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When you think of a strong, smart, powerful woman, who comes to mind? For me, the answer is simple: Wonder Woman.  She’s the original face of girl power. Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic book superhero of all time. She’s been a role model for generations of girls, proving women can be tough and smart and successful. She demonstrates they can be leaders—a revolutionary idea when she was introduced in the ’40s.   My Wonder Woman obsession began in the ’70s, when Lynda Carter masterfully portrayed this heroine on television. I was always eager to see what superpowers and tools of the trade she would use to fight for truth and justice. Would it be her star-studded tiara? Her acute empathy? Her golden Lasso of Truth? Her magic bracelets? Would she run at super speed without tripping in her spectacular sky-high boots? (That in itself was a feat!)  While Wonder Woman’s superpowers are impressive, I believe it is her strength of character that gives her true staying power. That’s why I ask myself What would Wonder Woman do? whenever I face a challenge. Let’s talk about her character… Wonder Woman has integrity. She does the right thing. Always. Even when it is difficult or embarrassing or unpopular. And even when nobody is looking.  She’s authentic. She knows who she is and what she stands for.  She faces challenges head on. Make no mistake about it: Wonder Woman takes action. She’s resilient, never stopping until she accomplishes her mission.   And through it all, she has the heart of a woman. She is Wonder-Full.  Now, let’s talk about you! You are complex, just like Wonder Woman. Like her, you balance the dichotomies of softness and toughness, compassion and grit, intelligence and instinct. She brings these powers to the Justice League. You bring them to the loading docks, the office and the open road. Like Wonder Woman, you make decisions based on truth and authenticity. You lift up your fellow sisters. You are women—powerful women—who are improving the industry and changing the world. Ladies, I am thrilled to be attending the Accelerate! Conference this year and I want to invite you to attend my session where you’ll learn how activate your superpowers and unleash your inner Wonder Woman!  By Kelly Radi, a real-life Wonder Woman! She’s a sought-after speaker and award-winning author. Authentic, inspiring, and relatable, Kelly equips and empowers her audiences to find—and use—their unique inner superpowers to live Wonder-Full lives. Learn more about Kelly and her recently released book called Wonder-Full: Activate Your Inner Superpowers (No Cape Required) at raditowrite.com.
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What makes a company desirable for women to work? Many say it comes from such primary reasons as a corporate culture that’s supportive of gender diversity, flexibility in hours and work requirements to accommodate family and life balance, competitive compensation and benefits, training and continued professional development, and career advancement opportunities.  If your organization is one that features these benefits (or more), then it could be an ideal nominee for “Top Companies for Women to Work for in Transportation.” This is the second year this program will be featured in Redefining the Road, the official magazine of the Women In Trucking Association, with the goal to highlight companies in the industry that are friendly for women in BOTH driver and professional capacities.  What is the process to qualify? Step 1: Nominate Your Organization (Note: You must be an authorized representative to nominate your organization)Explain in 75 words or less what makes your company worthy of being recognized as a great place for women to work. Also be prepared to indicate if the nominated organization demonstrates any or all of the above characteristics. Nomination are due by Aug. 9 at 5pm Central. Step 2: Online VotingThe marketplace (both WIT members and non-members) votes and helps to validate all nominations. Voting takes place Aug 10 - Aug 30, 2019, so encourage your workforce, business partners, and other key stakeholders to vote! Step 3: Receive RecognitionWinning companies will be recognized at WIT's Accelerate! Conference & Expo during a special awards program Oct. 1 in Dallas, TX, and featured in the cover story of the Redefining the Road magazine (Edition 3 2019).  > Nominate Your Organization Now
