The founder, president and CEO of the Women in Trucking association was honored by the White House.
Ellen Voie, founder of Women in Trucking
Ellen Voie, founder of Women in Trucking

Each week the White House honors "ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things" through its "Champions of Change" initiative. Last week it honored those who have developed innovative programs in the area of transportation.

The White House invited individuals representing "organizations that have provided exemplary leadership in the growth and expansion of the transportation industry at the local, state or regional level."

Ellen Voie of Green Bay, Wis., President/CEO and founder of the Women In Trucking Association, was selected for this distinction. Voie was invited to the White House with 12 other Champions who were recognized by US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

"Meeting our nation's transportation challenges requires innovative thinking and the leadership skills to translate plans and dreams into greater mobility, better jobs, and more livable communities," said LaHood. "And that is exactly what these Champions of Change have demonstrated -- each and every one," he added.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro introduced Voie before her participation in a panel discussion led by Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta.

Voie founded the nonprofit association Women In Trucking Inc. in 2007. Its mission is to encourage women to consider a career in the trucking industry, to address challenges that women face when working in the trucking industry, and to celebrate the success of its members.

In 2011 the Women In Trucking Scholarship Foundation was formed to provide funding for members pursuing careers in trucking related areas such as safety, maintenance, leadership and driving.

See the full list of transportation honorees on the White House website.