Carmit Glik talks about swapping the corporate world for start-ups; leveling the playing field for SMEs; and how motherhood makes her a better leader.

389: Women In Supply Chain™, Carmit Glik

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain™, I’m joined by Carmit Glik – 2023 Pro To Know, board member, CEO, and passionate advocate of digital transformation.

As CEO at Ship4wd, Carmit has been at the forefront of digital transformation in the global freight industry, leading high-profile projects in digital freight marketplaces, and delivering end-to-end global digital transportation solutions that are customer-focused and sustainable. Carmit was also a recipient of the 2023 Women In Supply Chain™ award, presented by Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

Today Carmit will be telling me about her career journey; swapping the corporate world for start-ups; levelling the playing field for SMEs; and why she’s so passionate about digital transformation in supply chain.

SHOW SPONSORS:

 

GoFreight

GoFreight is proud to sponsor the ‘Women In Supply Chain™ podcast series, recognizing women’s vital role in the industry and the need to highlight their contributions and experiences. We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the supply chain field and are honored to support initiatives that empower and inspire women in their professional journeys.

GoFreight is the world’s leading cloud-based freight forwarding management system. In addition to its comprehensive core features, including business quoting, ocean and air freight processes, invoicing and payments, accounting, and finance, customers highly favor it for providing a customer-facing platform that meets the needs of freight forwarders and their clients and agents.

With GoFreight, tasks such as quoting, booking, cargo tracking, and data reporting, which traditionally required email or phone communication, can now be quickly completed through a user-friendly online platform, similar to booking flights or hotels.

For more information, visit GoFreight.

Supply & Demand Chain

This year, we received over 400 submissions for our Women In Supply Chain™ award, the highest amount of applications not only for this award but also for all of our awards. What’s more, 118 of those applications were submitted by male counterparts, nominating their boss, co-worker, or associate. Last year, that figure was just at 75. Also this year, 39 women self-nominated, a tremendous uptick from last year’s award, which just saw 12 self-nominations. This shows progress. This shows hope that one day, we won’t need an award like this because men and women in the supply chain will be equal,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “While there’s still more work to be done, what we’re doing is working. That’s why this award is so important to Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executives. From truck drivers to CEOs, what these winners are doing matters to the future of all supply chains. What these female leaders, entrepreneurs, and supply chain professionals are doing continues to push the needle toward excellence, and every year, I feel blessed to celebrate these wonderful women of logistics. And we’re doing just that at this year’s Women In Supply Chain™ Forum, set for Nov. 14-15 in Atlanta. Go to www.WomeninSupplyChainForum to register and learn more. We’re all better together. Collaboration is key to promoting and supporting Women In Supply Chain™.

For more information, vision Supply & Demand Chain.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[08.37] Carmit’s career journey and how she found supply chain.

“After my service in the army, I was looking for a job so I had money to travel – that was the plan!… And from working for three months as a temp, it’s lasted for 17 years!”

[12.04] An introduction to Ship4wd, Carmit’s role as CEO, and the brand’s mission to level the playing field for SMEs.

“As an industry, we’re lacking solutions for SME’s because the ROI never seems to work out… Ship4wd came to bridge that gap.”

[13.38] The day-to-day challenges faced by small businesses, and how Ship4wd is leveraging technology and customer service to help solve those issues.

“Technology has the ability to create a more even field… that’s why I’m very optimistic for small businesses, because they have much more access to tools that can provide a competitive advantage.”

[22.06] Why Carmit transitioned from a large corporate to a small tech brand, the differences and similarities between the two worlds, and why she’s so passionate about helping to create access and opportunity for SMEs.

[26.16] Why Carmit chose to embrace global travel as part of her career, and how it’s changed her personally and professionally.

[31.22] Carmit’s passion for supply chain, why it’s such a good career choice for young people, and her advice for anyone looking to enter the industry.

“The industry has such an amazing network and amazing people that really care about the world, they care about each other – it’s a great industry to grow with.”

[34.26] The challenges that Carmit faced as a woman in supply chain, and her approach to overcoming them.

“It’s a male-led industry… I’m a mother of two, I moved to different locations whilst building my family, and that wasn’t easy. There were obstacles in the way… but, eventually, if you focus on what you love, and you focus on doing and executing and creating value, that shows.”

[37.17] Carmit’s approach to work/life balance, and how becoming a mother has brought her professional success as well as personal fulfillment.

“I’m a much better manager than before I was a mother… when I’m mentoring other women, some are worried to become a mother because it might not go hand in hand with their career aspirations but, for me, it makes me a better manager, a better leader and a better person.”

[41.22] The career highlights and achievements that Carmit is most proud of.

[44.23] The future for Carmit.

“I hope I’ll continue learning and innovating and making a difference.”

 

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You can connect with Carmit over on LinkedIn.

If you enjoyed this episode, check out 359: Women In Supply Chain™, Alexis Mizell-Pleasant or 380: Women In Supply Chain™, Christine Barnhart.

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