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WIT footage on women truckers to be included in DOT video series

Ellen Voie, president of Women In Trucking, said WIT’s mission to encourage more women to join the trucking industry supports efforts of DOT and partner agencies to bring more women into transportation careers, especially in management.

The Trucker News Services

4/5/2013

Women In Trucking (WIT) has been asked by the Department of Transportation to submit a video on women truckers as part of DOT’s “Women In Transportation Video Series.”

Representatives of trucking, rail, aviation, pipeline, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Railway Administration, Ellen Voie, president of WIT and Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the president and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls were some of the nearly 90 women and men asked to brainstorm about getting more women in transportation-related careers.

“We need your expertise,” DOT Secretary Ray LaHood told the group, adding that “What has been difficult is getting more women at the top.”

He asked each group represented to submit a video for the series.

“Having a voice at the very top level of government transportation leaders is truly an amazing experience for a young association with goals in the trucking industry that mirror these objectives,” Voie said.

The objective of the forum was to gather from participants the “best practices for educating, recruiting, retaining and development leadership among a diverse cadre of women throughout the U.S. transportation sector and to evolve strategies for overcoming barriers.”

Attendees broke into small groups to develop a business case for why more women should be in senior leadership positions and to create steps for progress moving forward.

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