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Leadership by Kelci Parker

As a student who attends Spokane Falls Community College, I’ve shown my leadership skills as a collegiate golfer. Being a part of such a highly competitive team; I’ve learned that being encouraging at all times creates a good environment for everyone. I like to bring people up with the things I say when I can tell they are feeling down. There are three principles that I live by and demonstrate on a daily basis as I lead my team on and off the golf course.

The first principle that I live my life by and demonstrate to my team mates is, “Your attitude toward anything in life is completely in your control” -Micah Lacerte. Most people think that golf is an individual sport, but what people don’t understand is that particularly in collegiate golf, the team score is comprised of the top three individual scores. I’ve experienced this first-hand at the Grays Harbor Open this past fall. I placed second overall as an individual but I was just one piece to the puzzle that led my team to place first overall.  The only way this was achieved was because after the first round, we were able to debrief as a team and motivate each other to be even better in the second round.

My second principle is, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal” – Henry Ford. On the course, you see all types of obstacles including trees, water hazards, sand traps, out of bounds areas, and more. Golf courses are a good example of life.  Amongst all those obstacles I must focus on the best way to get the ball into the cup.  As a team, we have to learn the course and how we should play each hole.  We talk with each other as we practice and discuss the best strategy to accomplish our goal-to finish eighteen holes with the fewest strokes.  As a leader on my team I have found that by encouraging others to see beyond the obstacles we don’t allow the obstacles to become barriers to our goals.  I also believe that this principle renders true in life as there will always be barriers.  We must relentlessly press forward.

My third and final leadership principal that I demonstrate in all aspects of my life is, “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody” – Unknown. This is the most important principle because it is applicable in all aspects of my life. Words of affirmation has made a drastic impact on my life, and it has been by the grace of encouragement that I have had the motivation to pursue my goal, and witness the success on the golf course. But, as much as I love to receive inspiring words of encouragement to help me through obstacles, I equally like to encourage others. I love making sure that whatever I say to people, especially my teammates, is something that they will always remember and remind them that they are special in every way. I believe in the power of words, and I believe that speaking life into situations, will not only change your attitude, connecting this to my first leadership principle, but the positive words can intervene in any situation. In my first season as a collegiate athlete, this principle has remained the foundation of my success in the transition into a new school, and on a new team, golfing new courses. The only thing that remained constant was the positivity, and that is something I treasure, and utilize for each and every person I meet.

In conclusion, the core of my leadership has been demonstrated throughout my experience as a member of a high school and college golf team.  There are so many obstacles in life and on a golf course  that can take away one’s focus on the goal.  Leaders encourage and leaders lead by example.  My experiences allow my leadership to grow.

My name is Madeline Miller, and I am a 20-year-old sophomore student at Saint Martin’s University. All of my various positions of leadership, through my involvement in numerous activities has brought me to where I am today. Currently I am double majoring in Political Science and History, this semester I have started to take classes to complete a minor in Legal Studies. Recently I found out that I am two classes away from a Minor in Global Studies as well, which is something I will be completing by graduation. I plan on continuing to attend St. Martin’s University for two more years and obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree with the previously aforementioned double majors and minors, and then continuing my education at law school to earn my Juris Doctorate and pursue a legal career. Ideally I would like to practice Maritime, Transportation, or Trade law. I have been a leader in many different facets of my school, work and community throughout the years and my leadership pursuits as well as qualities have paved the way for the degree and education that I am currently working on, and essentially shaped who I am today.

