Safety, Infrastructure, Innovation in Transportation

Secretary Elaine Chao currently is the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and is the first Asian American woman to be appointed to the President's cabinet in American history. As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, she is a strong advocate for safety, and the importance of infrastructure and innovation in our nation’s economic competitiveness and growth – all of which she will cover during this special keynote with the Women In Trucking Association. Learn More


“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. What do the changes in the current economy mean for transportation businesses? What do they mean for your own career? 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 More


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). This is a particularly critical session to attend given the COVID pandemic has exacerbated challenges in driver recruiting and retention in recent months. This discussion among drivers will be led by Kellylynn McLaughlin, Driver Ambassador for the Women In Trucking Association and OTR Training Engineer and Driver for Schneider National. Learn More

A Strengths-Based Workplace Approach to Building Resiliency in the Age of COVID

Life doesn't come with a roadmap nor with GPS navigation. Especially the year 2020. For many people, it has brought forth their strengths and demonstrated their adaptability. Mental health professionals define resilience as the human quality of adapting to, overcoming and learning from adversity, trauma and stress. This presentation helps human resource managers create a workplace culture to support and develop resilience in women drivers. Learn More

Mixed Up On Misclassifications: Where ABCs Are Not So Elementary

Misclassification is a pain point in a variety of industries, especially those that utilize owner-operator workforces. Everyone knows they want to avoid a misclassification claim, but few understand exactly what that means. Openforce COO Wendy Greenland will provide a blueprint for jumpstarting risk mitigation. Learn More

Women Elevating Women

Elevating women for the benefit of business, the prosperity of the economy, and the betterment of society. Behind every woman is a circle of other women who have her back. By working together, we all rise, and our voices become even stronger. This session will give you insights on how to elevate the women in your circle. Learn More

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Learn to read fraudsters like a book with Traci Brown, the fraud-busting body language expert. In this fast-paced session, you will discover how to use Traci’s 9-point Fraud Spotting System to separate the lies from the truth so you don’t innocently step into a business, life or reputation destroying event. Learn More

Taking Transportation Forward: The WIT Diversity and Inclusion Index

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 improve decision making and encourage creativity and innovation. Learn More

Owning Your Power to Transform Yourself, Your Community, and Your Industry

Women are natural innovators and have been steadily innovating and improving industries for the better. By 2030, E&Y predicts women in the U.S. will control 75% of the wealth in the country. The transformation of wealth and the economy will affect how women lead in the workplace and in communities and throughout the economy. Now is the time for women to step up and be heard. Learn More

Inclusive Leadership: How to Mitigate Unconscious Bias

Implicit bias can keep us from seeing talent that is right in front of us, drive high turnover, initiate disengagement, cause us to continue to mentor and promote people “like me” and completely miss emerging markets. This presentation uncovers what bias is, where it comes from and how it impacts us every day. More importantly, how to interrupt and redirect unconscious bias thinking that impacts your business. Learn More

Awake Leadership: Lead with a Balance of Clarity and Creativity

Do you aspire to lead a team that is productive but also has fun? Awake Leadership is a system of seven vitals with exercises for leading with a balance of clarity and creativity. While other leadership approaches detail qualities of excellent leaders, the Awake Leadership approach shows how to start leading in an effective way and develop your authentic leadership style through a series of specific exercises. Learn More

Electric Trucks Enabling Driver Diversity

The perennial driver shortage is real – and electric trucks will increase the driver pool by attracting drivers from a diversity of new groups. Learn how electric trucks can improve the driver’s work environment eliminating excessive noise, reducing or eliminating handling fuels and lubricants, reducing maintenance downtime and extending service intervals, packaged as a cutting edge, exciting new leap forward in trucking technology. Learn More

Anticipating the Hazards Ahead: Onboarding and Recordkeeping Best Practices for Employee Driver and Owner-Operator Fleets

Many legal and regulatory hazards can arise for motor carriers in onboarding and recordkeeping for both employee driver and independent owner-operator fleets – some similar and some unique between the two operating models. This session will discuss the benefits of customizable, third-party technology in complying with DOT and other legal and regulatory requirements including driver applications, DOT medical qualification, Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse compliance, MVRs, background checks and FCRA releases, and TCPA issues. Learn More


