In this interview, Veteran Voices host Mary Kate Soliva welcomes Marina Rabinek, President and founder of the Military Women’s Collective and a Veteran of the United States Navy. While still in the Navy, Marina faced the unwanted advances of a fellow service member, and although she reported it up the chain of command, no action was taken until much later, when others had come forward as well. That experience became part of her drive to start the Military Women’s Collective, a 501c3 dedicated to ensuring that women veterans (past, present & future) do not feel INVISIBLE and UNHEARD.
Mary Kate and Marina take this opportunity to discuss:
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Mary Kate Soliva (00:48):
Today. And hello, this is Mary Kay saliva with veteran voices. Thanks for joining us today as we’ve got a wonderful, amazing, incredible conversation teed up with a veteran and a huge advocate in the veteran community. Stay tuned for a great discussion. Quick programming note before we get started, this program is part of the supply chain. Now family of programming it’s the show is conducted in partnership with my dear friends, vets to industry. Learn more about this powerful nonprofit that is serving so many firstname.lastname@example.org, an initiative near and dear to my heart, the Guam human rights initiative. Find them on LinkedIn at the university of Guam under the regional center for public policy. Okay. I can’t wait any longer without further ado. Let’s introduce our guest today. Our guest today serves as the president and founder of military women’s collective. She’s also a veteran of the United States Navy. Let’s welcome in marina RA my dear veteran sister. How are you today?
Marina Rabinek (01:55):
Hello. Hey. Hello? Okay. How you doing?
Mary Kate Soliva (01:58):
How you doing?
Marina Rabinek (01:59):
I am doing wonderful. Thank you.
Mary Kate Soliva (02:02):
It’s so great to have you back. I know you you’re here on, uh, veteran voices during a veteran’s day event. About a year ago. I’d say we were actually at the very start of our transition from the military. So now you and I are both out of the service, but you know, our hearts still belong to the military, but I think it’s a so great today because you know, I’m, I’m an army, the veteran you’re Navy veteran. So we got our little front maybe beat army thing going on. I know you had to add that in there, right? Go army. I mean, I had
Marina Rabinek (02:31):
Mary Kate Soliva (02:32):
But I really want folks cuz as much as I, I knew you, I would love for our listeners today to really get a chance and opportunity to get to know you better. The woman behind the scenes doing everything and you know, military women’s collective. So I’d like to start off with some motivation and whether no matter what time of day it is, I’m probably, you’re probably on your like fifth cup of coffee, but I’d love to get started with some motivation and hear Reno. Could you share with us a bit of, uh, motivation here today? What’s your favorite quote?
Marina Rabinek (03:04):
Definitely. Do you definitely. Um, yeah, so I actually have one that is on the homepage of military women’s collective.org, the website. Great. It is women belong in a all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception and that is by the rest in peace, late RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Mary Kate Soliva (03:30):
I love that. Gosh. And, and a powerhouse that you mentioned there and a legend in her own. Right? Absolutely love that. Love that quote. And I, I mean, you’ve been doing a, a lot of incredible work for women and especially women veterans, but we’re gonna get to that a little bit later. What I really wanna take everybody back to oh, where you grew up. So where, where could you tell us a little bit about your upbringing? Where’d you grow up at? I know you have a more unique story compared to most, so I let’s dive
Marina Rabinek (04:00):
Into that. True. True. I mean, people don’t normally take me like in the way back machine like this, I don’t, I don’t normally go this we’re going way back, way back. So I was born in well near you actually where you are right now. Um, the district of Columbia, I was born in Columbia, Maryland, cause I know you’re in Maryland now and I was only there until first grade. And then my dad got a position in Illinois. So we moved to this city called Buffalo Grove and I lived there and we were there for about first grade and, and a little bit second grade. And then from second grade and, and half of third for the first time I moved overseas to Belgium and
Mary Kate Soliva (04:51):
Marina Rabinek (04:53):
So awesome. And of course, you know, when I came back to the states, so I came back for the other half of third grade, fourth, it in fifth grade to back to Illinois and all of a sudden I was this Belgian kid and I’m like, y’all know, I just like went to another country and I came back. I’m still an American sort of, my mother is French. Um, but believe it or not, even though my mother is French, I didn’t start learning French. So we went to Belgium the first time at, around the age of seven. So, you know, my mom was probably like, yes. Um, but yeah.
Mary Kate Soliva (05:32):
Did you tell that you speak, like how, how was your French then? Like when you did learn, could, could they tell whether you were, did you sound like a native speaker or, I mean,
Marina Rabinek (05:41):
Mary Kate Soliva (05:41):
You have an American accent and when you, when you speak French
Marina Rabinek (05:44):
When back then, no. And when I was living in Europe, no, I mean now I probably do sound like an American trying to speak French because it’s been so long since I’ve actually heard the native way of speaking that. Yeah. I think, I think I sound like an, an a, an Americanized French person or, or vice versa, but yeah, I mean, I basically, I went back and forth between between Europe, the states and I, we lived in Japan for a year when, and I was in sixth grade too, you know, that’s, that’s really,
Mary Kate Soliva (06:20):
You really traveled the world.