In regards to school I challenge myself with higher level classes (300+) and an 18 credit per semester course load, and I involve myself on campus in various activities. There is a famous quote by Ray Kroc: “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves,” this is one of my favorite quotes. I set high standards for myself in all I do, but with school especially. I have participated in activities and taken on tasks beyond my comfort zone, pursuing positions of leadership that I otherwise would not have pursued. For example, I am on the Saint Martin’s University Cheerleading Team, where my teammates and coaches voted for me to be Captain for the past two years, and I have recently been elected again for the next year. Throughout the school year I was also on the Board of Trustees committees for Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. I was also invited to be on the Institutional Student Affairs Committee by the Dean of Students, and have held that position since my freshman year. Last Spring I ran for and was elected to the position of Executive Secretary on the student government (Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University) for the 2016-2017 school year. I intend on running for re-election in the position of Vice President in the Spring again this year. I was inducted into the esteemed honor society on campus; The Society of Fellows, for my academic achievements, campus involvement, leadership skills and “contributions to the Human family.” Additionally I work as an English tutor in the library at school tutoring students of all levels (Freshman to Masters) including International Students. In high school I was highly involved in various leadership roles as well. I was ASB Vice President, heavily involved in the National Honor Society, as well as Cheerleading Captain of both squads for my junior and senior years. I also was in Leadership, Yearbook, Theater and FFA in high school. My parents always kept me very involved and so I learned invaluable leadership skills throughout all the activities I participated in.

Moreover I strive to exude the qualities of a great leader in the various jobs that I have held over the years. Throughout my childhood, and still now, I work for my Mom’s catering company, in this position I use my leadership skills for customer service and efficiency, sometimes also problem solving as catering is unpredictable! My first official job outside the family business was as a Retail Sales Associate at Rue21, I put my leadership skills to work through customer service and challenging myself to reach new sales goals. I was top in sales on several occasions, Employee of the Month, and I also received several positive customer comment cards. Later on in high school I obtained a position at Starbucks as a barista, there I put a great deal of leadership skills to use in the fast paced environment, I was typically the first person called to cover shifts because I am very reliable. I learned invaluable customer service skills and problem solving. Currently I am working at Saint Martin’s University as a tutor, this uses many of my leadership skills. Such as patience, extensive knowledge, and kindness to tutor students effectively and yield returns to the tutoring center. I also currently am working at Doria’s prom and bridal shop on the weekends, which involves a great deal of customer service skills. Sometimes I am with a single customer for hours on end, helping them find the perfect gown, and you have to build a relationship with clients. Another professional position I held was as an intern at a private company within the transportation industry. Taking the initiative to pursue an internship as a freshmen exemplifies my leadership skills on several levels. I learned a great deal at the internship and I currently have four different internship opportunities for the upcoming summer.

Finally within the community I find myself taking on various leadership roles while volunteering my time at different organizations and events. I believe that it is the duty of those who have the ability to give back to the community in any way possible. All of my various volunteer endeavors are listed in the application but there are a few that I am most proud of, the times I get to volunteer with children! I love being able to work with children whether it is through cheerleading, reading or any of the other various events I participate in that involve kids. Setting an example is something I believe in firmly because there is always someone watching you, if you are fortunate to have a little set of eyes looking up to you, then there is great power to make a difference. Leadership essentially is making a difference, helping others and setting a positive example for others to do so as well.

In conclusion, I believe that being a leader has brought me where I am today and lit the path that I have for the future. Being a leader has taught me many invaluable lessons and qualities such as confidence, focus, grace under pressure, integrity, passion and patience. These are all qualities that I have learned through being involved in school, work, and my community. Leadership has instilled in me a drive for changing the world, a sense of agency and the desire to help and inspire others!

If Bob Dylan wrote a song about the state of the today’s container shipping industry, it might be called “The Lines, They are a Changin’.”

In April, three new major carrier alliances started operating around the world. With these new alliances came new challenges to ports. The three alliances are:

  • THE Alliance: Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, “K” Line, MOL and NYK Line,
  • Ocean Alliance: COSCO Shipping, CMA-CGM/APL, Evergreen and OOCL, and
  • 2M Alliance: Maersk/Hamburg-Sud, Mediterranean Shipping Company and Hyundai (slot charter partner).

