March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by recognizing the hundreds of successful women right here at Arrive Logistics. We sat down with two of the incredible women leaders here at Arrive to learn more about their insights on being a woman in the logistics and transportation industry and the important women role models in their lives. Read more below from Beth Peterson, Carrier L&D Manager, and Katie Kelley, Business Development Associate Manager.

Beth Peterson, Carrier L&D Manager

Beth Peterson, Carrier L&D Manager

How has being a woman in logistics and transportation shaped your experience?

Being a woman in a male-dominated industry is something I never even think about it. In a previous job, I noticed I was one of only two women on my team, but it’s not something I dwell on. This is my 14th year in the industry, and I always remember to focus on what is truly important – what I bring to the table that can help my team move the needle. You can choose to feel intimidated and discouraged, or you can choose to think about what you can bring to the table no matter what. Be you. Be a team player and know what makes you great and market yourself. Never be afraid to be confident and talk about your strengths.

Who is a female-identifying role model in your life?

My mom has always been my role model. She was a teacher and has been the inspiration behind my career. There were many times in her life where she was one of the only females in certain situations, and regardless of any circumstance, she never gives up, remains strong and fearless, and isn’t afraid to try new things. 

What do you love most about your job and working on the carrier side of the business?

I love how fast-paced the carrier side of the business is and working with our newest reps. I love when I see our newest hires understand the job and execute what they’ve learned to be successful. It’s always exciting to see a new hire start at the bottom and watch them reach success. 

Katie Kelley, Business Development Associate Manager

Katie Kelley, Business Development Associate Manager

How does being a woman in the logistics and transportation industry give you an advantage?

Due to our diverse experiences as women, we empower others to be and bring their best selves to the workplace and the industry each day. We bring forth our intellectual and creative capabilities that may have been missing or overlooked before. We are underdogs that challenge our workplaces, our industries and the world to be better and never revert back to unbalanced times. 

If you could go back and give yourself advice on day one of your job, what would it be? 

If I could go back and give myself advice on day one of my job, I would remind myself to know who you are and don’t accept any limitations on who you can become simply because “it is what it is” or “this is how we’ve always done it.” Feel empowered to challenge yourself and others to change the status quo and raise the ceiling. You belong, you are appreciated and you can do hard things.

 Who is a female-identifying role model in your life?

My female-identifying role model in my life is my mom, Dee Dee. She inspires me daily! She successfully raised all six of my sisters and me to all be empowered, empathetic and brave individuals in each of our life paths.

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