Women in Supply Chain Event

Jack O'Connell 17.04.2019

Morgan McKinley are pleased to invite you to our Women in Supply Chain event promoting a gender balance within Logistics, Warehousing and Manufacturing. 

  • Date & Time: Thursday 16th of May 2019 at 6pm 
  • Venue: Morgan McKinley Dublin offices, Connaught House, Burlington Rd, Dublin 4. 

If you wish to attend, please RSVP here.

According to the CSO, roughly 25,000 people work within Logistics and Warehousing at all levels in Ireland, however less than 20% of this workforce is female. 
The logistics industry also suffers from poor perceptions of its career opportunities, which has led to a debate around skills gaps and a lack of gender diversity. Addressing perceptions that the logistics industry is a career option for a very specific type of person is a real challenge – it's hard to escape the impression that roles primarily involve moving and lifting. What's more, the industry's position within the manufacturing sector has, for some, meant that the legacy workforce is more male dominated. 

This event is very much focused on challenging those perceptions and highlighting Supply Chain, specifically Logistics, Warehousing and Manufacturing as a viable and fulfilling career option for female candidates.  

  • 18:00: Networking opportunity 
  • 18:30: Speakers followed by a joint Q&A opportunity

Pamela Quinn, Managing Director, Kuehne + Nagel (Ireland)

Pamela Quinn joined the global logistics company, Kuehne + Nagel, at a time when its Irish office had a total of 30 employees in 2001. Starting in accounts, Pamela then asked to set up a new HR function for the business whilst studying HR at night. Her bravery and willingness to step into the unknown paid off. Four years later, she had succeeded in firmly positioning herself as a pivotal part of the business. Her work ethic and determination paid off once again when she was promoted to the roles of Dublin Operations Director, National Operations Director and finally to her current role as Managing Director of the firm. During her tenure as MD, Pamela has overseen a growth of turnover and net profitability by a dramatic 100% in a 3 year period, firmly placing Kuehne + Nagel as the largest Freight + Logistics company in Ireland. From the outset, Pamela has had a clear and consistent vision of where she wants the company to go, which she credits with always starting with the end in mind. Pamela truly embodies the characteristics of a motivational and inspiration leader with her high degree of emotional intelligence, questioning style, and above all her charisma. It’s this charisma or magnetism that enables her to communicate succinctly and motivate those to not accept mediocre. Her transformational style has seen Kuehne + Nagel be the first to market with a broad range of customer solutions and saw her win Image Business Woman of the Year 2016. Pamela has continued to be recognised for her exceptional leadership skills. In 2018, she was ranked in the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Ireland. More recently in 2019, she was awarded the accolade of Ireland’s Most Trusted Leader by the Great Place to Work Institute.

Susan Boylan, Supply Chain & Operations Manager - Kepak Foodservice Solutions

Susan Boylan is a senior manager with extensive supply chain and operations management experience in the FMCG, pharmacy and fresh food channels – specialising in Warehouse & Logistics Management.
Creator and implementer of processes and procedures that improve productivity and reduce costs year on year. Key member of project teams for both lean methodology and ERP Implementation Continuous monitoring of the department’s processes & procedures to identify opportunities for improvement.
Strong emphasis on training and mentoring team members by aligning individual capabilities and skill-sets with organisational goals. Susan has been instrumental in leading her team to be awarded Supply Chain Team of the Year 2019 awarded by BFFF.

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Consultant | Supply Chain | Logistics, Transport and Warehouse Recruitment | National