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Ask Angela: What are your views on cell phone usage by commercial drivers?  This is a very important question. Different states have different laws for non-commercial drivers, so following the law isn't a satisfactory answer. As the number of distracted driving accidents and casualties grow so does the list of states that prohibit texting and hand-held device usage for all drivers. It's good practice to follow the guidelines from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA rules prohibit the hand-held usage of phones by all CMVs - no matter which state you're in. The National Safety Council notes that cell phones are a top factor in distracted driving accidents even though the actual number of cell phone related accidents is underreported (as there is no test like a breathalyzer) and drivers are reluctant to admit to usage.  The NSC states that there is no safe way to use a  cell phone and drive. They note that drivers can miss up to half of what's going on around them when they are engaged in a call. NSC supports their claim through research on multitasking.  The NSC findings on driving and cell phone conversations show that, "... both require a great deal of thought. When doing them at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well. For example, it's nearly impossible to read a book and have a phone conversation." They noted that crashes involved in distracted cell-phone driving result in delayed braking times and not seeing traffic signals. My 3PL company rates all of the carriers we use. We do not use carriers that have accidents or violations. If you text/talk and drive not only are you endangering the lives around you, you're potentially also limiting the jobs your employer receives.  Drivers who use their phone must have them located where all functions can be initiated by touching a single button. FMCSA  recommends a few things to remain in compliance :  Have your phone close enough that you can use the touch screen/voice activation while properly in your seat belt. Use an earpiece or speaker phone function. Use voice-ativated dailing.  Overall, FMCSA reminds drivers of the slogan, "No call, No text, No ticket!" These tips will not stop non-commercial drivers from using their phones, but it can help you watch out for their potential distracted driving.  This being said, the technology of cell phones is great for drivers to stay in touch with loved ones, being able to report instances and having an added level of safety and security. Just make sure to use them after the truck is parked. Be safe out there everyone.  Angela About Angela Angela Eliacostas, President and Founder of AGT Global Logistics. Angela is the current Freightliner and WIT Influential Woman of the Year. She has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry. Angela is a leader in expediting shipments and serves as a liaison between carriers and companies. Her company AGT Global Logistics specializes in the energy and utilities sector. The annual "Influential Woman in Trucking" Award provides recognition to a woman who provides leadership, creates change, and inspires others in the transportation industry. Because these industry trailblazers have years of experience and wisdom, WIT created the column, “Ask the Influential Woman in Trucking.” Therefore, the 2018 recipient, Angela Eliacostas, President and Founder of AGT Global Logistics, will be providing answers and advice to popular questions often asked by WIT members.  Eliacostas Named 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking
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Every office, warehouse, and production facility has one employee who takes up an inequitable portion of their supervisor’s time and effort. This employee may bring valuable knowledge and experience to the role, but they also cause frustration for management, and other team members, because they “just don’t get it.” What “it” is, varies from job to job, but the scenario plays out in a similar way. First, there’s the initial period while you wait for things to click. This is followed by the constructive coaching effort. Then, finally, the escalation to performance management, which is a coded way of saying warnings and performance improvement plans. Right Qualifications, Wrong Role Let’s pause and clarify; this is not unqualified individuals who should not have been hired in the first place, people who are experiencing personal problems (though that’s something to consider with struggling employees), or those who are openly uncooperative and insubordinate. We mean someone who has the education, credentials, or work history and came well recommended. Let’s also assume your company administered proper training and made efforts to integrate the employee into the environment. And that the employee is, of course, eager to succeed. Often times it’s as simple as this: The employee is in the wrong role. Pre-Employment Assessments: The How Ideally, companies would assess all of their top candidates using a scientifically valid pre-employment assessment. Not a cheap, gimmicky “personality test” without proven reliability, but a validated instrument that has been thoroughly researched, tested, and