Women in Logistics UK is not only celebrating its first anniversary, it is also set to launch its own mentoring scheme at its next event, a green theme event in Northampton on 08.10.09 which includes the visit of Sainsburys flagship green distribution centre and a debate on whether logistics can be sustainable in the current economic climate.
The aim of the mentoring scheme is to provide practical assistance and advice to younger professionals entering the transport, supply chain and logistics industry, and to inspire the next generation to succeed.
Women in Logistics UK was formed in September 2008 with the aim of helping to increase the number of women in the sector, however it promotes equality without being divisive, it is open to both men and women from any area and levels of experience in the trade and 15% of its four hundred and fifty members are men.
From the start, Women in Logistics UK gained recognition and support from the main industry organisations including the Freight Transport Association, Road Haulage Association, Skill for Logistics, United Kingdom Warehousing Association and CILT, among others.
The group is free to join, it is organised via the professional networking site Linkedin (www.linkedin.com) and it provides professional development and networking opportunities to all its members, both online and through traditional meetings and fun events.
The group will be celebrating its 1st birthday with three parties held simultaneously in Leamington Spa, Warrington and London on 17th September, to cater for all their members nationwide. These parties are about mixing a little business with pleasure, meeting and networking with fellow members in a relaxed environment over some lovely food.
Ruth Waring, Founder of Women in Logistics UK, commented: It has been a very busy but existing year for the steering committee of 9 members, the group is on the way to meeting all the original aims, but has also delivered fabulous friendships and lots of laughter, and we are not resting on our laurels. A professional development theme day is planned at Royal Mail Rugby on 03.12.09, followed by a Christmas party, we are hoping to soon smash the barrier of 500 members and we have got lots of plans and ideas in the pipeline for 2010!
For more information about Women in Logistics UK or to join the group, please visit www.womeninlogistics.org.uk