure their impact also for a greater credibility and collective actions and not only isolated ones, we live in such an isolated and divided world I think so that everyone thinks they have the best idea, but no, we can always make greater impact by making changes together. So I think that’s the principal goal for working or for our generation to make that youth people can have the channels or the mechanisms to do positive impact together.

Luisa Garcia  (11:21):

Your career path has been distinguished by a commitment to social responsibility, which is evident in your roles as a director of social impact programs in various organizations. But how did Kilo Aula come into your life? I mean, you have been in different institutions and you have a very impressive career, but how did Kilo get you?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (11:42):

Kilo came into my life at a time when I felt I needed to advance professionally. In the past, I have been working on operational processes and now my switch was to learn about commercial processes in NGOs. So fortunately I found a really beautiful and committed professionally team, highly committed to the social cause, and I have decided to champion for life the early childhood development. I immediately get convinced about the importance of early childhood development. I don’t know if you know that 90% of our brain develops before the age of five, and that intervening in early childhood can give a person greater opportunities in life. It’s the most effective investment in social problems in the evolution of a society. So that to me is the most effective program. I’m really committed to that kilo seek to maximize physical, neurological and emotional capacities to ensure that more than 23,000 children from five different states in Mexico, living in rural communities, reach completely early childhood development. Of course, our main goal is to fulfill their full potential. So it’s a really beautiful mission. It’s one of the most important cause that I’ve been working for. So for me, it’s not only a work for me, it’s my passion, it’s my mission and it’s my way of living.

Luisa Garcia  (13:15):

Wow. So inspiring. I love to hear that from you. Thanks for sharing more about what Lia is.

Astrid Aubert  (13:22):

Well talking about the learning lessons, I wonder what insight have your educational experience and career background given you for your work until I do that and how have they helped shape your work now?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (13:37):

Yeah, yeah, of course. As I said before, sometimes people ask me what a designer do in leading commercial areas. However, I believe that the ability to understand real needs to negotiate, to articulate efforts, to think creatively, to be in a constant evolution for innovation, also to be resilient. Everything has given to me and strategic thinking and I think that disabilities, I have been learning from my parents first of all, and what I have been experienced professionally. I want to share that my father is a doctor, he is a surgeon and my mother is a psychologist, but she worked in the educational system. So I have been learning about them, about social support, about giving our capacities to the others. So that shaped my scope of work, my perspective about how I have to be developing life. So I think that’s really important to learn about our parents, to learn about our experiences, and to still learning in a continuous learning in our professional life.

Astrid Aubert  (14:43):

Yes, I’m totally on board and agree with you. Thank you. Same.

Luisa Garcia  (14:48):

And also I love how you merged your purpose, what you have learned from your family and with this strategic thinking, which I think is really, really important for acting in crisis in hard situations. So having this ity and thinking how to solve a problem and how to help others is really important and what you’re doing at the end. So also in Europe places early childhood development at its core, so impacting both children and their families. I think what happened last year for the hurricane artists is stuck in Guerrero, Mexico, which was a really hard situation for many families there. Could you share more about how Unda got involved and early childhood development plays a role in situations like this

Paulina Garza Gordoa (15:39):

Course? Lisa, thank you for the question. Well, UNDA was born as an organization that responded to the emergency after the earthquakes in 1985 in Mexico. It was a really big earthquake in Mexico City and we assisted the families who had nothing in that moment. So 37 years has passed, have passed, and we have evolved to become an organization of development and promotion of local capacity. So when we see the context in our region, we felt that energy again, that we had to help. We need to help in that kind of circumstances. So when we heard about the damages caused by U and Bodies, it was one day after the first thing we did was to go directly and to see all the needs directly in communities. So fortunately we have really the closer team in Oaxaca, in Pinot Tepa. So they moved through the communities to know about the damages and the needs.


We realized that people living in the municipalities of San Marcos and Florencia vial, they were really close to Acapulco, but they’re not the city of Acapulco or the municipality of Acapulco. They’re the ones a little bit in the south. So we realized that they were previously affected. They lived in poverty before the hurricane and with the hurricane they were left with nothing. That was really tough for us to see, so we couldn’t go away. So we were the first to stay, the first to look for help and locally we coordinate with government, with the society for them to get access to basic needs like water and foods. We were really lucky because many people trusted in our strategy and give us this opportunity to be the channel to penalize their help. You were among the first, Victor was among the first, and we really appreciate that. We are really deeply grateful with you. You gave us the strength to reach integral strategy that also accompanies children even in the post-trauma emotional management. So that’s really great because it’s not only the food, it’s not only the water that obviously it’s really important, but also the mental health and process all the trauma before after the hurricane. So we continue working there. We have our operational plan until December and we’re thinking about how to continue with them.

