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Lawyer Q and A, women driver panel discussion, ‘puppy paradise’ to be held during GATS


Wednesday, July 26, 2017
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

The panel discussion by women CMV drivers during GATS will be moderated by RWIT Treasurer and Citizen Driver Honoree, Idella Hansen, shown here at  ceremonies re-naming  the Travel Centers of America/Petro Stopping Center at the Galloway Exit in North Little Rock, Arkansas, to the Idella M. Hansen Stopping Center. (The Trucker: DOROTHY COX)
The panel discussion by women CMV drivers during GATS will be moderated by RWIT Treasurer and Citizen Driver Honoree, Idella Hansen, shown here at ceremonies re-naming the Travel Centers of America/Petro Stopping Center at the Galloway Exit in North Little Rock, Arkansas, to the Idella M. Hansen Stopping Center. (The Trucker: DOROTHY COX)

LAKE WORTH, Fla. — REAL Women in Trucking Inc. (RWIT) will participate in its first trade show, the Great American Trucking Show, being held August 24-26 in Dallas.

RWIT is a grassroots, driver-led 501 (c) 6 trade organization formed by seasoned female commercial motor vehicle drivers, providing information and resources for fellow drivers, prospective CDL students, trucking executives and the non-trucking community to increase safety on the roadways.

“We’re excited to not only participate in our first show, but also provide much-needed advocacy and education for lady truckers and all commercial drivers. We are very grateful to our sponsors, Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C. and Truckers Justice Center, who have strong ties with the trucking industry and are true partners in increasing fairness and safety,” said Desiree Wood, founder and president of RWIT.

Sponsored by Craig Ackermann Esq., founder of the California-based law firm, Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C., RWIT will host the “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” for drivers. The session will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 25 and will be moderated by Wood. Expert attorneys on hand will include Paul Taylor and Peter Lavoie from Minnesota-based Truckers Justice Center and Steve Arenson from the New York City-based Arenson, Dittmar & Karman firm. They will address driver inquiries on a variety of topics, including sexual harassment, employment labor, lease violations, DAC reporters, misclassified drivers, and more. Questions can be asked anonymously, and anyone who cannot attend the event is encouraged submit questions in advance to info@realwomenintrucking.org. Seating is limited.

RWIT’s booth number is 8052, located near OnRamp to Health and across from Operation Roger Pet Transport. The booth will provide information about the organization, significant recent legal cases that were won on behalf of truck drivers, as well as upcoming special events.

Sponsored by Truckers Justice Center, a specialization area for Taylor & Associates, Ltd., RWIT will also host the “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” on the main exhibit floor stage at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 25.

The panel will be moderated by RWIT treasurer and Citizen Driver Honoree, Idella Hansen. Panelists include Cheryl Bean, Cheryl Pollard, Christina Dills and Sonja Tucci, women truck drivers from different sectors of the industry. They will discuss pros and cons of the types of work they perform, and their concerns for the industry.

Both the “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” and “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” sessions will be recorded for the RWIT YouTube Channel.

At the trade show booth, RWIT will raffle one VIP package per day to the Phoenix International Raceway – Camp Out in the Desert, which is held during NASCAR weekend in November, a $300 value, plus other giveaways, including the upcoming Lady Trucker Cruise. RWIT representative will also film two-minute lady truck driver “SPEAK YOUR MIND!” videos for the RWIT YouTube Channel.

In addition, Hansen is hosting the daily Idella’s Puppy Paradise for trucking dogs, after exhibit hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the TA/Petro Truck Parking Community at Fair Park. 

For more information on RWIT and activities at the Great American Trucking Show, visit www.realwomenintrucking.com or e-mail info@realwomenintrucking.org.

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