refined over decades and is respected throughout the industry (modesty prevents us from saying “Hint Hint: the Caliper Profile”). Pre-employment assessments are becoming a crucial necessity for many companies, saving them time and money and improving their turnover. So, how do these assessments work? Such a tool can reveal an individual’s strengths, motivations, and limitations relative to (here’s the important part) the job responsibilities you expect that individual to perform. Take a closer look: Provide Data-Driven Results: Assessments provide you with standardized and useful insights, regarding how candidates interact in the workplace and also predict job performance and fit with the company. This data will also help improve the team’s overall productivity and success. Fast Fact:  Unlike in face-to-face interviews, personality assessments enable a company to quantify a wide range of attributes in detail objectively. Ensuring both accuracy and fairness. Improve Selection Process: A large percentage of employers already understand that assessments provide highly valuable information about specific aspects of a person’s potential. Not only does this make employee selection decisions more accurate and useful, but it also informs how the individual should be onboarded, managed, coached, and professionally developed throughout their career. Increase Employee Retention: Over 70% of candidates are expected to leave a company within two years of getting hired. So, while finding the right candidates is crucial for any company, having the ability to retain them and keep them engaged in a role they will succeed at is just as important. But say the company did not assess the employee prior to hiring them. They’re in the role now, so it’s too late, right? Not at all! Existing employees can benefit greatly from completing an assessment. Did you know? Pre-hire assessments can have a positive impact not only for onboarding, candidate fit, and retention but on a wider range of positive HR indicators, including time to hire, performance, and engagement. Sometimes a coaching strategy and an action plan arise from the evaluation. Other times, like in the scenario described above, we find that the individual’s strengths do not align with the current position. It could be that a struggling sales rep would be ideal for a warehouse operations supervisor position. Or that a seemingly absent-minded administrator is really a frustrated account manager waiting to take flight. Employee Assessments: The Benefits The benefits of finding ideal roles for promising, but struggling employees are often greater than simply resolving an underperformance problem. Using employee assessments to help align your struggling employee with a better role is the key to ensuring they succeed. You save time and money rather than having to train a new person from scratch on your products, services, procedures, and organizational goals. How can you and your employees benefit from these assessments? More Engagement: Employees who are struggling or not fitting in their current role are less engaged and more likely to churn than those who are. With an assessment, managers can identify and gain insight into what an employee needs to help stay engaged and active in a role they can fully grasp and will fit in better. Increased Productivity: Every employee is different and requires their own unique management style to ensure they’re getting the most from their managers and can put their best performance in action. Completing an employee assessment will give managers the information they need to understand what coaching style works best for each employee for them to be productive and efficient. Problem Employee to Top Performer Transformation: Having a struggling employee take an employee assessment can help unlock their full potential which was overlooked before. While they may have the qualifications on paper, discovering their personality type and understanding how they accept feedback can turn any problem employee into a top performer. With assessments, you gain insights into what type of coaching would work best for the struggling employee. The results can be revisited later for career path development. Companies who have a struggling employee could have a top performer just waiting to get their opportunity to shine. However, if the role is not quite suited for them, or the development opportunity is overlooked they could be deemed as a wrong employee altogether. Before you think about the write-ups and warnings, use the time and have your employee take an assessment, such as Caliper’s employee assessments, and find out if you have a hidden top performer just waiting for the right role to use their skills to the fullest. View the original article To learn more about Caliper and special discounts to WIT members, visit www.calipercorp.com/wit.
