The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced that retail giant Walmart has renewed its Gold Level Partnership to support the non-profit organization’s mission to encourage employment of women in the transportation industry.
With the support of its members and partners, WIT has made great strides in helping to raise awareness and increase the ranks of women through initiatives over the past decade. A few recent accomplishments include the WIT Index, which monitors the increase in women employed in trucking, the annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” event to recognize professional drivers, and the WIT Scholarship Foundation that provides funding for members pursuing careers in trucking.
Walmart has supported WIT at the Gold Level since 2009, making the firm the longest-standing top-level sponsor. In addition to providing financial support, the company actively participates in the association. Bryan Most, vice-president, private fleet, serves on WIT’s board of directors, and professional drivers Allyson Hay and Carol Nixon serve on the WIT Image Team.
“Walmart is a proud sponsor of Women In Trucking,” said Most. “We believe helping more women live better is a defining issue for our business. This is part of our effort to empower more women to develop careers in the supply chain, transforming their lives and the lives of their families.”
“We’re grateful for the support of business leaders like Walmart. Their international influence has helped us to expand our reach to assist diversity initiatives worldwide,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO. “Partnerships like these will help us to continue to engage more women at every level in the industry.”
Membership in WIT is not limited to women, as 17% of its members are men who support the mission. The group is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J B Hunt Transport, Ryder System Inc and Walmart. For more information, see www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.
With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs about 2.3 million associates worldwide. More information can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com.