This fireside chat recap is from FreightWaves’ Enterprise Fleet Summit.
FIRESIDE CHAT TOPIC: Women in trucking
DETAILS: Ellen Voie, president and CEO of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT), and Laura Roan Hays, chairwoman of the board at WIT and branch manager at Great Dane, chat about the history of WIT and its future goals.
SPEAKER: Voie, president and CEO at WIT
BIO: Voie founded WIT in March 2007 to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding and to celebrate the successes of its members. Voie is an internationally recognized speaker and authority on gender diversity and inclusion for women working in nontraditional careers in transportation.
KEY QUOTES FROM VOIE
“When I started Women in Trucking, nobody ever separated data by gender. Nobody had safety statistics, nobody had any data that was related to gender, so we do that.”
“The association is a dues-based member association. But, the foundation is a charitable organization, which means that they survive on donations. … The foundation is there to provide scholarship tuition grants to students who are pursuing careers in transportation.”
“I want people to look back and say that I was a disruptor. I want people to say, ‘Ellen made us look at the world differently and see what the world can become when we actually advance women in nontraditional careers such as supply chains.’”