Logistics with Purpose
Episode 101

These women, my incredible black belt mother who was the captain of her own boat in the eighties, and my incredible grandma who was the first female minister in Eastern Washington, they made me speak up and stand up for myself, and believe in myself, and believe that I'm a part of this man's world.

-Hope Solo

Episode Summary

In this episode of Logistics with Purpose, hosts Enrique Alvarez and Kristi Porter welcome former US Women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo to the show! Hope discusses her career, her advocacy for women’s rights and gender equality, and her involvement with the Homeless World Cup.

Listen in as she shares her journey from a young girl with a passion for soccer to becoming one of the world’s top goalkeepers, and discusses the challenges she faced in advocating for equal pay and better conditions for women in sports. Also learn more about the Homeless World Cup, an organization that Hope supports and has a personal connection to, that uses soccer to inspire homeless people to change their lives.

Tune in to gain insight into Hope Solo’s remarkable journey, filled with resilience, passion, and a profound commitment to making a difference in the world through the game of soccer.

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.

Enrique Alvarez (00:35):

Good morning and welcome once again to another episode of Logistics with Purpose. Christie, how are you doing? Good morning.

Kristi Porter (00:41):

Good morning. I am thrilled to be here. We have been anticipating this episode for a while, haven’t taken the lid off of it and let the cat out of the bag yet. But we are here and we are so excited to be talking to Hope, solo star athlete, dedicated activist. You already know who she is, but I’m going to tell you more about her. Anyway. She is one of the world’s top goalkeepers who helped the US Women’s soccer team win bronze and gold at the World Cup Championships and two Olympic gold medals. In fact, in case you didn’t know, she is the most decorated goalkeeper in US soccer history. And after her record setting career, she’s been a tireless advocate for women’s rights and gender equality to very good uses of her time. Hope. Thank you so much for joining us and welcome to the show,

Hope Solo (01:27):

Enrique Christie, it is a great pleasure to be here. Thanks for having me.

Kristi Porter (01:30):

Absolutely. Well, we typically start off this podcast by asking about someone’s childhood, but for obvious reasons that will come later. We’re going to save that for a few questions down the line, but of course we have to have you on here and we have to talk about your illustrious career. It has been so fun to follow. I’m a huge Olympics fan, even though I don’t know much about soccer. I watch it every time the Olympics are on. So I remember watching you and your professional journey is also one that millions of people around the world are familiar with and actually watched unfold. Your trajectory started in high school, college, and then you turned pro. So you’ve been at in the soccer world for a long time, and it was evident that that was who you were going to be. But I’m curious from your side, so we know you of course, through soccer, but was soccer always part of the plan or did you start realizing how good you are and we’re going to go down that route? And what would you have done if soccer hadn’t been your path?

Hope Solo (02:30):

Isn’t that the question? Yes, it’s, it’s what I have done. I’ve said a number of different things. I want to be a beach volleyball player.

Kristi Porter (02:38):

Oh, another good one.

Hope Solo (02:39):

But no, at the end of the day, I mean, when I was 12 years old, my stepfather and my mother sat me down and said they could no longer afford for me to play travel soccer. And it was a really difficult conversation for them to have with me. They knew I was enjoying it. There’s club ball and there’s select, there’s other ways to play the beautiful game, of course. But I was successful on my club teams and I was making district ODP and I was getting the self-confidence at a very young age. And in that moment, I just drew a fit like any 12-year-old girl could do, drew a fit, said, how could you, I am going to prove you that I’m getting a scholarship to play soccer in college. And I started crying. I ran up to my room and my mom and stepfather, he passed in 2012, but bless his heart because the moment they had that conversation with me, they knew it was my passion.


It was embedded inside of me. I had a love for the game and I wanted to succeed. And I could see that I put my blinders on and I was focused and they did everything to help me continue to play. And it was very difficult on the family because we’re very middle class and how expensive this rich white kid sport has become in the United States. So it wasn’t an easy road. We were doing car washes. I was mowing lawns and cleaning homes and getting donations and getting grants, and I had a lot of help from my community and my state to help me succeed and really fulfill my dreams. At the end of the day, I needed support.

Kristi Porter (04:13):

That’s fantastic. And I feel

Hope Solo (04:14):

Like that was said. I want to tell you, please, it wasn’t an easy road. I had those blinders on, but then I got cut numerous times from the 1999 team, the 2000 Olympic team, the 2003 World Cup team, the 2004 Olympics. I was finally the third string alternate goalkeeper in Greece, which I do have a gold medal for. But I got cut so many times that I started to wonder, maybe it’s time to get an office job, maybe it’s time to fall back on my college degree and which was not what I wanted it to be. I was supposed to minor in Spanish. Enrique, you can help me.

