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Walmart, Frito-Lay continue gold-level partnership with WIT

“This past year we have seen increased visibility and influence at the national level,” said WIT President/CEO, Ellen Voie. “Both Walmart and Frito-Lay representatives have been involved in White House level initiatives that have given us more momentum to create positive changes for all women employed in the trucking industry.”

The Trucker News Services

8/29/2013

PLOVER, Wis. — The Women In Trucking (WIT) Association continues to push for improvements in the trucking industry with the support of Gold Level Partners, Walmart and Frito-Lay NA, the group says. 

Now in its sixth year, the nonprofit organization furthers their mission to encourage women to consider careers in the trucking industry, address obstacles that might keep women from succeeding and to celebrate the success of its members.

“This past year we have seen increased visibility and influence at the national level,” said WIT President/CEO, Ellen Voie.  “Both Walmart and Frito-Lay representatives have been involved in White House level initiatives that have given us more momentum to create positive changes for all women employed in the trucking industry.”

Recently the assoction’s foundation awarded six scholarships to members pursuing careers in trucking.  Future goals for the association include a conference, a list of women’s business enterprises (WBEs) for shippers with diversity needs and a recruiting handbook .  The Women In Trucking Association was recognized by the White House last year as a “Transportation Innovator” in its “Champions of Change” awards. 

Jeff Hammonds, vice president of Walmart (walmart.com) Transportation, also serves as a director, “Walmart’s vision is to be a global leader in diversity and inclusion and our mission is to deliver on the promise of saving customer’s money and helping them live better.  We want to leverage the power of a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace.   Our partnership with Women in Trucking is part of Walmart’s on-going commitment to empowering women and helping them achieve non-traditional career goals in logistics and transportation.”   

Frito-Lay North America’s (fritolay.com) Director of Logistics and Transportation Mark Rousseau serves on the board of directors, “Frito-Lay North America is proud to continue our Gold Level Partnership with Women In Trucking Association.  We have been a member from the very beginning and will be a Gold Level Partner for our fifth year. We see this organization having a positive impact on the trucking industry, drivers, and our company's ability to continue to improve our driver diversity. WIT is also a great resource for us as we address the national driver shortage in the years ahead.  WIT's recent work regarding sexual harassment training, truck stop improvements, and working with government agencies to increase the number of women in driving jobs demonstrates the impact this organization is having.  We are looking forward to seeing the impact of WIT in the future.”  

Women In Trucking (womenintrucking.org) was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as sixteen 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; Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Truck NAFrito-Lay North America Great Dane TrailersHyundai Translead, and Walmart. Silver Level Partner is C. H. Robinson. Inc. For more information visit www.WomenInTrucking.org or call (888) 464-9482.

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