Looking forward to big conference in Melbourne

With the countdown on to our Transport Women Australia Limited Living the Dream Conference, the speakers and sponsors are being finalised and the board is extremely excited for a fantastic conference.

The conference is being held at the Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields, Melbourne, between May 30 and June 1.

It kicks off with a pre-conference tour of Paccar, which includes lunch, and a concurrent session with Healthy Heads in Truck and Sheds.

Ellen Voie, founder, Women in Trucking from Wisconsin. Image: TWAL

We have wonderful keynote speakers: Cindy Parker, director of operations from American LLC from Arkansas and Ellen Voie, founder, Women in Trucking from Wisconsin.

We have three previous recipients of the Trish Pickering Memorial Award telling their stories, Hazel Whitmore – 2021, Merry Manton – 2022 and Sharon Middleton AM – 2023: recipients of the Driving the Difference scholarships and fabulous female speakers from Volvo, NTI, Viva, the NHVR and many more.

For bookings for the conference, the booking code is https://www.trybooking.com/CONZX Follow us on our social media for continuing updates.

We have three nominations in the ATA Trucking Australia Awards and will be presenting a panel on the program as well as hosting our Annual Pre-Trucking Australia Lunch. See Y’all there.

Nominations are open for the new TWAL, the ‘Young Gunnette’ Award, this award is to recognise the achievements of up-and-coming females in the transport and logistics industry.

The award is one of the ways TWAL continues to promote, motivate, and encourage young females who are making strides early in their careers.

This award is open to all who qualify. Entrants must be individuals who can display that they are contributing to the industry over and above paid employment/business.

This can also include an individual who has demonstrated leadership on a matter relating to the industry and/or who has been involved in a significant initiative that has brought about positive change or added value to the industry and/or has inspiring qualities as an advocate of the industry.

In addition to the above, the candidate must be 30 years of age or younger on the date of entry opening, be an individual and not a business or group, be non-political and should not cause disrepute.

Please note: We are unable to accept nominees for members of state, federal, and/or local government. No self-nominations will be accepted.

The winner of which will be announced that the Living the Dream Conference Awards Dinner on June 1.

Nominations are also open for the Dream Maker Award which will be presented the Transport Women Unite Red Ball on August 24 at the Festival of Transport at Alice Springs.

This award is to recognise those in the industry who work behind the scenes and help those who front the organisation to achieve their dreams, whether it be an owner/operator, a family business, or a large company.

Demonstrated commitment to their work, company, and the industry without seeking recognition, supportive and committed to helping others. No self-nominations will be accepted.

We are looking forward to having a large number of nominations and cannot wait to see the winners announced on the night. So, get your entries in early and we will see you in Alice to celebrate.

For nominations forms for both awards, contact chair@transportwomen.com.au

For all Transport Women Australia Limited enquiries please contact chair@transportwomen.com.au.

  • Jacquelene Brotherton is chair of Transport Women Australia

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