Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking Association
952-442-8850 ext.220, brynn@WomenInTrucking.org
Women In Trucking
Establishes CEO Succession Plan
veteran Debbie Sparks to assume transitional role as vice president
(Sept. 24, 2019) — The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) today announced
the organization’s CEO succession plan. Deborah Ruane Sparks, an
experienced industry professional, will take on a newly created role as
vice president in anticipation of succeeding current WIT president and CEO
Ellen Voie upon her retirement in the coming years. Sparks will assume her
new position in January 2020.
founded WIT in 2007 and has become a powerful voice for gender diversity in
the transportation industry. Today, the nonprofit organization’s mission is
to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote
their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the
industry. WIT experienced dramatic growth under Voie’s guidance and now has
more than 5,000 individual and corporate members in 10 countries. The
organization has received numerous awards, including the Transportation
Innovators Champion of Change from the White House.
Voie has such a remarkable passion for our mission,” said Laura Roan Hays,
WIT current board chairwoman. “It was a priority for the board to find a
successor with that same level of commitment. Debbie Ruane Sparks is the
perfect candidate. She was instrumental in helping to establish WIT in 2007
and served on the association’s original board of directors. We are
thrilled that she is returning to help lead the organization and work with
Ellen to ensure a seamless transition as the future face of the Women In
has been involved in the transportation industry for nearly two decades.
She currently serves as director of transportation and community outreach
at Wreaths Across America and will be continuing in that capacity through
the end of the year. Previously, she served as vice president, business
development, at the Truckload Carriers Association and as director of
marketing for American Trucking Associations.
will start her role at Women In Trucking with a number of new projects,
including establishing a driver ambassador and managing WIT’s U.S. and
Canadian Image Teams in addition to other duties.
have supported WIT’s growth by expanding our team to include five employees
in addition to our association management firm, MindShare Strategies,” Voie
said. “Now, with Debbie on board we can further advance our mission
and position Women In Trucking for continued growth. She will be an amazing
asset in our efforts to increase gender diversity in the transportation
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, BMO
Transportation Finance, Daimler Trucks North America, Expediter Services,
FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, Penske
Transportation Solutions, Peterbilt Motors Company, Ryder System, and
Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more
information, visit https://www.womenintrucking.org
or call 888-464-9482.