Luisa Garcia  (18:12):

Yeah, I can’t imagine how hard this has to be there, but also I admire how empathetic you are with the cows that you are doing. So thanks for everything that you do and I want to ask you, of course all the situations is hard and thought. What has been the thought is part of providing emergency relief?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (18:33):

Well, there are a lot of parts, but I think knowing that you probably won’t be able to provide a long-term care, it’s tough. I said communities in general where in poverty before the hurricane. So that’s really tough. Also, the transition from an emergency intervention to a co participation intervention. You need to know and be really smart to identify when communities are strong enough to be autonomous and not fall into dependence on you. That’s also really tough decision and knowing where is assistance, emergency assistance, and knowing where is promoting capabilities and abilities to know that they can be better by themselves. So that’s one of the toughest part I think. So

Astrid Aubert  (19:22):

As you said, I think the Hurricane Guerrero, it was a challenge for the whole country. I can imagine for that would do that. That’s why we are really happy to collaborate specifically with because we know you get inside of helping the people. So the first thing is that I want to say a big thank you for inviting us to the annual report that you celebrate in the past event in March. But I think Louisa is the best option to say about this because you were there, right Lisa? Yeah,

Paulina Garza Gordoa (19:54):

We were really happy to have Lisa there as well. Yes,

Luisa Garcia  (19:57):

Thank you Astrid and thank you both as Astrid mentioned. Thank you a lot for allowing us to participate with you. The whole Victor team is very grateful for that and very engaged with your cause. Yeah, in the annual information celebration, well it was like an impact report. I want to say that I was very excited to be there and also I love to hear not only because I am 26 years old and since I was remember about remember hearing from you everywhere, but I didn’t know how many years you actually have helping people. And you mentioned earlier about how everything started with the earthquake and something that I really liked when I was there was the main activity that you encourage everyone, all the participants to make, which was drawing your best memory from your childhood and that make me think that not everyone has a great childhood and you are doing great childhood for the kids. So that’s something that I wanted to bring up also, one of the things we learned about was the incredible impact that you have not only during last year but since the foundation of this organization and reflecting on the organization journey. What are a couple of major milestones you’d like to share with us?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (21:16):

First of all, thank you for being there. We really enjoy your participation in the event. Thank you for recognizing this kind of activities that they’re like for us, like the drawing with your memory of your childhood. That for us is really to recognize that we were really fortunate to have these good memories as you asked me in the introduction of this interview. We were really, really lucky. We have the commitment to change that reality from others. We know that we can have the best speech for you about the importance of early childhood, but also we have to prove that change is happening in communities. So I think one of our major milestone is that we have being able to verify that 70% of our population that enters to our program leaves our program in optimal conditions. We can prove that. So it’s really important. That brings us tremendous joy and we want to keep improving even though for us it’s not enough, the 70% we have to move forward. But above all in the other side of the quality analysis or the other part that we see in all the times that we take in communities is that we see children happy. We see children playing, we see children having fun. We see the interaction with positive interaction with their caregivers and this stage of life is generating, turning and security for their future adulthood. So having a better society in the future starts with the children, so in their present. So that’s for me the major mountain I can share with you.

Luisa Garcia  (22:59):

Thank you. Bao.

Astrid Aubert  (23:00):

What is the vision for the coming years for

Paulina Garza Gordoa (23:06):

Well evolving in our model to have the best early childhood development model in Mexico and why not in all the world we’re ambitious and from these continue to grow in territories and it not working with the communities, it’s also the influence in public policies that we can do based on evidence for improving conditions in all the Mexican population. We have to share our knowledge to the public sector. So that’s our main goal. To have these changes in laws and in public programs, social programs and to continue to do our work even better in communities for these 23,000 children we work with.

Astrid Aubert  (23:50):

Awesome. That will be a winning for sure.

Luisa Garcia  (23:53):

Thank you so much for joining us today. We love to getting to know more about your organization over the past months and we are happy to do now share your mission with our listeners. So how can our listeners connect with you and learn more about,

Paulina Garza Gordoa (24:10):

Of course they can follow us on our social media. It’s the closer channel we can share with you. It’s at in Spanish. We can share later in the description of this video with you and write to us, join to our, cause there’s a lot of initiatives we have to participate and we can invite you to community and to share experiences with us.

