Announcing the Third Annual ‘Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel’


The sight of nearly 300 women in red t-shirts at the Mid-America Trucking Show always turns a few heads. 

The shrieks and hugs from the participants bring a smile to everyone nearby.  All female professional drivers are welcome to take part in this year’s event.

The Women In Trucking (WIT) Association is hosting its Third Annual, “Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel,” at the Kentucky Exposition Center (Louisville) on Saturday, March 24, 2012. 

Doors open at noon in rooms C201-C205 in the upper level of the south wing.  Drivers can register at the show at the WIT booth (#40565) in the north wing lobby.

Any woman with a commercial driver’s license is encouraged to attend and is not required to be a member of the association; although they are encouraged to support the nonprofit association as a member. Female drivers can register at the Salute to Women website.

Attendees and their families will be welcomed by the Women In Trucking board members and the sponsors of the event where each female driver will receive a goodie bag filled with gifts.  They will also be able to visit with corporate sponsors and meet with the driver advisory committee and accomplished drivers who have reached four million mile safe driving records.

Terry Wooley and Highway Fever will perform before the ceremony and guests will once again enjoy Women In Trucking’s signature chocolate fountains!

This year’s guest speaker will be Joyce Brenny, owner of Brenny Transportation, Inc. and Brenny Specialized, Inc. in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  Brenny currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Minnesota Trucking Association and is the first woman to serve in that capacity. 

Gold level sponsor representatives from Frito-Lay and Walmart will welcome the attendees and Women In Trucking President/CEO, Ellen Voie, will give an update on the association’s accomplishments.

The Women In Trucking Association hosts the celebration, but the event is funded through the generous support of the following sponsors:

  • Gold Sponsors: Frito-Lay and Walmart Transportation
  • Silver Sponsors: U.S. Xpress, Inc. and Volvo Trucks
  • Bronze Sponsor: McGriff, Seibels, & Williams, Inc.
  • Copper Sponsors: FedEx Freight, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Owner-Operator DIRECT, Rand McNally, Trucker Charity Inc., and UPS Freight
  • Nickel Sponsors: Airtab®, Anatabloc, Brenny Transportation, Inc. & Brenny Specialized, Inc., J.B. Hunt and Schneider National, Inc.

Women In Trucking ( was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and reduce obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.  Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generous support of Gold Level Partners; Bendix, Frito-Lay North America , Great Dane Trailers, Hyundai Translead and Walmart.

2011 Salute to Women Behind the Wheel (hi-res photo available upon request) Photo by Paul Hartley,

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2 Responses to Announcing the Third Annual ‘Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel’

  1. Seat Slides says:

    Female truck drivers are admirable. While most women try to avoid this type of work environment, female truck drivers embrace this type of physically demanding job. But ladies beware as sitting down for long period of hours can be detrimental to the lower back and spine region. Unlike men, women loose their bone density faster so make sure that you get the right truck seat accessories such as the seat slides for added protection as well as to prevent developing poor spine health due to driving for long periods of hours.

  2. Parker McDonald says:

    Great post. It is important that the truck driver industry and community starts to accept female truck drivers and equals. The number of female truck drivers continues to rise and why shouldn’t it? Recent statistics show that nearly 200,000 women across the United States make truck driving their career. The trucking industry likes to promote from within, which allows women the ability to work in positions other than driving. Driving may just be the first step in a long and productive career. There are many more opportunities available to women today than in just a few years past. Women have the opportunity to be involved in dispatch, sales, marketing, recruiting, management and owning their own fleet. Thanks for letting me share.


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