While these alliances were formed to help the lines reduce costs and increase efficiency, they have also changed cargo flows at various terminals in Tacoma and Seattle. These changes have also created some operational challenges for ports, terminal operators and transportation providers.

SHIPPING LINE SHUFFLES: As part of the new shipping line alliances launched in April, Hapag-Lloyd ships, which have been calling at Washington United Terminals in the South Harbor, are now calling at Terminal 18 in the North Harbor.

To help mitigate these changes, The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) Operations Service Center is actively monitoring all gate activity at the impacted container terminals.

NWSA staff is addressing container congestion issues and also meeting with truckers, terminal operators and other impacted stakeholders.

Two major areas of container volume impacts and some congestion have been Terminal 18 in Seattle and Husky Terminal in Tacoma.

Here are some of the steps being taken to improve these situations:

  • SSA is opening its gates at Terminal 18 an hour earlier (7 a.m.)
  • Husky Terminal is opening its gates earlier in the morning and has also run some Saturday gates.
  • NWSA staff is working with the Seattle Police Department and the Tacoma Police Department to address terminal truck queuing issues.

The NWSA continues to work with its partners to explore additional improvements that could be made in the future.

Here are two ways you can keep up-to-date on these issues and developments:

  1. Find out more about what’s happening at Terminal 18, Husky Terminal and truck queuing issues here.
  2. Check the marine terminal websites directly for the latest information on their hours and service conditions.

For information on South Harbor (Tacoma) terminals, contact Tim Ebner, NWSA Operations Department, at 253-592-6719 or tebner@nwseaportalliance.com.

For more information on this situation in the North Harbor (Seattle), please contact Steve Queen, NWSA Operations Department, at 253-888-4412 or squeen@nwseaportalliance.com.


By Holly Decker, Account Executive – COSCO Shipping PNW

March is Women’s history month and on March 8, International Women’s day I found myself at a social event to revel in the many accomplishments of women across the globe. Afterwards my mind wanders to profiling the women in the room – none of whom were in transportation.  They say the top is a lonely place for the female worker, but in transportation it rings especially true. On the tail end of Women’s History month, it seemed appropriate to share some stats on women in our sector so we can begin to write a new history.

The amount of data on women in transportation fields is limited so it’s hard to get a good grasp of what’s going on out there but I can tell you, the majority of times I walk into a room, I don’t see too many folks that resemble my gender identity. In 2007, the Transportation Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) and National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) conducted a benchmark scoping report on gender diversity in State DOT’s and transit agencies. What they found was that women, regardless of professional service category, were routinely underutilized. I could note some statistics about race here, but sticking with gender, I’ll note that the only occupation category where all women, regardless of ethnicity were not underutilized was administrative support.

A 2012 study by Women in Transportation (WIT) discovered that while women make up 47% of the US workforce, in the transportation related sector women make up less than 13% of the workforce, and only 17.4% of those women are manager level or higher. One might hypothesize that the transportation gender gap is a tandem trajectory of sector advancement and institutionalized gender roles – there’s fewer women in the business because women didn’t used to work! Maybe we have a lot of office ladies rather than female Execs because education and mentorship has only been male to male by (de)fault of history. I’d say we’re a little late for that argument but regardless, in 2015, a poll conducted by SCM World revealed that amongst global universities offering supply chain courses, women accounted for 37% of students but only 5% of top level supply chain positions are held by women.

Just last year the Peterson Institute for International Economics in partnership with Ernst and Young confirms what we’ve known for some time now, that there is a correlation between women in leadership positions and company profitability. Typically defined “female” traits are highly beneficial to business, particularly, I’d argue, when it comes to working in supply chain where collaborative skills being especially important. The ability to effectively negotiate and work with multiple stakeholders—whether internally or externally, and multitasking against timelines—is key to effective and efficient supply chain management. Most people agree that men and women work in different ways and bring different strengths and perspectives to the table meaning, gender diversity brings better business decisions and solutions to customers. If the industry is not actively hiring, nurturing and promoting women, it’s falling short of its potential.

