Nominations Open for 2022 Influential Woman in Trucking Award, Sponsored by Daimler Truck North America

by Women In Trucking Staff, on Aug 5, 2022 4:45:00 AM


Plover, WI – August 5, 2022 – The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) are seeking nominations for the 2022 Influential Woman in Trucking award.

More than a decade ago, the award was created to honor women in the transportation industry who make or influence key decisions in a corporate, manufacturing, supplier, owner-operator, driver, sales or dealership setting. Nominees must also have a proven record of responsibility, mentorship, and serve as a role model to other women in the industry.

“Women continue to make their mark in the trucking industry,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO, Women In Trucking. “It is a privilege to share their stories and inspire others through this award.”

Nominations will be accepted through September 20 at

The winner will be announced at the WIT Accelerate! Conference & Expo held in Dallas, Texas, November 13-16, 2022. Each finalist will be asked to serve as a panelist for the Influential Women in Trucking panel discussion on November 15, 2022.

“DTNA continues to support this award because we feel strongly about promoting and raising awareness of this industry and the many career paths it creates. Especially now more than ever, we want to highlight trucking in these unprecedented times,” said Kary Schaefer, Chief Engineer, Cab Systems and Entire Vehicle Engineering, Daimler Truck North America. “This award highlights the exceptional female leaders that help shape our industry and we want to show our support and continue to foster diversification in the workplace.”

Past recipients of the Influential Woman in Trucking award include:

2021 - Lily Ley, vice president and chief information officer, PACCAR
2020 - Kristy Knichel, president of Knichel Logistics, and Jodie Teuton, co-founder of Kenworth of Louisiana
2019 - Ruth Lopez, director, transportation management, Ryder System, Inc.
2018 - Angela Eliacostas, founder and CEO, AGT Global Logistics
2017 - Daphne Jefferson, principal and executive coach, Jefferson Consulting Group, LLC (former deputy administrator, FMCSA)
2016 - Ramona Hood, president and CEO, FedEx Custom Critical
2015 - Kari Rihm, president, Rihm Kenworth
2014 - Marcia Taylor, CEO, Bennett International Group
2013 - Rebecca Brewster, president & COO, American Transportation Research Institute
2012 - Joyce Brenny, president, Brenny Transportation, Inc./Brenny Specialized, Inc.
2011 - Rochelle Bartholomew, CEO, CalArk International


About Women In Trucking Association, Inc.

Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Amazon, Arrow Truck Sales, BMO Transportation Finance, Daimler Trucks North America, DAT Freight & Analytics, Expediter Services, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, PACCAR, Penske Transportation Solutions, Ryder System, Walmart, and Waste Management. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit or call 888-464-9482.

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