Enrique Alvarez (04:52):

Perfect. We could actually switch this whole interview to,

Hope Solo (04:55):

I still have the biggest regret that I did not become fluent in Spanish, so I was just a minor in Spanish and economics was my major. And because I was traveling the world trying to make the US team going to camps, I ended up with my communications degree,

Kristi Porter (05:11):

A fellow communications degree right

Hope Solo (05:13):


Enrique Alvarez (05:13):

Well, it’s amazing. It’s such an, I was terrible, right? Because there’s so many people out there hearing and listening to these episodes and there’s always something uplifting, something inspiring about people that just don’t give up. And I love that about some people. And so how do you do that, right? And you come from 12 years old playing to becoming one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the sport and really breaking every single record. You still hold at least six in the US alone and you kept being caught. How do you keep going? What kind of value system or culture or trick can you share with us?

Hope Solo (05:49):

I wish it was easy advice. I wish there was one trick. You really are a product of your environment. You’re kind of an accumulation of everything that you’re surrounded by, whether it’s leaders in your life, coaches in your life, even your monetary situation, the way you were raised, your values. So there is no one answer What we tell our kids now. And when I look back to how I was as a kid, I loved being good. I am not sorry to say that it is fun to be great at something. And I never felt guilty, and I was a kid out there. Coaches would take me off because I was scoring too many goals. And I find it now, it’s really difficult sometimes for young girls and young boys to stand out. And so what we tell our kids, we don’t care what you do, but whatever you pursue, try to be the best at because it’s fun to be the best.


And if you don’t succeed, maybe that’s wrong parenting advice. But it is what motivated me, but also what motivated me. All the people in my small, small, small, urban town, rural town, I’m sorry, who didn’t think a girl like me could make it across the mountains, could get a scholarship to make it out of my hometown. I remember rumors about me being spread. I’d be gone for ODP camp, I’d come back and everyone thought I went and had a baby and I was pregnant. I mean, there were rumors all over my small town because I was successful. So in that same breath, you have a lot of people questioning, doubting, and really not believing in you. So it was a fine balance of people telling me, Hey, be the best you could be the best. Stay focused. Do not let your behavior off the field dictate where you go.


And on the other hand, I have just as many people saying, Hey, you’re just a small town girl from a small town. You need to make realistic goals and realistic goals. For me, according to these people, including my athletic director back in high school was telling me that these goals are too big. And I get it. I dreamt very big, but I did the work and I stayed focused. So I don’t know what kept me motivated. There’s a number of things, these women in my life, my incredible grandma, my incredible black belt mother, who was the captain of her own boat in the eighties when it was only men on boats. My grandma was the first minister in eastern Washington, female minister of course. So they were always breaking barriers for me. And I had this strong sense of they were opinionated but kind women.


And so I always felt like I could ask questions and speak up. And at some point when you go through advocacy and work, you start to realize that you’re asking a lot of questions that perhaps you don’t want to know the answers to. But so these women, they made me speak up and stand up for myself and believe in myself and believe that I’m a part of this man’s world. And then I have these, my father and he was homeless and he was a huge part of my career also. He loved me and I knew and his loved and he supported me in a different kind of way. So long answer, but what I’m saying, there’s no one answer. You have to work hard. You have to stay committed. You have to find that love inside of you, and then you have to try to be the best because being successful is fun. I don’t care what anybody says.

Enrique Alvarez (09:14):

Oh, thank you so much for that advice. I have two young kids, one of the employees soccer, and you’re right, it’s like the adversity that makes good players and good people and inspiring individuals in this world. So maybe because of that adversity is what you became so successful. And sure enough, you broke a lot of barriers for a lot of women that came after you and after that very successful US soccer team or football team for everyone listening in Europe, well, I guess everywhere else in the world. So thank you for sharing that. Again, I was huge soccer fan. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t ask you. How does it feel? I mean, I’ve dreamt many, many times of going out of the tunnel and into the pitch and you have the national anthem, and then how does it feel to win a World Cup? It must be unbelievable. The

Hope Solo (10:02):

World Cup victory

Enrique Alvarez (10:05):

Course on penalty kicks too, right? Wasn’t it?

Hope Solo (10:07):

No, no, no. We lost in penalty kicks in 2011.


It really was just a long journey in the making and it very well may not have happened. And that’s kind of how I went into it after what happened in 2007 where our team really self imploded, horrible leadership with our coaching, just chaos in 2007, but we still got bronze. And then in 2011, one of the most beautiful tournaments I have ever played in hands down in Germany, pot stands and stadiums at soccer intelligence crowd, football intelligence crowd. Nobody wanted the United States to win. They wanted Germany, so they wanted Brazil to upset the United States. And we have that epic match between Brazil that went into penalties where we tied into last minute. But it was just beautiful. And why it was so beautiful is because I saw humanity in that tournament. There was the earthquake, the tsunami that hit Japan right before the World Cup, and we were unsure if the Japanese teams were going to make the tournament and for the morale of their country.


