Women & The Wheel: Safety policies, leadership representation, and programs to support working parents build a culture where women can thrive
From HR leaders to professional drivers, women working in trucking sound off on how to create a company culture that’s inclusive and drives momentum to recruit and retain women in transportation careers.
This week in our Women & The Wheel series, we’re focusing on mentorship programs as one of the most important avenues for the industry and for individual fleets to draw women to the industry and keep them here, and we’re highlighting the story of Rachel Lovell, VP of People Operations at the Jackson, Tennessee-based 700-truck truckload carrier Ascend. NTI recently spoke with Lovell about her experience in the industry, her insights about the power of mentorship for women, and the importance of awareness of opportunities in trucking available to women.
Women & The Wheel will bring conversations to the NTI Blog about the real experiences of women in our industry, what they’ve learned and can teach from their years (or even decades) working in trucking, and how motor carriers and private fleets can continue to build on the momentum of establishing trucking as a secure, attractive, and rewarding career for women of all ages and backgrounds.
LeadHER Trucking, developed by the LeadHER Alliance and the Women in Trucking Association, gives new entrant drivers access to a dedicated mentor, monthly and quarterly enrichment and educational sessions, and support, guidance, and motivation for women in their first year behind the wheel.
There’s a “Help Wanted” sign on nearly every door at every business in the country, and carriers must find a way to set themselves apart in the labor market, and every fleet must find its own path to address this real obstacle to people entering and staying in the industry.
NTI’s Leah Shaver reflects on her time on the WIT board: promoting trucking as a positive career, forging relationships, building mentorship programs, and seeing trucking evolve to become a more gender-inclusive industry.
RECRUITING MORE WOMEN TO YOUR FLEET Close your eyes and try to picture a “typical” truck driver. Did you envision a man? If so, there’s a reason for that. At present, women make up nearly half of the American workforce, but less than 8% of truck drivers. Efforts to improve these figures are picking up […]
NEW LEGISLATION PROMOTES WOMEN IN TRUCKING If the lack of women in trucking is getting you down, then we have some good news for you. The Promoting Women in Trucking Workforce Act was reintroduced in February, and it’s dedicated to addressing factors that keep women from getting behind the wheel. Here’s to (hopefully) seeing more […]
Driver Wages began accelerating Q3 2020 in response to rising freight rates as increased demand has outstripped capacity in most markets and turnover is on the rise. Nearly every conversation in the last 7 weeks has started with “where have all the drivers gone?” followed by “we halted hiring March – May and now we […]
On Monday, August 5, 2019, the National Transportation Institute (NTI) served as the host to a group of Girl Scouts for an education event called Trucks ARE for Girls! that took place in New Ulm, Minnesota, which is located about 100 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. The Girl Scouts, who ranged in age from […]