The sound of the engine, the hum of the wheels, and the endless stretch of the open road – the North American trucking industry has long been a symbol of independence and freedom. However, it has also been an industry steeped in gender stereotypes, with women often relegated to the sidelines. But times are changing, and women are breaking through those stereotypes and taking the wheel(quite literally!). From the cab to the boardroom, Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is paving the way for leadership, changing the face of the industry, and creating a more diverse and inclusive future. This article explores the incredible journey of Women In Trucking, from the challenges they face to the opportunities they create.
The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is one organization at the forefront of encouraging women in leadership positions. Founded in 2007, the organization aims to promote gender diversity and inclusion in the trucking industry. With a mission to “encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the industry,” the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is a driving force for change.The trucking industry is evolving, and the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is leading the way by encouraging women to take on leadership roles through its annual “Accelerate!” Conference & Expo which takes place every November. This program, which attracts 2,500 attendees each year and features nearly 200 exhibitors and sponsors, empowers women by offering comprehensive training, coaching, and networking opportunities to help advance their careers. From sessions on effective leadership, negotiation and communication skills to critical professional development topics, the program provides everything women need to succeed in the industry. Additionally, the program facilitates connections with other like-minded women in the field, building a supportive community that encourages and uplifts women truckers.
The association also is working to increase women’s representation on board directors in the trucking industry. According to the annual WIT Index, the official industry barometer to benchmark and measure the percentage of women in key roles in North American transportation by the Women In Trucking Association (WIT), women make up only 31% of board members in the trucking industry, despite representing 47% of the workforce. The 2022 WIT Index also found that 33.8% of women are C-suite executives, an increasing percentage each year. The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is advocating for more gender diversity on boards of directors and providing resources and support for women interested in serving on boards.
One woman who has broken through the barriers of the trucking industry is Ellen Voie, the founder and CEO of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT). Voie noticed a lack of representation and support for women in the industry. She founded the association to promote gender diversity and inclusion in trucking and has since been recognized as a trailblazer and leader in the industry. Despite facing obstacles and challenges, women are stepping up and proving themselves as capable and effective leaders in the industry. As more women break through barriers and take on leadership roles, the industry becomes more diverse, inclusive, and innovative.
In conclusion, the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and other organizations are paving the way for women to break through barriers and take on leadership roles in the trucking industry. With programs and initiatives focused on training, coaching, and networking, women are gaining the skills and support they need to succeed. As more women take on leadership roles, the industry benefits from a more diverse and innovative workforce. The future of trucking is bright, and women are leading the way.