Join host Jonathan Kempe, and special guests Eric Dawicki and Jillian Carson-Jackson,
on Let’s Talk Supply Chain Asia Pacific’s’ first ever episode! Jonathan, Eric, and Jillian discuss
a range of relevant, pressing, and engaging topics, including: The characteristics and
character of those that serve at sea; causes of the current disruptions in supply chains and
across the maritime domain; the experience of a woman in maritime; the seafarer crisis, and
how it has impacted professionals at sea, and global supply-chains. Eric and Jillian share their
personal stories and reflections of being influenced, assisted, and challenged during their
careers at sea.
Eric quote: “My whole life is to say thank you to mariners, who truly saved my life as a kid….
They hugged me when I needed it, they kicked in me in the rear end when I needed it… With an
unconditional love. When we were able, I told my wife, ‘We need to start a college… because it
saved my life, and it’s my way of saying ’Thank you’ to these beautiful salty souls, who truly are
the salt of the earth”.
Jillian quote: “Shipping, as we know, is the lifeblood of the globe. Our goods go by sea. Our
medical supplies goes by sea. Seafarer welfare is… important to maritime, but it is more
important to our society. If we look after our seafarers… we look after our global economy”
Eric’s reflections on the current state of the supply-chain industry were decisive and thought-
provoking. Jillian’s account as a woman in maritime was particularly moving – It is clear, even
though great strides have been made, that there is still a lot of work to be done to support
women who work in maritime environments. We also cover the evolving seafarer crisis, that
has increased the disruption of global supply chains, and dramatically impacted the lives of
many hard-working seafaring professionals. A call to change, and a message of support from
the President of WISTA Australia, rounds out the episode.
It is a privilege to hear from two seasoned practitioners. We look forward to further
stimulating discussions with a range of guests from the Asia Pacific region, and from all over
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