AFN Celebrates International Women’s Day #IWD2018

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

AFN is proud to celebrate women on International Women’s Day and every day. We encourage all to take action that drives change for women and to #PressForProgress. Read our executive statements of support and check out pictures from the day.

Owen Schnaper, CEO

At AFN, we measure success through many different benchmarks, but at the core of every one of those benchmarks is culture. I am honored to be a part of an organization that views diversity and inclusion as paramount to our culture.

International Women’s Day is a great day to refocus our energy into developing an increasingly more diverse team. It’s also an opportunity to remind ourselves of the impact we can all make on advancing equality for women in the workplace.

As a proud father to a young daughter, I hope that she will grow up in a world where women are treated with same respect and given the same opportunities as her male counterparts. And so it is with great pride that I support the #PressForProgress campaign for International Women’s Day.

Owen Schnaper

Brian Nessel

Brian Nessel, Vice President of Operations

It is with great pride that I support and applaud International Women’s Day 2018 and the theme, #PressForProgress. At AFN, we hold this theme to be part of our culture every day. Our team members are constantly pursuing excellence through change, challenge, creativity, and outstanding customer relations.

AFN continues to bring strong, talented women to our team. Roughly 30% of our current management team is comprised of women, and AFN strives for more as we continue to grow. It is our belief that diversity is paramount to our company as gender parity will only continue to make our company stronger and more passionate about serving the industry in a more creative, inventive, and enthusiastic manner.

I am proud that all of us at AFN will pledge to #PressForProgress and will support and encourage gender parity and inclusion in our workplace.

Rob Levy, Board of Directors

It has been very exciting to see the momentum toward equal rights for women in the workforce in the U.S. Providing women with the necessary tools and opportunities for advancement only make a company more successful, and we strongly endorse that view at AFN. Closing the wage gap and equally compensating women for their hard work and dedication will only cultivate better results.

Career advancement should not be an unfair process for women; the same respect given to men when they express competency is the same respect and acknowledgment that we should provide women within the workforce. We have seen change, but unfortunately, we have a long way to go. Here at AFN, we foster women’s ideas and expertise, creating an environment of creativity and open growth in all aspects of business.

Rob Levy


Rachal Snider, Vice President of Customer Supply Chain

In my many years of experience as a woman in the Supply Chain industry, I have often felt marginalized, ignored, or sidelined for a male counterpart. That statement held true until my career at AFN. Gender equality and #PressForProgress isn’t just a concept celebrated one week out of a year, but every single day.

I was lucky to join a team that celebrates the depth that diversity can bring to the table and I’m lifted up every day by my colleagues to help our overall goal of changing lives through supply chain. I welcome all my fellow Women in Logistics to use #PressForProgress as a platform to help change the gender bias that still exists today and show the world what we’re made of!

Brian Winshall, Executive Vice President of Business Development

International Women’s Day is a day for us to pay tribute to the amazing women of our time and to highlight the need to continue to fight for gender equality. It is also a time to reflect and reinforce that diversity makes communities better and stronger in so many ways.

At AFN, we view our company as a community. We foster and embrace gender parity which helps this community and its members thrive and succeed.   

It is with honor that AFN will pledge to #PressForProgress and support gender parity in our workplace.

Brian Winshall

Ryan Daube, Founder/Chairman

As the CEO and founder of AFN, I take our company’s commitment to equality personally. We are so fortunate to have so many talented women on our team here at AFN. I am committed to supporting them as they advance in their careers. Like many other business leaders, I often ask myself if I am doing enough to empower the women in our organization to break the bonds of history and achieve their true potential.

International Women’s Day is an important reminder that inequities still exist as a challenge to both men and women to #PressForProgress and to step up and do everything we can to create a better future for all.

Jeff Daube, Vice President of Strategic Business Initiatives

It’s with great pride and enthusiasm that we here at AFN step up to #PressForProgress. March 8th is the date chosen to celebrate, but this topic has to be right at the forefront of the culture of our company every day.

No question, women provide a newer set of insights and expertise in the world of transportation and logistics, and we only benefit when we listen carefully to what they bring to the table every day.

As I look around AFN and recognize how many women contribute so much to our team here at AFN every day, I realize how lucky we are to have them in our midst. It amazes me that this day of recognition has been so long in coming.

Let’s make sure that March 8th is just the beginning of #PressForProgress every day going forward.