In This Podcast Episode
Rob McNealy interviews Ellen Voie, Chairwoman and Founder of Women in Trucking, an organization which was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry.
Ellen Voie’s Bio
Ellen Voie’s most recent role was the Manager of Retention and Recruiting Programs at Schneider National, Inc., North America’s largest truckload carrier. She was responsible for communication to drivers (newsletter, audio magazine and driver website) and helped identify initiatives designed to eliminate (or reduce) irritants that lead to driver dissatisfaction, which ultimately affects turnover.
From March of 2000 through January 2006, Ellen Voie served as the Executive Director of Trucker Buddy International, Inc., a pen pal program between professional drivers and elementary students. Ellen had served on the Board for three years prior and had become familiar with the program and its mission, and under her guidance the organization grew to become an internationally recognized mentoring initiative.
Ellen recently became chairwoman of the ATA Safety and Loss Prevention Council’s Recruiting and Retention committee. Ellen was appointed to the ATA Image and Communications Committee by American Trucking Associations Chairman Steve Williams in January 2005. Also that January, Ellen earned the Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives, the leading authority in association management and a professional society for the association industry.
Ellen’s background in the trucking industry began in 1980, when she earned a diploma in Traffic and Transportation Management while employed as Traffic Manager for a steel fabricating plant in central Wisconsin. She later worked as a dispatcher for a grain hauling carrier prior to becoming co-owner of a small fleet. After starting a family, Ellen used her background to become a freelance transportation consultant to carriers in Wisconsin, licensing and permitting trucks for more than 16 years. During that time, Ellen earned her Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where she completed her Thesis research on the complex identities of women married to professional drivers.
In her effort to promote the trucking industry to the public, Ellen helped found and organize Trucker’s Pride Day in Waupaca, Wisconsin, which grew to include thousands of visitors to this annual truck show. She convinced Governor Tommy Thompson to proclaim the event as a statewide “Trucker Appreciation Day” in Wisconsin. Ellen also worked as an advocate for women married to truck drivers. She assisted in promoting and expanding the Families of Trucker’s Support Group, where she was active in providing a network for women who felt isolated because of their lifestyle.