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SCLAA reflects on Women in Logistics Lunch

The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) has reflected on its 2017 Women in Logistics Lunch, highlighting gender politics and progress in the commercial road transport industry.

SCLAA Chair, Amanda O’Brien, has said that over 150 people attended the event and taking gender out of the conversation was one of the keys to overcoming adversity and encouraging change.

“Women working in logistics are competent and purposeful individuals who strive to work and be heard in an unyielding industry,” said O’Brien. “It is not only about being invited to the table it is about being asked to make a contribution at that table that counts. It is only through continual collaboration with industry that unified voices will be heard.”

The keynote address by Victorian Transport Association (VTA) CEO, Peter Anderson, reportedly sent a strong message regarding the value of and the work by women in the supply chain.

Royal Australian Airforce Air Commodore – Director General Logistics, Christine Tolson, also addressed the 150 attendees.

“Women in the workforce is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue,” said Tolson. “It’s about outcomes, productivity, resource, liability, risk and return. It is really important that our processes and policies; how we think and behave are reliant with and support our objectives in terms of employing women in logistics. 

“So have a think about what you are going to do differently from this day forward. How and where are you going to critically examine and perhaps change strategy, policy, process, behaviour or language?

“It matters not whether the change you make, the thing you do differently, is large or small, what matters is that you make a difference,” she said.

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