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Women in Trucking 2018

Oct. 8, 2018
We profile nine women who have found success in trucking -- and helped make transportation companies successful

Three years ago, we came up with the idea to spotlight women achievers working at trucking companies or within the trucking/transportation industries. While historically it’s been a fairly male-dominated industry, we didn’t have much trouble lining up a variety of female fleet owners, executives, drivers, and other positions throughout the ranks.

This week we'll be featuring one to two profiles on these Women in Trucking each day at FleetOwner.com. 

It has become an annual section, one that is very well received by readers and advertisers. While it’s difficult to know exactly, women comprise about 20% of transportation, storage, and distribution managers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. High-level positions are harder to estimate, but we have had no problems locating prominent women to feature.

A profile of any trucking executive is interesting, but women’s stories bring something extra. They have often been challenged with stereotype issues men have not, making their achievements that much more compelling. Indeed, almost all the women we have interviewed over the three years have made mention of what it’s like to do what they have done within a mostly male hierarchy.

They report that it has been important for them to make it clear, sometimes subtly and sometimes not so subtly, that they have earned their positions through hard work and want the same respect (and compensation) as their male counterparts.

We have a unique mix of titles this year, including chief sustainability officer, executive director, vice president of marketing, president, vice president of training development, director of environmental planning, diesel technician, group director, and chief financial officer.

The women are profiled in depth on the following nine pages. We congratulate each of this year’s women for what they have accomplished, and we very much look forward to continuing this feature next year and beyond.

Profiles

About the Author

Michael Catarevas

An experienced, award-winning journalist and editor, Catarevas began his career in trade publishing, working at Chain Store Age Executive and National Home Center News. He also served as the longtime editor for two globally circulated fitness titles, Exercise & Health and Men’s Workout. He then moved to Tennis magazine and tennis.com as executive editor. He has also been a frequent freelance writer, contributing profiles, in-depth news stories, and features for Connecticut magazine and other publications. Before coming aboard at FleetOwner, he was managing editor for the New Canaan Advertiser newspaper. Catarevas previously wrote for FleetOwner. 

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