Marina Rabinek (06:21):
Yeah. As a kid, I traveled the world, you know, by the time I was 11, I think. And I mean, craziness, you, the amount of different airports that we stopped in, like we stopped in Moscow one time, this was after the cold war and before the now stuff that’s going on, you know, I’m sure we’re all sending our love and thoughts and absolutely Prayers to the Ukraine. But yeah, it, I just, I loved being able to grow up in so many different places like that. I mean, it’s a, it was an honor, you know, be able to be an expat family member to my dad’s career. And I guess that’s where I got my love of, of travel and moving around every few years, you know, the way we do in the military, cuz I’d done it as a kid already every few years. But
Mary Kate Soliva (07:13):
I will say that you had way more exotic locations than I did in the army. So I will say that was the places that you got to go in your upbringing. Absolutely amazing. Definitely on my bucket list to visits at some point. And I did see a suitcase at the airport recently that had a bunch of stickers on it, where the person had traveled. And I was like, I always wanted to do that. You know, have my, my, I vintage little suitcase with stickers from the different places I’ve gone to really going old school. And for those who don’t know, I’m really like a little old lady on the inside.
Marina Rabinek (07:48):
I’ve got mine right here,
Mary Kate Soliva (07:49):
My old soul. Oh my goodness. Came back from a trip outta haven’t
Marina Rabinek (07:53):
Put it away yet.
Mary Kate Soliva (07:55):
Well, something, I think since the pandemic I’ve been just really itching was somewhere. And I I’m, I feel like I’m practically living out of a suitcase right now, but I, I really would love to for our listeners today to hear a little anecdote or two from your upbringing, what are some sort of lessons learned? I mean, you’ve had such a, you had such a worldly experience at such a young age. What are some possibly lessons learned that you, you had from that time?
Marina Rabinek (08:20):
Honestly. Okay. I have two things and they, they’re both kind of related try your hardest to learn about the culture and the language before you get there. And don’t act, the second one is don’t act like an ignorant American they’re are related. Do you see what I’m saying? Like it, it’s a, it’s a cultural thing, like going over there and assuming to going over to any other country other than the us and assuming that everyone is going to speak English is, is not going to be the case. So trying to, you know, speak the language, they actually, people in Europe, especially, they actually see that as, as, as a great thing that you’re actually trying, you know, to, to just assume that everyone speaks, uh, English is, is, is a fallacy. You know what I mean? Yeah. I, I, I, I mean, I that’s like a weird rabbit hole
Mary Kate Soliva (09:19):
Having duo lingo or some kind of Google translator app. Oh
Marina Rabinek (09:24):
Gosh. Duo lingo is so great. Yeah. Rosat stone. I mean, I have both of those because I was trying to learn back some of my Japanese that I was losing because I, I was stationed in Japan for over 10 years.
Mary Kate Soliva (09:37):
Oh my goodness.
Marina Rabinek (09:39):
So I still love everything Japan. And so, you know, I, I, I try, uh, I mean, be luckily being in the Navy, sorry, my chair is very noisy. Luckily being in the Navy, you know, I’m, I’m able to, I was able to, gosh, I I’m able to no, not, not anymore.
Mary Kate Soliva (09:57):
Yeah. Now you have a, the past tense here.
Marina Rabinek (09:59):
Yes. Yeah. I was able to, you know, be stationed in some great places like you were talking, but you know, I was lucky to be, um, in Japan multiple times, so, well,
Mary Kate Soliva (10:10):
You would love it. I mean, you said Japan, I’m literally looking out my window right now and I can see a chair blossom tree. No. And it is a full bloom right now. And I was just thinking like, oh my goodness, marina would absolutely love this. So, you know, the history behind like having the, the cherry blossom trees in DC right now, Washington DC, they’re just absolutely beautiful. And if you don’t know the history, take a look at the cherry blossoms and why there’s a festival, why we celebrate at this time of year in DC, a really cool history. And this is sort of the, kind of the peace and, and relationship friendship that we, we sort of need that reminder right now. Oh. So I absolutely love that. And of course like being from, from Guam too, we, we come across like a lot of folks from Japan, a lot of citizens from Japan and just absolutely love.
