The Women In Trucking Association announced today the launch of its Driver Ambassador program.
Kellylynn McLaughlin, an over-the-road driver and training engineer for Schneider National, is WIT’s Driver Ambassador.
McLaughlin will focus on spreading WIT’s message and giving visibility to the association’s efforts to bring more women into the industry by attending and speaking at non-industry trade shows, driving schools, associations, and other industry events. She will also share her stories of life on the road through a blog, provide media interviews, and give rides to legislators, regulators, and the media.
“Trucking is an incredibly rewarding career, and there is so much opportunity, especially for women,” said McLaughlin. “As the Women In Trucking Driver Ambassador, it is my mission to effect change in this industry in a positive way for women and for men — for every driver.”
The next phase of the program will introduce a WIT-branded trailer which will include a video promoting trucking as a viable career option for women and showcase success stories of women in the industry, in addition to other educational resources.
“This program gives a voice to the women behind the wheel and the opportunity to share their stories of how they were called to drive,” said Debbie Sparks, WIT vice president who oversees the program. “Amplifying their voices will allow us to further the WIT mission and attract more women to our great industry.”
McLaughlin’s first event was Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Central Tech Truck Driver Training Program, a diesel mechanic and CDL training school in Drumright, Oklahoma.