Pamela Simon talks about her career journey; global travel; embracing connections; and how her event series became the biggest name in supply chain events.

399: Women In Supply Chain™, Pamela Simon

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain™, I’m joined by Pamela Simon – entrepreneur, content creator, experiential marketer, and angel investor.

Pam is a creative and results-driven entrepreneur, with more than 20 years of experience in content creation and producing world-leading tech conferences. A self-proclaimed ‘connecting queen’, Pam knows how to bring people together in ways that drive success.

Today Pam will be telling me all about her fascinating career journey; exactly what goes on behind the scenes of leading industry events; the power of embracing connections; and how her ‘Future Of’ event series became the biggest name in supply chain events.

 

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:

 

[07.11] The early years of Pam’s career, and what she learned along the way.

“When I graduated, it was a time when you had to work at a corporate for at least a year before anyone would talk to you!… It was a great learning experience. Was it for me? No. But that’s OK, it’s part of the process.”

[09.23] Why Pam moved to Brazil, and how she tackled the challenges of living in a new country head-on.

[14.06] How a chance encounter led Pam to produce the very first Entrepreneur Week in Brazil and launch the Latam Founders Awards, which went on to become known as the ‘Oscars for Technology in Latin America.’

[18.21] The importance of breaking down the barriers between the corporate world and disruptive start-ups, and Pam’s advice for budding entrepreneurs looking to take the next step.

“The more people you can talk to, the better. Get feedback from as many people as you possibly can, and then you’ll start to see patterns. Then you can build from those patterns.”

[22.27] Why Pam embraced a global lifestyle, moving from Rio de Janeiro to San Paulo, and ultimately to Miami to join Lab Ventures.

[25.58] How Pam’s ‘Future Of’ event series was acquired and became Manifest, and a closer look at the challenge of producing the very first event during a global pandemic.

[29.01] From sponsorship to speaking topics, a peek behind the scenes of producing an event like Manifest.

[33.23] What we can expect from the future of Manifest, as it gets bigger and better each year.

[35.41] Why Pam is so passionate about bringing people together, and her advice for people or businesses seeking that connection.

“Seeing those connections flourish and become real partnerships and investments – for me, I feel like I’m making an impact on the whole ecosystem.”

[40.11] How Pam approaches the all-important work/life balance; why incorporating time for yourself and your loved ones is vital; and a glimpse into what downtime looks like for her.

“The way to make work/life balance work is definitely scheduling!”

[47.01] Pam’s advice for all those looking to follow in her footsteps.

“Relationships are the key to everything in this industry.”

[48.26] The future for Pam.

 

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You can connect with Pam over on LinkedIn.

If you enjoyed this episode and want to hear more, check out 310: Women In Supply Chain™, Grace Sharkey or 302: Women In Supply Chain™, Charlie Saffro.

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