Women in Logistics & Delivery Services was founded in 2006 by Postal Regulatory Commissioner Ruth Goldway and attorney Joy Leong, founder of the Leong Law Firm PLLC in Washington, D.C., to promote opportunities for women in the postal, logistics and delivery services.
Commissioner Goldway and Ms. Leong noted the paucity of women in attendance at various industry functions, in particular in leadership positions, and so set out to form an organization geared for women in the industry.
The pair kicked off a meeting in mid-2006 and invited a handful of their colleagues to come and consider a new organization that would promote opportunities for women in these historically male-oriented industries. The idea snowballed, and the group formed a steering committee and elected a panel of officers.
WILDS held its first official event in October 2006, and then followed that successful event with quarterly gatherings in 2007. WILDS incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2007. Its membership ranks now stand at 80 members and continues to grow each month.