The Women In Trucking organization has announced the launch of its Image Team. The goal of the Image Team is to further represent the mission of WIT while creating more awareness about the need for more women drivers and the obstacles they have to overcome working in a male dominated industry.
The Image Team will participate in a variety of exciting industry events such as ride along trips for legislators, regulators and industry leaders to inform the public of the deeper issues behind the obstacles they face. The women on the Image Team will also have the opportunity to speak the media and their fellow drivers at public events and trade shows for the trucking industry.
The applicants for the Image Team were required to have a valid commercial license and must be a member of WIT for at least one year along with writing a 250 word essay explaining why she is the best pick to be a member of the Image Team. Applicants also had to answer questions about their safety records from the past, awards or recognitions prior to applying and volunteer and community service experience.
A totally of twenty-five applications were submitted to Women In Trucking. From those twenty-five the association selected ten finalists. From there, a selection committee interviewed the finalists over individual conference calls. The final five women to be the members of the Image Team were chosen from the ten finalists.
The five lucky gals who were chosen for the 2015 Women In Trucking Image Team are the following:
Stephani Klang, Con-way Truckload
Allyson Hay, Walmart Transportation
Wyzeena Heeny, Covenant Transport
Carol Nixon, Walmart Transportation
Ingrid Brown, Rollin’ B LLC
Mark Rousseau, Director of Logistics and Transportation, Frito-Lay, North America, WIT Board Member and an Image Team judge, said the board is looking forward to the implementation of the Image Team.
“These drivers will help the WIT Association advance our mission. In addition, the WIT Image Team will assist the Industry in improving trucking’s image by changing perceptions about truck drivers and their jobs. These women are true pioneers for not just WIT, but for the trucking industry. We congratulate them on their selection to this very impactful role,” Rousseau added.
The 2015 Image Team was announced at sixth annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event that took place in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted by the Women In Trucking Association. This event serves as a way to honor the female truck drivers in the industry making it the perfect time to make the announcement with about 400 people in attendance.