Amazon Transportation Leadership explores what makes up effective leadership from the perspective of emotional intelligence, influence, negotiation, and work/life harmony. A panel of Amazon Transportation leaders in transportation operations and technology will describe their experience with these topics and will provide you with practical tips on how they have been successful navigating through their careers in the transportation industry. One thing is clear: the only way to address the pre-conceptions and barriers around women is to have more women in positions of leadership. This also means providing the support and role models women desperately need to advance in their careers, and bringing about much-needed changes in the workplace that benefit both genders.
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Presented by Shelby Palmer, Senior Manager, Field Transportation Operations; Seville Marquez, Sr. Field Transportation Operations Manager; Monica Lucas, Sr. Program Manager of Associate Driver Training; Kathy Crawley, Sr. Program Manager for TOM Central Support Services; Kimberly Umbenhauer, Sr. Manager Amazon Transportation Services, Field Operations; and Rim Benoud-Schmitz, Principal Program Manager.
Shelby Palmer is currently a Senior Manager, Field Transportation Operations- Transportation Operations Management. She runs the West region which is comprised of hourly and salaried teams in Southern California, Denver and Las Vegas. Shelby has been with Amazon for four years, all within the Transportation Operations Management team based out of Southern California. Prior to Amazon, Shelby worked for Target for six and a half years in Washington State. Outside of work, Shelby loves spending time with her two nephews and catering to her very needy pup, Charlie!
Seville Marquez is a Sr. Field Transportation Operations Manager and has been with Amazon for 3 years. Prior to joining Amazon Seville worked in various Supply Chain roles in multinational companies such as Harley Davison and Nestle Purina. Seville is passionate about mentoring of women and underrepresented minorities. Outside of work, Seville loves hiking various trails in the Texas Hill Country with her Husband and two fur babies and volunteering at local no-kill pet rescues.
Monica Lucas is a Sr. Program Manager overseeing the Amazon associate driver training progression and has been with Amazon for over 4 years. Monica has over 15 years of professional experience in operations and logistics and is passionate about understanding how things work and continuous improvement. Her time at Amazon has proven that when you Work Hard, Have Fun, and Make History exciting things happen. Monica is a single mother to a rambunctious 12-year old son and is committed to Crossfit. They both thrive in the Florida sunshine and take every opportunity to spend time outdoors, with family, and near the water.
Kathy Crawley is a Sr Program Manager for TOM Central Support Services, leading a team providing one touch support to field operators and drivers. Kathy has been with Amazon for 9.5 years, all in transportation, and has 15 years of supply chain experience. Kathy is passionate about mentoring and sharing success as your authentic self. Kathy resides in Arizona and enjoys hiking off the grid and all sporting events.
Kimberly Umbenhauer, Sr Manager Amazon Transportation Services, Field Operations overseeing 1100 over the road drivers, field operators, and leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Kimberly has been with Amazon for nine years, joining as temporary associate while pursuing her Master’s degree and substitute teaching. Motivated by the opportunity to influence change in a dynamic and growing organization, she is 1 of 45 Amazon Leaders to be promoted 5 levels or higher in their career.
Rim Benoud-Schmitz is a Principal Program Manager in Amazon's Transportation Operations Management organization. She leads a team focused on global parity initiatives. Rim holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a MS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from the University of Washington. Outside of work, Rim is a committee member on the United Way of Snohomish County Creating Open Roads to Equity committee.