They came and they put on a display of such heart and motivation that transcended the game and really just gave hope back to their destruction communities where there are people who are still missing and they’re watching their women’s team play in this huge tournament outside on any television they can find. And I do believe we were the better team in that final technically and more fit. But Japan was playing with something that we didn’t have, and it was for the morale of their entire nation in a devastating time. And after the game when we lost, I remember going up to Captain Amma and she couldn’t celebrate. I had maybe a few tears, but I was happy for them. And it was the first time I was actually happy for my opponent and she said, hope I can’t celebrate because it breaks my heart that you’re sad. And I hugged her back and I said, it breaks my heart that you don’t celebrate. This may happen only once in a lifetime. And we embraced and we hugged and she went on to celebrate. And it was truly the most remarkable tournament, but yet we got silver and it sucked to lose

Enrique Alvarez (12:32):


Hope Solo (12:33):

At least it’s to Japan, but still one of the most beautiful memories I’ve ever had in competition. So four years later, you know that anything can happen. Whatever happened in 2007 was chaos 2011, this team is playing with more heart and soul and for the sake of their nation. And you just know that at any given time, any team can beat you. So going into the 2015 World Cup, I approached it like that and I made sure my teammates understood, Hey, we may be the favorites and we’re feeling good and we’re feeling confident, but it doesn’t matter on paper, nothing matters on paper. And that’s how I went into it. So in that final, when all of a sudden, I don’t even, I think it was three zero at halftime, I don’t remember Carly Lloyd’s, whereas the 50 yard goal, we go into halftime, it looks like we’re winning, but there’s still 45 more minutes and you’re up against Japan again, you can do anything.

Enrique Alvarez (13:25):

A great team too, right?

Hope Solo (13:26):

It’s really important to start believing in victory. And that was from all the lessons prior. So when that final whistle blew, I couldn’t believe it. I mean, we very easily in my career, Abby Womack’s career, Shannon Box’s career, the veteran’s career, Christie Ramone’s career very easily could have gone down in history as some of the great players that never won a World Cup. So we did it. And I remember looking at my husband and just, I was so proud after all of the, we had a very turbulent year going into the World Cup personally. So I think I was able in that moment to walk away from the game and be okay with it. It’s never easy to walk away from the game or be fired, but Well, you’re

Enrique Alvarez (14:07):

Still playing, I assume, or no? Are you playing seven on seven or somewhere?

Hope Solo (14:11):

No. Goodness. That’s a whole D

Kristi Porter (14:14):


Hope Solo (14:15):

Yeah, my kids are. I

Enrique Alvarez (14:16):

Still try to play in. That’s awesome.

Kristi Porter (14:18):

And of course we have the Paris Olympics coming up in a few months. I am constantly glued to the TV for those two weeks. What was it like playing for the US in that capacity? What is it like to play for the Olympic team?

Hope Solo (14:32):

Well, I mean, you want all of your medals in every major tournament. You want the gold medal in the Olympics, you want the World Cup trophy in the World Cup, but the tournaments are very different. When you play in the Olympics, you feel so much national pride, but you also see all of the international pride and it’s more of a circus. It’s madness. It’s celebrating every sport from every nation. It’s beautiful, but it’s exhausting because you might be staying in the Olympic Village and walking miles to get to lunch. And when you are in a tournament, you want to be really focused. You want to keep things simple outside of the big game. But the Olympics, they provide a different challenge. They make you focus amongst the madness and the chaos and the circus-like event that the Olympics is, it really shows who’s kind of the more mature players and the veterans. And it’s a good experience because when you get into the World Cup, it’s all focused on soccer 100% of the time. So it’s just a completely different experience. But you want to be on both podiums at the end of the day. Sure.

Kristi Porter (15:42):

Wow, that’s amazing. I did not see the World Cup game, but I was on the edge of my seat. You should be a sportscaster. I didn’t know where that was going. Well, as previously mentioned too, once you moved on from soccer, well, and even during your career, you were very passionate about women’s rights, gender equality. We saw that both on and off the field. So I’d love to know what did that look like in practice while you were playing? Let’s talk about that section of your life first. What did those teammates conversations with your teammates look like and those actions look like and yeah, what were those kind of efforts like? Whenever things were really going through major changes?

Hope Solo (16:20):

Oh goodness. It was decades in the making to get the majority of our players to stand up against their own employer for so long. We asked, we were nice in negotiating. We asked for favors. We kind of believed somewhere in the gray. Nothing was set in stone contractually. And it was kind of the way a lot of historically, women have really done business being scared of their male employers. Going back to asking a lot of questions. Early on the team, I was wondering very obvious things now, but why are the men taking charters? And we have literally economy, middle seats backed by the bathroom going to major tournaments. We stayed in some of the most absurd hotels that weren’t even safe. And nobody wanted to question the authority. Nobody wanted to question their employer. We just wanted to be happy and play. And that’s what was drilled inside of us as women.


