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Women In Trucking Seeks Image Team Members

January 07, 2016

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Last year's Women In Trucking Image Team. Photo: WIT
Last year's Women In Trucking Image Team. Photo: WIT

Women In Trucking is seeking industry professionals for its Image Team to represent the association and bring awareness to causes affecting women in the trucking industry.

WIT’s mission is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles to their success. The Image Team will be the face of WIT by attending major truck shows, writing articles and giving media interviews. These female professionals will also serve as mentors for new Image Team members.

This is the first year that Image Team applications have been open to all women in the trucking industry, not limiting it to drivers. All trucking industry professionals are welcome to apply including drivers, technicians and dispatchers. The applicant must have an outstanding safety record and speak convincingly about her commitment to safety.

“Women are still an anomaly in the trucking industry and the media is often intrigued to learn more about the females who are perceived as doing a ‘man’s job,’” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of WIT. “This diverse Image Team will break that stereotype and will serve as role models for the women who enter the trucking industry in the future."

Nominations are accepted through Jan. 31, 2016. The top ten qualifying applications will participate in a selection interview in February. The 2016 Image Team will be announced at the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event at the Mid-America Trucking Show in April.

Applications can be found on the WIT website.

Comments

  1. 1. me [ January 08, 2016 @ 09:19PM ]

    Too bad they don't at all represent what it is really like to be a female driver!!

  2. 2. Olyn Warfield [ February 16, 2016 @ 10:13AM ]

    I come here because our goal mimics yours, to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry.

    We, my daughter and me, come from a long line of truckers and now have female friends who drive and can think of nothing they would rather do. But, the industry is in trouble. With the new Federal hours-of-service rules and logging system changes, more drivers are dropping out than coming in.

    Can women save the trucking industry? Yes. The cost? Safety. A small price to pay.

    The shortage of professional drivers is starting to take its toll. The need for women truck drivers is critical. Think WWII. Women saved the country then; we can do it again.

    An obvious deterrent to women filling these positions, when discussing this grave situation, is of course, "safety." From the male instructors who use their positions inappropriately when training to lonely roads where lives can change in an instant.

    BiggSiss.com is a safety mechanism.

    With the partnering of organizational forces, the BiggSiss method can't fail and neither will the industry.

    Read more about BiggSiss.com on Facebook or at http://www.biggsiss.com.

    Whether this comment is allowed or not, we would appreciate your thoughts regarding our endeavor. The BiggSiss site will be fully functional in June.

    We are partnering with law enforcement who will have a direct link to our members if a crisis arises.

 

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