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Fleet Owner Dozen 2016: Outstanding Women in Trucking

May 9, 2016
Editor's Note: Each day for the next 11 days, Fleet Owner will unveil one of the women honored (in alphabetical order) in its inaugural Fleet Owner Dozen: Outstanding Women in Trucking. Each day's honoree will be added to the bottom of this story with a link to their profile. The entire list and profiles appear in our May 2016 print edition.  

Trucking has commonly been perceived as a male-dominated business, but today’s industry numbers thousands of talented women among its ranks and for good reason. The wide variety of career opportunities for people in trucking is tough to beat—at the fleets that run trucks, the manufacturers that build their vehicles, and the organizations that support them. 

Fleet Owner is proud to recognize and honor the women who are helping to build the trucking industry of tomorrow by profiling a few of the many outstanding women in trucking today. Those chosen for the Fleet Owner Dozen offer excellent examples of just how varied career opportunities for women can be in an industry so essential to our overall economic strength. It is our hope that this will, in some small way, help to encourage still more women to choose careers in this vital and varied industry.

Four come from Fleet Owner’s core audience, upper management at fleet operations; however, those operations run the gamut from a small private fleet hauling produce to one of the country’s largest private distribution fleets, from a midsized truckload carrier to an LTL giant. And one represents the many women who have discovered fulfilling careers behind the wheel of a truck.

Any industry as large as trucking also requires cooperative organizations that foster the general well-being of its many participants. Four of the women in our dozen represent these vital support groups, offering essential research resources, regulatory guidance, operational advantages, and career support.

And three of our profiled dozen come from some of the industries that design, build and support the equipment every fleet needs—the truck OEMs, trailer builders, and component suppliers.

Choosing just 12 from the thousands of women who work in trucking wasn’t easy.  And obviously we’ve overlooked many who are also worthy of recognition for outstanding achievements.  But check out the next Fleet Owner Dozen in 2017 as we intend to make this celebration of success an annual feature.

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