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Deborah Winkleblack
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Deborah Winkleblack

Job:
Executive Director of International Logistics and Trade Compliance, Claire's Stores

Vitals:
After earning my associate's degree from Triton, I went on to Elmhurst College for my bachelor's degree. I later received a master's in business administration from Rosary College.

Accolades:
I have come a long way in my career in Logistics. I started as a clerk in Freight accounting. While I have only worked for two companies throughout the years, I have had more than a dozen different position. This background, and my interest in the field, has allowed me to be able to teach courses in Logistics/Importing at Harper College and College of DuPage. I am also very active in several professional organizations, and enjoy mentoring those interested in this field.

What would you describe as your strong suit?
I have a good ability to identify problems, and find workable solutions. I will work every angle before I give up on something.

What have been some obstacles you've had to overcome in pursuit of your educational and career goals?
My greatest obstacle was myself! When I finished High School, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life, and more importantly, I never gave it much thought. As I entered the work force, I realized that with my lack of any definable skills, working for a living was going to be quite boring. I started taking night courses at Triton. I changed my major multiple times, and eventually got it right. Actually, at one point in my life I thought I would be a professional student.

What has served as a source of inspiration both in your career and in your life?
Reading , travel, and meeting new people. If you do not confine yourself to the same type of literature, I think reading, both fiction and non-fiction, introduces you to so many things the world has to offer. It gives you the ability to experience, albeit vicariously, so many lifestyle, careers, cultures, etc. Travel, even if to the next town or state, can take you out of your comfort zone.

How has Triton College impacted your life?
It provided me with the opportunity to attend college in the evening and on week-ends, and Triton offered a payment plan that wasn't beyond my reach. There was a large variety of credit and non-credit classes, so I was able to take different classes and explore possible career choices.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to pursue a career in your field?
Never think you know everything. Work harder than the next person. Look at every problem as a puzzle that has a solution.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Traveling, reading, solving jig-saw puzzles, and gathering with friends and family to discuss anything and everything.

What are your plans for the future?
I would like to continue traveling.