Women in Logistics spotlight: Samantha

Women in Logistics (WIL) is an Employee Resource Group that attracts, connects and develops the TQL community of women by providing internal networking opportunities, professional development and community involvement.

WIL spotlights its members regularly to share their stories of success. This month, learn about Samantha, a Warehousing Group Sales Manager, and her TQL career.

Share your story of becoming successful at TQL.

From the moment I walked through TQL’s doors for an externship in the Detroit office, I knew this company was where I was meant to start my professional career. I moved to Colorado and did exactly that as soon as I graduated from college.

At the time, I also worked a second job as a waitress. It was exhausting to wait on tables and run to the kitchen to answer carrier and customer calls. I was determined to make commission as fast as possible.

I found my stride at TQL in about 6 months and signed up 74 customers in 2017. After 1.5 years, I was able to quit my restaurant career forever. I was not the best saleswoman from the jump, but I had grit and a positive attitude.

What are the benefits of having more women and diversity at TQL?

Seeing more and more powerful women at President's Club and in GSM/ESD positions has been one of the coolest things to watch during my career. The only way we will continue to grow is by having hard-working TQL’ers from all backgrounds and genders bring different perspectives and challenge each other to think about situations analytically and objectively.

What motivates/inspires you?

My parents are the hardest working people I know. My dad drove a box truck and my mom was a stay-at-home mom, and they were barely getting by. Determined to change their situation, they started a commercial janitorial business. Their nights and weekends were spent scrubbing toilets and waxing floors. Twenty-five years later, they sold their business and retired to live their dream of working on golf courses in Florida. Because of my parents’ example, I will always work my tail off to get where I want.

Best career advice you’ve received and given?

Never get too high on the highs or too low on the lows.

How do you maintain work-life balance?

This industry is extremely demanding and stressful, so it’s important to find healthy ways to decompress. I enjoy an exercise class that allows me to be completely focused for 50 minutes.

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