As a current member of the Kellogg School Global Advisory Board at Northwestern University—and a previous 24-year tenure as the CEO for DSC Logistics—Ann Drake’s exemplary leadership and expertise helped create the leading position for DSC in the supply-chain sector. DCS is a forward-thinking Lead Logistics provider, 3PL provider, and supply chain consultant aimed at raising the bar higher while embracing change.
Among her impressive list of awards and recognitions, Drake was awarded the 2015 Schultz Award for efforts to advance women in transportation and logistics. Last year, she was presented the Entrepreneurial Champion Luminary Award by C200.
No stranger to the competition found in a male-dominated industry, Drake continues supporting women’s roles in the supply chain and logistics industries through the founding of the AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) network that now boasts more than 1,000 female senior supply chain leaders.
Additionally, she boasts recognition for “Women Who Make a Difference” Award recognition from International Women’s Forum in 2014 along with being named the “Industry Leader of the Year” by Illinois Institute of Technology.
When thinking of logistics leaders, some might not automatically think of the female representation and the impact on the logistics and supply chain sector as a whole. Global Trade aims to recognize female leaders in the industry who continue making substantial impacts and change the way females in the industry are perceived. Jane Kennedy Greene is a great example.
Kenco’s 60+-year story starts with humble beginnings as a stand-alone warehouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Fast forward to today, and Kenco serves as a leader in third-party logistics. Jane Kennedy Greene, current chairwoman of the board, former CEO and daughter of co-founder, Jim Kennedy Jr., is no stranger to the success Kenco prides itself in. Following her appointment to CEO in 2012, the company was deemed the largest woman-owned 3PL in the U.S and received the Women’s Business Enterprise certification by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
The company is known for its close family ties and dedication to heritage. In a blog titled “Making A Company A Family,” Kennedy Greene writes, “Being cognizant of how our associates are being taken care of was a weekly, if not a daily, concern of my father’s. This dedication to our associates has made us more than a company; I feel it has made us a family.”
In 2002, Wendy Buxton began her career as the chief information officer for LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, moving her way up to her current position as president following the successful development of a web-hosted software package. Additionally, Buxton has been recognized for her leadership and expertise in the logistics sector through awards such as the Women of Distinction and Top 10 Women in Logistics.
Wendy Buxton serves as a prime example that regardless of one’s gender, factors such as talent, intelligence, and determination are what can make or break a career. Buxton boasts active membership with women-centered organizations such as the National Executive Women’s Association and Tulsa Executive Women’s Forum.
“We strive to provide a supply chain management solution that is innovative and enables our clients competitive market positioning through a network that has been engineered and optimized by our team of consultants and operational experts,” she said in regards to LynnCo making an online magazine’s list of Top 10 Most Innovative Supply Chain Management Solution Providers. “We are honored to receive a Top 10 award from Insights Success.”
Barbara Yeninas started her career as a maritime journalist, covering stories in the midst of the most historic moments in feminist history. For example, the day women were burning their bras in Atlantic City, she was out covering a story on the longshore wildcat strike on the New York-New Jersey waterfront. Decades later, Yeninas is proud to be the CEO and founder of BSYA and senior advisor of the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII).
Throughout the years, Yeninas developed a thorough understanding of what it takes to create a successful business. Put together, these characteristics create the most productivity and efficiency. “From day one nearly 45 years ago, it has been a spirit of teamwork,” she says. “Acknowledging the strengths of each member of your team and ensuring that each person feels valued for what he or she can contribute to the overall effort on behalf of our clients is very empowering. You cannot teach team spirit, it has to be in your DNA.”
Yeninas also adds that staying one step ahead of the industry through good old-fashioned reading and research are critical to keeping clients happy. “I read a great deal and encourage others to do so as well. It feels good for both your client and you to be literally on the same page when it comes to what is happening in the industry. For example, in the early days of containerization, it was all about the new ships, maiden voyages parties. … While the ocean carriers were slower to embrace technology, today it is all about technology and by working on staying informed we bring value to our clients’ marketing communication strategies.”
She ends with a special message for a certain group. “For the naysayers who said BSYA Inc. would not last six months, I say to those still around that whatever gender you are, we all deserve to succeed. I am very proud of the client relationships that have helped fill our roster of those who have stuck with us for four decades and longer.”