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Ask Angela: How important is experience when searching for jobs in trucking and logistics? Can I switch from an unrelated industry into transportation?   Absolutely! The opportunities for employment in trucking and logistics are great right now. Having experience is a definite bonus and will enable you to negotiate if you have a clean driving record and strong references.   If you don’t have much experience, don’t let that dissuade you. If you want to be a driver make sure you get the necessary licenses - and then apply and negotiate. In my world of logistics, the number of qualified applicants is much lower than it used to be because the need is so great. Because of this AGT Global Logistics has started an internship and onboarding program. Interns are given a comprehensive core training that exposes them to multiple areas within our business. They shadow members of our team and learn the AGT way.  Many skills are transferable from non-transportation industries. Telecommunications, sales, service industry positions all lend very nicely into logistics and transportation management. In addition, there are many personal qualities that will be a great indicator if this industry is right for you.  These qualities include:  Attention to detail  Strong motivation to learn  Excellent verbal and written skills  Understanding the importance of customer service  Basic understanding of business/sales  Ability to problem solve  Being a team player  Your hard work will pay off in today’s transportation world. Best of luck to you,Angela About Angela Angela Eliacostas, President and Founder of AGT Global Logistics. Angela is the current Freightliner and WIT Influential Woman of the Year. She has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry. Angela is a leader in expediting shipments and serves as a liaison between carriers and companies. Her company AGT Global Logistics specializes in the energy and utilities sector. The annual "Influential Woman in Trucking" Award provides recognition to a woman who provides leadership, creates change, and inspires others in the transportation industry. Because these industry trailblazers have years of experience and wisdom, WIT created the column, “Ask the Influential Woman in Trucking.” Therefore, the 2018 recipient, Angela Eliacostas, President and Founder of AGT Global Logistics, will be providing answers and advice to popular questions often asked by WIT members.  Eliacostas Named 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking
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By Lauren Domnick, Chief Data Scientist, Omnitracs As the trucking industry struggles with how to solve the increasing driver shortage, many companies are taking a different approach to recruiting. The demographic pool is widening as organizations focus efforts on hiring veterans and recruiting young talent out of school, but there is one key demographic the industry is ignoring. According to data from Omnitracs, women account for only nine percent of drivers. The opportunities are endless when it comes to recruiting women truck drivers, but it doesn’t stop at just filling the driver’s seat. When you do the analysis, women are a proven asset to organizations, as female drivers have lower turnover rates, fewer accidents and more miles logged.   In October, ATA reported that the turnover rate for carriers with more than $30 million in annual revenue rose to 98 percent in Q1 2018. With driver turnover being a top concern for companies, women just might be the answer to reducing employee churn. Omnitracs’ data shows that men have higher turnover rates compared to women, making female drivers a more reliable bet for businesses. When it comes to voluntary turnover rates, almost half of men (49 percent) left positions in the last year, compared to only 35 percent of women – a 14 percent difference that could make a large impact on the  workforce.  Data also shows that women have fewer preventable accidents and they log more miles. In the last year, women truckers were involved in 2.77 accidents per 100 drivers versus men who were involved in 3.38 accidents per 100 drivers. Women have also had fewer rollovers and rear-end colisions making them safer, and often more reliable employees. Omnitracs’ data from the last year shows that women averaged 7,995 miles per month versus 7,383 miles logged by men. Data also shows that between October 2016 and May 2017, women averaged more than 7,500 miles per month, a record-breaking average that men have never reached to date. Women being involved in less accidents and logging more miles in week long periods increases the fleets overall efficiency and productivity. While hiring women is a long term solution to the driver shortage, they also bring greater advantages to businesses and the industry.  While it’s clear that women are great candidates, what is the next step for the industry? Carriers, fleet operators, vendors and associations need to join forces and brainstorm the best ways to recruit women, showcasing truck driving as a viable and appealing option for them. Current initiatives are underway to bring safety and wellness to the roads – from secure sleeping areas to access to healthy food, but is it enough? The only way the gender gap will continue to close is through continued education of the benefits of having women behind the wheel and for managers to begin making strides to hire women in for these positions. 
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Penske and Girl Scouts of Northern IN got together to learn about the transportation and logistics industry. The day’s activities included: rental/service shop tour, parts bingo, relay races, logistics farm to cookie selling group races, Touch-A-Truck (with LOTS of air horn honking), air filter monsters, pizza, and a patch presentation. The girls asked insightful questions about the transportation field and the role women play in it and had a great time learning from the Penske team! This day would not have been possible without the support of the Elkhart Team, Midwest Area, Green Hills, and our Penske Logistics friends who came in from Michigan.    