What Women Want and Employers Need to Know

Redefining the Road magazine, Women In Trucking Association’s official magazine, recently announced the recipients of the 2020 “Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation.” During this discussion, you’ll hear from leaders of some of these companies about their strategies and approaches to attract, retain, and motivate a workforce that is rich in gender diversity. Learn More

Remaining Mentally Strong During a Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon many unexpected changes in the transportation and logistics marketplace, and this is especially true for business owners and leaders in the enterprise. Remaining mentally strong during this crisis is essential to future success. In this presentation, Dr. Kirleen Neely will outline specific tools and strategies business owners can use to thrive through the pandemic. Learn More

Unlocking New Business as a Diverse Supplier

An inclusive procurement strategy widens the pool of potential suppliers and promotes competition in the supply base, which can improve product quality and drive down costs. And by providing more sourcing options, inclusiveness can make supply chains more resilient and agile — an increasingly important advantage in these uncertain times. Learn More

Recruiting IS Sales: Hire More Drivers by Training Recruiters in Sales

In the midst of a new regulatory environment and fierce competition for drivers, recruiters must look for new ways to find, attract, and retain more qualified candidates – all while focused on maintaining compliance and safety. This session will take a detailed look at why recruiting managers should start training recruiters in sales techniques and processes, and how this sales mentality can help hire and retain more qualified drivers – regardless of gender. Learn More

Top Women To Watch: Successful Careers through Productivity and Performance

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. Learn More


Becoming a Woman of Influence

We need more women in higher-level, influential roles. The 7 Keys for Successful Women Leaders is full of practical steps women can take, tools they can use to be less stressed and get more of what they truly want – and she’ll lead this conversation using some of these concept and then will moderate a panel of finalists of WIT’s 2020 Influential Women in Trucking award. Hear the stories of these amazing women of influence within our industry – and be prepared to be inspired! Learn More


Activate Your Inner Wonder Woman (No Cape Required)

In this heartfelt, high-energy message, you’ll explore how you can activate your inner superpowers to become more confident and resilient. More connected and positive. You’ll debunk the illusion of perfection and celebrate the collective power of women in trucking. You’ll leave with purpose and passion—ready to live your fullest, most productive life. No cape required. Learn More


Making Hiring Personal Again: Understanding What Drivers Really Want

In this heartfelt, high-energy message, you’ll explore how you can activate your inner superpowers to become more confident and resilient. More connected and positive. You’ll debunk the illusion of perfection and celebrate the collective power of women in trucking. You’ll leave with purpose and passion—ready to live your fullest, most productive life. No cape required. Learn More


Accelerate Your Career through Continuous Self-Innovation

With the speed of change in our industry, it is critical that we female leaders cultivate a spirit of continuous growth to spur innovation and accelerate our careers. Spanning many different stages of career and life seasons, this powerhouse panel of female leaders shares how they have internalized self-innovation to find, own, and use their voices to propel their careers forward within an industry-disrupting, growth-focused organization. Learn More


Elevating the Employee Experience: Strategies for Meaningful Engagement

Within a year of joining, Victoria Roberts and her team helped increase partner (our word for employee) engagement levels from 60 percent favorability to 91 percent favorability by creating the conditions where partners feel fulfilled, connected, equipped to do their best work, and have fun getting stuff done. In this session, Roberts will share critical strategies on how to create employee experience programs that drive engagement and customer success. Learn More


Transforming Goods Delivery: Introducing Self-Driving Technology for Trucking

Self-driving technology has the potential to make the future of trucking and logistics safer and more efficient. Hear from the women engineers at Waymo who are bringing emerging and transformative technology to life and the unique challenges they face. Learn More


Leading Change and Resistance: Involve Your People at Every Step

Change often brings resistance. Resistance is a signal that people are concerned, that they're paying attention, and that adjustments might be needed. More than anything else, people support change when they respect and trust their leaders. To earn respect, trust and loyalty, you have to extend it. The leader goes first! Learn More


Trains, Trucks and Intermodal: Turning Competitors Into Collaborators

This is a presentation on how women owned truckers can be 21st century leaders by turning competitors into collaborative partners that benefit their customers and businesses alike. Learn More



The Future of Transportation: Bridging the Gap Between Drivers, Remote Employees, HQ, Satellite Locations

As we evolve into an interconnected industry, we must consider the ramifications and integration of individuals, drivers, and organizations who are not physically present in the same space. This interactive presentation will address the transition of our industry into a world reliant heavily on technology, automation, and a growing remote workforce. Learn More


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. Learn More