Luisa Garcia  (24:36):

Yeah, I want to mention that I heard about that in the inform that you have a race, like a running race. You also have this new initiative which is, or something like a store where you can buy different items for supporting. Also I remember that you have these grandfather or godmother like padrinos program where you can directly support a kid or a time for a long term and keep supporting them for getting meals and getting healthcare, things like that. But is there any other initiative that you want to bring up?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (25:13):

Yes, Lisa, you are like my fundraising team. Much better than meet all the initiatives, but we have all these kind of initiatives. Of course you can write it to us in our social media and we can share it with you the specific ways to join to the cost. But yes, we have this big piggy bags with a coin in some public spaces. We have cards or postcards in supermarkets for having that kind of donations and share with it in Mexico. We’re closer to have these kind of initiatives in the United States. You can be like Godmother or Godfather and have a monthly donation. You can join us with your corporate donation and also not only a monetary support or with donations, you can also share our mission and that’s also a really good support for us. Spread the world, that early childhood development is the best way to invest in a more prosperous society, share our stories in social media, invite more people to join our cause. That would be really helpful for us.

Luisa Garcia  (26:24):


Astrid Aubert  (26:26):

Report and also we cannot subscription, but yeah, can come with 12 vector. Thank you

Paulina Garza Gordoa (26:35):

Very much. You’re an amazing company, an amazing and social focus company, so we are really proud to have you as one of our best. Alice, thank you very much.

Luisa Garcia  (26:46):

Thank you Pauline. And yeah, we’ll make sure to add all the links in the description of the episode. And also just before we finish the interview, I want to add another question which just came to my mind. I remember that in the event I had also the opportunity to exchanging ideas with other companies that have participated with you. And of course they are a medical I teams or they have different terms, but it catch my attention that there were no many logistics company there. So I wonder how, for your perspective, how important is the logistics into a relief situation like disaster relief situation or helping to a cause and bringing things to a community that probably it’s far away or things like that?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (27:35):

Okay, that’s a really good question because, well, I think that having you in these kind of situations is really important. Not only about the donation that is really important, but as well as the knowledge in this kind of emergency. Every minute counts. If you deliver earlier, if you do with efficiently, if you organize correctly, all the items, the support, if you arrive in the right place at the right timing, you can change the life of some old experience, the post traumatic experience to a community or a person or a children. So you have the opportunity to change the lives with doing your work well. So I know that first of all, it obviously the money for buying the supplies, the food and everything, but also it’s one of our learnings about this year to do it with efficient processes, to do it correctly, to do it right away, it’s really important as well.


So you are the best on that, right? You do it for your company, for your clients, why not do it for NNGO? So hopefully we can have more ideas about getting together and learning about you, about your experience, your knowledge, your talent, and having also these kind of opportunities as a volunteering experience, right? Obviously we have a lot to learn about you. So I think that’s really important for you to know that NGOs are needed or are looking always for doing in an efficient way their work. So if you can help them, it’s really also a really positive impact.

Luisa Garcia  (29:24):

Thank you. Thanks for your answer. I was curious about to know your perspective on that and I think that your answer was amazing. Thanks for that. Well finally, are there any specific current needs that both individuals and companies can help with? Any specific, you mentioned the initiatives, but is there any current thing that is going on right now that people can help?

Paulina Garza Gordoa (29:47):

Yes, I think that obviously helping us to get to our mission, but also given the right conditions to people inside your company to have really good processes for their children. I mean, if you have workers that have children in early childhood, the company must have all the processes and the facilities for them to give a really good childhood to their children. So I think that’s also a really positive impact in an internal way. And still believing in NGOs, they’re really good NGOs in all over the world, having really good impact, like support NGOs, train the NGOs also, not only with money but with also volunteering and with these kind of ideas like helping them to share knowledge and to share knowledge also and share the causes of the organizations and have a society really receptive of the biggest problems in the world and how everyone together we can change that problem, solve the world. So I think that’s my main ideas of this thing.

Luisa Garcia  (30:54):

Great insights. Thanks. That’s really important as well to know that how companies can help from the inside.

Paulina Garza Gordoa (31:02):

Thank you very much. It was really cool. Even though it’s not our language, I have to say to the audience, I think that it’s really important to share in the ideas of people in other countries knowing that we’re in the same world, that we’re working together and we can solve problems together. I celebrate this initiative, this podcast, and the opportunity for us is we are really privileged and we’re really glad to talk to you and talk to all your audience about our cause.