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Ask Angela: What do you recommend to a woman who is a mother and wants to work in the transportation industry? How did you manage family and job when starting out?  This is a tough one. There never seems to be enough time in the day. Sometimes when there doesn’t seem to be many options - you make things happen. I started my logistics company  as a single mother of 4 boys. This was not easy, but with support from my family, kids and then future husband I kept moving forward.   I tried to always learn while I was working. I’d pack away little bits of knowledge so that eventually I could do tasks faster and better the next time. Eventually, I could do all the elements from planning and carrier negotiations to finances and human relations. It took time, but in time it all came together.   I have an amazing family who saw my potential. My children are now grown and two of them work in the trucking and logistic industry. You have to remember on the days that you are working and not playing, that your child sees your effort and you’re instilling the values of hard work. You should always sneak in kisses, hugs and playtime too. It’s tough, but you can do it.  Best of luck to you,Angela About Angela Angela Eliacostas, President and Founder of AGT Global Logistics. Angela is the current Freightliner and WIT Influential Woman of the Year. She has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry. Angela is a leader in expediting shipments and serves as a liaison between carriers and companies. Her company AGT Global Logistics specializes in the energy and utilities sector. The annual "Influential Woman in Trucking" Award provides recognition to a woman who provides leadership, creates change, and inspires others in the transportation industry. Because these industry trailblazers have years of experience and wisdom, WIT created the column, “Ask the Influential Woman in Trucking.” Therefore, the 2018 recipient, Angela Eliacostas, President and Founder of AGT Global Logistics, will be providing answers and advice to popular questions often asked by WIT members.  Eliacostas Named 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking
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Engaged members are more likely to remain members, and we work hard to make sure our 4,000 plus members are happy and involved. However, we are often asked by members how they can become MORE proactive in supporting Women In Trucking (WIT) and our mission. We love to hear this question, as every nonprofit depends on its volunteers to assist in promoting the organization.  From the board members to our Image Team, these are all people who give freely of their time and energy because they want to see us succeed.  So, if you are one of those who has asked us how you can be more involved, here are some ideas.   Follow us on social media and share our posts. You can find Women In Trucking on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Be sure to hit “like” and share to help spread our mission and message! WIT e-News. Keep up with WIT happenings and industry news by reading the weekly WIT e-newsletter which hits your inbox every Wednesday morning. Our publication, Redefining the Road is delivered to your mailbox three times annually. Engage. We have been working hard to create a secure, members only, online platform for you, which is called Engage. The platform encourages mentoring, community and education by allowing members to virtually connect and collaborate through distinct community groups. Start a discussion or add to one that’s already interacting. Be visible and active to help members learn, connect and network. Download the app to keep the WIT community right at your fingertips! Members-Only Site. While you’re on our website, check out the members-only section and see what products and services are available at a discount for you. Reach out to these vendors and thank them for supporting WIT by providing this benefit for our members. Attend the Accelerate! Conference & Expo. If you haven't attended the WIT annual Accelerate! Conference & Expo, please consider coming this year. The entire event is focused on empowering, educating (60+ educational tracks) and providing networking opportunities for women (and men!) in the trucking industry. We are always looking for volunteers to speak, to help register or to be a round table topic facilitator at lunch each day. We anticipate over 1,000 attendees this fall, so anyone interested in helping us make this the most successful one ever, please let us know.   