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What Women Want (and Employers Need to Know)

Many women say they want employers with a corporate culture supportive of gender diversity, flexible hours and work requirements to accommodate family and life balance. Learn practical ideas and best practices from leaders with companies that are successfully attracting and retaining women in their workforce through solid strategy, initiatives and benefits. Learn about the talent management and retention best practices of companies named to the 2021 Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation by WIT’s official magazine, Redefining the Road.

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Business Successes and Challenges of Women Leaders

The coronavirus pandemic and a drastically changing economy have given women greater opportunities to make a difference in creating opportunities and solving problems for their customers, their workforces, and their key stakeholders. Hear success stories and gain perspectives from a panel of professionals named as 2021 “Top Women to Watch in Transportation” by WIT’s Redefining the Road magazine.

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Voice of the Professional Driver: Challenges on the Road

Industry leaders emphasize the need to recruit and retain more women as a solution to a more efficient supply chain as well as to the driver shortage. The WIT Index, which tracks the percentage of female drivers in the workforce, recently places the percentage in double digits and climbing, due to efforts by WIT and the industry in general. Hear first-hand from professional drivers with private and for-hire fleets who will share their stories, what makes them love their jobs, and the obstacles and challenges they face on the road (and in life). Also hear their perspectives on what can be done more to more effectively recruit and retain female drivers.

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Interactive Discussion Groups (Facilitated Networking)

Share ideas and experiences with other professionals who have a common interest in a specific topic of your choice. These discussions take place over lunch on Monday and breakfast on Tuesday. Discussions will take place among these peer groups: Professional Drivers, Company/Division Leaders, Safety & Compliance, Operations, HR/Talent Management, Marketing & Branding, and Sales & Business Development. Additional topics covered will include:

  • Time Management Tips & Tricks
  • Building Credibility in the Workplace
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Path Strategies
  • Eliminating Self-Imposed Barriers

EVENTS & RECEPTIONS

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I Heart Trucking Reception: “I Am Essential”

While the past year has been challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has underscored the critical importance of transportation and logistics. This year, the I Heart Trucking Photo Contest visually underscores the fact that transportation is the backbone of America and that “We Are Essential.” Attend this reception to check out the many photos that were entered in this year’s competition!

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Top Recognition Program

Redefining the Road, WIT’s official magazine, recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and companies recognized for the 2021 Top Companies for Women to Work For, Top Woman-Owned Businesses, and Top Women to Watch in Transportation. Attend this event to put a spotlight on the accomplishments of these accomplished organizations and talented individuals.

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Dine-Around Dinners (Saturday and Sunday Evenings)

The WIT community is known for its professional camaraderie and personal relationships developed at Accelerate! Conferences. And Dallas is certainly known as a trend-obsessed city when it comes to dining and specialty cuisines. There’s no better way to build relationships – and have fun – than over an enjoyable dinner. Choose your restaurant experience and enjoy the company of others over your favorite cuisine in downtown Dallas. Dinner is pay on your own.

More to Come!

We're still finalizing session details for the 2021 Accelerate! Conference & Expo.
Continue to check back as we add more conference sessions.