Hey, just be appreciative and just be happy that you have an opportunity to play for your country. And I get that as a starting point. But in the United States, we have laws and the law is the Equal Pay Act and Title vii. And I regret looking back because I knew things weren’t right. I could feel it in my soul almost as much as I was passionate about soccer, I was passionate about women’s rights, equal pay making true and lasting change within the system. And so many times we got knocked down. I mean, you’re going up against a major corporation who’s been around for over a hundred years who use the age old tactics of divide and conquer. They would take players out, say, Hey, let’s just trust us. Just calm down. We’ll give you better hotels. We might see a better hotel once, but it still was not initiated.


So it was very difficult to get everybody. And there was one time where through years of telling our players, we need new representation, we have to have new representation because we’re not getting anywhere in these negotiations. Every new contract is an MOUA memorandum of understanding, nothing set in stone. And so finally we had enough new turnover of players where they understood we needed change. And I’ll never forget we had a vote. I brought in a new attorney from the NFL Players Association, one of the best players associations in the world, and I bring in these attorneys to meet with a team. We had a vote and it was a split vote, nine to nine. So we didn’t have change for another year. And I’m telling you, it took decades. But when Rich Nichols finally became our head counsel for the Players Association, he actually educated us on the Equal Pay Act in Title vii.


We are grown women at this point. How come not every girl is educated in high school about the Equal Pay Act in Title vii? So that is one of my regrets. I should have been more in the know about my rights and the laws here in the United States. And I wasn’t forbid that for the generations going forward, and I think obviously the generations going forward are more educated because of our fight like ours. But we were finally educated about the Equal Pay Act and Title vi, and we finally got players on board who knew it would take a lot of risk. Our federation said they wouldn’t schedule any games. It would take away our health insurance. We had moms on the team, people were intimidated, people were scared. So we still were playing it nice. We finally, five players, me and four other players decided to file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to get permission.


You have to go through this channel first as government agency first to get permission to then go sue your employer if they find evidence that they might not be in compliance with the Equal Pay Act. So it took them because we had an administration change. It was going forward at full speed with the Obama administration, and then funding was cut and the EEOC by the Trump administration, they worked really hard, but they lacked funding. They lacked resources. So it took another three years and then we got permission to sue our employer because they did find evidence. This was decades in the making. So when everyone knew that it was

Enrique Alvarez (20:34):

Unequal, I mean it’s, anyways, keep going.

Hope Solo (20:38):

But US soccer would flood them with paperwork and documents and it would take a long time for them to get through all the evidence. So we finally get permission. And at that point, the team didn’t want to sue their employer anymore. It was exhausting. I mean, I understand it. It’s exhausting, it’s scary, it’s intimidating. So at that point, I became the first athlete in the United States to sue their employer under the Equal Pay Act and Title seven.

Enrique Alvarez (21:04):


Hope Solo (21:04):

Congratulations. About eight months later, the team finally said, you know what? We’re not getting anywhere. We need to follow Hope Suit. And they filed a class action. So we had a class action lawsuit. We won millions of dollars. I dissented in the class action for a number of reasons, and I was able to get hundreds of thousands dollars back into the pot for our class action to be distributed. But it’s been no easy process. I have been pushed out, I’ve been on my own island. I can’t get work for sponsors within US soccer. It’s been very difficult. I can’t get, yeah, I don’t know. I mean, I’ve been on the Board of Sports Fans Coalition. We work closely with congressmen and women and we pass the equal pay for Team USA at last year, which is equal compensation to all Olympians now. Not pro athletes, but all Olympians.


And we did that. And that was me meeting with local congresswoman in the back of a bathroom at the Republican GOP House in a very small town and with all Trump supporters. And I’m back in the bathroom meeting with this congresswoman to try and get bipartisan support. So these are the things that are going on. It’s a lot of hard work. My husband, he sees my ups and downs, he sees the success and then the failures and how much time and energy I’m putting into it, he’s putting into it to help me. And it’s no easy road, but that is the only road to create lasting change. And I am so proud to be a part of it.

Kristi Porter (22:34):


Enrique Alvarez (22:35):

You so, so much for what you’re doing. Yes, it’s amazing. But

Kristi Porter (22:38):

Yeah, it is. And once again, another example of your perseverance and action as well, that has certainly taken you far, that is an incredible achievement, something to be very proud of. Are there any other positive changes you’ve seen in the last decade or so just across the sport or professional sports in general?

Hope Solo (22:56):

Yeah, I mean, of course the WNBA is thriving. The NIL and college is really helping athletes out to dictate their own lives and decide from an earlier age finding success and finding monetary success and being able to send money back to help their families. I mean, it’s a whole different era with NIL alone, name, image, and likeness that we see now in college sports, women’s teams are getting a lot more coverage on places like ESPN, they’re getting more pay. They’re still obviously a lot of issues, but we’ve come a very long ways and I can only see it getting better. And actually the reason why it’s getting better, many of it is because you see the money rolling in like FIFA and the success, the Women’s World Cup Tournament, who wanted to turn a blind eye for so long and focus all their money and funds on the men’s tournament. And then I think they realized you invest a little and you’re going to make a lot in that investment. And that’s what we’re seeing now is more investment in women’s sports. Absolutely. Well, the

Enrique Alvarez (24:02):

Women’s in particular in the us, the women’s national team has always been more successful. So that’s just something else to add to the whole complexity of the problem because you were not only paid unfairly, but you are definitely delivering the results a lot more than the other team. But no, thank you so much. I have a younger daughter and I’m sure that people that are listening to this podcast are very thankful for all the fight and work that you’ve done to make sure that we have equal rights and equal pay. And that’s something very, very important. So hopefully everyone that’s listening continues to push for equal pay and it’s very important for us going forward.

