Women in industry recognised on IWD

Prominent industry women confirmed for Trucking Australia 2019 conference line-up

Women in industry recognised on IWD
US Women in Trucking Association president and founder Ellen Voie will be a keynote speaker at ATA's Trucking Australia 2019 conference


Transport is often acknowledged as a male-dominated sector but the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has marked International Women’s Day (IWD) by recognising the important contribution of women in the trucking industry.

"In honour of International Women’s Day, we want to take this moment to appreciate the women who have paved the way for us today," the ATA quotes US Women in Trucking Association president and founder Ellen Voie.

"Women have been driving trucks, fixing trucks, owning trucks and have helped move the goods for many years and we need to recognise these pioneers for their strength, their determination and their leadership.

"We salute these women and thank them for their years of service as role models."

The association has lauded its advocacy for equal opportunity and gender diversity, including at its Trucking Australia 2019 conference in Perth this April.

Voie will be one of the keynote speakers there, alongside Western Australian business executive Diane Smith-Gander, who will be keynote of the Brighter Business Lunch.

2018 Daimler Future Leader Coralie Chapman and 2019 Future Leader Bethany Magill will also be speakers at Trucking Australia 2019, presenting on policy, safety, industry image and attraction, fatigue management and truck laws.

Transport Women Australia chair Jacquelene Brotherton and Americold’s Jodie Broadbent are also on the line-up.

Read about the industry women on the Australia Day honour list in 2019, here

"It is wonderful to see so many professional women leading the way and offering their expertise on important industry issues," former ATA Chair Noelene Watson says.

"As role models, these women have a positive influence on encouraging others to be involved in the transport industry."

Trucking Australia 2019 will also see the presentation of the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year award.

"This prestigious award recognises the strong professional or personal contribution made by a woman within the Australian trucking industry," Watson says.

"I encourage people to acknowledge the hardworking women making a difference by nominating today."

Nominations for the award close at midnight on March 8 and can be made here.


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