“Futurenomics” An Economic Snapshot & What to Do Next”

COVID-19 has brought about significant changes in business practices, customer demand, interest rates, imports, investments, housing trends, trade, tariffs, the list goes on. Do today’s news headlines have your stomach in knots? What do the changes in the current economy mean for transportation businesses? What do they mean for your own career? Heck, what do they mean for your family?

Join Dr. Mary Kelly, one of the world’s most valued economists, as she exposes the true meaning of the current economic structure and what that means for your organization’s future. Learn to operate and make decisions from facts and data, not emotions. Understand what the changes in international trade mean for the freight marketplace. And gain a valuable understanding of today’s economy to improve profits and safeguard your businesses’ bottom line. Attend this session to:

  • Understand the bridge between economics and leadership
  • Use economic data to grow your business and safeguard your bottom line
  • Prepare your team to weather economic uncertainty

About the Presenter: Dr. Mary Kelly is an internationally renowned author and keynote speaker on leadership, productivity, and business growth. In 21 years as a Navy intelligence and logistics officer, Mary trained more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel. She has spent 25 years on active duty in the Navy leading multi-national teams throughout Asia. She was an intelligence officer specializing in Asia and Russia, an HR director, a chief of police, and a professor at the Naval Academy.  Her Ph.D. is in economics, and she specializes in development. Mary is the author of 11 books on business growth and leadership.


Change Redefined: Strategies To Turn Uncertainty To Competitive Advantage

Competitive, challenging and constantly changing – that is world of transportation! To grow and compete you need a new set of leadership strategies, and a new approach to business growth. In this high-energy, power-packed session, Meridith Elliott Powell shares the strategies you need to navigate change, master uncertainty, and motivate your team to embrace the constant shifts in the market place – particularly in the era of a pandemic. Attend and you will gain:

  • Insight into exactly how today’s transportation and logistics marketplace has changed, and what that means for your customers, competition and your business strategy
  • Deeper understanding of how customers are changing – information, influence, decision making
  • Proven strategies for motivating your team to see change as opportunity
  • Secrets to anticipating change and proactively preparing for disruption
  • Robust techniques to deepen customer relationships and drive referrals
  • Personal plan of action to turn uncertainty to competitive advantage.

About the Presenter: Meridith Elliott Powell is regularly featured in publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Investment News, and American Banker among others. High energy and highly interactive, Meridith helps business leaders learn the new rules of success today, and the strategies they need to thrive In uncertainty. With a background in corporate leadership and sales, her career expands over several industries. Meridith worked her way up from entry-level to earn her position in the C-Suite. She is a Master Certified Strategist, Executive Coach and Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers. In addition, Meridith is an invitation-only author for LinkedIn, having published more than six courses on their prestigious education networks.


Taking Transportation Forward: The WIT Diversity and Inclusion Index

Male pattern blandness: When any group (e.g. a conference panel, a list of nominees for a major award, a gathering of congresspeople) lacks any gender diversity, thus lacking any flavor. ~ Lily Lines The trucking industry knows that diversity is its future, but is facing the challenge of how to implement the necessary changes to get there. WIT is introducing the D&I Index, a new program that will promote and share what carriers are doing to support and expand the needs of our evolving workforce. This session will identify gaps in the status quo, and explain how the Index will help to identify best practices to help other organizations to remove the blandness and add the flavor that helps improve decision making, and encourages creativity and innovation. Participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback throughout the session to make the program as comprehensive as possible.

Presenters: Jane Jazawy, and Mark Murrell, Co-Founders of CarriersEdge


Voice of the Professional Driver: Challenges on the Road

Hear first-hand from professional drivers with private and for-hire fleets who share their stories, what makes them love their jobs, and the obstacles and challenges they face on the road (and in life). Panelists of drivers include members of the WIT Image Team.


Creating a Culture that Embraces Gender Diversity

Employment by woman-owned companies (WOBs) in transportation and warehousing increased 10 percent between 2014 and 2019, according to American Express’ annual report on women-owned businesses. Even more impressive, total revenue by WOBs was up 28 percent during that same period. Become educated (and inspired!) on how success female executives lead their companies. This session features a panel of executives from WIT's 2020 Top Woman-Owned Businesses who are featured in WIT's recent Redefining the Road magazine.


Breaking through Barriers While Finding Balance

Every day, remarkable women are making a different in the transportation industry - from the corner office to the driver's seat. Gain valuable tips and hear career success stories from several women who have been recently named to WIT's 2020 Top Women to Watch in Transportation and featured in WIT's Redefining the Road magazine.


Cargo Theft Trends, Methods and Prevention

The course will examine current trends and the most common methods used by criminals to commit cargo theft. We will examine statistical information that shows the commodities most targeted and the methods most often used as well as their geographic relevance. Through the use of information related to actual examples and current data the course will show how cargo thieves select, target and identify the cargo they most want to steal and how the transportation industry can anticipate and prevent these types of thefts. Attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of the problem of Cargo theft, how and where it’s committed, it’s significant impact on the supply chain as well as how to use proven techniques and resources to prevent it.


Drive to Engagement: The Road We’ve Taken

As a relatively new stand-alone Company, Herc Rentals is on a “Drive to Engagement” in order to become an employer of choice and enhance employee retention and development. The road we’ve taken includes the creation of several new employee related programs. These include such initiatives as the Herc Rentals ProDriver Academy, the Women in Action employee resources group, the Early Career Development Program, digital eLearning courses, including a curation of courses relevant to women, and a mentoring pilot. In this session, we’ll share relevant details of these programs – how we got started, our views on critical success factors, and the impacts that we have experienced as a result of our drive to engagement.


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