As a continuation of our celebration of Women’s History Month, Aim Transportation Solutions is proud to announce our first Women in Transportation Panel. This virtual panel, hosted by Aim will feature prominent women in the transportation industry answering questions from the moderator and attendees and engaging in a discussion on what drives their success in the historically male-dominated transportation industry. The panel will take place on Thursday, March 24 at 2:00 PM EDT.
Though the transportation industry is only 15% female, that small percentage is made up by fierce, groundbreaking women who contribute to America's supply chain in vital roles with irreplaceable determination. Hear firsthand how some of the transportation industry's leading women have forged their seat at the table despite the odds.
Leah Shaver is the President & CEO of The National Transportation Institute (NTI), the trucking industry subject matter experts on professional driver wages, best practices, and programs and in 2019 joined the lineup of Talk Radio Hosts on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio. Recognized as a Top Woman to Watch in Transportation, Leah is a subject matter expert on driver compensation and strategies addressing driver recruiting, retention and development of the driver candidate pool.
Leah’s career has been spent supporting long-term growth and expansion of the transportation industry while reinforcing its best resource – professional truck drivers! Today, with Leah’s leadership, NTI works to deliver opportunities for companies that employ professional drivers to grow, to attract additional workers, and then expand in their marketplace with that appropriately compensated, engaged and retained workforce. Tagged the “Sunshine Girl” by SiriusXM listeners, whether on-air with professional drivers or consulting in the boardroom at fleets of all sizes, Leah offers encouraging guidance with an upbeat, and direct manner focused on top performance, career growth and retention.
Our next panelist is Jane Clark, Vice President, Member Services for NationaLease. In this position, she is focused on managing the Member Services operation, as well as working to strengthen member relationships, reduce member costs, and improve collaboration within the NationaLease supporting groups.
Prior to joining NationaLease, Jane served as Area Vice President for Randstad, one of the world’s largest recruitment agencies, and before that, she served in management posts with QPS Companies, Pro Staff, and Manpower, Inc. Jane received a B.A. degree in Communication from North Central College and an MA in Communication from Northern Illinois University.
Wendy Pein is a national account executive at Cummins Inc. With more than 28 years experience, her career started in purchasing, where she established critical relationship skills while being a customer. She has since applied those learnings throughout her career in various customer-facing roles within Cummins.
In the early 2000s, launching and developing the Cummins oil and gas business was the most gratifying and challenging role in Wendy’s career. The organization was entrepreneurial-like within the larger corporation, and it included diverse responsibilities. As a result, there was more than 50% market share growth for Cummins in the well servicing market. Wendy has spent the last five years in on-highway industry, where her managed customer base is greater than $300M in annual sales for the company.
Wendy’s passion lies in cultivating relationships in the industry while earning the trust and respect of her customers. She understands the need to learn the critical elements required of each of her customers in order for them to be successful. She gets the most fulfilment from knowing she is there to help her customer grow its business, therefore providing positive results for Cummins.
Also joining the panel is Kim Beck, Vice President, Benefits Consulting at Cottingham & Butler Employee Benefits Services. Kim specializes in benefit program design and re-structuring, cost reduction strategies, compliance services, onboarding/enrollment technology and health & wellness management solutions; specific to the transportation industry.
She has 30 years of insurance and benefit industry experience, including 19 years at Cottingham & Butler working almost exclusively with trucking and transportation related companies. During this time, she facilitated the development of what is now a nationally recognized annual trucking specific benchmark report on compensation and benefits within the trucking industry.
With her industry expertise and over a decade of data from this annual survey, her team has also developed analytic tools and deeper level benchmarking resources to assist trucking companies with recruiting, retention, strategies for containing costs and making important benefit program decisions each year. Kim is an active member of ATA (American Trucking Association), TCA (Truckload Carriers Association) and NTTC (National Tank Truck Carriers) and regularly called upon to speak or present at their annual conferences or webinars. She is also involved in dozens of state trucking associations and a regular presenter at TCA Benchmark Group meetings and Best Practice Group events.
Representing Aim Transportation Solutions on the panel will be newly promoted Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Patty Durkin. Since Patty began her career at Aim in 2006 as the Human Resources Manager, she has been making positive, long-lasting impacts across the company. So true is this that by 2010, just four short years after being hired, she earned the title Vice President of Human Resources.
For 16 years, Patty has been successful in everything from implementing employee benefits and career development programs to promoting a positive, inclusive work culture as well as investing in the health and wellness of every Aim employee.
Heavily involved in the community, Patty’s commitments extend far beyond Aim’s walls. She is a board member of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, chairperson of the Human Resource Committee, member of Women United and also on Aim’s United Way successful pacemaker committee. She is also a member of the Western Reserve Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though. Beyond her human resource responsibilities, Patty has been, and continues to be, a tremendous leader and an inspiration to those around her.
The moderator for this panel will be Aim Director of Marketing, Jessica Deane who comes to the table with fourteen years of marketing experience in the transportation industry. Jessica has been a driving force behind not only growing her department, but leading the charge in building Aim’s brand and reputation as an industry-leading transportation solutions provider.
This panel is a representation of Aim’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and bridging the gender-gap in the transportation industry. Those interested in attending this panel discussion can register here.Aim's Women in Transportation Virtual Panel will be shared on our YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and NEW! TikTok account. Please follow Aim Transportation Solutions on your favorite social media channel to stay up-to-date on this and all Aim communications.
Join us as we celebrate women in transportation all month long with some of our remarkable team members to learn what led them to their positions and what has helped them forge a career path in an historically male-dominated industry.