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2019 Leadership Women

Should You Open the Door for Women

Women make up nearly 50% of the workforce but only 8% of truck drivers. There’s tremendous potential there to help cut into the driver shortage. Changes in the nature of trucking – routes, equipment, regulations – make the industry more attractive and more amenable to women drivers than ever before. Hear from fleets that have brought in large numbers of women drivers and learn from their experience about what to seek and what to expect.


Ellen Voie

CEO - Women in Trucking Association 

As founder of the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007, Ellen Voie serves as the nonprofit organization’s President/CEO. The Women In Trucking Association was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members. Voie earned her diploma in Traffic and Transportation Management in 1980 from LaSalle Extension University. In 2005, she earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives, the leading authority in association management and a professional society for the association industry. Voie then 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. Ellen Voie is an internationally recognized speaker and authority on gender diversity and inclusion for women working in non-traditional careers in transportation.


Lytana Kids

H.R. Director, Global Freight Forwarding - UPS 

Lytana Kids is currently leading the General HR Management efforts within the Supply Chain Solutions business unit at UPS. This business unit provides Ocean and Air Freight delivery services, and logistics warehousing to customers around the world. Prior to her current assignment, she led an effort to create the H.R. Global Delivery Services discipline within UPS. During her 33 -year career at UPS, Lytana has developed an extensive background in Human Resources. Her previous roles have included being the VP of Talent Acquisition at UPS.


Kendra Miller

Director, Alliance Partner Development - SMC3 

Kendra Miller, SMC3’s Director of Alliance Partner Development, has spent her entire career in logistics. She served at Roadway Express/YRC for 12 years, beginning her role at the company in terminal operations before moving to Roadway’s corporate office to oversee customer care operations and 31 field customer care centers. Her experience with 3PLs includes serving as the Southeast Vice President of Sales for Astra/CFX Holdings. In her role at SMC3, Miller helps the logistics technology company’s alliance partners with product integrations and upgrades to new rating and transit-time solutions.  

Jodi Penn

Vice President, Quality Customer Service & Leadership Development - Bennet International Group