Hope Solo (24:41):

I do want to say one more thing though. The fight is not even close to being over because my hope in suing our federation was to create a precedence for every woman moving forward, every woman in the workforce, not just women athletes. And we didn’t create that precedence. We never got that because there was a class action settlement. My hope was to move forward through the courts. But now that is dangling fruit and motivation for the next generation. There’s going to be somebody out there who actually moves forward to create this court precedence that everybody can refer back to, and that the decision making for individual employers will be black and white. There will be no gray area. So that is out there for some team, some man, some woman, to actually put it on the records.

Enrique Alvarez (25:40):

We should all kind of go and join forces to get that done. Absolutely right. And thank you once again. So hope. Changing gears a little bit here, we were connected to you through the homeless World Cup. We had Mel Young participating in one of our shows, an amazing organization. I’m a huge soccer fan, football fan too. So for me, learning about this was amazing. How do you get connected to the Homeless World Cup?

Hope Solo (26:03):

Well, I actually ran for president for the United States Soccer Federation. And for months I went around listening to the constituents and the voters and listening to real soccer problems in the grassroots level on the ground. And I met so many people that are just doing incredible work in the game and for kids. And that’s what it’s all about. And it’s successful. It helps your national team at the highest level when everything at the grassroots level is positive and good and building up. So these are the true heroes, the ones in the youth game, the ones on the ground, the one doing these programs. And so I met Street Soccer, USA, Lawrence Conn, in fact, one of the members. And I became a longtime supporter of street soccer because of the works they were doing in the local communities because of the improvements they were seeing in the kids’ math scores, social skills, emotional skills, and just the fact that these coaches were so committed and passionate as much as the kids were and the kids were returning and it was making the community stronger.


And I saw the work they were doing. And through that, I realized, oh my gosh. And it was good soccer. I went to the tournament and everything and I was like, these players are amazing and competitive. And I was really inspired. And then I found out, oh my gosh, the winning team is going to represent the United States in what the homeless World Cup. I didn’t know there was such a thing. And they were so excited to see that the passion and joy that these players were going to be able to represent their country in a World Cup basically many times going from being unrecognized and ignored to being celebrated. And it was just a beautiful concept. And so I was going right then and there to the next homeless World Cup, and lo and behold, I forgot my passport on the way to Mexico City, which was supposed to be one of the best homeless world Cups that have ever been hosted.


That’s what I’ve heard. I still regret that very much. I did have my passport card. I did not have my passport. I thought it was the same kind of Anyways, I was very, very heartbroken about that. So I was going to go to the next homeless World Cup and then the pandemic hit. So the first homeless World Cup back after the pandemic, I was finally able to attend. And that was this last year in Sacramento. And I will definitely be attending next year and this year in South Korea and hopefully continue forward because the work that they are doing is absolutely irreplaceable. And it changes lives around the world. And I’m not just talking about kids here in New York City or kids across America. I’m talking about globally changing the impact of homelessness. The word it means the recognization, and getting people to understand that this is a global, global problem with estimated 150 million people possibly homeless.


And that’s a very hard term to define homelessness. I mean, it takes different definitions everywhere around the world. Some countries think that if you live in a shelter, you’re not homeless, if you bounce around on couches, if you get any government aid. So that it’s very tricky to attack this global, global problem. But that’s what Homeless World Cup is doing. It is empowering. It is educating people and teaching people how to talk about the homeless community and really raising awareness. And so this is just one of the few programs that I want to put my heart and soul into.

Enrique Alvarez (29:34):

I had the pleasure to go to Sacramento too, and I took my son with me. And it was just incredible. Not only for the tournament itself, but I feel like you’re creating awareness and you’re changing the lives of people that actually are touched by these players. And we had a chance to warm up and juggle with some of the teams. And I think my son ended up coming into the field with the Mexican team and the flag and just hear their stories. And I was tearing up like every 30 minutes. And these guys, you see them and they’re confident and they’re proud. And so it’s very, very highly recommended for anyone out there that’s listening. And we’ll put all the information about the Homeless World Cup. And you mentioned it, there’s two events coming up that are of big importance. I feel like it’s the first one coming up in Seoul, right in September, the first time in Asia, which will be amazing.

Hope Solo (30:28):

I mean, that’s going to be huge and I’m very excited for that. But Netflix is coming out with movie, the Beautiful Game, which is inspired by the homeless World Cup and obviously Mill Young and all the work he’s done. So there’s a couple of big events that’s a huge event. And then there’s a virtual run, a 5K virtual run on April 27th and 28th. So we have a couple of events leading up to the big, big events.