Mary Kate Soliva (11:03):
I mean, we could go off on a tangent talking about the food. Yeah. One of my favorite cuisines, but I’m gonna bring us back to talk about your time in the uniform. Like you say, going, growing up, you had that experience being a world traveler. I can’t why you wouldn’t pick the army to where you could get stationed in the middle of nowhere, but the fact that you chose the Navy, uh, you really wanted to, to broaden your horizon, so to speak. And so tell us a little bit about your time in the uniform. We know you served in the Navy. What did you do? Where did you go? Let’s share all of that.
Marina Rabinek (11:39):
Okay. Well, yeah. So, so the reason for joining the Navy was my mother said with a first name like yours, you should join the Navy. And I guess I took that to heart.
Mary Kate Soliva (11:51):
I really love that when you first told me that I was dying, I just, well,
Marina Rabinek (11:56):
The, the, my name. So, so marina, the Latin root of marina is Mao and Marino means of the sea.
Mary Kate Soliva (12:06):
Marina Rabinek (12:06):
Color is right now, now like the ocean and swimming and all that stuff so much,
Mary Kate Soliva (12:10):
You tell people what color your hair is right now for the, those who can’t see
Speaker 4 (12:13):
It. It’s like teal in blue.
Mary Kate Soliva (12:18):
Oh my goodness. So yeah, just like the ocean, very nautical. Very you very marina and yes. Goodness. I, I mean, and you already went to so many places, you mentioned Japan, but what are some locations that really stick out to you from your, your career or, or maybe even where cuz you were on a ship, correct?
Marina Rabinek (12:38):
Yes, I was. Yeah. So by the end of my Navy career, I had been on three, been stationed specifically on three ships, two were man. I’m dating myself, spur class destroyers, which no longer exist in the United States. Navy. Yeah. They’re all decom decom. So, um, and then I did also a tour on a, uh, amphibious, uh, it’s called an LHD, which is a, basically it’s a small version of an aircraft carrier. It’s for mostly helicopters or HEROs as, as we call ’em in the Navy. Do you guys call ’em Hilos in the, in the army too? Or they, you call ’em like choppers.
Mary Kate Soliva (13:23):
Well now you’re making me think of Arnold Schneer it’s a chop
Marina Rabinek (13:27):
Go through the,
Mary Kate Soliva (13:29):
Marina Rabinek (13:53):
Yes. Yes. So
Mary Kate Soliva (13:55):
Aren’t you like the, the taxi cab to the Marine Corps? Is that, is that what it
Marina Rabinek (13:59):
No, no. We, the Uber, yes.
Mary Kate Soliva (14:02):
Uber. Oh, the
Marina Rabinek (14:03):
Uber birthday, every time it’s the Marine’s birthday. I always put a post-up on, on LinkedIn. And I say, you know, a happy birthday from your favorite Uber drivers, because you know, they be people, we, we are the Uber driver, you know, we just take ’em where they want to go. We drop ’em off, pick ’em back up later and bring ’em to the next spot. That’s really what we do on, on an AMIB. So yeah, it was fun though. I mean, one of the things that I remember about my very last deployment, which was back in 2015, man, I can’t that’s like seven years ago almost we went, oh, I’m sorry. Yeah. I, I, I lost my train of thought for like a half a second. There we were, we were seeming and we noticed another military ship out there would come to find out that it was a French ship and someone, you know, does let all say right.
Marina Rabinek (15:04):
Basically they, they, they came to me because they knew people already knew that I spoke French and they said, Hey, you know, we’ve got a friendship over here and we could do some cross decking, you know, do some, some tours and stuff. And what I ended up doing was getting looking cuz I was the training, one of the training officers and I, and I looked to find out who spoke French, cuz we had a list of, you know, the languages people spoke other than English, but I could bring a list of people up. So I found all the French speakers got them all together. We ended up doing tours for the people from the ship, uh, from this French ship was called the CASAA. Okay. And um, oh my gosh. So much fun. And after, after they came to see us, us, they said, Hey, we would like to bring all of the translators. Plus if you have some other people that wanna come, they did the same thing. They, so we went over to their ship. Now when there’s something that almost every other countries Naval service does that the us does not. They L drinking at meal times, Australia, Australia has a a saying, which I find hilarious. It’s two beers per person per day, perhaps. Right. Isn’t that funny
Mary Kate Soliva (16:30):
Are on point, oh
Marina Rabinek (16:31):
My goodness. I practice my Australian. What I do. I, I, cause I, my, my daughter loves when I do my, uh, my Steve Owen, you know, like she, she pretends to be, this is when she was younger. She, she she’d pretend to be a Jaguar or something. So I’d say, uh, this is Steve and I’m walking through the jungle and, and, and I, I see a, a Ja and she’s stalking her pray and, and my daughter would be like, come out and, and attack, you know, but now it was, it was so fun.
