Women in Trucking Association
Ellen Voie founded the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007, and currently serves as the nonprofit organization's President/CEO. Women In Trucking was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members.
Voie's prior role was the Manager of Retention and Recruiting Programs at Schneider National, Inc., North America's largest truckload carrier. From March of 2000 through January 2006, Voie served as the Executive Director of Trucker Buddy International, Inc., a pen pal program between professional drivers and elementary students. She 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. In 2005, Voie 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. In December 2008, she attended Tri-C Truck Driver Academy in Cleveland, OH to earn her Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL.)
Voie'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. After starting a family, she 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, she 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.
Voie served as chairwoman of the ATA Safety and Loss Prevention Council's Recruiting and Retention committee and on the ATA Image and Communications Committee. She is the recipient of the Skinner Humanitarian award, presented annually to a trucking advocate in her state. She has written extensively about trucking and family issues, and her articles have appeared in print and internet magazines. Voie has also published books, "Marriage in the Long Run" and "Crushing Cones."