Announcements

  • 2020 Photo Contest Details

    Get Your Cameras Ready! 2020 Theme: HERoes of the Highway

    Not all heroes wear capes! Professional drivers have been on the front lines in the war against the COVID-19 pandemic, putting their health at risk and working long hours to deliver essential goods and supplies and keep our economy moving. We are inspired by your hero-like strength, not only during these challenging times, but always. So, for this year’s photo contest, get out your camera and give us your best superhero pose in front of a truck! THANK YOU for being HERoes of the Highway!

    Dates: Submit photos August 3-14; Voting August 17-28 
    Requirements: Superhero/power stance pose or related to the superhero theme, and a truck

    Learn More

  • Vote for Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation

    The finalists for the "Top Companies For Women to Work For in Transportation" have been finalized – more than 80 companies made the final cut. Now it's time for the industry to vote for the official list of companies to be featured in the third edition of WIT's official magazine, Redefining The Road. So make sure to get out the vote - encourage your company, colleagues and others in your network to vote! Voting ends July 30.
  • Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation

    What makes a company desirable for women to work? Many say it comes from such primary reasons as a corporate culture that’s supportive of gender diversity, flexibility in hours and work requirements to accommodate family and life balance, competitive compensation and benefits, training and continued professional development, and career advancement opportunities. 

    RTRIf your organization is one that features these benefits (or more), then it could be an ideal nominee for “Top Companies for Women to Work for in Transportation.” This is the third year this program will be featured in Redefining the Road, the official magazine of the Women In Trucking Association, with the goal to highlight companies in the industry that are friendly for women in BOTH driver and professional capacities. 

    What is the process to qualify?

    Step 1: Nominate Your Organization (Note: Your organization must generate a minimum of U.S. $5 million in gross global sales and be a corporate member of the Women In Trucking Association - join hereGiven the recent situation with COVID-19, with companies having to furlough and lay-off employees, we have reduced the required number of employees to 50. In addition, you as the nominator must be an authorized representative to nominate your organization.) 
    Explain in 75 words or less what makes your company worthy of being recognized as a great place for women to work. Also be prepared to indicate if the nominated organization demonstrates any or all of the above characteristics.
    Nomination deadline extended: May 29, 2020, at 5pm Central

    Step 2: Online Voting
    The marketplace (both WIT members and non-members) votes and helps to validate all nominations. Voting takes place June 1 - 24, 2020, so encourage your workforce, business partners, and other key stakeholders to vote! Companies will be confidentially notified by June 30.

    Step 3: Receive Recognition
    Winning companies will be recognized at WIT's Accelerate! Conference & Expo during a special awards program Sept. 24 in Dallas, TX, and featured in the cover story of the Redefining the Road magazine (Edition 3 2020). 

    > Nominate Your Organization Now

  • May is for Mom!

    With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we want to recognize and celebrate all of the trucking moms, not only for her special day – but for the whole month! During May, we will be sharing videos and photos of kids thanking their moms for their service out on the road on our social media channels! Post a video on social media and tag @WomenInTrucking and use the hashtag #WITtruckingmom and we will repost! Or if you’d like to send in a video or photo for us to share, send to marketing@womenintrucking.org.  
  • Important Salute Update

    Randall-Reilly made the announcement that they have cancelled the Great American Trucking Show (GATS), which was scheduled for August 27-29 in Dallas. They stated that the health and well-being of all participants was first and foremost in mind. At Women In Trucking, we are committed to bringing you The Salute to Women Behind the Wheel at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in March of 2021.

  • Driver Members to Receive 90 Days Free Espyr Behavioral Health Support Programs

    Women in Trucking Association (WIT), a non-profit organization with the mission to promote the employment and recognition of women in the trucking industry, and Espyr®, the leading provider of customized behavioral health solutions, have announced a partnership to support professional driver health. The partnership will provide truck drivers who are members of WIT with 90 days free access to Espyr’s Fit to Pass coaching program and iResolve, Espyr’s CDL Driver Support Hotline. 

    America depends on the trucking industry to provide food, medical supplies and other essential goods despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even in normal times, truck driving can be taxing on driver’s physical and mental health.  Add the impacts of COVID-19 – fear of contagion, closed restaurants, limited availability of restrooms and showers – and the toll on drivers’ health is substantial. 

    Espyr’s Fit to Pass is a customized coaching program designed to improve the health of professional drivers and help them meet the physical requirements of the DOT recertification exam. iResolve™ is a tele-mental health solution that provides immediate support for driver mental health and work-life related issues. Drivers and their family members can speak with an Espyr mental health professional without an appointment and without waiting.

    Espyr’s professional driver health services will be provided to all current WIT members who are drivers thanks to the generosity of Amazon.  “Our concern is for the nation’s drivers who have to cope with the added challenges brought on by COVID-19 on a daily basis and need the support these programs can provide,” said Chris Heine, Amazon’s Director of Transportation and WIT Board member. “Drivers have always kept America moving. Now more than ever we need to care for them like they care for the products they haul.”