Mary Kate Soliva (17:01):
Marina Rabinek (17:02):
It was so fun to be on this friendship because we, we actually got to drink some wine with, with our lunch, which what
Mary Kate Soliva (17:09):
I’m hearing is that you were an Uber driver and now you’re a tour guide,
Marina Rabinek (17:15):
A tour guide
Mary Kate Soliva (17:16):
You’re and a translator, you know, a little bit, a little bit of everything. What was your official job in, in the Navy? What, what’s the,
Marina Rabinek (17:25):
Mary Kate Soliva (17:26):
I think of like our military occupational specialty. Did you have different ones during your time in service?
Marina Rabinek (17:31):
So the Navy is completely D friend from all the other branches where you are a, you have a rank, but each of your specialties, like you can have multiple specialties right. With the Navy, right? Like you can have D you can change your MOS and be different things throughout your career. Right. Oh my gosh. I must have knocked my drink over,
Mary Kate Soliva (17:59):
But you all wanted to be completely different from everybody else and decided to not do that. I remember. Well, you, you, you didn’t have the official title of Uber driver or
Marina Rabinek (18:12):
I didn’t. No, no.
Mary Kate Soliva (18:13):
But you did have the job of what say when you first came in.
Marina Rabinek (18:21):
Yeah, that’s what I was saying. Like, I, I was a, a sonar technician when I first came in, you know, as a, as an E. And by the time I made E seven, which is a chief in the, in the Navy, I think it’s a Sergeant first class for you, right? Yes. And then when I was in my last about six or seven years, uh, I, I ended up, I was still on our tech, but cuz that’s my, my rate is cuz we’re different. Like I said in the Navy, we’re different. We have rates instead of just ranks with Moss, we have rates and then we have something called an N E C, which is a Navy and listed classification code. And you can have multiple ones of those. And whichever one you’re using is the one that’s like the top one. So 8 0 9 alpha is the command climate specialist. And what a command climate specialist is, is basically it’s an equal opportunity specialist or equal opportunity director,
Mary Kate Soliva (19:24):
Which is such a
Marina Rabinek (19:24):
Good, I think I used to do the natural role, really the diversity inclusion training and, and things like that at my last two commands.
Mary Kate Soliva (19:35):
Did you have, um, during that, that time, cause you had mentioned when, what you were when you first came in. So the sonar technician to doing the diversity equity inclusion, are there one or two people, two leaders that stick out from your career that that really helped mold you and shape you during that time?
Marina Rabinek (19:53):
Oh wow. That is a very good question.
Mary Kate Soliva (19:57):
Cause we’re talking about the whole span of, of how many, how many years did, did you end up serving?
Marina Rabinek (20:02):
Oh, 24. Yeah. See, I think that’s, I think that’s
Mary Kate Soliva (20:06):
Absolutely amazing. Absolutely incredible. That’s even more than, than some of the folks in my family who did their, their 20 and they were done and you just went a little bit extra. So I mean, and then we talked about this before, about like you served in a time where there there’s still, I mean, there’s still not a whole lot of women now, but way more than there were when you first came in. So definitely, I mean whether, whether they were men, women just, or there are two that stick out to you,
Marina Rabinek (20:33):
I would have to say one of the two people would definitely be April Bedo, April Bedo is, is just a phenomenal, phenomenal woman, absolutely inspiration. She was a, a command master chief and then a, a fleet master chief. And just, I can’t even explain, like I was hoping, hoping that she would be the first, not only, only woman, but woman of color also MCON which is the master chief petty officer in the Navy. I was hoping and hoping, but she retired before that happened. And then, you know, I’m gonna go and this is gonna be, you’re probably gonna wonder why, but I’m gonna go a little more peer with. So I went on a ship as an instructor, not gonna say the ship, I’m not gonna say the people went on the ship as an instructor when I was doing instructor duty a long time ago, put it that way.
Marina Rabinek (21:44):
And you know, I, I, wasn’t a very high rank at that time. And an officer decided that he was going to hit on me and I made it a point to tell his chain of command and nothing came of that, that later on down the road, I ended up testifying, you know, to the, to some of the things, you know, that, that he had said to me and to other people, you know, and he ended up getting kicked out, which that is the good side of it. But the fact that, that, of that happening that made me want to bring military women’s collect to, to the forefront. Like it was something that started in my mind back then. And this is, you know, probably almost 20 years ago, that’s, that’s crazy. And it, it was something that, you know, women shouldn’t be felt. It shouldn’t feel like they’re invisible.
