International Women’s Day? What Are They Doing Out of the Kitchen?
Hear from Kelli Saunders, Morai Logistics CEO as she discusses her path into logistics, her thoughts on bringing more women into the industry, and how she sees her role in addressing inequality in logistics as a female CEO.
As you might know, eft sends weekly newsletters to its readers. Last month, as women successes were celebrated globally for International Women’s Day, the eft staff looked back at some of last year’s advancements of female participation in the logistics industry and sent this article to eft readers.
One of the responses by a name we won’t disclose for obvious reasons to eft’s weekly newsletter reads: “International Women’s Day? The first question should be ‘What are they doing out of the kitchen’”
This response urged the eft team to take action and highlight the great work women are doing within the industry, eft will therefore publish a monthly Q&A with a leading woman in the industry.
For this first series, hear from Kelli Saunders, Morai Logistics CEO as she discusses her path into logistics, her thoughts on bringing more women into the industry, and how she sees her role in addressing inequality in logistics as a female CEO.
Kelli will be participating in the ‘Women in Logistics’ panel at the 3PL summit and Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum (June 16-18, Chicago). This year’s panel will be focussing on breaking down the barriers to entry into logistics for women, and focus on what the industry can do as a whole to make itself more appealing to both genders.
How did you end up in the logistics industry? Would you encourage other women to do the same? Do you have any advice for them?
Getting the right product to the right place at just the right time is a complicated business. Kelli Saunders, President of Morai Logistics Inc., understands the complexities and nuances involved in long term sustainability in the logistics industry. This is why the company she leads is the successful multimillion dollar, multinational business that it is today.
Kelli's experience in the supply chain and logistics field is extensive. In her 30 years in the industry, she has been recognized for her strategic selling, management, and relationship development throughout North America. From her humble beginnings as a telemarketing supervisor for Interamerican Transport to VP of Strategic Accounts of Exel Transportation, Kelli took her team, knowledge, and experience creating Morai Logistics Inc. as an operating agency of Mode Transportation. Since then herself and her company has received numerous awards for her expertise in strategic sales and as a small business owner, including Salesperson of the Year four times (Mark VII, Exel, Mode; 2000-2004). She was also the first recipient of the Chairman’s Award in 2002 (Mark VII) and the former president of the Toronto Transportation Club (2010). Kelli earned WeConnect Canada’s Doing Business International Award for Morai Logistics Inc. (2012) and more recently WBE Canada’s Doing Business Award 2015 as a certified woman-owned business.
Aside from assisting her clients with services including warehousing, management consulting and technology services through Morai Logistics Inc., Kelli's drive also shines through in her other passions. She is active member of the Women Presidents Club, WeConnect International, WBE Canada and Who’s Who. She also takes time to enjoy spinning, running, golf, boating and travelling. Kelli Saunders’s motivation and drive shows in her company’s performance and inspires her team to succeed.