Learning Labs

Home  |  Schedule  |  Sessions  |  Exhibit/Sponsor  |  Floor Plan  |  Hotel/Travel  |  Register

"2018 As the Year of the Driver: Let’s Talk Wages, Supply & Demand"
Driver wages and supply are the number one concern in our industry in 2018. Raising driver wages is not the only solution to improving retention, but low pay is cited as the biggest cause for the driver shortage, an issue which can no longer be avoided. In this session, attendees will hear from the industry expert on 2018's unprecedented increases in driver pay and how that impacts driver recruiting and retention in today's tight driver market. Learn more about how companies are increasing their supply of drivers by hiring and retaining more women than ever before. This session will highlight the following:

  • Driver Wages aren't as simple as x/dollars per hour. Learn what attributes to benchmark in order to stay an "above-average payer."
  • In order to balance hiring outcomes and corporate strategy, learn what what best supports critical decision-making
  • In order to be transparent and deliver on promises to new hires, understand how to identify what to measure, how to differentiate income and mitigate turnover.
  • In the WIT Index, NTI tracks the number of women in trucks and in management on behalf of the Women in Trucking Association. There are leaders that by far set themselves apart from other organizations. Find out what they're doing, and why it works.

About the Presenter: Leah Shaver is the Chief Operating Officer for The National Transportation Institute, the truckload industry subject matter experts on company driver and owner operator compensation history, changes and benchmarks. Leah oversees development of all business operations within The National Transportation Institute(NTI) and also serves on the Executive Committee. NTI provides original economic research on company driver and owner operator compensation history and changes to carriers, insurers, consultants, publishers, shippers and nearly every equity analyst who follow transportation sector stocks. NTI’s largest subscriber base remains in the transportation sector’s private fleets, public and privately held for-hire carriers, where NTI’s proprietary research is widely used as a tool for fleet executives to understand the direction and velocity of the Class A CDL market wages and emerging pay strategies. Each quarter, NTI equips subscribers with in-depth comparisons of national and regional pay packages across more than 75 specific categories, enabling its subscribers to benchmark key industry information on driver compensation, by location and job description, including accessorial pay, bonuses, benefits and corporate policies in order to provide results that support critical decision-making. Leah’s career has been devoted to supporting long-term growth and expansion of the transportation industry while reinforcing its best resource – Professional Truck Drivers! Prior to joining NTI, Leah spent 14 years with a Midwest based multi-platform truckload carrier where she served on the Executive Committee and held numerous positions in Driver Recruiting and Human Resources. Leah specialized in driver selection, hiring, development, wellness and retention, as well as developing, implementing and managing an award-winning driver mentoring program for new drivers. Leah frequently presents to industry executives and organizations about driver compensation and strategy as it relates to driver recruiting, retention and expansion of the driver candidate pool, and serves as Secretary on the board of directors of the Women In Trucking Association. She and her husband Mark live in Minnesota, have worked together for over a decade and volunteer in their community as licensed foster care providers.