The Women in Trucking Association (WIT) is launching a pilot mentoring program for entry-level female drivers through a partnership with LeadHERalliance Mentoring. The program, called LeadHERtrucking, will utilize the mentoring structure to match women drivers new to the industry with experienced women leaders that have long-term, successful careers as drivers.
LeadHERtrucking is a 10-month mentorship program that has monthly virtual meetings between a mentee and her mentor. Sessions will focus on mental health and well-being, leadership, resilience, financial independence, as well as addressing specific and unique challenges of being a women driver.
“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,” says Debbie Sparks, vice president of WIT.
- LeadHERtrucking will offer a curated list of topics relevant to women, presented each month by women who are industry experts.
- At the completion of the program, each woman becomes a lifetime member of the LeadHERnetwork, with access to hundreds of women around the global with whom they can reach out for continued support and guidance.