Port of Long Beach 2017 Celebrating Women in Trade Luncheon

Port of Long Beach 2017 Celebrating Women in Trade Luncheon


A terminal operations manager, an environmental
scientist and a maritime university student were just three of the five women on a panel
that encouraged Long Beach young women to explore careers in the shipping industry
at the 7th Annual Women in Trade Luncheon, hosted by the Port of Long Beach. Women tend to think that a Port related job
is traditionally for men. But it’s a women’s trade as much as it’s a men’s trade and trying to get young women into
science, technology, engineering, math and all the other fields related to the port,
it’s a world of opportunity for them. More than 300 people attended the event,
including 180 local high school and college students. Students were encouraged to talk
with numerous career professionals. I came here and there were these amazing
booths set up and I liked that, because you’re able to speak to them one-on-one
and ask them questions. I didn’t know that the Port existed, actually;
I didn’t really know what the inner workings of it were. So, it was a new experience entirely for me. During the panel discussion,
women who work in the industry talked about their inspiration, education and career paths, as well as describing their job duties
and typical work days. We know that the Port is not just about
containers and ships and construction, we know that it’s a whole powerhouse
of economic diversity, whether it’s HR, marketing, accounting, there are
opportunities for amazing jobs right here in Long Beach. The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s largest,
supporting hundreds of thousands of local jobs and this is just one way they reach out to the community. I think sometimes young women limit themselves
to just what they’ve seen: teachers or early childhood development; those are great careers, I just want them to see
all the different matches they could have for themselves. For more information, visit academy.polb.com.

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