250: Women In Supply Chain™, Mary McNelly

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain™, I’m joined by Mary McNelly: industry powerhouse and logistics and supply chain expert for leading global shoe brand, Crocs.

An experienced and talented leader, Mary’s knowledge and experience covers all aspects of logistics and supply chain. In her 13 year career with leading retailer Crocs, Mary has risen through the ranks to become the Senior Director of Global Logistics & Supply Chain Network Design.

Today Mary will be talking to us about her career so far; her passion for logistics; and the role of innovation, automation and agility amidst major disruption. Plus, she’ll be sharing her experiences as a woman in the industry, as well as her words of advice for all of the women following in her footsteps.




This Women In Supply Chain™ feature was made possible by our sponsor, Emerge. As a company focused on empowering and growing meaningful supply chain relationships, Emerge is proud to sponsor Women In Supply Chain™. Through its freight procurement platform, Emerge offers solutions that enhance the spot and contract procurement process, enabling shippers and carriers to make more strategic decisions.




[06.06] Mary’s background, and the journey that led her to a career in supply chain.

“For the people who are interested, but don’t really know – jump in and just start…. If you’re true to yourself you’ll find it, because there’s something for everyone in supply chain.”

[09.32] A closer look at Mary’s current role as senior director of global logistics and supply chain network design at Crocs, the challenges and the triumphs.

“Logistics in the last three years has really proven to be incredibly enabling or disabling, if you don’t think forward and have the right relationships and strategy.”

[12.34] Mary’s steady career progression throughout her 13 years with Crocs, and what she loves so much about the brand.

[14.32] Mary’s experience of disruption as a director of a global brand during a pandemic, and the different proactive ways in which Crocs responded.

“I love logistics, supply chain and problem-solving – and what’s more important, is we’re creating history in supply chain right now.”

[18.23] Mary’s innovative, strategic and agile approach to leadership, and how more businesses across the industry can better nurture that kind of mindset.

[21.03] The importance of sustainability and social responsibility, and a closer look at Crocs philanthropy division.

[24.15] Mary’s experiences as a woman in a male-dominated industry.

“I’m so proud to be able to say that the majority of our C Suite at Crocs are all women… it’s been a real goal within Crocs to continue to elevate women.”

[29.23] Mary’s reflections on the best way to engage in mentorship.

“If you’re thinking you need to lean out and ask somebody for mentorship, think about what you’re really asking for and be really focused on that.”

[31.40] The small, consistent steps throughout her career that helped Mary to find her voice as a supply chain leader.

[35.15] What the future holds for Mary.

[36.55] Mary’s words of advice for all of the women following in her footsteps.

“You can choose to see all of the men in the room, and get overwhelmed – or you can choose to see all of the amazing women in the room, get motivated, go and stand next to them and be a part of that. And that was a transformational moment for me.”




You can connect with Mary over on LinkedIn.

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