So, what do we do about it? How do we rewrite history? It’s more complicated than simply hiring more females. First, we have to recognize the value diversity brings to businesses (see above paragraph on diversity=profitability), prioritize it as a value, and live it. Second, we have to recognize that for women in the workforce, many at one point or another face a critical junction: choosing between family and full-time employment. Women who work in and outside the home have different needs than other employees. HR consultants can play an enormous role in helping companies navigate work/life balance strategies that help to support the values business want to uphold. Third, it’s important that businesses identify talent and retention strategies to get over diversity hurdles.  Beth Ford, Group Executive VP and COO at Land O’Lakes, places responsibility of a company to promote more opportunities for women “senior leaders have a critical role to play: they must sponsor high potential women, which means actively working to position them effectively; understanding the challenge presented; and being direct in counseling about the importance of mobility and flexibility on their career trajectory.”

Finally, the responsibility of lessening gender disparity in the transportation sector falls not only to male advocates and businesses, but to the women in this business as well. Ladies, we need to network, convene, collaborate, promote, and support one another to inspire more women to be a part of this dynamic and challenging sector. We need to see more women in transportation for the benefit of our companies, employers, and community.

There are a few organizations in the Puget Sound that convene women in the transportation sector: WTS Puget Sound, WISTA – PNW Chapter, WIT. Do you know of more? Please send me an email at hdecker@cosco-usa.com.





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Got Mo? By Linda Sasser

Momentum … a leader’s best friend.

There is no better feeling than having the big Mo behind you! It’s hard to get started, but once you have it, it’s hard to shut down. When we have momentum, we’re excited, confident and productive individually and as a team. Positive momentum gives you confidence.
In fact, wise leaders with momentum have a unique humble, yet confident strut in their walk. Ha! I say “wise leaders” because they know to stay humble and to honor the power of momentum because when it goes away, (and it will if it’s not fed) it’s hard work getting it back.

So, how do we build and sustain the three stages of momentum?

1. Starting Mo
It only takes one person to spark the power of momentum — one person with a positive attitude. One person who brings excitement to the team. One person who is willing to go the extra mile. You don’t have to be the department leader or the most charismatic person on the team.
Your one “must-have” leader trait to getting Mo started is BELIEF. Belief in what you’re doing, belief in whom you are grooming and leading, and belief in the future. Your belief will be contagious. Others will borrow it until they can muster up their own.

2. Moving Mo
Keeping the momentum going is the tricky part, because it’s tempting to get a little lazy in your efforts to keep building Mo after it’s rolling. We can get complacent as to how things are going, so we start to relax and become overly confident. We think, “My work here is done; now I can relax and go play.” Not so! Beware of that thinking.

Your one “must-have” leader trait to moving Mo is MOTIVATION. Motivating others to step up and lead, motivating the team with recognition and celebrations, and motivating by being “with” your team. Many leaders start to separate themselves into an authoritative position of leadership; looking down on their kingdom. Ouch, what a momentum killer! And smile, good gosh almighty, smile with your people!

3. Keeping Mo Alive
Don’t drift away from the key elements that make you successful. If you want momentum to be part of your culture, then stay focused on the behaviors and values that will multiply your momentum. Success can make a leader drift. Their attention is preoccupied by something else and motion starts to slide backwards.

Your one “must-have” leader trait to keeping Mo alive is INTUITION. Intuition to the conditions, intuition to ebb and flow as changes arise, and intuition to balance the old basics with new opportunities.

Mo is one of those things that is hard to put into words, but you know it when you see it. What does the Big Mo look like inside your organization? What stage are you in, and what kind of leader do you need to be?