Marina Rabinek (22:50):
They, I shouldn’t feel like they’re not being heard because when I told his chain of command, they did not believe me wasn’t until later on where he did something else where he got caught, then they were like, oh, sorry. But back then not feeling seen and heard, made want to create a space, a place for other women veterans to come and know that there is. I mean, and this is on directly on my website. It talks the, the whole mission is women warriors, warriors, offering mentorship, empowerment, networking, and support, and then our values, our community authenticity, positivity, empathy, and success because we want you as, as women and our, and the allies, cuz I’m not like trying to bash men in any shape, warm here at, at all. I’m married to him though. That sounded bad. I’m married. I’m married to a man. No, I, I I’m, I’m in no way trying to do that. I love our male allies. Like we have you and I just personally have so many and
Mary Kate Soliva (24:07):
Absolutely we do. And I think that during, and I mean, I’m so glad that you brought up military women collective, cuz we are definitely going to definitely highlight that because thank you for sharing your story, by the way, your personal experience with that. And, and unfortunately I, I, I have heard other, uh, stories where women have, have felt that they weren’t heard and you and I have had numerous conversations about this. So if you were addressing a room like during, during the transition you would address and mentor numerous people, even before you even got out of the, the Navy before you even took off your uniform, you were sort of leaning back, reaching back saying, let me help you. I’m here to hear you. I do hear you. Uh, and, and you did that for me numerous times during my transition from active duty. So to, to go back to like what you were saying about the, the values military women’s collective, like if you were to talk to a room full of transitioning service members now, what are, what are some things that you would like to say to them perhaps they’re listening in right now?
Mary Kate Soliva (25:06):
And what would you like to say?
Marina Rabinek (25:09):
I mean, there’s so many resources out there. I mean, do you want me to list any, can I do that or, I mean, there’s you,
Mary Kate Soliva (25:21):
You absolutely can. I, I guess I, I know that you and I have gone through through numerous ones, I was thinking about what, what you were saying to, to not feeling, feeling heard. And I think that during the transition, we, we sort of go through that, the doubts about what we’re capable of doing and, and we have this whole, I identity that we’re still working through and trying to figure out what our next purpose is, our next mission is. And so I, knowing that we’re not alone in that I think is, is huge. And you touched on that, about that, that community. And like we’re, we’re warriors internally. We raised our right hand to serve, but we’re also, we’re like the sheep dogs, we’re the protectors, the defenders we’re selfless patriotic, but it doesn’t mean that we, we don’t need help. And that can’t admit it’s not, it’s okay to ask for
Marina Rabinek (26:10):
Help. And, and honestly that was really what, when you asked me the question yes. About what I would say to them is to ask for help, ask for help and start the transition process from the military at minimum two years out. And I know like, especially the younger, like for, for, for me younger sailors, right? I know they’re not thinking about that. Cause maybe they’re thinking I’m just gonna do four years and then I’m gonna get out. Yeah. But what are you gonna do when you get out it at four years, you don’t get a retirement there’s are you just gonna go home and live with your PA? I mean, live with your parents. Are, do you have, or are you gonna go home and, and find a place of your own cuz you budgeted your money correctly? You know, the, that, I mean that’s a huge thing too, make sure that you pay down all your debt or as much as you can before you get out. And this goes more towards like, I mean, obviously to, it goes to everyone, but I would say more towards people that are like retiring, you know, cuz well, gosh, no, it, it really does go for everyone because when, when you’re retiring, yes, you’re gonna end up getting some money coming in. But when, but if you’re not and you’re, and you’re just getting out after, you know, one list, then the only way you would end up getting any kind of compensation would be if it was a medical retirement or medical sub operation. So,
Mary Kate Soliva (27:46):
And I’d love to add mentorship in there too. Top of everything that you’re saying, uh, you were one of the biggest mentors that I, that I had in my transitioning. You hadn’t even transitioned fully out, but I mean, you and I both con connected with so many people that were already, they already successfully navigated the, they were already out. Some of them had never served before as well. And so I think that again, just that camaraderie piece, that sense of community, that sense that we’re not alone is, is so important, which, which sort of leads me into hearing what you’re doing now. I mean, you, you, you officially launched military women’s collective recently. You’re official. Congratulations. I’m super proud of you. Um, you, could you share with the listeners a little bit about what you’re doing now and a little bit about the, this incredible new organization that you just founded?
Marina Rabinek (28:41):
Um, yes, definitely. So what I am doing being now, well actually I guess I could announce something that I just,
Mary Kate Soliva (28:51):
Oh yeah, I’m ready.
Marina Rabinek (28:53):
Okay. So I just actually accepted an offer to be the original director for the west coast for, for lock. Woo, woo, woo. Very exciting. I’m I’m super happy. And then like you said, of course I did launch, but yeah, that, like you were saying, I, you know, I did launch military women’s collective officially, we got our 5 0 1 [inaudible] [inaudible] um, earlier this week and then yesterday we went to our first event and then, you know, tomorrow, so this is, well, let’s see what, March 20 actually, no, not tomorrow. Today, March 24th, we are doing a, an event with vets to industry for their diversity equity and inclusion series. And then, uh, in June we’re looking to do a women veterans day. So June 12th is women veterans day. It was the day that president Truman signed the integration act saying that women could serve and the military. And so we’re gonna be doing a virtual and an in-person event.