Luisa Garcia  (31:31):

Thanks a lot. And yeah, thank you for bringing that up. I mean, some people will listen the interview and some others will watch it on YouTube and in socials. But yeah, definitely we’re making an effort. We are all from Mexico, so we always speak Spanish. Yeah, we all did a great job, I guess. I hope. Well, thank you Paulina. Thank you Ashley. And specifically thank you Paulina for being here. It was an honor to having you here as our guest and let’s keep working together and making things happen.


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Paulina Garza Gordoa has a Master’s in Strategic Design and Innovation, currently serving as the Director of Institutional Development at Un Kilo de Ayuda A.C. With extensive experience in the social sector, she previously held the position of Sub Director of Institutional Partnerships at the same institution from 2020 to 2023, Director of Programs and Community Impact at United Way Mexico from 2017 to 2020, and Social Director at TECHO Mexico from 2014 to 2016. She has previously held various regional coordination and volunteer roles within the same organization. She studied Industrial Design for her undergraduate degree and pursued a Master’s in Strategic Design and Innovation at the Universidad Iberoamericana. She currently teaches courses in Integral Design and Strategic Design at the same institution. Connect with Paulina on 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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Adrian Purtill

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.

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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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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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Vicki White


Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.

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Allison Giddens


Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.

She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.

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Billy Taylor


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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Tandreia Bellamy


Tandreia Bellamy retired as the Vice President of Industrial Engineering for UPS Supply Chain Solutions which included the Global Logistics, Global Freight Forwarding and UPS Freight business units. She was responsible for operations strategy and planning, asset management, forecasting, and technology tool development to optimize sustainable efficiency while driving world class service.

Tandreia held similar positions at the business unit level for Global Logistics and Global Freight forwarding. As the leader of the Global Logistics engineering function, she directed all industrial engineering activies related to distribution, service parts logistics (post-sales support), and mail innovations (low cost, light weight shipping partnership with the USPS). Between these roles Tandreia helped to establish the Advanced Technology Group which was formed to research and develop cutting edge solutions focused on reducing reliance on manual labor.

Tandreia began her career in 1986 as a part-time hourly manual package handling employee. She spent the great majority of her career in the small package business unit which is responsible for the pick-up, sort, transport and delivery of packages domestically. She held various positions in Industrial Engineering, Marketing, Inside and On-road operations in Central Florida before transferring to Atlanta for a position in Corporate Product Development and Corporate Industrial Engineering. Tandreia later held IE leadership roles in Nebraska, Minnesota and Chicago. In her final role in small package she was an IE VP responsible for all aspects of IE, technology support and quality for the 25 states on the western half of the country.
Tandreia is currently a Director for the University of Central Florida (UCF) Foundation Board and also serves on their Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Previously Tandreia served on the Executive Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s IE Department and the Association for Supply Chain Management. She served on the Board of Trustees for ChildServ (a Chicago child and family services non-profit) and also served on the Texas A&M and Tuskegee Engineering Advisory Boards. In 2006 she was named Business Advisor of the Year by INROADS, in 2009 she was recognized as a Technology All-Star at the Women of Color in STEM conference and in 2019 she honored as a UCF Distinguished Aluma by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems.

Tandreia holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems from UCF. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is being the proud mother of two college students, Ruby (24) and Anthony (22).

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Marty Parker


Marty Parker serves as both the CEO & Founder of Adæpt Advising and an award-winning Senior Lecturer (Teaching Professor) in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the University of Georgia. He has 30 years of experience as a COO, CMO, CSO (Chief Strategy Officer), VP of Operations, VP of Marketing and Process Engineer. He founded and leads UGA’s Supply Chain Advisory Board, serves as the Academic Director of UGA’s Leaders Academy, and serves on multiple company advisory boards including the Trucking Profitability Strategies Conference, Zion Solutions Group and Carlton Creative Company.

Marty enjoys helping people and companies be successful. Through UGA, Marty is passionate about his students, helping them network and find internships and jobs. He does this through several hundred one-on-one zoom meetings each year with his students and former students. Through Adæpt Advising, Marty has organized an excellent team of affiliates that he works with to help companies grow and succeed. He does this by helping c-suite executives improve their skills, develop better leaders, engage their workforce, improve processes, and develop strategic plans with detailed action steps and financial targets. Marty believes that excellence in supply chain management comes from the understanding the intersection of leadership, culture, and technology, working across all parts of the organization to meet customer needs, maximize profit and minimize costs.

