The trucking industry has historically been dominated by male drivers and managers. But increasingly, women have been making their own mark on the transportation industry. These days, there are more female drivers, transportation managers, and trucking company executives and owners than ever. Here’s a quick look at some of the most influential women in trucking.
For Angela Eliacostas, transportation runs in the family. She joined the trucking industry more than 30 years ago, following in the footsteps of many of her relatives. She worked her way up the corporate ladder and is now a widely recognized industry leader. Eliacostas is an expert in third-party logistics and expedited shipping, and she acts in a liaison capacity between carriers and companies. She is the founder and CEO of AGT Global Logistics, one of the top 50 in Illinois and top 1,000 woman-owned companies in the U.S.
Nozuko Mayeza is the Managing Director at Tulsawiz Logistics. In her native South Africa, Mayeza has been instrumental in challenging the glass ceiling in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Mayeza is passionate about mentoring other women in trucking, both in South Africa and in Ghana. She has been named the finalist for the 2018 Women in Africa awards, and she serves as the chairperson of the Black Business Council subcommittee on transportation.
Brooke Willey is the Vice President of Human Resources at CRST International—a $1.7 billion transportation conglomerate comprised of seven companies and thousands of employees. She has been publicly recognized for her work nurturing strong leaders and teams. Thanks to her initiatives on leadership development, CRST International was recognized as a Top-10 Best Private Company for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. Additionally, Kirkwood Community College and Corridor Business Journal named CRST International a “Workforce Leader in Training.”
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