Kirsten Castillo has joined the AWESOME leadership team as Director of Member Engagement. She brings experience as CEO of her family-owned transportation and logistics services company – Logistics Planning Services (LPS) — and as COO of GlobalTranz. She also has been actively involved in the advancement of women, including founding “Ladies of Logistics” at LPS, an initiative that was adopted at GlobalTranz.
“We are very excited to have a leader with such breadth and depth of experience joining the AWESOME team,” said Heather Sheehan, AWESOME Executive Director. “Kirsten’s former company LPS was named on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies – and we’re looking forward to Kirsten helping AWESOME continue to grow in all the right ways.”
Kirsten first became aware of AWESOME through a colleague in Chicago — CEO Robby Nathan — who recognized that Kirsten’s passion for advancing women in her company was aligned with Ann Drake’s intent in founding AWESOME. Kirsten became further inspired to get involved after hearing Nancy Nix, who at the time was AWESOME’s Executive Director, accept the Distinguished Service Award from CSCMP in 2017.
About her new role with AWESOME, Kirsten says “There is an enormous opportunity in continuing to build a community of highly-accomplished women in the field, for creating visibility for these women, and for improving the representation of women in executive-level roles.”
She’s also committed to leveraging the successful women of AWESOME to mentor the women of the future — and to “reach back and pull them forward.”
Kirsten received her BAS degree from the University of Minnesota and a Global Executive MBA from the Duke Fuqua School of Business. Her additional education includes a Lean Office Certification from the University of Michigan Engineering Program, six sigma training, and Carson School of Management executive training on mergers and acquisitions.