    “We are so pleased to be able to provide this much needed support to our driver members,” said Ellen Voie, President and CEO of WIT. "Professional drivers are among the many unsung heroes helping us to live through these difficult times and we’re very grateful to Amazon for providing the funding for these programs.”

    “Thank you, WIT and Amazon, for helping us support professional driver health,” added Rick Taweel, CEO of Espyr. “While COVID-19 has created a mental health strain for everyone, the impact on professional drivers is especially significant because we all rely on them for the essentials of everyday life.”

    View the announcement

  • Sue Spero Named Distinguished Woman In Logistics

    The Women In Trucking Association (WIT), Truckstop.com and Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) announced today Sue Spero, president of Carrier Services of Tennessee, Inc., as the winner of the sixth annual Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award (DWLA). 

    Spero was chosen among three finalists for the award. The other finalists include Monique DeVoe, director of education and development at RFX Inc. and Tamara Stryker, director of sales and marketing at CFI Logistics. The finalists and winner will be recognized on stage during the 2020 TIA “Capital Ideas” Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas on August 21. 

    “Each year, the women who are nominated for the Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award are more visible, influential and notable,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of WIT. “We are honored to be able to recognize both the finalists and the winner who are all so worthy of the award based on their accomplishments.” 

    Spero has over 46 years of experience in the full truckload sector of the transportation industry. She owned a trip lease firm prior to motor carriage deregulation and went on to the position of director of operations of a truckload carrier. As a professor of Business and Logistics at Cumberland University, Spero received the Robert H. Beard Professional Award in 2001 for promoting higher educational standards in the field of transportation.  

    “To be recognized by my colleagues in receiving the Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award is both amazing and humbling,” said Spero. “So many women do work worthy of recognition, my reward is the opportunity to do more.”

    Under her direction, Carrier Services has been distinguished as one of the top 25 Women-Owned Businesses by the Nashville Business Journal every year since 2006. A Certified Transportation Broker through TIA, Spero is involved with the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity Chapter 135 volunteer, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with the Tennessee DOT.

    Spero has also been an adjunct professor of International Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. In 2008, she was named the Transportation Professional of the Year by Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity and received a lifetime achievement award in 2017. She serves on the TIA Board of Directors as Political Actions Committee (PAC) chair as well as vice chair of the TIA Foundation Board promoting education in the third-party logistics arena.

    “From her work in the classroom to the numerous associations and volunteer efforts she supports, Sue has spent a lifetime serving, building, and representing the transportation industry. She is a shining example of excellence and determination to us all.” said Brent Hutto, chief relationship officer at Truckstop.com. “Truckstop.com congratulates Sue and each of the Distinguished Woman in Logistics finalists for the incredible work they do.” 

    Sponsored by Truckstop.com and TIA, the DWLA was established to promote the achievements of women employed in the North American transportation industry. It highlights the vital roles of women in the dynamic and influential field of commercial transportation and logistics. 

    “TIA is thrilled that Sue Spero, CTB, was selected as the 2020 DWLA.  Sue has served TIA members on TIA committees, the TIA Board, and the TIA Political Action Committee,” said Robert Voltmann, CAE, president and CEO, TIA. “Sue is a resource and mentor for many members.  Sue is a true example of a servant leader.  Sue is truly a distinguished woman in the logistics industry.”

    Members of the judging panel were: Brent Hutto, chief relationship officer, Truckstop.com; Dr. Stephanie S. Ivey, associate dean for research and professor, Herff College of Engineering; Ellen Voie, president and CEO, WIT; and a TIA representative. 

    Check out the virtual announcement of the winner:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBwcn9A0K24&feature=emb_logo

  • Susie De Ridder Named Female Driver of the Year

    The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Walmart announced today Susie De Ridder, company driver for Armour Transportation Systems in New Brunswick, Canada as the winner of the first annual Female Driver of the Year award. 

    De Ridder was among three finalists for the award. The other finalists include Carmen Anderson, a company driver at America’s Service Line, LLC and Sarah Fiske, a company driver at FedEx Freight. 

    De Ridder has been driving for 40 years and has approximately 4 million accident-free miles. A former board member for Women in Trucking Federation of Canada, she was named to WIT’s Image Team in 2018.  Since then, she has appeared in trucking magazines in USA and Canada, providing great exposure for the career opportunities open to women in the trucking industry. De Ridder attends trucking industry events, participates in media interviews, serves as a speaker and panelist at industry events and conducts ride-alongs for lawmakers. As a mentor, she regularly attends Girl Gala Events at high schools and community colleges.  She participates in the Convoy for Hope Atlantic yearly, raising funds for cancer research and awareness. In 2019, she won first place for best-dressed driver, best-decorated truck and raising the most funds in the Convoy’s 10-year history. In honor of her fundraising efforts, she proudly led the Convoy of 35 trucks, the first time ever for a female driver. De Ridder is on the cover of this month’s MyPort Magazine in honor of International Women’s Month. 

