Christine Barnhart talks about her supply chain journey; how women promote themselves & support each other; finding her voice; & the power of building a tribe.

380: Women In Supply Chain™, Christine Barnhart

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain™, I’m joined by my good friend and industry powerhouse, Christine Barnhart.

Christine has over 25 years of expertise in manufacturing, purchasing, planning, marketing and strategy. As Chief Marketing and Industry Officer at Nulogy, a technology innovator in the extended supply chain, Christine leverages her thought leadership and domain expertise to play a pivotal role in the way Nulogy speaks to the market and delivers customer value. And, under her guidance, Nulogy continues to shape and educate the market around the emerging space of Multi-Enterprise Collaboration.

Today, Christine will be telling me about her journey in supply chain, and we’ll be talking all about how women promote themselves and support each other; the importance of recognizing transferable skills; and the power of building a tribe.

 

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:

 

[06.39] An introduction to Christine; her journey in supply chain and technology; and her role at Nulogy.

[11.40] Christine’s long-standing commitment to charity work; the importance of lending expertise, not just time; and understanding when it’s time to step back from a board.

“It was part of the culture and expectation within my family that ‘people give to you, so if you have skills, you should give them back to the community.’”

[16.47] Christine and Sarah reflect on how women promote themselves, as well as how they support each other.

“It feels uncomfortable, like I’m being arrogant. And some of that is the history of how society has trained women to act… But people don’t just notice that you’re doing great things. You have to take credit for your work, you have to be proud.”

[24.27] Why women often don’t invest in themselves; and the importance of representation.

“My goal is always to move women forward. But I have personally interacted with women that want to be the only woman in the room.”

[30.04] Christine’s experience in manufacturing; her journey to becoming a better champion for women; and what she would like her legacy to be.

“I was so focused on proving myself… I’m not sure I was great in the beginning, but now I try to make amends for it. Now, as a I grow, I want other women to grow with me.”

[42.00] How Christine found her voice.

“My journey has hinged on the fact that I’ve built a tribe… it doesn’t matter who you know, it matters who’s willing to speak on your behalf.”

[45.52] The three things, professionally and personally, that Christine would like to accomplish in the coming year.

 

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You can connect with Christine over on LinkedIn.

If you’d like to hear more from Christine, check out episode 328: Blended – Breaking the Class Ceiling. And if you want to discover more amazing women in the industry, listen to 342: Women In Supply Chain™, Juliette Samson or 302: Women In Supply Chain™, Charlie Saffro.

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