Women in Trucking Salute Women Behind the Wheel

By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

We all know that female drivers in our industry are a welcomed and an important part of our present and future.  The Women in Trucking Association’s mission is to encourage and support these pioneers, and to help address the challenges they face as a minority.

One goal of the organization is to celebrate the success of its members. The “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” is an annual ceremony to honor female drivers and recognize them for their service. Any female professional driver is welcome to attend and will be honored on Saturday, March 25th, at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. 

The celebration begins at 11:00 am on the second floor of the South Wing (rooms C201-204) with exhibitors, music, goodie bags for the female drivers, the WIT signature chocolate fountain, and a huge tractor-trailer-shaped cake. 

Ann Dyer, Senior Director, Regional Transportation for Walmart Private Fleet will address the audience. Walmart has been a supporter of the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel since its inception in 2010. 

The President and CEO of WIT is Ellen Voie, I had the chance to talk to her about the ceremony.

“We started the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel eight years ago, with the intention of beating the Guinness World Record of 416 female drivers in one place. We haven’t beat that record yet, but we hope to in the coming years,” Voie said.

US Road Warriors attended the Excel Conference in October, sponsored by Women in Trucking.  It was our chance to reach out to the ladies of our industry, bridge that gap of a male dominated business, and hear their employment concerns and issues and help them find that right fit.

Voie added, “The Salute has turned into a day of camaraderie, fun and celebration.  Some of these women have over forty years of driving experience, and some have less than one.  We bring them all together and provide them with red shirts, a bag filled with goodies from our sponsors, music, cake, and a chocolate fountain."

Arrow Truck Sales will be announcing a truck giveaway and how to qualify to win a late model Volvo in 2018. 

The attendees will pose for the annual group photo before numerous door prizes are drawn for the female professional drivers. This year’s top prize will be a $500 gift card, five $100 gift cards, and a free registration certificate to attend the WIT’s 2017 Accelerate! Conference & Expo. 

In 2004, there was a woman only truck convoy in Dronten, Netherlands that attracted 416 female professional drivers. The Women in Trucking Association would like to shatter this record at the 2017 Salute to Women Behind the Wheel, and will be awarding a plaque to the carrier with the most drivers in attendance. 

Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s Salute to Women Behind the Wheel. All female professional drivers are welcome to participate and need not be members of the organization. They can register at the WIT booth #40557 in the North Wing Lobby on Thursday and Friday, or rooms C201-C204 in the South Wing prior to the Salute. Family and friends, sponsors, and WIT members are encouraged to attend to help honor these women for their service to the trucking industry. 

Now about this chocolate fountain ladies, I won’t judge.

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