Women In Trucking's Salute To Women Behind The Wheel Honors Nearly 200 Female Drivers
Combine nearly 200 female professional drivers with chocolate fountains, red t-shirts, and bags filled with gifts from sponsors and you’ve got the Women In Trucking “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” celebration.
Each year the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) hosts this annual event to honor female professional drivers for their service to the (very male dominated) industry. This year was the group’s 4th annual “Salute,” which attracted nearly 500 drivers and their families and WIT members.
Sandra Ambrose-Clark, President of ESJ Carrier Corporation and Without A Doubt Truck & Trailer Repair in Fairfield, Ohio was the keynote speaker. Ambrose-Clark was a finalist in this year’s Influential Woman in Trucking award. She spoke to the group about her experience in establishing a truck and trailer repair shop and running her father’s trucking company after his death.
The female drivers were then recognized for their years in the industry, with three women featured for their more than forty years as professional drivers. Idella Hansen was noted as having the longest career for her 46 years of driving.
Every driver received a goodie bag from event sponsors who greeted them before the recognition ceremony. NASCAR driver Jennifer Jo Cobb was on hand to sign autographs, compliments of Arrow Truck. Rebecca Brewster, this year’s Influential Woman in Trucking recipient, and Stephanie Klang, driver for Con-way Truckload and a member of America’s Road Team also greeted attendees.
The female CDL holders posed for a group photo and were thrilled when Lisa Kelly of Worldtrucker.com, who has appeared on the History Channel’s Ice Road Trucker series, joined them.
The Women In Trucking Association’s “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” was made possible with the generous support of Gold Level event sponsor, Walmart Transportation; Silver Level Sponsors, Con-way, Frito-Lay, and Volvo Trucks; Bronze Sponsors, FedEx Freight, Hyundai Translead, Rand-McNally, Republic Services, Ryder, and Waste Management. Copper Level sponsors include Arrow Truck Sales, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., PITT OHIO, Travel Centers of America/Petro Stopping Centers, Trucker Charity, Inc., UPS Freight, and U.S. Xpress. Nickel sponsors are Airtab®, Brenny Transportation, Inc., and J. B. Hunt.
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 NA, Frito-Lay North America , Great Dane Trailers, Hyundai Translead, and Walmart. Silver Level Partner is C. H. Robinson. Inc. For more information visit www.WomenInTrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.