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FedEx Women Leave Lasting Impression at Links Conference

August 17, 2010

“While climbing the corporate ladder, they didn’t forget the community.”

They came to Detroit to share wisdom, tell life-changing stories, and point to possibilities. Five FedEx women – all accomplished leaders, all community-minded – left a glowing imprint on the young women who sat transfixed before them during a “Leadership in Corporate America”  career session presented by The Links, Incorporated and sponsored by FedEx. The event was hosted during the Links’ annual conference.

Established in 1946, the Links is an international, not-for-profit organization and one of the nation’s oldest volunteer service groups. Its 12,000 members are influential decision makers and opinion leaders who contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually.

During the “Leadership in Corporate America” career session, the FedEx panelists, who are all Links members, inspired the audience with insights into their individual backgrounds and professional journeys.

Cathy Ross, CFO at FedEx Express, manages more than 2,000 professionals throughout the U.S., EMEA, Canada and Latin America. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors of Steelcase, Inc., the world’s largest office environments manufacturer. She was also named to Black Enterprise Magazine’s prestigious list of “50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business” and was cited as a “CFO Thought Leader” by Booz Allen.   

Gina Adams, Corporate Vice President for Government Affairs at FedEx Corp., is a lawyer and the company’s top lobbyist. She works with members of Congress, the diplomatic community and industry associations on domestic and international commerce and transportation issues. She serves on numerous boards, including American University, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Mary McDaniel, Vice President of Aircraft Materiel at FedEx Express, manages aircraft parts inventory and technical support for the FedEx global fleet. She serves as chair of the Board of Foundations for Southwest Tennessee Community College and maintains board memberships with Leadership Memphis, Inner-City Scouting and the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

Gloria Roberts Boyland is Staff Vice President of Service Experience Leadership at FedEx Corp. In this role, Gloria works to improve the service and customer experience by leveraging feedback channels, process improvement and performance measurement. She holds an MBA from Duke University as well as a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the Dress for Success – Memphis Career Center Steering Committee and has been a United Way “Alexis de Tocqueville Society” member since 2005. 

Cynthia Collins, Managing Director of the Litigation Department at FedEx Express, previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She is admitted to practice law before the Tennessee and Arkansas bars as well as several federal, district and appellate courts. She shares her time and resources with youth and young adults at the Breath of Life Christian Center; Jack & Jill of America and other outreach organizations.

These women are not only outstanding corporate trailblazers, but all have an abiding passion for community service. Their footprints are at schools and colleges around the globe, and their unselfish outreach efforts are extended to less fortunate women and families. Collectively, their lives are a colorful portrait of the wholesome, empowered woman with a heart for humanity.

In addition to sharing knowledge-power, FedEx has also sponsored the FedEx Mentoring Award, a financial contribution presented to Links chapters in each region for achieving outstanding results through the National Cares Mentoring Movement. The FedEx sponsorship has also provided mentoring materials designed to help enhance the youth outreach work of Links chapters. Many members of the FedEx family have attributed their own success to the power of mentoring and are continuing to support their communities by being a lighthouse in the lives of young people. The African-American Network at FedEx is actively involved in the Mentoring Cares initiative where team members devote an hour each week talking, listening and participating in enrichment activities with their mentees.

“I am proud that FedEx would sponsor an organization like The Links,” says Gina Adams. “The extraordinary 12,000 women of color represent enlightened community service and education in all cities where chapters exist. Like the Links, FedEx is a cornerstone — albeit on the corporate side — of the communities we serve. As a member of the Links and a FedEx employee, I find it to be a ‘win-win’ collaboration!”

– Janas Jackson
FedEx Global Citizenship

Photo from left: Mary McDaniel, Cathy Ross, Gina Adams, Gloria Boyland and Cynthia Collins recently represented FedEx during a career panel for the Links, Inc.


    Valerie says:

    I would love to speak with you regarding increasing FedEx’s opportunity to increase employee retention and ideas to promote women in the packaging department/warehouse. There are a few other areas I would mention if the above mentioned are of any interest to you. If so, those could potententially be discussed as well.

    My interests and degree are in the development of new and local community, needs-based services. thank you.

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