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Beth Pusateri
Human Resources Director

Can you share the journey and experiences that led you to your current role within Phoenix International?

My career has spanned over four decades, beginning in high school with my first job in a doctor's office. This early experience laid the groundwork for my journey, which took me through various roles in law firms across California and Chicago. The legal field sharpened my skills and prepared me for the diverse challenges I would face in my professional life. Transitioning from the structured environment of large law firms to the dynamic pace of working with a single attorney, I embraced the complexity and the opportunity to grow. My path to Phoenix International was unique, involving close work with a client on retirement plan administration and contributing to the Phoenix handbook. These tasks highlighted my knack for H.R. and 401(k) management. A new opportunity led me back to Phoenix International; I took the challenges and decided to start working from the ground floor again.

What unique perspectives or skills do women bring to the logistics industry, and how does it benefit Phoenix International?

In my view, women possess innate qualities indispensable in the logistics industry. We are “traditionally” better organized and superior multitaskers, skills essential for solving problems and adapting to the fast-paced changes in logistics. Our attention to detail is second to none, a critical trait in an industry where a single oversight can disrupt the entire supply chain. Women's ability to adapt and solve problems, particularly in crises like strikes or port disruptions, offers a significant advantage, ensuring smooth operations against the odds.

Can you highlight any initiatives or projects within Phoenix International that promote the professional development of women in logistics?

Looking ahead, I'm excited about Phoenix International's commitment to professional development, including launching a business library to make our company the best place to work. While specific initiatives focusing on women's development are still in the planning stages, the goal is clear: to create an environment where women can thrive and advance in their careers.

What message or words of encouragement would you like to share with your colleagues and peers on International Women’s Day?

This International Women's Day, I want to emphasize the incredible impact women have every day. It's crucial that we support each other in striving for success and equality. Once again, “traditionally” dominated by men, the logistics industry requires us to create opportunities for women to advance. We can break through the glass ceiling together by establishing support networks and advocating for professional development.

What advice would you offer to other women aspiring to pursue logistics and freight forwarding careers? 

To women aspiring to make their mark in logistics and freight forwarding, please remember that you can achieve far more than you might think. Do not be confined by the roles or limitations others may impose on you. Strive for success, advocate for equality, and leverage the available support networks. The path may not always be easy, but it is undoubtedly rewarding.

Closing Thoughts

My journey to and within Phoenix International has been anything but conventional. Yet, it is a testament to the power of resilience, adaptability, and the unique strengths women bring to the logistics industry. As we look forward to more inclusive and diverse workplaces, let's continue to champion the cause of women in logistics, paving the way for future generations to succeed.