    “I am always inspiring and encouraging the next generation to join the trucking industry. I promote this in my daily travels with Clare, WIT’s trucking doll. She is proudly displayed on my dash and is a great conversation starter to tell others about my awesome trucking career,” said De Ridder. 

    “Susie De Ridder has been a visible advocate for women in the trucking industry and we are so proud to honor her with the first-ever ‘Female Driver of the Year award.’  Her safety standards and community involvement enhance a positive public image of the trucking industry,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of WIT.  

    Sponsored by Walmart, the inaugural award was established to promote the achievements of female professional drivers who lead the industry in safety standards while actively enhancing the public image of the trucking industry. 

    “Walmart is honored to partner with Women In Trucking to recognize an outstanding female driver making a positive impact in the transportation industry,” said Bryan Most, vice president of transportation for Walmart and WIT board member. “During times like these we really see how important truck drivers are and we congratulate Susie and each of the finalists of the Female Driver of the Year award for their examples of safety and service to our industry.”

    Members of the judging panel were: Lori Furnell, director of talent acquisition, Walmart Supply Chain; Jeana Hysell, senior safety consultant, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.; Tim Ridley, talk radio host; Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO.

    Watch the video for the virtual winner announcement hosted by Drive My Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=KY_Wz4ibxKU&feature=emb_logo

  • Meet Your Driver Ambassador!

    Women In Trucking has officially launched its driver ambassador program! The purpose of the program is to raise awareness of the non-profit association’s mission, promote the career opportunities women have in trucking, celebrate their accomplishments, remove obstacles female truck drivers face, and increase membership for the organization.  

    Kellylynn McLaughlin, a professional over-the-road CMV Driver and Training Engineer for Schneider National, will be the official WIT Driver Ambassador.

    In her role, McLaughlin will focus on spreading WIT’s message and giving visibility to the association’s efforts to bring more women into the industry by attending and speaking at non-industry trade shows, driving schools, associations, and other industry events. She will also share her stories of life on the road through a blog, provide media interviews, and give rides to legislators, regulators and the media. The next phase of the program will introduce a WIT-branded trailer which will include a brand video promoting trucking as a viable career option for women and showcase success stories of women in the industry, in addition to other educational resources. 

  • Nominate a Distinguished Woman In Logistics

    The Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award (DWLA) is intended to acknowledge and honor the contributions and accomplishments of an outstanding individual acknowledged by her peers for achievement and leadership in the field of logistics in North America. By their commitment to their profession, desire to further the industry’s success and participation in civic and community affairs, DWLA award winners exemplify role models for other women seeking or advancing careers in logistics. Nominations are open through February 3, 2020.

    The winner of the 2020 DWLA will be announced during TIA “Capital Ideas” Conference and Exhibition, on Friday, April 3 from 9-11 a.m. in Austin, TX. Please note: Finalists will be asked to submit a short video that will be used at the 2020 TIA Conference. Instructions will be supplied to finalists. 

    Learn More & Nominate

  • LGBTQ+ Identification Survey

    Are you an HR Representative in the Trucking Industry? Take our LGBTQ+ Identification Survey

    WIT realizes there is a growing number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer professional drivers and other transportation workers. As the voice of gender diversity, we want to ensure we are inclusive and to create an awareness within the trucking industry.

    WIT created a Gender Diversity task force to better understand the issues faced by those in the LGBTQ+ community and to improve our member's ability to identify and address these obstacles and to eliminate outright discrimination.

    We are also pleased to have a task force member from Cargo Transporters, the only truckload carrier in the US to receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index, which is the benchmarking report on practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. They were identified as a 2019 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.

    Using the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index information, we have created a survey to determine best practices in hiring, promoting, and accommodating the LGBTQ+ community. We hope to use this to highlight companies like Cargo Transporters who have made real efforts in providing an inclusive and diverse workforce.

    While some may still view the trucking industry as a place for white males, Women In Trucking Association is working hard to create an environment where anyone will feel valued, respected and appreciated, regardless of their gender identity.

    Please participate in the LGBTQ+ Identification Survey by December 31, 2019: https://www.research.net/r/LGBTQ+IdentificationSurvey

    Thank You!

  • 2019 Accelerate! Conference & Expo Highlights

    More than 1,100 transportation and logistics professionals registered to attend the fifth annual Accelerate! Conference & Expo September 30-October 2 in Dallas, TX (about a 300-person increase from the year before)! The unique event works to elevate the issue of gender diversity, develop women leaders, and explore how to leverage a diverse workforce for company success and engage and retain more females in the industry. 

    Check out the highlights from the record-breaking event!
  • VOTE NOW: "Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation"

    Now it’s time to vote for up to five companies that you think embody important attributes required to be a "Top Company for Women to Work For in Transportation." There are 84 nominated companies that have made the final cut based upon our criteria (supportive of gender diversity, competitive compensation, flexibility in hours, etc.). Encourage your colleagues and others in your network to vote! 

    Read More & Vote