Marina Rabinek (30:02):
Virtual event is going to be a, a panel moderated by, by myself. And I’m just, I’m really excited for, you know, future events to take place. We’re looking at creating, uh, some scholarships and also working with homeless, uh, women veterans. So yeah, I, and all of this came about, you know, from talking with you and from other people that, you know, are, are, we are friends with, and, and I ended up deciding to go school going back to school because of everything that we’re doing, uh, with military women’s collective. Yeah. I ended up going so I’m to the Bush school of, um, of government and public service and I’m doing the executive masters of public service and administration with a nonprofit track. So whew,
Mary Kate Soliva (30:59):
Absolutely. Perfect. Congratulations on, on getting in as well. I know you had, you had gone through that process and applied, um, and, and for all our listeners, mind you, that marina has managed to do all this and she hasn’t even what you you’re just now you just hit a year from retirement, like yeah. About a month ago. Right? So
Marina Rabinek (31:22):
Knows like three weeks ago. Yeah. March 1st was my March. First of 21 was my first quote unquote blue card day. You know, it was my cuz back in the day, uh, retirement, when you retired your card, uh, it was this laminated blue card. Now it doesn’t look like that, but yeah, March 1st of 21 or 22, so March 1st of 23, which was three weeks ago.
Mary Kate Soliva (31:49):
Amazing. Yeah. So now you’re, I mean, you, you started your own nonprofit organization. You’re now running like west coast side of the, with four block. I mean, absolutely amazing. You’re in school now. And so, I mean the folks out there listening, like how in the world I’m gonna manage it. Marina has somehow managed to find 40 hours in a day. She somehow figured it out and still looks well rested. I think it’s absolutely amazing. I, I mean, I’m so proud of you cuz you and I started hand in hand, we’ve actually, by the way, have never met in person in person. I feel like you’ve literally met everybody else in our network except for me
Marina Rabinek (32:33):
And Leslie, I haven’t met Leslie in person.
Mary Kate Soliva (32:35):
Haven’t met our famous Leslie coffee. We were talking about dear friend of ours. Uh, but the fact that you’ve managed to do all this in the last year and, and from where we were in our initial conversations of just trying to think about what are we gonna do, what’s next for us. Um, and, and even as we approach the nearing weeks to our last stay on active duty and we’re like, you know, where’s, where is that interview you at? That I’ve been waiting on. But as you can tell, we’re, we’re still writing that book. You’re still writing that, you know, quote unquote, that, that story, this chapter of yours post transition, and it’s just been an, an incredible journey for you. And so for the you’re located where now is your, is military women’s collective gonna to just be focusing on west coast or where are you hoping to, to take MWC?
Marina Rabinek (33:24):
So yeah, for now, um, we are focused more here on in California. So far events have been in Riverside and San Diego county, but with the, the homeless women initiative that I’m trying, that I want not trying, but that I want to create. It’s possible that it could reach into LA and San Bernardino county, which are the left or west of me and, and north of me. Um, so, and then from there, who knows, I mean, I, I would love to go create chapters and, or, you know, expand globally, you know, what is, what is it, um, you remember pinky in the brain, what did we want to do tonight? Brain? What do we do every night? Pinky, try to take over the world. Oh, that’s yes. You think
Mary Kate Soliva (34:22):
We’re taking it way back. We’re taking it, throw back to the,
Marina Rabinek (34:25):
That was it bad? Yes.
Mary Kate Soliva (34:27):
Well, I was telling you just a little bit ago that my goal is to, when I speak to just imagine the American flag flying behind bugs bunny. Cause that’s the, this is, this is what I’m talking about here, but absolutely amazing that you’re, you’re so selfless mean. We talk about your number one gal strength before, uh, you know, you mentioned connectedness and you and I talked about that was that’s our number one for both of us and, and what that means. And I have no doubt. I mean, you know, people from all over the world that you’re able to take military women’s collective, uh, beyond. So for our listeners today, I definitely encourage, uh, reaching out to marina to, to see how you can help see how you can support and get involved. Cuz I, I have no doubt that you’re gonna be going beyond California, uh, and that we gotta get you out here on the east coast to see the cherry blossoms here in DC. But that was so for the, do you see when engaging some of the, the women veterans, what are some of the needs there? You talked about your, your personal journey and your personal experience in the Navy that really sparked that light, that you wanted to do something more, um, and then understanding that there were other women veterans that may have had similar experiences, uh, what are some other, are there some other issues that you would like to highlight that really speaks to what military women’s collective is all about?