About the Author:
Linda Sasser is the CEO of Impacting Leaders, a firm focused on helping companies with their leadership development and organizational effectiveness needs. Linda has over 25 years’ experience in developing businesses, leading teams, and directing sales programs, which include stewarding the John Maxwell corporate leadership development brand; leading efforts to achieve $2 billion in sales while serving as the vice president of sales and marketing at Express Employment Professionals; and owning and operating five Express Employment Professionals staffing franchises. Connect with Linda and Impacting Leaders on their website at www.impactingleaders.com, on Linda’s leadership blog at www.tablegroup.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/ILHappyHour or on Twitter at twitter.com/impactingleadrs.

The Club’s Board of Directors has been reviewing and revising our Constitution and Bylaws during 2016.  The last time this was done was in 2010.  Many aspects of the way the Club is organized and executes its mission have changed since the last time these governing documents were revised.

The revised Constitution was approved by our membership at the General Meeting held on November 14, 2016.

The next milestone in this process is for the Board of Directors to approve the revised Bylaws.  This vote will take place on January 12, 2017 at the Board of Directors Meeting.

Generally, the Bylaws have been rearranged and reformatted.  Specific changes to the Bylaws include:

  • The processing of annual membership renewal will begin in December rather than January (Article I, Section 3 current bylaws/Article I, Section 2 proposed Bylaws).
  • The nomination and election of Directors and Officers has been consolidated from two articles to one article (Articles II-III current Bylaws/Article II proposed Bylaws).
  • The composition of the Executive Committee has been expanded to include an opportunity for one non-transportation professional to serve as an Officer of the Club (Article VII current bylaws/Article III Section 6 proposed Bylaws).
  • The responsibilities of the Executive Committee and the Officers of the Board have been redefined (Articles IV-VI current bylaws/ Articles III-VIII proposed Bylaws).
  • The composition of the Board of Directors has been expanded to include up to five non-transportation professionals and/or Lifetime/Honorary Members (Article VII current bylaws/Article IX, Section 5 proposed Bylaws).
  • The requirement for an Annual General Meeting has been eliminated (Article XII, Section 2 current Bylaws).
  • The quorum at General Meetings has been changed from fifteen members to 20% of the active members (Article XII, Section 4 current bylaws/Article XIV, Section 3 proposed Bylaws).
  • The current Committees of the Club have been articulated (Article XVI proposed Bylaws).

Our current and proposed Bylaws are attached to this email.  These documents can also be accessed on the Club’s website at https://goo.gl/xx4YXT (current Bylaws) and https://goo.gl/iAHttL (revised Bylaws).

Any questions or comments about the revised Constitution and Bylaws or the revision process can be directed to our Immediate Past President, Vince Santiago, @ 253.833.4688 or vince@go-vetrans.com.

The Board of Directors thanks you in advance for your support of this important initiative.


Kim Klemme

Our Club is proud to announce that Kimberly Klemme has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Tacoma Community College Scholarship. Kim is a lifelong Tacoma resident and is currently enrolled in TCC’s Logistics Program. Kim, a retired Pierce County Sheriff, became interested in Transportation and Logistics while serving our community as a Deputy Sheriff. Her interest was based on observations she made during her law enforcement career; specifically regarding front porch delivery thefts and what requirements companies have for this delivery method.

The Transportation Club of Tacoma has partnered with Tacoma Community College’s Business and Logistics program since its inception. Many members have and continue to shape the curriculum this program offers by participating on the Business and Logistics Program Advisory Committee. Ron Ashara, Norma Dompier, Gary Gieser, Jeff Jagosh, Jake Nyman, Dean Kidd, Mark MacLeod, Mike Porter, and Eric Wilson are among those who have served in this capacity. TCC’s Program Chair for the Business & Logistics Program, Mary Jane Oberhofer, is a Club member. Tim Flood (President 2014) currently serves on the TCC Foundation Board of Directors.

Our Club values its longstanding relationship with Tacoma Community College. The TCC Scholarship was established to memorialize the Club’s commitment to transportation education in our community. This $1,500 scholarship is offered each year to a qualified, deserving student in TCC’s Business and Logistics Program.