Women In Trucking Association Announces its January Member of the Month

Plover, WI (January 1, 2017)—Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announces Shawna Froehlich as its January Member of the Month.

Though she hasn’t been in her career long, Shawna says trucking has changed her life for the better.  In February she completed training and joined the Dart Network as an over-the-road professional truck driver.

This career, she said, "has given me the ability to pay my bills, help out my three kids and grandson, and the freedom to make my own schedule."

Being on the road can be tough, especially for mothers.  "It can be challenging to be out on the road for so long, away from loved ones, but I carefully plan out my home time so I spend as much quality time with friends and family as possible."

Confidence and a winning attitude keep Shawna going.  "It is not always easy to be a woman in trucking," she says.  "Sometimes people tell me I am not good enough to do my job. At times they can be hard to ignore. However, I have great friends, mentors and supporters that keep me motivated and encouraged. Having a community has given me the strength and guidance I need to feel confident in my own ability as a woman trucker."

As a member of Women In Trucking Association, one of Shawna's goals is to mentor others who are new to trucking.  "There is never a shortage of opportunities out on the road to help and support other drivers."

Her message to the non-professional truck drivers out there:  "I wish the general public would realize trucks are not as nimble as they are in their cars. We cannot stop on a dime. Simply giving truckers a little extra space will make our jobs easier and keep everyone safe. We are out here doing our job so everyone can enjoy the goods we deliver. If the general public better understood what we do out on the road and why our job is an essential part of America’s economy, perhaps they would treat truckers with more respect."

On the flip side of that, Shawna is hopeful that truck drivers will also demonstrate professionalism on the road.  “Let the other motorists fly by you or cut you off and don’t let it bother you. You won’t lose that much time, but you will get to your delivery safely.”

Looking and acting the part, Shawna said, is important.  “I present myself well when on the job,” she said.  “I keep myself and my truck clean and dress professionally.  I’ve also learned smiling and having a positive attitude is key, and can make the world of a difference when working with other people.”

There is no hiding the excitement she has for her new career.  "I finally found a career that makes me excited to go to work every day," Shawna says.  "There are some good days and some bad days just like in everything, but on the bad days I tell myself, 'Just take a deep breath and smile.' Every day I find one positive to keep myself excited to go back to work the next day. I chose to do this, and I’m not going to quit, ever."

"Women can do the job just as well as men can," she says.  "There is still a stereotype that trucking is a man’s job. However, statistics show more women are entering the industry each year.  We are extra safe because we are mothers and grandmothers. We want to get home safely to our families."

"Women CAN do this job just as well as men!"

Shawna Froehlich

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Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., U.S. Xpress, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.