Marina Rabinek (35:48):
Wow. I mean, I, I definitely the, the kind of initiatives that we’re looking at doing is things like scholarships, you know, like, like I was saying a little bit earlier, um, but we can’t do that without donations, of course. And then as a 5 0 1 [inaudible] [inaudible] donations are tax deductible, which is awesome. We definitely are looking in, not sure about this year, but possibly later this year or next were looking at doing a, you know, a golfing fundraiser. I just, I, I, I’m very excited about doing collaborations with other nonprofits as well. I mean talks with a, a young women and girls nonprofit about doing collaboration there and, and, and that collaboration is going to be part of the June 12th women veterans day event. I’m
Mary Kate Soliva (36:46):
Excited for that very much. Yeah.
Marina Rabinek (36:48):
I, I, you know, I, I wanna try to do at least one, at least one, uh, event either in personal or virtually, uh, per month, you know, cause I, I really want that, that connection. I mean, just like, just like the values talks about, you know, the community I want, uh, there to be that, that, that sense of community and, and camaraderie and connection, you know, that, that women have when they, when they come together and as the woman veteran, you know, being able to, to talk with other women veterans about things that you’ve been through or active duty women asking these women that have, you know, blazed a trail for you because the, the history repeats itself. Right. So asking things that happened in the past could help them in the future.
Mary Kate Soliva (37:43):
How can our male listeners support? Cause I think when we hear military women’s collective, it’s got the word women naturally, but I, I understand that there’s also, uh, men out there that are, you know, and others that may want to get involved. And yes. Uh, what, what would you like to say to them about what they can do to support,
Marina Rabinek (38:04):
You know, just be an ally. Um, if you hear, if you’re in a meeting, I mean, this can be, this could be, if you’re in the military, this could be, if you’re in corporate, if a woman brings up an idea and there’s nothing but crickets, and then two minutes later, somebody else brings up the same idea. But as a, but as a man this time and all of a sudden, it’s a great idea. You, as an ally need to say, Hey, John, you know, maybe he’s, that’s the name of the guy that brought up the idea, thank you for echoing Mary Kate’s idea. That is an ally not sitting there and just glossing over of the fact that you just had an idea that you brought forward, that nobody, that nobody recognized that nobody, you know, said anything. They, they didn’t, um, there’s another word for it. I just can’t think of it. Uh,
Mary Kate Soliva (39:08):
Yeah. So nobody else came up with it. It was that person’s
Marina Rabinek (39:11):
Idea, but they, they didn’t acknowledge. That’s what I, that’s what I was trying to say. They didn’t acknowledge it. I, and, and it, it just kind of, you know, nothing happened and then the exact same idea, but brought forth from the male perspective, you know, that is the kind of thing that, that when you’re in a, in a meeting and, and no one stands up for you and you stand up for yourself and then people just laugh you off, that kind of thing wears down on a, on a woman after a while, you know? And so I, I, I want other women to know that, no, you don’t have to sit there and take that. You know what I mean? And, and, and as men, if you see this happening, please stand up for us and be our allies because you do not know how much we appreciate it. Like, so, so much
Mary Kate Soliva (40:05):
That that’s so true. I, I think there’s numerous. I, I love that you actually use the word allies, cause I don’t think that would be common to think of it, of what your ask would be. Um, but I really like that, that concept of those out there, who, who may not identify with what’s going on, may not have a personal experience, like what marina is mentioning, but to know that you can be an ally and that you can speak up and be a voice. And that, that it’s really powerful. It may, it may not mean as much, but to that, to that individual, it could mean a whole lot, make a huge difference. And I, I think even on teams where I’ve served on all male teams, which I have in my military career, uh, just having that acknowledgement, right. Even by, by one. And it’s not to say that you need that solidification, but if they’re trying to take credit for something, that’s your, really your idea.
Mary Kate Soliva (41:00):
I was like, don’t doubt your, your capabilities, or like to find that voice to speak up. And I think there were times it wasn’t until I, I I’ve had, um, strong leaders in, in the military that really helped me see through that and helped me identify that, find my voice to speak up, say some thing. Uh, I definitely think I’d take that opportunity. Uh, we talked recently about, uh, a female, a woman, uh, in the military that she was in ball of tears, cuz another woman leader had actually continued, kept scolding her, scolding her, scolding her and belitling her and making her feel less than. And so it was like another thing about on the flip side of that, of uh, how as women, we can empower other women. And I think with military women’s collective, you’ve really created that space to where women do feel empower power to, to say, you know, I actually do have something to offer and I can stand up and speak up and, and help mentor this other person.