Kristi Porter (30:54):

Yeah, absolutely. And so for everyone listening and watching, so this premiers on the 28th of March, it’s the 29th of March. And when you can look it up on Netflix, wherever you are, we’re excited to see that Bill. Nike is starring. I’m super excited to see it. I

Hope Solo (31:08):

Always it, I’ve already watched it.

Kristi Porter (31:10):

Oh good. He’s

Hope Solo (31:12):

Fantastic. I always in it.

Kristi Porter (31:14):

Yeah, I will be bringing tissues. I’m really excited about it. And then the virtual run, as Hope mentioned, it is April 27th and 28th. So you can go to world united.com to find more about the virtual event, or you can go either way to homeless world cup.org to find out about those two events. I want to back up just a second because you have a very unique personal background and personal history that also ties you to this. Cause you mentioned your father was homeless. I’m curious as a child, did you understand that and recognize it? What was that experience like? I’m sure he had a huge influence. You said he was with you every step of the way in your career as well. So what was that experience like?

Hope Solo (31:57):

Oh, obviously it was probably pretty tough for a young girl to not have their father around to not understand where he was living, when I’d see him again and things like that. But to be honest, when I think back to those moments of speaking to my girlfriend in my room about, I remember one breakdown being like, I don’t even know who I am, and crying to her. But then it was just, I turned the page. My mom never spoke ill of my father. I had a great stepfather who brought the sense of stable stability into the household. But my father was homeless and my father, he coached the community basketball team. He coached my brother growing up in baseball. He coached basketball, he coached soccer. He was really gregarious in this big loving guy, thick Italian dark hair, tatted up tattoos, thick New York accent. And he was a very prideful man, Italian.


So I don’t think he wanted his kids to know he was homeless. But eventually we found out. And when I went to college in Seattle, I thought I was going to go to the East coast and get far away from my family life like you do as a teenager. Again, 17, 18 years old. But I went to the University of Washington across the mountains, and I was able to really cultivate a incredible relationship with my father. And I never gave up on him. That’s the wonderful thing when I saw him, those few and far between times, it was nothing but love. It was nothing but laughter. Maybe a few tears when he hugged this big old belly. But I was able to forgive my father because I did realize that he was a Vietnam vet. He never really fit into societal norms of being that perfect father, that perfect husband.


And I understood that. And I was able to take away all of his positives. And he helped me become just a better human, not judging others, being kind to people no matter what they wear, what they look like, their problems in life, what they smell like. Because for a long time I had to overcome those things with my father. He’d come to my soccer games in college and he’d been living in the tent in the woods for a week without a shower. He’d walk away putting chips in his pocket from our VIP tent. And my coaches, everybody loved him and were supportive. And he was just a kind man. And so I learned so much in terms of not harboring anger. I never really had that. I had so much love. I wanted to understand his psyche, what he’d been through in life, and it helped me see things differently.


And he helped me be able to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. And I think that’s why being part of the homeless World Cup and meeting the people like you did Enrique and hearing their stories, we don’t know people’s struggles in life. We can judge from afar. But when you go to an event like this, you realize perhaps me, myself, I needed it. I needed to be around these people with inspiration, with a lack of selfishness, complete selfless human beings who want to do better. And it’s empowering. And they are the true motivators. Are these people involved in the homeless World Cup? The coaches and the players and the administrators. I mean, these are the true heroes and the ones who inspire me now. And it does my heart good to be around their fight for life, their fight against injustices, their, they’re learning how to be better humans. It’s everything all of us want to be at the end of the day, but there’s no selfishness in their journey. And that’s why I find it so inspiring. And that’s what my father was. He didn’t get it right every time. None of us do. But he was a kind, loving human being who continued to enjoy life despite his struggles.

Enrique Alvarez (35:47):

Sounds like a great person. Hope. What’s his name? What’s your dad’s name?

Hope Solo (35:50):

Johnny Solo. Johnny Solo.

Kristi Porter (35:52):

Such a catchy name.

Hope Solo (35:53):

Thank you for asking. I haven’t been able to say his name out loud in a long time. That feels good. Well,

Kristi Porter (35:57):

I’m curious, Enrique could talk about soccer all day. I’m still learning. I learned through the Olympics. But let’s talk about your elite level and playing from such a young age. And so we’ve talked again about your career. There’s so much of you outside of your career though. We’ve talked a lot about your passions talked, but so much of it was defined for a long time by soccer. So what did you learn about yourself since retiring?

Hope Solo (36:21):

Since retiring? Yeah.

Kristi Porter (36:24):

Or maybe I should ask. Even since becoming a mom.

