Opinion: Influential Women in Trucking
By Ellen Voie
President and CEO
Women In Trucking Association Inc.
This Opinion piece appears in the March 19 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
Women now comprise more than half the working population and are visible in management and professional careers, and yet they still represent less than 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs, according to Catalyst, a nonprofit organization concerned with expanding opportunities for women in business.
While the trucking industry historically has been a male-dominated environment, it’s evident that we are moving forward in leveraging the great talent of women in leadership roles:
• Last year, a woman became chairman of American Trucking Associations for the first time when Barbara Windsor, president and CEO of Hahn Transportation, held the position.
• Anne Ferro is now the second woman to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
• Deborah Hersman is the first woman to chair the National Truck Safety Board.
• Judy McReynolds is CEO of Arkansas Best Corp., one of the largest publicly traded trucking companies in the country.
Women in the trucking industry are becoming more visible and more welcome as leaders, and for the second consecutive year, the Women In Trucking Association, with the support of Navistar Inc., has highlighted these achievements by honoring women who are role models and pioneers in the trucking industry.
The idea for the Influential Woman in Trucking Award originated with Phyllis Cochran, president of Navistar’s Parts Group and a pioneer herself. Cochran, who also serves on the Women In Trucking Association’s board of directors, felt it was time for the organization to identify and honor a woman whose accomplishments shine both in her professional career and as an advocate for women in the trucking industry.
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