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From Peace Corps Volunteer to Vice President of Transplace…a Conversation with Mollie Bailey Haney

From growing up in a small Pennsylvania coal-mining town, to a volunteer post in Africa – and a successful career in the logistics industry, our guest, Mollie Bailey Haney, has experienced things most people don’t get to see in a lifetime.

After completing her degree in liberal arts, Mollie wasn’t ready for a 9-5 job.  She heard about some friends’ experiences with the Peace Corps and decided to sign up as an “Integrated Agricultural Volunteer” in Africa.  For two years, Mollie worked side-by-side with local farmers in and around Zaire to help them build sustainable ecosystems.

Upon her return, Mollie started work at DXL where she learned the shipping business.  She later moved to C.H. Robinson and spent 12 years in a variety of senior roles until she was recruited to Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services, and logistics technology.

In this episode, host Linda Rigano talks to Mollie about growing up during devastating economic times for coal miners, how having three brothers prepared her for a male-dominated work environment and how giving back by doing service for villagers in the Central African Republic taught her invaluable life lessons.

Mollie shares her experience moving up the ladder in the transportation and logistics industry and how working at Transplace has been an incredibly challenging and enjoyable experience. Mollie also talks about the most important lessons she’s learned along the way, and how you can learn just as much from a bad manager as a good one.

Hear Mollie's incredible story for yourself!

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Meet Our Guest, Mollie Bailey Haney

Mollie Bailey Haney is passionate about helping logistics companies make the right connections and succeed – especially in the international arena. Mollie has more than 25 years of international transportation experience. She is responsible for international operations and regulatory compliance for Transplace’s ocean and air forwarding business. Transplace’s nearly 2,000 employees depend on the success of the companies’ overseas partners, particularly in times of economic downturn as we are seeing now with COVID19.

Prior to joining Transplace, Mollie worked for CH Robinson International for fourteen years in all facets of the global operations division. Prior to joining Transplace, she was the General Manager of the DFW International office. A graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science, Mollie served over two years with the Peace Corps. On assignment in Africa, Mollie and her team worked closely with villagers to create sustainable ecosystems to ensure a local, robust food supply during the dry season. She later graduated from The Citadel with an MBA in Business Administration.

A distinguished author and expert in logistics, Mollie has written 15 blogs published at Transplace.com, as well as numerous articles for industry trad media (see below).

Mollie is a sought-after presenter. She recently participated in the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) roundtable addressing US/China tariffs.

Recent articles:

Talking Logistics: What Shippers Need To Know About The New IMO 2020 Emissions Standards

Navigating Ongoing International Transportation Capacity Challenges

Freightwaves: COVID-19 illustrates how actionable data is vital for shippers

24/7 Custom Brokers News: What Shippers Need to Know About New IMO 2020 Emissions Standards

WAM Host, Linda Rigano

Meet Your Host, Linda Rigano

Linda Rigano is the Principal Consultant of The Rigano Group. Her expertise and enthusiasm for strategic and effective communication permeate all that she does as a consultant to B2B and B2C technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and publishing organizations to improve business performance and stakeholder relationships by building highly successful and measurable communications programs.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Linda has excelled in helping organizations advance the discussion of important industry issues. She was central to the development and promotion of ThomasNet’s annual Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey on the state of manufacturing, the ThomasNet/ISM “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition Program, and ThomasNet’s North American Scholarship Program. Linda also served as Director of Strategic Alliances for ThomasNet, and for many years was the Publisher of the Thomas Food Industry Register.

Throughout her career, Linda has been an active participant and presenter for manufacturing, supply management, and business associations. She is widely quoted in business and trade media, including Bloomberg BusinessweekNightly Business Report, and Industry Today. Linda holds an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.


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