WIMOs Association is a non-profit organization that I founded with my friend, Jenna Gaudet, in July 2017 while I was selling barge freight and horsepower charters in New Orleans. According to recent figures from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), women currently make up just 2% of the global maritime workforce – This organization was formed in order to connect, retain and grow the 2%.
WIMOs stands for Women in Maritime Operations and was founded in 2017 to bring together women working in operations roles within the maritime industry. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and have over 250 members. While WIMOs was started in Southeast Louisiana, we already have presences in over a dozen US states with a chapter in Southeast Louisiana and budding chapters in Houston, Paducah, the Ohio River Valley, and the Pacific Northwest. WIMOs is a networking organization that also gives our members opportunities for additional training and volunteer work. Our members have a wide variety of experience inland and offshore and in many industries including oil and gas, coal, grain, EH&S, vessel logistics/services, barge logistics and much more.
Mission Statement: Women in Maritime Operations is an organization of women who are actively employed in the maritime industry. Industry employment could include, but may not be limited to, individuals that own, operate, charter, dispatch or provide other types of logistical, safety and emergency management services on the water. WIMOs is dedicated to retaining, advancing and promoting women in the maritime industry through sharing knowledge and continuing education.
For a video that goes more in depth about what we do, please click here.
WIMOs Association’s full website can be found here.