PLOVER, Wis. — Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has named Lana Poveda its October Member of the Month.
Poveda is a CRST Expedited Team Driver with 15 years of service.
Everyone in the transportation industry can find inspiration in Lana Poveda’s one-million-miles of accident-free driving, said WIT President and CEO Ellen Voie, who added what’s perhaps
even more inspiring is Poveda’s fun-loving, gentle and uplifting spirit — and her ability to always look on the bright side of life, even when facing one of life’s greatest challenges. Lana was diagnosed with breast cancer last month.
“I had some unexpected home-time, so I squeezed in an appointment,” Poveda said. “I’m glad I did, as my type of breast cancer is hard to detect; and it was detected early. I’m optimistic, but I am also leaning a little harder on my partner in love and life these days.”
In Poveda’s case, her partner in and outside the cab is her husband, Claude.
“After many years together, we’re still very much in love! It’s nice being together on the road because we work better together as a team,” she said.
Now at their home in Palm Spring, California, the two are continuing to work together through her treatment plan before returning to their favorite part of their careers as drivers — traveling to see the country.
Poveda recalls driving through Oregon on I-84 where there was a sight of elk grazing through a valley as far as she and her husband could see.
“It was the greatest, most beautiful and majestic thing I have ever seen,” she said. “Driving is a ‘lifestyle’ job, but I love driving for CRST because I get to see the whole country and I never see the same things twice. And, Lisa, our DM, is a big sweetheart—she makes working for CRST awesome.”
According to Poveda, CRST provides great support to women working in a male-dominated industry.
“When I started, there weren’t a lot of women, but now there are so many,” she said. “And, that’s really inspiring to me, especially in my current situation. It’s great to have other women out there to talk with, share tips and offer support and encouragement.”
Through her positive interactions with women out on the road, Poveda’s helping to change the landscape for women in the industry.
“At the end of the day, you don’t have to fit into a certain persona or gender to be a driver. It’s about loving to drive and being an inspiration for all that want to enter this industry,” she said.
Poveda’s words of wisdom for other women is if you really want to do something in your life, you should try.
“Go for it, ladies,” she said.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
As such, Voie urged women to consider encouraging family, friends and co-workers to get their annual mammogram and educate themselves on the risks, signs, symptoms of breast cancer.
Women In Trucking Association is a nonprofit association 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 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission.
For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.