Women In Trucking Association Announces Gold Partnership with Bridgestone Americas
by Women In Trucking Staff, on Mar 20, 2023 5:00:00 AM
ARLINGTON, Va. – March 20, 2023 – The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) welcomes Bridgestone Americas as its newest Gold Level Partner, strengthening its mission to encourage the employment of women in the industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in trucking. LaTres Jarrett, Executive Director TBR at Bridgestone Americas, will serve on the Board of Directors.
In 2022, the company was a Platinum Sponsor of WIT’s Accelerate! Conference & Expo held in Dallas, TX Nov. 13-16 and virtually Dec. 6-7. Additionally, Bridgestone Americas further supports the association, as Samantha McCracken, Strategic Operations Manager, is a member of the Content Advisory Council.
“At Bridgestone, we are committed to cultivating a culture that advances equity and embraces individuality,” said Jarrett. “I am thrilled to continue that mission as a member of the WIT Board of Directors, joining forces with my industry colleagues to further advance and promote diversity in the trucking industry.”
“In 2022, Bridgestone Americas formed its DE&I Center of Excellence to cultivate an inclusive culture that advances equity and embraces individuality,” said Ellen Voie, founder of WIT. “Their commitment to DE&I in our industry exhibits the true value of their partnership with the Women In Trucking Association.”
Founded in 2007, the Women In Trucking Association was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face. Currently, the organization is a resource for nearly 8,000 corporate and individual members located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Japan, Australia, Sweden, South Africa and New Zealand. Recent accomplishments include: releasing the 2022 WIT Index, the official barometer to benchmark and measure the percentage of women who make up critical roles in transportation each year, finding professional female drivers increased to 13.7%; participating in White House and FMCSA roundtables and events; launching its Professional Driver Hub, an online resource to encourage driver success; and more than 1,700 registered attendees at the 2022 Accelerate! Conference and Exhibition.
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, Bridgestone Americas, Daimler Truck North America, DAT Solutions, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, PACCAR, Penske Transportation Solutions, Ryder System, UPS, Walmart, and WM. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. For more information, visit www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.
About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader in tires and rubber, building on its expertise to provide solutions for safe and sustainable mobility. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Americas employs more than 45,000 people across its worldwide operations. Bridgestone offers a diverse product portfolio of premium tires and advanced solutions backed by innovative technologies, improving the way people around the world move, live, work and play.