2019 Conference Sessions

Home  |  Schedule  |  Sessions  |  Exhibit/Sponsor  |  Floor Plan  |  Hotel/Travel  |  Register

Monday, September 30 | 1:30-2:30pm

Ted Talks: Navigating Your Career With Intent While Creating Value for Your Company

Achieving one’s professional goals seldom happens by chance. Navigating your career requires more than a little ambition and good old-fashioned hard work. You need to know your passions, have a career vision, and develop a clear roadmap for getting there.
For many, the path to a successful, rewarding career requires developing a career plan, maintaining short-term goals to keep momentum forward, being flexible to new opportunities, and building relationships with the right people. Equally important, the most successful professionals who are passionate about the companies for which they work will align their individual career plans with the needs of the organization.
During this session, you’ll hear inspirational stories from three professional women who have effectively steered their personal and professional passions into rewarding, successful careers.

About the Storytellers

Ramona Hood is vice president of operations and strategy and planning at FedEx Custom Critical. Hood started her career in 1991 as a receptionist for Roberts Express, which was later purchased by FedEx, and is now known as FedEx Custom Critical. Twenty-six years later, she is an influential leaders in the industry and in her community. Hood leads dynamically through vision, strategy development and execution. 

Currently, Ramona is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for FedEx Custom Critical and its third-party logistics provider, FedEx Transportation Management. She is a connected leader who is driving change, innovation, strategy and possibilities in those she leads, the company, her community and the transportation industry.

Since joining the company, Ramona has held various leadership positions within FedEx Custom Critical, and is also a former vice president of customer operations at FedEx Supply Chain. Hood was recognized for her leadership within the company when she was awarded the FedEx Five Star award, the highest recognition FedEx employees can receive, in both 2010 and 2016. 

Over the years, Hood has been honored with numerous awards for the strides she has made in the industry. In 2016, she received the Crain’s Cleveland, Women of Note Award; Smart Women, Honoree of the Progress Woman Award; and Woman of Influence from the Women in Trucking Association. She was also recognized by the Greater Akron Chamber with the “30 for the Future” award. In 2013, she was recognized by Sales & Marketing Executives International with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award. She also received the Woman of Inspiration Award from Walsh University.  

Hood has many interests and holds a number of leadership positions outside of FedEx. She is a business advisor for the Welty Building Company, a local construction consultation company. She is chair of the technology committee for Transportation Intermediary Association (TIA) and was also appointed to serve on its board of directors. Additionally, she serves on the Summit Education Initiative board and Cleveland State University Foundation. She was also the previous chairman of the board of trustees for Child Appointed Special Advocates. Hood is a member of the Kent Area Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and  Jack and Jill of America Inc., Akron Chapter. Most recently, she was appointed to the board of directors for Walsh University in 2018. 

While working at FedEx, Hood obtained a BA in Business Management from Walsh University and an Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management--all while raising two daughters.

She currently resides in Copley, Ohio, with her two daughters, Mariah and Kayla. 

Angela Eliacostas has more than 30 years of experience in transportation, working her way from the ground up. Following generations of relatives with expertise in the transportation industry, Angela made the natural transition to her own career by learning the processes at trucking companies to running third-party logistics. Angela is an industry leader in expediting shipments and serves as a liaison between carriers and companies. She has grown a reputation in the energy and power logistics space. Angela has been recognized for making AGT Global Logistics one of the top 50 in Illinois and top 1000 woman-owned businesses in the United States. 

Ellen Voie is an internationally recognized speaker and authority on gender diversity and inclusion for women working in non-traditional careers in transportation. She has been invited to speak to audiences in Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Viet Nam, France, Mexico, and Canada in addition to being a popular speaker at conferences throughout the United States.

As founder of the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007, Voie currently serves as the nonprofit organization’s President/CEO. The Women In Trucking Association was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members. Read her extensive bio.

Back to Conference Sessions