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Monday, September 30 | 2:45-3:30pm

Voice of the Driver: Life on the Road

Industry leaders emphasize the need to recruit and retain more women as a solution to the driver shortage. The WIT Index, which tracks the percentage of female drivers in the workforce, recently places the percentage at 7.89% - and climbing, due to efforts by WIT and the industry in general. Hear first-hand from professional drivers with private and for-hire fleets who will share their stories, what makes them love their jobs, and the obstacles and challenges they face on the road (and in life). Also hear their perspectives on what can be done more to more effectively recruit and retain female drivers.

Professional drivers on the panel include Deb LaBree, Castle Transport LLC (leased to Landstar); Kellylynn McLaughlin, OTR Training Engineer & Professional Driver. Schneider National Inc.Jodie Edwards, Professional Driver, J.B. Hunt; Carol Nixon, Professional Driver, Walmart. Facilitated by Mary Malone, Vice President of Business Development at Stay Metrics.

About the Presenter

A self-professed “data geek” and “culture freak” Mary has found her tribe at Stay Metrics, the leading driver retention strategy firm founded with a mission to help improve the work-life experiences of truck drivers and help trucking companies achieve greater success as a result.  (Optional sentence: Mary has worked with dozens of clients as they have implemented the Stay Metrics suite of driver surveys and have used the data to drive improvements and increase driver retention. She also works with carriers to implement a performance-based driver engagement and reward platform is unique in the transportation industry.) Throughout her career, Mary has advocated for an evidence-based approach to quality improvement, with an emphasis on using survey data, improving leadership and accountability, implementing experience design and focusing relentlessly on improving organizational culture. She serves on the Truckload Carrier Association’s Recruitment and Retention Human Resources Committee and was honored to be as a named a “2019 Top Women to Watch in Transportation” by the Women in Trucking Association. Fun Fact: A true “Jersey Girl,” she has seen Bruce Springsteen in concert 97 times.

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