Hope Solo (36:27):

Oh goodness. It was the first couple years after I got fired in my fight for equal pay. I think I was ready. I was ready to start a family. I thankfully had earned that gold medal in the Olympics and the World Cup trophy. So I had gotten my golden gloves and being the best goalkeeper in the world, which was very important to me. So I had accomplished the things on the field that I strived to accomplish. I wanted more. Every athlete probably wants more, but I was ready. And for the first three years I was pretty good because we left Seattle at my home state of Washington to create a new life in North Carolina. And when I got here, we were trying to get pregnant and we went through a journey with that, but we’re also building a home. So it’s so much fun to work on your land and build a home and envision something new for your life and your family.


And so I didn’t have time to mourn soccer. I really did not mourn it. Everything was so new in my life, I didn’t have time to mourn it. I was trying to build a home and have kids and lived in a different state. And it wasn’t really until, I don’t know. I think more recently after the pandemic hit, we had twins and the pandemic hit as we were in the hospital with the twins. We came home and we’re in a straight pandemic. And it was very difficult times. And I had to learn a lot about what I wanted in life. But I was think like many of us, I was drinking too much in the pandemic after long days of parenting. We had no help. We had no family around. It was very stressful times, but we were proud. We didn’t want help. We knew we could do it ourselves, my husband and I.


And we were there day in and day out being awesome parents. But then needing a drink at the end of the day and realizing that that got too far was very humbling. So what have I learned, man? I learned that I love parenting. I’m an awesome parent. My husband is an awesome parent, but I’ve learned that we need help and we need support. And moving to the east coast with no family, going through a pandemic, drinking a little more, we had nothing but each other. There’s been a lot of good positive change in terms of just realizing you can’t do everything by yourselves. And that’s huge because I always could in the goal, and I always could help my team win in some capacity. Yes, you have to rely on others. It is a team sport, I get it. But when it comes to parenting, it’s a whole different challenge.


And it’s wonderful to be able to rely on my family and friends again, and the community and people around here because for so long we were isolated. And through that isolation also, I was mourning football again, going through these losses and these victories with our equal pay and losing my work because of my lawsuits and losing my teammates, because the federation said, hope is suing us. You can no longer talk to her. So all of a sudden, because of the having twins, being on the east coast, being in a pandemic, and then your teammates being told nobody can talk to you again because of her lawsuits. I mean, I felt afraid and alone. I felt sorry for myself a little bit. But eventually I had a wake up call and I got back up and I’m fighting again and moving forward. And that’s kind of life. And it’s basically, it is the story of my life. Anyway, picking yourself back up and moving forward.

Enrique Alvarez (39:53):

Wow. Thank you for sharing. I mean, you’re a force of nature and clearly you never give up. And we’re very proud to have met you and to have this conversation with you and we’re fully supportive of you and your causes. And thank you once again for being here.

Kristi Porter (40:07):

Yes, absolutely. And this will, of course, we talked about some of your female influences earlier. This comes out also during Women’s History Month. You are a role model. You’ve had role models. You named a few as well. You’ve also just talked about, it was good to say your dad’s name out loud. So let’s also list some of the, let’s name some of the women who influenced you and who influenced you today and have shaped you. Oh

Hope Solo (40:34):

Gosh, you guys are amazing logistics with purpose. You guys do great work, especially Alicia Monte. Yeah, I don’t even know if I said that. My grandma’s name is Elisa. She went by Alice. Everybody knew her as Alice. She was Colombian, and I was definitely, my mom was is Judith. She goes by Judy, Judy Burnett, and she was environmental scientist and a black belt and karate. Wow. So strange. But yes, those were the women who influenced me. Thank you for asking again.

Kristi Porter (41:12):

Yes, of course.

Enrique Alvarez (41:14):

Well, and we talk a lot about purpose and of course you’re a very purpose-driven person. This is the name of our podcast as well. So for you, what is purpose? What does purpose mean? Not only as an athlete and a businesswoman, but just as a human being, a mom, someone from our community. What is purpose to you?

Hope Solo (41:30):

Purpose. But I have learned about purpose. You can’t just have a wish, a dream or an idea. You have to do something about it on the field. That equates to hard work physically and physical demands and getting in shape and having ball skills and everything it takes to become a great athlete. When you’re trained to make policy changes, you can’t just have an idea. And I’ve seen that happen so many times. We’ve had ideas. We want to fight for equal pay, but at the end of the day, you have to have, once again, like I learned about parenting, you have to have a support around you and not just your teammates. You need congressmen and women. You have to have a plan. You have to have good representation. We’ve had lofty ideas in the past, but I think you have to have a plan. And that’s what purpose is, knowing what your purpose is and then having it laid out to have a plan moving forward to do it and having that support around you. Of course.

Enrique Alvarez (42:28):

Absolutely. So, and for you follow up question, what does a phrase logistics with purpose mean to you?

Hope Solo (42:34):

Oh, logistics. I mean,

Enrique Alvarez (42:36):

S with

Hope Solo (42:36):

Purpose. I think that’s what it is. Have an idea. Don’t just have an idea, have a plan that goes along with it and it has to be a long-term plan. And you, you’re going to take many losses, but you have to celebrate those victories and you have to keep adding to the victories to eventually have that long-term plan stay in effect to create that lasting impact and positive change for generations to come. So don’t just start with an idea, get a plan, laid out a long-term plan and be able to face to face.

