The Women In Trucking Association is launching a pilot mentoring program for entry-level female drivers through a partnership with LeadHERalliance Mentoring, a structured mentorship program for women in various walks of life.
WIT’s new program, called LeadHERtrucking, will use this mentoring structure to match female drivers new to the industry with experienced women leaders who have achieved long-term successful careers as professional drivers.
WIT's mentoring program will provide women drivers access to the knowledge, experience and support of seasoned drivers, according to Debbie Sparks, vice president of WIT.
“Part of the mission of WIT is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry and minimize obstacles they face,” said Sparks. “We believe the connections and mentoring created through this support system will make a significant difference in the lives of entry-level drivers. Our goal is to decrease the percentage of drivers who leave our industry within their first 12 months. This program will give the new female driver much-needed support as they navigate this complex industry.”
LeadHERtrucking will provide a 10-month mentorship program, with monthly virtual meetings between a mentee and her mentor, as well as offering a curated list of topics relevant to these women, presented each month by women who are industry experts. Sessions will focus on mental health and well-being, leadership, resilience, financial independence, as well as addressing specific and unique challenges of being a female on the road, according to Cynthia O’Neill, founder of LeadHERalliance Mentoring.
At the completion of the program, each woman becomes a lifetime member of the LeadHERnetwork, with access to hundreds of women around the globe with whom they can reach out for continued support and guidance.
For more details, visit womenintrucking.org/mentoring.