For Immediate Release
Contact: Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking
Women in Trucking to
Launch New Diversity Index at Accelerate! Virtual Conference
September 21, 2020 –
Plover, WI – Women in Trucking’s Accelerate! Conference
& Expo, trucking’s fastest-growing conference that features more than
40 educational sessions across 5 educational tracks in this year’s virtual
format, will see the launch of a new program to collect and share best
practices in diversity and inclusivity across the industry.
The WIT Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)
Index, produced in partnership with CarriersEdge, will take a deep dive
into the transportation industry’s efforts to create a more inclusive
workplace for both driving and non-driving staff. The D&I Index will
document the programs that fleets currently use, share best practices that
have proven successful across the industry, and recognize creative
solutions in different areas.
“Fleets have been seeking new ways to
attract people to the industry, and creating a more diverse workplace is a
great way to do that,” said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge. “Some fleets
are already having success with their efforts, and this program will share
those successes so others can learn from them and build on them.”
The D&I Index is the culmination of a
months-long effort from a task force led by Debbie Sparks, WIT’s vice
president, and comprised of WIT members from both fleets and industry
suppliers. The program will collect details from participating fleets about
diversity and inclusivity efforts across the entire fleet, from hiring to
onboarding, management, coaching, and leadership development. Interviews
with company representatives and anonymous employee surveys will be used to
capture both program ideas and feedback on the overall effectiveness.
“For 13 years, WIT
has focused on improving the workplace experience for women, both on and
off the road,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of WIT. “While we’ve made
great strides on that front, getting from 3% of the driver population to
more than 10% now, there’s still more to do. The D&I Index will help us
to quantify where we are today with diversity and inclusivity efforts,
provide a benchmark to measure our progress against, and a set of proven
steps to help on that journey.”
The first edition of the D&I Index will
open for applications in March 2021, with results unveiled in Fall 2021.
In advance of that launch, the Accelerate! session
“Taking Transportation Forward: The WIT Diversity & Inclusion Index,”
scheduled for November 12, will outline details of the program, the data
collection process, and plans for the sharing of best practices. As well,
tips for improving diversity, and building on the inclusivity efforts
already in place, will be shared.
“We’ve seen that many fleets are making
efforts in this area already, and often don’t recognize just how much
they’re already doing,” said Jazrawy. “This educational session will
provide tips on coordinating those efforts, identifying and celebrating the
successes, and developing a framework for building on them.”
WIT members and non-members can learn more
about the conference and register at https://www.womenintrucking.org/accelerate-conference.
About Women In Trucking
Women In Trucking, 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: Amazon, Arrow Truck Sales, BMO Transportation Finance, Daimler
Trucks North America, Expediter Services, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B.
Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, PACCAR, Penske Transportation
Solutions, Ryder System, Walmart, and Waste Management. Follow WIT on
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CarriersEdge is a leading provider of
online driver training for the trucking industry. With a comprehensive
library of safety and compliance courses, supported by advanced management
and reporting functions, CarriersEdge helps over two thousand fleets train
their drivers without sacrificing miles or requiring people to come in on
weekends. CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program,
an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking
industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.