Enrique Alvarez (43:06):

Well, thank you once again for being here. It’s been a real pleasure. It’s been a masterclass in so many different levels, and thank you so much for everything you’re doing for the community. Thank you for everything you’re doing for equal pay and women around the world. How can people contact you? I’m sure a lot of our listeners will like to get in touch with you. What’s the best way of doing that?

Hope Solo (43:25):

I have been off social media, and I think it’s a wonderful thing for a lot of people to take a break from, but I still appreciate the love and support out there. So you can still find me on Instagram. And then obviously for speaking engagements and work and things like that, most people go through Mile 44 and Melinda Travis.

Kristi Porter (43:46):

Perfect. Fantastic. We will include all of that. And we want to remind everybody, of course, about the upcoming Netflix movie for the homeless World Cup called The Beautiful Game, debuting on Netflix on March 29th, and the virtual 5K run is coming up at the end of April. So just head on over to homeless world cup.org. Hope thank you. This was wonderful. Appreciate your candor, your passion. I guess we would expect nothing else, but we still showed up and loved it. Anyway, so thank you so much for your time, and we look forward to seeing you out there and seeing what you’re fighting for next. So thanks for being with us.

Hope Solo (44:24):

Of course, anytime. Thanks guys.

Enrique Alvarez (44:26):

Absolutely. Thank you. Thank you so much. I can say that I’m a bigger fan of yours now, not only for the goalkeeper that you are, but then for the person you are. So thank you so much. I

Hope Solo (44:34):

Really appreciate that.


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Hope Solo, A champion for change off the pitch, and a decorated champion on it, Hope Solo has dedicated her life to the game she loves and to making the world a better place for women everywhere.

Hope was born and raised in the small town of Richland, Wash., three hours southeast of Seattle. After Hope led her team to a state title at the high school level and twice earned Parade All-American honors, nearly every top program in the country came calling. But the Richland girl chose to stay close to home and attend the University of Washington.


A dynamic forward for most of her youth, she headed to Washington to be a goalkeeper. Under the guidance of former United States Women’s National Team goalkeeper Amy Griffin, Hope blossomed into one of the best ever to tend the nets in the history of the sport. While resetting the UW record books from 1998-2002, Hope was named All-Pac-10 four times, All-American three times and became the first keeper ever to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors.

While Hope dominated at the collegiate level, the USWNT took notice. In late 1999, Hope was tabbed for her first full national team camp, and just a few months later, she earned her first cap in an 8-0 shutout win against Iceland. That start was indicative of the success No. 1 would have in a USWNT kit.

Her first taste as the starting U.S. keeper major international competition came during the 2007 FIFA World Cup. Hope started the first four matches for her country, allowing just two goals and posting three shutouts, and the American side went on to capture the bronze medal.

The summer of 2008 brought even more success as Hope started every game of the Summer Olympics, conceding just five goals along the way. The competition in Beijing culminated with a brilliant 1-0 shutout performance by No. 1 in the gold medal match against a dangerous Brazilian squad that totaled 11 goals during the competition.

With the Olympic Gold on their resume, Hope and Co. entered the 2011 World Cup as the favorites, though the trip to Germany ended in heartbreak. After one of the most thrilling final matches in Women’s World Cup history ended in a 2-2 draw, the U.S. couldn’t hold off a determined Japanese squad, falling 3-1 in a championship shootout.

Hope and Co. entered the 2012 Summer Olympics looking for revenge, and they got just that, outscoring their opponents 16-6, including a 2-1 gold-medal game win over Japan to secure a second straight Olympic gold.

In 2015, the American women returned to the FIFA World Cup in Canada determined to secure the most coveted trophy in their sport for the first time since 1999. Hope was brilliant in group play, allowing just one goal in three contests as the U.S. emerged as the top seed. Hope claimed her spot as the world’s best goalkeeper with three more shutouts in the knockout stage as the USWNT breezed into the World Cup final. There, they were met by a familiar foe in Japan—but they left no doubt in the championship rubber match. It took just 16 minutes for the U.S. to take an insurmountable 4-0 lead, which Hope held easily on the other end of the pitch as the USWNT prevailed 5-2 to become World Cup Champions.

Hope is a staple in the USWNT record books. She holds the single-season and career record for most goalkeeper wins at 26 and 153, respectively. She also boasts the most career shutouts at 102, as well as the longest undefeated streak by a goalkeeper at 55 consecutive matches, spanning from 2002-2008. No. 1 has also made more appearances and starts than any other keeper at 202 and 192, respectively.

After earning nearly every honor possible in her sport on the pitch, Hope looked to the world outside of soccer to continue to make her mark. Hope has assumed a prominent role in the fight for women’s rights and gender equality. Connect with Hope on LinkedIn.


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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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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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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 & CMO, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise

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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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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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

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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