When an organization in transportation and logistics wants to attract, develop, and retain top talent in the critical roles our industry demands, you must consider how to navigate the employee lifecycle. A popular new strategy in engaging and supporting women in an enterprise, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) can provide the enrichment, engagement, and empowerment needed to give underrepresented groups the support they need to succeed. 

Attend this session to hear about these best practices from leading companies with successful ERGs: 

  • Hear the story about how the women of J.B. Hunt created GROW (Growing & Retaining Outstanding Women), the company's first ERG, which focuses on women's personal and professional development. Leaders from this group will share how they built their business case, formed the group, overcame obstacles, and created a strong community for women and their advocates.  
  • Yellow recognizes the value women bring to the transportation industry and has set goals to create a culture of belonging that celebrates diversity, ensure all our employees can thrive, enhance the employee experience, support our women behind the wheel, and develop a strong pool of future leaders. Yellow’s newly launched Women’s Inclusion Network takes the best from their previous women’s ERG and has expanded their reach and resources with mentoring, special events, leadership development, discussion forums, and enrichment opportunities. 
  • Attendees will learn about the impact of ERGs in the organizations above, steps they can take to successfully create an ERG, and how to engage employees in compelling programming aimed at enhancing their experience and developing professionally and personally


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    Tamie Allensworth

    Senior Vice President of Customer Experience
    J.B. Hunt Transportation

    Tami Allensworth began her career with J.B. Hunt in 1987. During her 30+ years at J. B. Hunt, she has held a variety of positions in Marketing Services, Marketing & Customer Service, and Sales. In 2007, Allensworth became a part of J. B. Hunt’s fourth business unit, Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS), as a Director of Transportation and quickly moved into the Vice President of Transportation role. During her time in ICS, she helped lead the Talent Management Team, which focused on building out processes and programs that would help facilitate a startup workforce which now consists of over 1000 employees. Allensworth co-founded J. B. Hunt’s first Employee Resource Group in 2014, GROW which stands for Growing and Retaining Outstanding Women. In addition to her role as Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, she is currently serving as the President of GROW.  Allensworth resides in Cave Springs with her husband and daughter Sydney.

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    Sarah Statlander

    Vice President Human Capital & Talent Acquisition

    Sarah Statlander is an accomplished Human Resources Leader with over 20-years of human resources experience and a proven record of leveraging business and technical knowledge to provide customer focused business solutions that align with corporate values & goals. Sarah is a thoughtful leader & communicator with an acute focus on problem solving and providing multi-faceted, customer-focused solutions that ensure the needs of the business are met, while also ensuring that actions are living up to the commitments to an organization’s most valuable resource – their people. Her extensive background includes: expertise in change and transition management, strategy development & execution, talent management & succession planning, results-oriented change management, process improvement & implementation, policy development, employee & labor relations, and compliance.  

    Statlander has spent most of her career as an HR Generalist & Business Partner providing support to a variety of client groups in a variety of industries. Upon returning to Yellow in 2015, she also had the opportunity to provide leadership to many of the HR functions including Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Corporate & Field HR, HR Compliance Programs, Recognition Programs, and Compensation. A pivotal point has been the opportunity to provide leadership during the transition and integration of the Human Resources function for the organization as we’ve transitioned to Yellow. 

    She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources/Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. 

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    Melissa Jass

    Senior Organizational Development Business Partner

    Melissa Villanueva Jass is a values-driven leader on a mission to passionately advocate for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and all underrepresented groups, to inspire and motivate leaders at all levels to create a culture of inclusion, equity, belonging, recognition, and appreciation, and to courageously collaborate with honesty, integrity, and relentless enthusiasm. 

    Throughout her career, Jass has always been fascinated by stories that speak to the human heart and touch the mind. Her natural ability to connect with others allows her to create trust with her clients, business partners, interview subjects, and teams. Throughout her career, she has flourished under the pressure of live broadcast events, training and facilitating workshops, and interviewing and working with talent from store clerks and truck drivers to executives and celebrities. She has contributed to a broad spectrum of programs and events, including custom designed leadership development programs, high potential mentor programs, women's focused development initiatives, corporate broadcast events, and more. She is capable and comfortable in the roles of Consultant, Business Partner, Producer, Writer, Director, Project Manager, Client Liaison, and Stage Manager.