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Company driver Kellylynn McLaughlin named WIT Driver Ambassador

Schneider driver and training engineer Kellylynn McLaughlin is the new Women in Trucking and Schneider Driver Ambassador.
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February 20, 2020

Kellylynn McLaughlin, a Schneider over-the-road driver and training engineer, was recently appointed as the first-ever Women In Trucking Driver Ambassador.

The role will be part of WIT’s diversity recruitment program to encourage people of all genders, particularly females, to consider a career in the trucking industry.

“This role tugs at my heart because I’ve always tried to help others see how fulfilling work in this industry can be,” Kellylynn said. “I’m looking forward to elevating the shared goals of Women In Trucking and Schneider, promoting and highlighting the achievements of women in transportation.”

Schneider and Women In Trucking

Hundreds of women are already driving across America’s roads in Schneider trucks today and many are featured in our women in trucking blogs.

Schneider works continuously and closely with the vice president of Women in Trucking, Debbie Sparks, to lead in attracting and retaining women as professional drivers. Together, the two companies created the Driver Ambassador position to challenge and change what has traditionally been a male-dominated profession.

“We want to encourage the employment of women in the industry,” Debbie said. “Women don’t think of themselves as professional drivers, so when they see Kellylynn they think, ‘If she can do it, I can do it.’ She is sophisticated, articulate, passionate and perfect for this role.”

Why Kellylynn?

Kellylynn stood out from other applicants because of her experience in working with new drivers, her understanding of the transportation industry and her passion for educating women about the career opportunities available in trucking.

She also has plenty of volunteer experience. Throughout the last decade, Kellylynn has volunteered in the Peace Corps, Truckers Against Trafficking and other driving-related groups.

Kellylynn’s role as Driver Ambassador

In her new role, Kellylynn will attend driver events like the Mid-America Trucking Show, Great America Trucking Show and driving training schools. She will also visit conferences like Uber’s Elevate Summit, college campuses and more to attract and engage with potential professional truck drivers.

Kellylynn will have plenty of resources right behind her – literally.

Later this year, the trailer she will be pulling will be an interactive exhibit that provides an educational opportunity for all those who explore it. According to Sparks, the trailer, which was donated by Walmart, will present the history of women in trucking, safety resources, steps for how to become a professional truck driver and other information, surveys and games.

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