Manufacturing Outlook August 2022

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Female Ukrainian Leadership Prevails

by TR Cutler Lydia DiLiello, the CEO and founder of Capital Pricing Consultants, a revenue consultancy and is a host of the WAM (Women And Manufacturing) podcast, a Jacket Media Co production; she recently interviewed Kate Yanshyna of OroCommerce.

understand why this was happening in our country. The company made sure to keep us safe, relocate us to the safe places, and showed us that employees are their first priority. My company made everything possible to reassure that employees are safe and can continue working.”

Kate Yanshyna is an IT project manager for OroCommerce, which like the WAM podcast, supports women empowering women in business and manufacturing. A Ukrainian woman, now living in Poland, who is working in the IT software industry. OroCommerce is the eCommerce platform helping B2B businesses to grow and to make their businesses digital and futureproof. Two years ago, Yanshyna joined the company and prior to the interview she worked in Kyiv, Ukraine.

“I really like the quote from our cofounder and CTO that people can give their best only when they’re free. And I realized how important and how helpful it was because I knew that the team I’m working with is self-sufficient and they can support me at any moment of time and I can rely on them because they’re independent individuals, professionals,” noted Yanshyna. Yanshyna commented, “Many of my colleagues as well as my management appeared to me from a different perspective, and I was mesmerized by the support given to us. That was so important in that moment. Our management made it possible for us to relocate either to Europe to safer regions or just to safer regions within Ukraine.”

Yanshyna reflected on her work at OroCommerce in Ukraine, “I realized how lucky I am to work with these kinds of people at OroCommerce. We were shocked, and we could not

Di Liello asked Yanshyna to share the progression of opportunities for women in IT, “I joined IT ten years ago and over these ten years, I can totally say that there were a lot of changes, a lot


of good changes in this sphere. When I first started in this industry, mostly men dominated industry, it was possible for people to ask about your age, about your plans for kids. I’m lucky to witness the change over the years, we are moving towards skills over gender.” Yanshyna understands the move to digitization It is a big a step for customers to move to the digital sphere and automate solutions. It is such a shame to waste precious people’s time and people skills over something that can be automated. At Oro, Dunlop, a protective footwear company, is a fascinating case study. The company had a lot of small retailers which were also important however they consumed a lot of human resources communicating with them. OroCommerce gave those small retailers a self-service portal, accessibility of prices, inventory, and all the information about products; they were able to repurpose two people to work with higher profile customers. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion These stories are supported by recent Gartner findings from its Supply Chain Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Survey in collaboration with the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM). Findings included the fact that representation of people of color in supply chain organizations is much higher at every level when the company is publicly held, representing 35% of the overall supply chain workforce in publicly held companies and 13% of vice presidents. More than 75% of supply chain organizations consider gender and ethnicity/race in their DEI strategies and objectives. This is a significantly higher rate than in 2020, when 59% of respondents considered gender, and 62% considered ethnicity/race. While three-quarters of supply chain organizations report that they focus on continued

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