Interactive Roundtable Discussions

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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 both Tuesday and Wednesday. *Remember to sign up for your desired topic at the Registration Desk - seating is limited!

Topics by Category (sign-up sheet colors listed after room location):

Personal Development & Career Success (Lobby) PINK

  • Finding Work/Life Balance (Facilitated by Erin Luke, Fleet Sales Administration Manager, Peterbilt)
  • Aligning Your Career Vision & Skill Sets With Company’s Goals (Mary Clark Brown, General Manager, C.H. Robinson)
  • How to Say “No” Without Feeling Guilty (Lois Barth, Speaker, Coach, Author, Courage to Sparkle)
  • Tips for Effective Time Management (Dr. Jessica Houston)
  • How to Shake the Imposter Syndrome
  • How to Work with Difficult People (Jennifer Platt, Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer)
  • How to Make Your Career Thrive in a Male-Dominated Industry (Facilitators: Krissy Manzano, Taurie Bjerken, KeepTruckin)
  • Gender Bias in the Workplace 
  • The Importance of Mentoring in Your Career (Laura Roan Hays, Branch Manager, Great Dane)
  • Lunch with the 2018 WIT Influential Woman of the Year
  • Lunch with Ellen Voie, CEO and Founder of WIT (Ellen Voie, President of Women In Trucking)

HR/Talent Management (Restaurant) – YELLOW

  • Recruiting and Retaining Female Drivers (Summer Dean, HR Manager, YRC Freight)
  • Retaining Drivers
  • Hiring, Training, Managing a Diversified Workforce (Ari Schuss, Director Recruiting Services, Ryder)
  • Rewards for Retention
  • Latest Trends in Driver Recruiting and Retention (Lana Batts, Co-President, Driver iQ)
  • The Importance of Orientation and Training (Dr. Gina Anderson, CEO, Luma, "Brighter Learning")
  • Leveraging Demographic Strategies for Business Success (Stephen Mueller, VP Talent Metrics, Caliper)

Driver Issues (Private Dining Room) GREEN

  • Health & Wellness Solutions for Female Drivers (Mitch Strobin, VP Service Management, UrgentCareTravel)
  • Tips on How Female Drivers Stay Safe on the Road (Gail Wearsch, TravelCenters of America)
  • Driver Wellness (Steve Kane, President, Rolling Strong)
  • Self-Defense For Women Women (Debbie Gardner, Professional Speaker and Author, Survive Institute)
  • Keeping Drivers Healthy on the Road (David Thorpe, President, Pass My Physical)

Business/Operations (Atrium) BLUE

  • How Technology is Bringing New Drivers to the Industry (Kristen Forecki, VP Operations, Convoy)
  • Helpful Tips to Improve Fleet Operations (Emilie Worsham, Omnitracs)
  • Regulations and their Impact on Productivity
  • Building & Maintaining Customer Relationships
  • Creating Customer Experience (CX) that WOWs!
  • Developing Transportation Contracts with Contractors (Rebecca Trenner, Shannon Cohen, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary)
  • Being a Successful WBE

Peer Networking (Cotton Boll and Shawnee) TAN

  1. Discussions with Other Professional Drivers
  2. Discussions with Other Company or Group Leaders
  3. Discussions with Safety & Compliance Professionals (Krystian Gebis, Autobon AI)
  4. Discussions with Operations Professionals
  5. Discussions with HR/Recruiting Professionals (Courtney George, Corporate Recruiter, Saia; Ben Stewart, Recruiting Manager, Ryder)
  6. Discussions with Sales & Marketing Professionals (Brian Everett, CEO, Transportation Marketing & Sales Association)

Dialogue around these key questions: what are your biggest challenges — and solutions to them, and what are your biggest opportunities? Include best practices and practical tips.

Remember to sign up for the discussion of your choice at the Registration Desk - seating is limited!