Plover, WI — March 12, 2018 — The #MeToo movement has elevated the discussion concerning sexual harassment, and for women in male-dominated professions, the concern is even more prominent. Clearly, it’s time to re-think self-defense, focusing on only what works, mentally (for courage-on-command), verbally (for prevention), and physically (for surviving the un-preventable.) 

The mission of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) includes addressing obstacles that might keep women from succeeding in the trucking industry. One of those obstacles is the matter of sexual harassment and de-fueling crime escalation.

In order to empower its members, the nonprofit organization has partnered with Debbie and Mike Gardner of the Survive Institute ( to offer a free 90-minute course in updated self-defense. The session will be open to anyone interested in learning fast, legal, moral and explicit self-defense—rooted in Courage, L-ove and Laughter. Clever and unforgettable explanations of the Power of L-ove will change your life! Both women and men (and mature adolescents age 13 & up) are invited to attend this feel-empowered-immediately event.

 The Re-think Self-Defense seminar will be held just prior to the annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel,” which celebrates female professional drivers. The doors will open at 8:45 am in rooms C201-204 in the upper level of the Kentucky Exposition Center at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, March 24th.

For 36 years, the Survive Institute has conducted personalized self-defense seminars for organizations around the world.  This rare public event will be open to individuals and families interested in learning a new, healthier formula to outsmart today’s aggressive behavior.Experience the Gardner’s unique “Less is more, when less is right!” safety strategies—because worry is NOT a safety plan!

Debbie founded the Survive Institute in 1981 and she and Mike have conducted their realist crime survival workshops for corporations, conventions and colleges across the United States, Canada, Central and South America, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

“We are excited to offer the Survive Institute program for anyone who has a concern about personal safety and how to become more aware of potential negative encounters,” said WIT President and CEO, Ellen Voie. “This aligns with our mission to empower women (and men) and to minimize obstacles, such as harassment.”

There is no cost to attend the event, however, identifications will be checked at the door. Everyone is invited to attend the Survive Institute workshop. In addition to this program, the Women In Trucking Association has resources for its members that include an anti-harassment employment guide, webinars on harassment issues and a professional development course that provides training on these issues and more. 


About Women In Trucking
The 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: Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit or call 888-464-9482.