Women In Trucking Association launches mentoring program for female drivers


“Providing a mentor to be a role model and support new drivers will build their resilience, confidence and courage to break through and succeed in a role that has not always been welcoming to women.”

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announces the launch of a pilot mentoring program for novice female drivers through a partnership with LeadHERalliance Mentoring, a structured mentoring program for women of diverse backgrounds. WIT’s new program, called LeadHERtrucking, will use this mentoring structure to match female drivers new to the industry with experienced female leaders who have had successful long-term careers as professional drivers.

With WIT membership of approximately 6,000 members primarily in the United States and Canada, this mentorship program will provide female drivers with access to the knowledge, experience and support of seasoned drivers, according to Debbie Sparks, vice president of WIT. “Part of WIT’s mission is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry and to minimize the barriers they face,” said Sparks. “We believe the connections and mentorship created through this support system will make a significant difference in the lives of novice drivers. Our goal is to reduce the percentage of drivers who leave our industry in their first 12 months. This program will give the new driver the support she needs so badly to navigate this complex industry. “

LeadHERtrucking will offer a 10-month structured mentoring program, with monthly virtual meetings between a mentee and her mentor, as well as a curated list of topics relevant to these women, presented monthly by women industry experts. Sessions will focus on mental health and well-being, leadership, resilience, financial independence, as well as the specific and unique challenges of being a woman on the road, according to Cynthia O’Neill, founder of LeadHERalliance Mentoring. At the end of the program, each woman becomes a life member of the LeadHER network, with access to hundreds of women around the world who they can reach out to for ongoing support and guidance.

“Providing a mentor to be a role model and support new female drivers will build their resilience, confidence and courage to break through and succeed in a role that hasn’t always been welcoming to women,” said O’Neill. “Women are making a significant positive difference in the trucking industry every day. ”

For more details, visit https://www.womenintrucking.org/mentoring.

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About the Women In Trucking Association, Inc.

Women In Trucking, Inc. is a non-profit association created to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their achievements and minimize the barriers faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level partners: Amazon, Arrow Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks North America, Expediter Services, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, JB Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, PACCAR, Penske Transportation Solutions, Ryder system, Walmart and waste management. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

About LeadHERalliance

This structured mentoring program is the start of a lifelong fellowship. Our mentees, mentors and expert hosts share their stories and learn from each other. The thematic animators bring their expertise, knowledge and skills that have guided them throughout their incredibly fulfilled lives. Mentors bring their experience of a lifetime, both challenges and victories. Our mentees take a monumental step forward in their personal and professional lives, with the support of women who have come the way before them. We are excited to create this community dedicated to empowering women.

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