Now in its fifth year, the award recognizes 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 have mentored or served as a role model to other women in the industry.
WIT and Navistar teamed up to develop this award in 2010 as a way to honor female leaders in trucking and to attract and advance women within our industry, according to the organizations. Winners have included Marcia Taylor, Bennett International Group; Rebecca Brewster, president and chief operations officer, American Transportation Research Institute; Joyce Brenny, president of Brenny Transportation; and Rochelle Bartholomew, chief executive officer of CalArk International.
“This award has become a great platform to gain visibility for the leadership of women in trucking,” said Lisa Hartenberger, director of corporate communications, Navistar. “As we’ve recognized the contributions of women in our industry, we’ve also had the opportunity to build dialogue around ways to promote further diversity.”
Last year, nearly 100 women were nominated, representing a variety of leadership positions in the trucking industry.
“This award supports our mission to celebrate the success of women in the trucking industry by highlighting women who have been pioneers and role models for those of us working in the transportation careers,” said Ellen Voie, president and chief executive officer, Women In Trucking.
Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2015, at www.influentialwomanintruckingaward.com.
The winner will be announced at the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention held in Orlando, Fla., March 8-11, 2015. WIT and Navistar ask that if you nominate a candidate, please ask her to save the date for this event in case she is named a finalist.