Women in Truck­ing de­liver di­ver­sity at US event

Big Rigs - - COLUMN - WOMEN IN TRANS­PORT JACQUELENE BROTHER­TON Chair of Trans­port Women Aus­tralia

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 (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.

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