How Four Women Became Successful in the Male Dominated Logistics Industry

September 21, 2017 by FreightCenter Team
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In a male-dominated industry, FreightCenter has found success with women in roles of authority and power. It’s not common in the logistics and transportation industry to have a workforce of 54% men and 46% women—but at FreightCenter—it’s our normal.

In honor of Business Women’s Day on September 22, we talked to 4 women in leadership roles at FreightCenter.

Meet the Business Women Who Keep FreightCenter Thriving

Terese Kerrigan

Terese Kerrigan
Director of Marketing Communications

Kimberly McKinney

Kimberly McKinney
Resolutions and Parcel Department Supervisor

Erika Perez-Scott

Erika Perez-Scott
Truckload Logistics Manager

Amber Thornhill

Amber Thornhill
HR & Talent Acquisition Lead

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

TK: A teacher
KM: A news anchor
EP: Interior decorator and fashion designer
AT: I’ve always wanted to be a successful businesswoman, following in the footsteps of my mother.

Is there an interesting fact most people wouldn’t know about you?

TK: I have my Series 6 License.
KM: I once performed with the Rockettes. I enjoy writing and literature. I come from a blended family including step and adopted siblings.
EP: I am more sensitive than I reflect.
AT: I am a dog mom! My one and only child’s name is Huey and he is the light of my life. He has his own full wardrobe, car seat, and prestigious awards!

How do you achieve work-life balance?

TK: Lots of “me” time. It’s important to take time for yourself.
KM: I prioritize my tasks at work to ensure that I will be distraction free while at home with my family.
EP: I thrive on a rush. Logistics are a constant roller coaster. I take the “ups” to look at my surroundings and smile at my accomplishments. And then I do it all over again next day.
AT: By making time for things that exercise my creativity – going on nature walks, playing my ukulele, and listening to music are my outlets. If you love what you do and make time for fun with the people you love the most – life is good.

How did you get to where you are today?

TK: I wouldn’t be where I am in the Marketing field today without FreightCenter. They gave me the opportunity – with just a marketing internship under my belt – to pursue a career starting as a Marketing Coordinator. Nearly seven years later and I’m the Director of Marketing Communications.
KM: Having the desire and drive to learn all aspects of the industry has allowed me to get where I am today. My peers and supervisors have encouraged me to succeed and to never stop evolving.
EP: I was initially in the hospitality industry for 18 years. After 9/11, I knew I had to change careers. A customer who was the Director of Sales for one of the largest logistics companies today, approached me and told me I was great at up-selling, therefore would be great at logistics sales.
AT: I got to where I am today by listening and observing. I learned very early on that if you listen and observe the successful people around you, you can learn so much from them.

Define a great leader. What are some traits you think great leaders possess?

TK: A great leader doesn’t micromanage and knows how to build a team that trusts the process and knows what’s expected of them. A great leader listens more than they speak.
KM: A great leader can envision success and motivate the team to get there. Creativity, commitment, and communication are some traits that great leaders possess.
EP: One that asks questions, instead of giving orders. One that answers a question with a question. One that empowers the energy to get it done.
AT: I think a great leader is someone who can make tough decisions and lead by example.

What’s one leadership lesson you learned in your career?

TK: Any project can be successful if the team knows what needs to be done and is given the tools to do it.
KM: Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. No matter your job title, it’s important to recognize when you need help without being afraid to ask for it.
EP: What’s one leadership lesson you learned in your career?
While listening, show compassion, and understanding even though the results are different.
AT: Never be afraid. During my career, I’ve been placed in a lot of uncomfortable positions and scenarios but I’ve always kept a brave face. If you don’t know how to do something – learn. If you aren’t sure what the answer is – ask someone who knows. Never be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.

Do you have a mantra?

TK: You have to give it away to keep it.
KM: Expect nothing and appreciate everything.
EP: I am that I am.
AT: Feel Good Lost.


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