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3 Part Compliance Seminar Series You DON’T Want to Miss!

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 24, 2015 0 comments
We are excited to announce our upcoming 3 part seminar series on ImportingExporting, and FDA Compliance! Government and private speakers will participate.  
Each seminar will provide resources for new and experienced international trade
professionals including:

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World Trade Month – Business Opportunities with Cuba – May 14, 2015 – #OWITonCuba

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 11, 2015 0 comments
Are you in South Florida and thinking of doing business with Cuba? Do you want to hear from those already successfully doing business with Cuba? Do you want to fully understand what is legal now?
May 14, 2015, I have JUST the event for you! This is your LAST CHANCE to register!

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Be Bold – Women in Transportation Recap

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 14, 2013 0 comments

Pictured above from left to right: Natalie Putman, Michelle Livingstone, Jennifer Diaz, Monica Wooden, Andy Funk

Bold is the operative word of the day. 250 people gathered at Miami Dade College today to hear about educational and career opportunities for women and minorities in the transportation/supply chain industry. The event was put on in collaboration with the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-South Florida), and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). The audience was composed of high school and college students as well as industry professionals. The message was incredibly positive, after all, trade is booming. Jennifer Diaz, Partner & Chair of Becker & Poliakoff’s Customs and International Trade Department, cited U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics from its recent import trade trends, stating CBP processed 2.38 trillion worth of imported goods in 2012, up 5% from 2011. The top trading 5 partners, in order, include China, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Germany.

The audience heard from an all-star lineup composed of: Michelle Livingstone, Vice President of Supply Chain/Transportation at the Home Depot, Natalie Putnam, Vice President of Marketing at Ryder System, Inc., Monica Wooden, CEO & Founder of MercuryGate International, Inc., Andy Funk, CEO & Treasurer of Cambridge-Lee Industries, and was moderated by Jennifer Diaz.
 
The educational opportunities in Supply Chain at Miami Dade are extremely promising. Miami Dade announced two new degree programs it plans to offer, an Associate of Science in Transportation and Logistics, expected to roll out Fall 2013, and a Bachelor of Applied Science, expected to roll out Fall 2014. Michelle Livingstone elaborated on the importance of education and said “education can never be taken away from you,” when motivating the audience to say yes when fortunate to have a company pay for higher education opportunities. “Only 10% of women choose careers in supply chain as a major in college, it is ripe for women,” continued Michelle. 
 
Michelle inspired the audience with her road to success, which included a map filled with 10 different locations all over the U.S. where Michelle had worked. “Sometimes you have to relocate to get ahead,” said Michelle. Michelle made it clear and matter of fact that “women must work harder to succeed then men,” and success “is 80% attitude and 20% aptitude.”
 
Natalie Putnam introduced a new concept, stating “problem finders” are tremendously valuable. Not problem solvers, but, instead, problem finders. Those that have the aptitude to find problems are much more so needed by organizations to evolve. Natalie commented that there are “multiple paths to success” and “1 in 9 people every day are in sales jobs” – a quote taken from Daniel Pink. Natalie discussed the importance and existence of the sale function in every line of work.
 
“It was encouraging to see so many women interested in the dynamic and growing supply chain field. The speakers were inspirational in sharing their experiences and how they navigated through and were successful in traditionally male dominated careers,” said Andy Funk.
 

 

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Careers for Women in Transportation

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 4, 2013 0 comments

"Be Bold! Women in Transportation" will feature prominent women in the transportation, logistics and supply chain management industry. The purpose of the event is to inform about career opportunities and attract women and minorities to the transportation industry. 

I’m thrilled to moderate this event where you’ll hear from top notch keynote speakers, Michelle Livingstone, VP of Supply Chain/Transportation at The Home Depot and Natalie Putnam, VP of Marketing at Ryder.

Join us to learn answers to the following questions:

  1. Why aren’t more women choosing Supply Chain/Transportation as a career?
  2. How will jobs in Supply Chain/Transportation evolve over the next few years?
  3. What does the logistics function look like within a manufacturing/distribution business? 
  4. How have energy prices affected the Transportation Industry?
  5. What impact does the changing demographics of the US have on opportunities for women in the supply chain field?

  6. What is the role of sales and marketing in supply chain, logistics and transportation?

  7. What is changing in business culture and what do  companies need to do to acquire talent?

  8. What are the skills needed to be successful in the field of logistics today?

  9. Why is a career in supply chain a good choice? 

The cost of luncheon is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Click HERE to register. 

For more information contact Jorge Guerra.

 

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South Florida’s Unsung Heroes Gain Recognition on November 15, 2012

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 6, 2012 0 comments

For over a decade, the South Florida Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-South Florida), part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women, has hosted the International Business Woman of the Year (IBWOY) Awards.

On November 15, 2012, the OWIT-South Florida will host the 11th annual IBWOY Awards at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral. The annual IBWOY Awards recognize outstanding women for their significant contributions to enhancing international trade and business in South Florida through their professional and community activities, as well as their mentoring of other women in South Florida. More than 200 members of the South-Florida International Business Community, including past IBWOY Award winners, gather to pay tribute to honorees in three categories which include Large Company, Small to Medium sized Company and Service awards.

I look forward to seeing you on November 15th!  Check out these links to more about OWIT’s IBWOY Awards and the benefits of sponsorshipContact me with any questions about OWIT, or IBWOY.

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OWIT – South Florida to Host Ambassador Juan Miguel Gutierrez-Tinoco

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 1, 2009 0 comments

On September 9, 2009, the South Florida chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) will host Ambassador Juan Miguel Gutierrez Tinoco, the Consul General of Mexico. This month, OWIT-South Florida’s focus is Mexico at our monthly luncheon. The luncheon will take place at the Sofitel Hotel from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. I hope you make it!  Register here.

Did you know Mexico is the third largest trading partner of the United States? Mexico’s top import into South Florida is gold, up by 184.17% according to World City’s 2009 Miami Trade Numbers.

Save the Date!

Please save November 12, 2009, for our annual International Business Women of the Year (IBWOY) awards luncheon, honoring exemplary women in the South Florida international trade community.  While the details are being fine tuned, I can say that we are doing something different this year. Typically, we raise money for a scholarship for a university student.  However, this year, so many of us have been touched by cancer.  We recently lost Bunny Schreiber, a beacon in the South Florida trade community, and one of our own Board members is currently fighting cancer. Therefore, this year we would like to raise money for breast cancer awareness and will donate proceeds of our silent auction to the Susan G. Komen foundation. If you have any items you’d like to include in the auction, or are interested in sponsorship, please contact me.

I have to say, I personally have truly enjoyed being a Board member of OWIT for the past four years, and hope you too will get involved!  We’d love your feedback for future events, and would appreciate new faces on our committees!