Marina Rabinek (42:00):
Absolutely. I mean, cuz it’s, it’s, it’s so much, it’s so much about just knowing as women that we’re worthy and we are enough and you know, we can do whatever it is. We, we set our mind to, I know I sound like some kind of poster or something, but, but
Mary Kate Soliva (42:20):
It’s, it’s valid. It’s a valid message. And uh, and, and it’s something sometimes we, you might think, okay, that’s obvious, you know, next, but it, we really, sometimes we need that reminder. And, and so actually to not feel that sense of, of jealousy that somebody else is, it seems like they’re doing okay and they’re, they seem to be balancing everything with perfect grace and they’ve got it all together and they’ve managed to put 40 hours and 20 of work in a 24 hours and you’re like, they’ve got it together. Um, but there’s, there’s a lot behind, um, smiles, you know, in, in some cases, but people being able to being able to speak up and knowing that they have people, even if it’s a small tribe, even if you have a small group that you know, that you could pick up the phone right now and know that you could call them right now in the middle of anything, they would drop it to answer that call if you needed it. Uh, it so important to have folks like that in your, in your circle. And I know we we’ve identified those people and it, and it’s so important to get through those down days.
Marina Rabinek (43:24):
Absolutely. I mean, I think we, uh, we ended up calling it transition buddies or battle buddies. What you, myself and buddy Matt, we were like this, we called ourselves the three Musketeers or the three MSS or M cubed.
Mary Kate Soliva (43:42):
I mean the three of us were on the, the supply chain supply chain. Now
Marina Rabinek (43:46):
We were for
Mary Kate Soliva (43:47):
Veterans day, the three of us, the three S but Matt marina, myself, Mary Kate. So yeah, absolutely. And, and again, Matt have been that male ally of our, oh, during our down days, he really stepped up to the plate, uh, to, to really make sure that we knew, you know, y’all got it. You’re doing great.
Marina Rabinek (44:09):
Oh yeah, keep going. He, he’s amazing.
Mary Kate Soliva (44:12):
So I love that again. Battle buddies, allies, camaraderie. I mean, it’s a all circling back here that same. Um, we talked about the, the three CS of collaboration and that community camaraderie. So I really love that marina. And I really, if, if our listeners today want to get in touch with you, I know you have like a whole tree different, different ways, but I, I love that. You’re just out there, you make yourself accessible and approachable and I absolutely love that about you. So how, how are some, what are some ways that, uh, our listeners can get ahold of you?
Marina Rabinek (44:47):
Wow. Okay. So LinkedIn for sure. Um, you can, you can get in contact with military women’s collective on LinkedIn or myself on LinkedIn. I’m thinking I’m pretty much the only marina RA that I’ve seen. Otherwise email is marina dot military women’s collective.org, uh, and military womens collective is all one word. Let’s see. And I’m not on Facebook. I’m not on Instagram, but I’ve been thinking about getting back on Instagram, but I don’t know
Mary Kate Soliva (45:27):
You are a can of pro though, even though
Marina Rabinek (45:29):
I am a can of
Mary Kate Soliva (45:30):
Social media that you so good at creating content
Marina Rabinek (45:34):
So good at, I love Canva. And then of course the website is HTTPS Collin slash www dot military women’s collective.org.
Mary Kate Soliva (45:49):
Fantastic. Is there a way that, um, is how can they go out out volunteering? Is it, is it also on the website as well?
Marina Rabinek (45:56):
Yes, there is. So under the get involved, you can click on, there’s a volunteer your time. There’s a make a donation and there’s a partner with us for the get involved. If you click on the, get in touch, it will take you to an email. Uh, and it’ll, it’ll send an email to info military women’s collective.org. That’s the another website, uh, or not website, but you know, email address, you can send it to.
Mary Kate Soliva (46:25):
Fantastic. Well, thank you so much marina for joining us today on veteran voices, uh, to our partners at betta industry. I mean marina and I, that’s how we met. We mentioned Matt, Matthew brink, uh, earlier, but that’s how we all met, was through vets to industry with the number two. Uh, so vets to industry.org. You definitely wanna check them out, just we on behalf of the entire team here at veteran voices, we just wanna say, thank you. Thank you, marina. Thank you to our, our listeners. We invite you to find us and subscribe wherever you get podcasts from and a big thank you to our nearest end dearest Fest industry, but also so glad that military women’s collective could join us today. And this is Mary Kay saliva wishing all of our listeners, nothing but the best stay motivated, do good, give for and be the change that’s needed in this world at this time on that note, we’ll see you next time. Thank you everybody for joining us.
Marina Rabinek is a teal-haired bilingual super connector, master networker and 24-year Navy veteran. When she isn’t working with her nonprofit, Military Women’s Collective mentoring veterans, military spouses and service members transitioning from the military on Veterati and LinkedIn, she can be found in California taking road trips, playing board/video games and hanging out with her husband, daughter and three cats. Connect with Marina on LinkedIn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
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.
Principal, 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.
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.
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!
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 Cisco, Microsoft, 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 University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier 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.
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.
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’.
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.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
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.
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.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
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.
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.
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.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
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.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
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.
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.
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).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.