Sponsor/Exhibit at the Accelerate! Conference & Expo. Build your brand and name recognition through powerful online, emarketing, and in print strategies while having an in-person presence at the conference. We offer five levels of sponsorship featuring robust packages with deliverables that can get your company on the air, in national ads, thought leadership, and much more. Our attendees are transportation decision-makers, who are mid- to upper-managers, directors, VPs and Presidents of trucking companies, private fleets, 3PLs, manufacturers, etc., who are looking for solutions. For more information, check out the Exhibit/Sponsor page or contact Carleen Herndon. Our Magazine. Redefining the Road is Women In Trucking’s award-winning magazine published three times per year. Our content speaks to drivers as well as corporate professionals in diverse roles such as Marketing & Sales, HR/Talent Management, Operations and Safety, and Leadership. Be sure to nominate a distinguished person or company for our Top Lists: Top Women to Watch in Transportation, Top WBEs, and Top Companies to Work for in Transportation. For more information about our magazine, deadlines, and advertising opportunities, contact Carleen Herndon. The Salute to Women Behind the Wheel. Female CDL holders can join us at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) each March for Women In Trucking’s Salute to Women Behind the Wheel – a ceremony to recognize and honor female drivers for their service and commitment to the industry. Companies can support the event and meet drivers by participating as a sponsor. For more information, contact Carleen Herndon. Monthly Webinars. Participate in our monthly webinar series and share the links with your colleagues. These webinars are free to both members and potential members, and the presenters are offering their expertise for your benefit. You might also want to provide a webinar as well. Reach out to Lana Nichols if you are interested.  Become a Mentor or Mentee. We are always looking for mentors and mentees. Under the resources tab on our website, you can find our mentor match program. You’ll enter your search criteria and enroll so someone can connect with you for networking or career development. Task Force. The Women In Trucking Association has task forces that focus on specific issues that need discussion, industry insight or just brainstorming. If you are interested in serving on a task force, contact us. PDC Program. The Professional Development Certification program is designed to provide women the tools and information to grow both personally and professionally in the industry. The program consists of 30 courses in an online format that will increase your knowledge, professional skills, and marketability as you navigate your career. We are providing the first course in the program, The History of WIT, to you absolutely free as part of your membership benefits. Girl Scout Event. If you really want to spend some time and effort on volunteering, consider hosting a Girl Scout event. We provide the curriculum, the patches and if you wish, you can also order the supply chain activity book. We’ll help you coordinate the event with a local Girl Scout Troop as well. This is a great way to introduce young girls to the importance of the trucking industry. For more information about the Women In Trucking’s Girl Scout (Guide) Transportation Patch and curriculum, please contact Lana Nichols. Industry Events. If you attend any industry trade shows or conferences where WIT will be exhibiting, please offer to help us at a booth or attend our presentation. It’s an excellent way for you to interact with attendees and get a pulse for what issues are essential to our members. Check out our Events Calendar to see what's upcoming. There are many ways to support your organization, the Women In Trucking Association. We welcome your insight, your passion, and your involvement. Engaged members are happy members, and our goal is to represent you and to keep you happy. Thanks for your support!
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Ask Angela: How do I transition from being a driver to becoming a freight broker/agent? This is a great question. It is smart thinking about how you can take the skills you've learned as a trucker and use them in another area of the industry. As a driver, you already understand many of the challenges drivers face. This will give you a unique perspective when fitting the carriers into jobs. If possible, get a job at a brokerage company first to learn and understand all aspects of what a broker does. There are larger companies nationally that offer to train you for the position. Keep in mind that this usually requires a work-commitment for a certain amount of time.  My advice is to research both options and see which might be a better fit for your life. Best of luck to you,Angela About Angela Angela Eliacostas, President and Founder of AGT Global Logistics. Angela is the current Freightliner and WIT Influential Woman of the Year. She has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry. Angela is a leader in expediting shipments and serves as a liaison between carriers and companies. Her company AGT Global Logistics specializes in the energy and utilities sector. The annual "Influential Woman in Trucking" Award provides recognition to a woman who provides leadership, creates change, and inspires others in the transportation industry. Because these industry trailblazers have years of experience and wisdom, WIT created the column, “Ask the Influential Woman in Trucking.” Therefore, the 2018 recipient, Angela Eliacostas, President and Founder of AGT Global Logistics, will be providing answers and advice to popular questions often asked by WIT members.  Eliacostas Named 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking

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