Women In Trucking CEO and Founder Ellen Voie honored by White House
August 7, 2012
Each week the White House honors “ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things ” through its “Champions of Change” initiative. This past week, the White House recognized leaders who have developed innovative programs in the area of transportation. They invited individuals representing “organizations that have provided exemplary leadership in the growth and expansion of the transportation industry at the local, state or regional level.”
Ellen Voie of Green Bay,WI, President/CEO and founder of the Women In Trucking Association, was selected for this distinction. Voie was invited to the White House with twelve other Champions who were recognized by US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
“Meeting our nation’s transportation challenges requires innovative thinking and the leadership skills to translate plans and dreams into greater mobility, better jobs, and more livable communities,” said LaHood. “And that is exactly what these Champions of Change have demonstrated–each and every one,” he added.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro introduced Voie before her participation in a panel discussion led by Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta. The event was streamed live via the web to viewers around the world.
Voie founded the nonprofit association Women In Trucking, Inc. in 2007, whose mission is to encourage women to consider a career in the trucking industry, to address challenges that women face when working in the trucking industry, and to celebrate the success of its members. In 2011 the Women In Trucking Scholarship Foundation was formed to provide funding for members pursuing careers in trucking related areas such as safety, maintenance, leadership and driving.
Leigh Foxall, Women In Trucking’s Chairwoman attended the event, “It is very exciting to have Ellen recognized for her work. It is evidence that Women In Trucking’s efforts to bring awareness to the great careers in the transportation industry is being recognized,” she added. “It was an honor for both Ellen and members of the board to attend this event at the White House on behalf of the entire trucking industry.”