Women in Logistics and Transport North America (WiLAT NA) is the Women’s Forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in North America (CILTNA)
On September 28, 2023, CILT North America launched their Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) forum. CLICK HERE to view the video of the launch. If you would like to view the presentation, “Lift As You Climb” from our guest speaker, Isabel Alexander, Business, Life, & Transformation Catalyst, please CLICK HERE.
Our mission is to promote the status of women in Logistics and Transport, to bring together those who aid the career development of women, and to provide a support network for women in the sector. We have a vision of being the most sought after organisation for advocacy and empowerment of women in the Logistics and Transport industry.
Our work toward this goal is concentrated into four key areas: Leadership, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment. Within these areas we work to bring change to our industry and the wider economy.
We are also aware of our role in society and our responsibilities not just to women but to the planet and to future generations. We are at the forefront of the change toward a greener, more equal and more socially responsible logistics and transport industry.
“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women, who have her back”
WiLAT NA was inaugurated on 28 September, 2023. It is one of the many pioneering branches of WiLAT global to promote our industry to female members and to encourage and support their career development.
The first branch of Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) was launched in June 2013 to promote our industry to female members and to encourage and support their career development. By 2018 WiLAT had over 2000 members in 20 countries and we’re still growing. Nigeria was the first to establish a women group in 2010 while the global launch of WiLAT was in Colombo in June 2013.
The initial letter of “W” for women is replicated as a flying bird to signify that women are flexible, industrious, holistic, strategic and elegant. Birds are usually gregarious and work in a team, which is also the core value in our Logistics and Transport world. The gold and purple colours of the logo are in line with the corporate colours of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
WiLAT membership is fully dependent on membership of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Female members of CILT automatically become members of their local group of WilAT. Male members of CILT or anyone interested in WilAT but not yet a member of CILT may become a Friend of WiLAT. For further information please contact CILTNA Administrator, Rebecca Whelan at: email@example.com
WiLAT Structure & Governance
The WiLAT Steering committee comprising of the Global Convenor, Deputy Global Chairperson, and Global Vice Chairpersons by region is responsible for the growth and development of WiLAT internationally, and for coordinating our annual global conference. The Global Convenor / Deputy Global Chairperson who sits on the CILT International Management Committee (IMC) reports on global development progress to the IMC regularly. Global Vice Chairpersons promote the interests of women in their region and encourage membership. Country groups work with and on behalf of women at local level, organizing events, providing local support and networking opportunities, and representing women within the local CILT council.
The operation of WiLAT is governed by the WiLAT Forum Guidelines as set by the CILT Council of Trustees (COT). You may view the guidelines here. The WiLAT Global website can be visited at: https://www.wilat.org/
Wings of Change – Newsletter of WiLAT
The Wings of Change newsletter is published quarterly. You can read the eighth edition of Wings of Change magazine here: Download pdf version.
Nearly 10 years after the global launch of WiLAT, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate all that this incredible initiative has achieved – and look to the future and all that we still want to do. View the 10th anniversary e-book: Download a pdf of the publication