Women In Trucking President/CEO to speak at Australian Conference

June 18, 2012

The Transport Women Australia, LTD’s annual conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia will include an international perspective from Women In Trucking Association’s (WIT) President/CEO, Ellen Voie.

Voie was invited to speak by Pam McMillan, Chairwoman of the organization, (www.transportwomen.com.au) who felt the relationship would be beneficial for both organizations, “for us to have an international speaker and for you (WIT) to show how your influence has spread on an international basis.”

Transport Women Australia LTD was formed in 2000 to promote the contribution women make to the industry and to pursue their right for input in transportation related issues and policies.  They offer scholarships and seminars and conduct research to benefit small trucking operations.  In addition, the group meets with government officials in regard to issues and research findings to promote transportation development across Australia.

Voie’s presentation will provide an international perspective to the attendees and will highlight the success of the Women In Trucking Association in the United States, where women comprise five percent of the driving population.  Australia, which has approximately 400,000 heavy (rigid and articulated) trucks is a more rugged environment for women who choose trucking as a career.

The Transport Women Australia LTD conference is called, “Moving with the Times,” and will be held at the Holiday Inn Tullamarine near the Melbourne airport September 22 and 23, 2012.

Women In Trucking was 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 sixteen percent of its members are men who support the mission.  Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generous support of Gold Level Partners; Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC. Daimler Truck NA, Frito-Lay North America , Great Dane Trailers, Hyundai Translead and Walmart and Silver Level, C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.  For more information visit www.WomenInTrucking.org