The Women in Trucking Association is now seeking candidates and accepting nominations for the 2013 Influential Woman in Trucking award.

WIT is looking for women who make or influence key decisions in a corporate, manufacturing, supplier, owner-operator, driver, sales, or dealership setting. The winner must have a proven record of responsibility and mentored or served as a role model to other women in the industry.

WIT partnered with Navistar to create this award two years ago as a way to honor female leaders in trucking, and to attract and advance women within the industry. It has become a great platform to gain visibility for the leadership of women in trucking and to build dialogue around ways to promote further diversity.

Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 31, and may be submitted online at

Three finalists will be invited to attend the awards ceremony at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting March 3-6 in Las Vegas, where the winner will be announced. If you nominate a candidate, please ask her to "save the date" for this event in case she is named as a finalist.

Last year, more than 100 women were nominated, representing a variety of leadership positions in the trucking industry. The 2012 honor went to Joyce Brenny, president of Brenny Transportation and chairman of the Minnesota Trucking Association. In 2011, the inaugural award was given to Rochelle Bartholomew, chief executive officer of CalArk International.