Women in Trucking deliver diversity at US event
THE Women in Trucking organisation in the USA has just staged its fourth conference; it was held at the Embassy Suites in Frisco TX and attended by 830 delegates. What an achievement for Ellen Voie and her team.
With an opening and closing keynote and five educational tracks, the conference certainly delivered a diverse program for attendees.
The tracks focused on leadership, HR/talent management, operations, sales and marketing, and professional development.
I was honoured to facilitate a panel on creating a carrier friendly warehouse with panellists Marcie Delmar from Frozen Food Express, Rudy Sandoval of Americold and Stephanie Klang - Outreach Coordinator for CFI, WiT Image team member, former owner driver, and a former member of the Americas' Road Team.
The WiT Influential Woman in Trucking Award was announced during the conference, the three finalists were selected from 7000 nominations. One of the finalists, Nozuko Mayeza was from South Africa. The extremely deserving winner was Angela Eliacostas of AGT Global Logistics.
One of the most rewarding contributions to the conference for me was working with the Women in Trucking Foundation members on their stand to raise money for the scholarships they award every year. The money raised goes to deserving recipients wanting to join or up-skill into the trucking industry, with the generosity of the attendee delegates, sponsors and companies we were able to raise over $10k.
Of course, no trip to the USA is complete for me without a side excursion to the Nascar Camping World Truck Racing Series and this time I got to join the (my) Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Team at Phoenix. This was especially fortuitous for me as my friend, gallery owner and sculptor has a fabulous gallery in nearby Scottsdale so I had a few days surrounded by amazing art at the Anticus Gallery.
All in all, a worthwhile trip to be able to combine work with some personal time.