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Laura Lopez

Marketing Coordinator

Laura Lopez serves as our Supply Chain Now Marketing Coordinator. She graduated from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Mexico with a degree in marketing. Laura loves everything digital because she sees the potential it holds for companies in the marketing industry. Her passion for creativity and thinking outside the box led her to pursue a career in marketing. With experience in fields like accounting, digital marketing, and restaurants, she clearly enjoys taking on challenges. Laura lives the best of both worlds - you'll either catch her hanging out with her friends soaking up the sun in Mexico or flying out to visit her family in California!

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Jake Barr


An acknowledged industry leader, Jake Barr now serves as CEO for BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, providing support to a cross section of Fortune 500 companies such as Cargill, Caterpillar, Colgate, Dow/Dupont, Firmenich, 3M, Merck, Bayer/Monsanto, Newell Brands, Kimberly Clark, Nestle, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Sanofi, Estee Lauder and Coty among others. He's also devoted time to engagements in public health sector work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At P&G, he managed the breakthrough delivery of an E2E (End to End) Planning Transformation effort, creating control towers which now manage the daily business globally. He is recognized as the architect for P&G’s demand driven supply chain strategy – referenced as a “Consumer Driven Supply Chain” transformation. Jake began his career with P&G in Finance in Risk Analysis and then moved into Operations. He has experience in building supply network capability globally through leadership assignments in Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. He currently serves as a Research Associate for MIT; a member of Supply Chain Industry Advisory Council; Member of Gartner’s Supply Chain Think Tank; Consumer Goods “League of Leaders“; and a recipient of the 2015 - 2021 Supply Chain “Pro’s to Know” Award. He has been recognized as a University of Kentucky Fellow.

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Marcia Williams


Marcia Williams, Managing Partner of USM Supply Chain, has 18 years of experience in Supply Chain, with expertise in optimizing Supply Chain-Finance Planning (S&OP/ IBP) at Large Fast-Growing CPGs for greater profitability and improved cash flows. Marcia has helped mid-sized and large companies including Lindt Chocolates, Hershey, and Coty. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a degree in Accounting from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay (South America). Marcia is also a Forbes Council Contributor based out of New York, and author of the book series Supply Chains with Maria in storytelling style. A recent speaker’s engagement is Marcia TEDx Talk: TEDxMSU - How Supply Chain Impacts You: A Transformational Journey.

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Luisa Garcia is a passionate Marketer from Lagos de Moreno based in Aguascalientes. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico. She specializes in brand development at any stage, believing that a brand is more than just a name or image—it’s an unforgettable experience. Her expertise helps brands achieve their dreams and aspirations, making a lasting impact. Currently working at Vector Global Logistics in the Marketing team and as podcast coordinator of Logistics With Purpose®. Luisa believes that purpose-driven decisions will impact results that make a difference in the world.

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Astrid Aubert was born in Guadalajara, she is 39 years old and has had the opportunity to live in many places. She studied communication and her professional career has been in Trade Marketing for global companies such as Pepsico and Mars. She currently works as Marketing Director Mexico for Vector Global Logistics. She is responsible for internal communications and marketing strategy development for the logistics industry. She is a mother of two girls, married and lives in Monterrey. She defines herself as a creative and innovative person, and enjoys traveling and cooking a lot.

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Constantine Limberakis


Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research.Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.

From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.

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Greg White

Principal & Host

When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.

Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.

Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.

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Tyler Ward

Director of Sales

Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!

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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 a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. 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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Amanda Luton

Vice President, Production

Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.

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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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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

Director, Customer Experience

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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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

Mary Kate Love is currently the VP of marketing at Supply Chain Now focused on brand strategy and audience + revenue growth. Mary Kate’s career is a testament to her versatility and innovative spirit: she has experience in start-ups, venture capital, and building innovation initiatives from the ground up: she previously helped lead the build-out of the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific and before that, MxD (Manufacturing times Digital): the Department of Defense’s digital manufacturing innovation center. Mary Kate has a passion for taking complicated ideas and turning them into reality: she was one of the first team members at MxD and the first team member at the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific.

Mary Kate dedicates her extra time to education and mentorship: she was one of the founding Board Members for Women Influence Chicago and led an initiative for a city-wide job shadow day for young women across Chicago tech companies and was previously on the Board of Directors at St. Laurence High School in Chicago, Young Irish Fellowship Board and the UN Committee for Women. Mary Kate is the founder of National Supply Chain Day and enjoys co-hosting podcasts at Supply Chain Now. Mary Kate is from the south side of Chicago, a mom of two baby boys, and an avid 16-inch softball player. She holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more.  In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.

Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys.  She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.

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