Walmart Renews Gold Level Partnership with Women In Trucking Association

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The Women In Trucking (WIT) Association‘s primary goal is to increase the percentage of women employed in the trucking industry. Walmart has been supporting this initiative as a Gold Level Partner since 2009 and is its longest top level sponsor.

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“Our partnership with Women in Trucking is part of Walmart’s on-going commitment to empowering women and helping them achieve career goals in the non-traditional roles of logistics and Transportation,” Jeff Hammonds, Vice President, Walmart Transportation

Since 2007, Women In Trucking Association has accomplished a great deal in 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.

“We are nearing 4,000 members who believe in our quest to share career opportunities with women who might not have considered the trucking industry in the past,” said WIT President/CEO Ellen Voie. “With the support of Walmart and their influence as an internationally recognized leader, we have expanded our reach to include more drivers, carriers, manufacturers, driving schools, and suppliers and our numbers continue to grow,” Voie added.

Recent initiatives include the development of a Girl Scout Patch, invitations to ride-alongs with legislators and industry leaders, the I HEART Trucking Image Campaign, and research prompting changes to truck cab design to better accommodate female drivers through adaptability. The first “Accelerate! Conference and Expo” is being planned for September 20-22, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

Recently the association’s Foundation awarded four scholarships to members pursuing careers in trucking. Future goals for the association include a recruiting handbook and additional recognition programs and events. The Women In Trucking Association was recognized by the White House in 2012 as being a “Transportation Innovator” in its “Champions of Change” awards.

Jeff Hammonds, Vice President of Walmart (walmart.com) Transportation, also serves as a director, “Walmart is a global leader in diversity and inclusion. Our mission is to deliver on the promise of saving customers money and helping them live better. An inclusive workplace gives us a competitive advantage as we explore challenges from different perspectives to meet the needs of our customers.”

“Our partnership with Women in Trucking is part of Walmart’s on-going commitment to empowering women and helping them achieve career goals in the non-traditional roles of logistics and transportation,” Hammonds added.

Women In Trucking Association, Inc. 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 16 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 Trucks NA, Great Dane Trailers, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. For more information, visit http://www.WomenInTrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

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