You may have thought the one place in transportation,
where there would be a noticeable drop off in activity by women,
would be in the USA over the road trucking industry.
Well, think again.
In 2019, not only are women behind the wheel,
but also in many cases top of the heap in the USA trucking business, as
you read this.
On April 12, five leading women in the trucking
business will gather in Orlando at a conference as part of “Women
In Trucking Association” (WIT) where one lady will be feted as winner
of the “Distinguished Woman In Logistics Award.”(DWLA).
Finalists for the 5th Annual DWLA are Lindsey
Graves, Sunset Transportation; Michelle Halkerston, Hassett Express; Judy
McReynolds, ArcBest; Sarah Ruffcorn, Trinity Logistics; and Erin Van Zeeland,
are about bringing gender diversity to transportation,” says Ellen
Voie, President & CEO and founder of the Women In Trucking Association.
“More women in trucking could go far
toward eliminating the shortage of drivers now plaguing the industry “she
That is no idle claim.
American Trucking Associations said that
the industry requires tens of thousands of new drivers just to meet current
and future demand.
ATA warns that driver shortage in 2018 will
only get worse.
For the record women currently are 47 %
of all U.S. workers but only account for about 6% of the trucking industry
total, ATA said.
Non Profit But Highly Activist
“We are a non-profit organization
with the mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking
industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced
by women working in the industry.”
“For nearly a decade, we've been focused
on this clear mission.
“It's supported by a passionate leadership
team, highly engaged members, and committed sponsors and partners.
"We continue to build a strong community
among our members (primarily business professionals and professional drivers)
who believe in and support our mission.”
“Membership,”Ellen points out,”
is not limited to women, as 17 percent of our members are men who support
Distinguished Women In Logistics
Finalists for the 2019 DWLA award are a
pretty amazing bunch and to our view every singe lady is a winner.
Graves is a second-generation owner and Chief Operating
Officer at Sunset Transportation, a St. Louis 3PL.
Today she oversees operational and personnel
growth, strategy, marketing and implementation at Sunset's corporate
headquarters in south St. Louis and five national branch offices.
Halkerston is President, CEO & Owner of Hassett
Express, a full-service transportation and logistics provider specializing
in time-definite services.
She joined Hassett Air Express in 2001
as Vice President of Strategic Planning, was named President in September
2003, and then she purchased the company in October 2013.
Judy R. McReynolds is Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer of ArcBest providing end-to-end supply chain services,
surpassing $3 billion in revenue last year.
In 2016, McReynolds was elected as
Chairman of the Board of ArcBest.
Ruffcorn is the Chief Operations Officer of Trinity
Logistics, a 2018 "Top 50 Companies for Women to Work for in
Sarah leads Trinity's Regional Service
Center brokerage offices throughout the country, the Less-Than-Truckload
Erin Van Zeeland is Group Sr. Vice President and
General Manager of Logistics Services at Schneider, a $5B (2018
annual revenue) company founded in 1935.
In her position, Erin is responsible
for all aspects of the company's Logistics Service offering; this
includes Transportation Management (Brokerage), Supply Chain Management,
Warehousing, and Port Dray.
The winner of the 2019 Women In Trucking Award
will be announced on stage during the opening session of the TIA Capital
Ideas Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, FL on Friday, April 12.
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