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MAGGIE MERS

Maggie Mers was inspired to a career in logistics out of a great desire to help others succeed. Born in Beijing, she embarked on her studies at Beijing University, where she completed coursework in hotel management. Coming to the Renmin University of China, she furthered her studies with coursework in computer information systems in 1984. Two years later, in 1986, she immigrated to the United States for an internship in hotel management, after which she joined Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. As she continued to grow and flourish in her field, Ms. Mers sought a master’s degree in cosmetology, which she achieved in 1991. In 1993, Ms. Mers began working as an independent international logistics consultant and translator, roles

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Siu Ling Ko

SIU LING KO

A highly regarded engineer and transit expert, Siu Ling Ko has dedicated her career to serving New York City Transit, part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. To prepare for her career, she attained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Technology, now New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She was encouraged to pursue electrical engineering by her teachers at Brooklyn Tech due to her aptitude for mathematics, leading her to apply and attend the highly regarded institution. At the time, she recalls well under 10% of the students were women, and it was not unusual for her to be the only female student in any given class or lab. Despite the lack of diversity in

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Susie Whitney

SUSIE K. WHITNEY

Susie K. Whitney is renowned as a shipping and freight expert and the entrepreneur behind SMJ Freight Solutions, LLC. She completed coursework at the North Dakota State College of Science from 1974 to 1976 and entered the shipping industry at a young age. Ms. Whitney credits her father, a long-haul trucker, with sparking her interest in the field. Prior to establishing SMJ Freight Solutions in 2008, Ms. Whitney worked for companies including Colfax Farmers Elevator, Prime Wood Transportation and Direct Transport. She was additionally active with Saint Francis Hospital in the personal office, which included working with payroll, employee records, quarterly reports, insurance and more, before accepting a position with Midnight Express as a broker agent in 1996. Ms. Whitney

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