Gender Diversity in Transportation: Where Are We in 2023?
Tracks: Leadership, HR/Talent Management, Operations & Safety, Sales & Marketing, Driver
For many companies in the transportation industry, diversity and inclusion have become critical components of their business success. From attracting top talent to fostering more diversity of thought and collaboration in the workplace, the benefits of D&I are clear.
So where does our industry stand on the gender diversity front? Published every year by the Women In Trucking Association, the WIT Index is the official industry barometer to benchmark and measure each year the percentage of women who make up critical roles in transportation. Attend this unique session to learn the following:
Jennifer Hedrick, CAE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT). Her responsibilities are to work closely with WIT’s board of directors and staff to oversee initiatives that support WIT’s mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by them. Hedrick has 17 years of association leadership experience and is an accredited executive by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). For five years she led the National Industrial Transportation League (NIT League) focusing on issues across highway, rail and ocean freight transportation. In that role, she advocated on behalf of members to create efficiencies throughout the commercial freight transportation network. In addition, she previously served as Vice President, Association Solutions, for MCI USA, where she served as Executive Director and Strategy Manager for several associations, providing full-scale management of operations, staff teams, and outside contractors. In these capacities, she also served as spokesperson for associations on Capitol Hill, before federal regulators, in trade and national press, and at conferences and other engagements. Hedrick holds a Master of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bridgewater College.