Women in Trucking

Women who inspire


We are honored to have talented women who work with us. They inspire us. And they motivate us though their leadership and work ethic.


Aside from being on the road, these women provide mentorship and support for other women who drive. They stand up and face adversity. They are strong and make the company — and their communities — a better place to be. CRST is so proud of them and would like to share their stories below.

Watch their secrets to success


Six Safety Tips

Preplan stops

Only use safe reputable truck stops and rest areas.

Use free safety apps

Loved ones know your location. One click help-alerts. Use Red Panic Button for Apple devices and Safety Assistant for Android devices.

Park smart

Choose a pull-through spot that is well-lit.

Stay alert

Know your surroundings. Secure truck when sleeping.

Use your cellphone

Videotape predator as you tell them to quit following you.

Report suspicious activity

Tell travel center and/or highway patrol.




“The Women in Trucking Association, CRST and other team-driving transportation companies are constantly working towards creating a safer workplace for their female drivers.”



Check out these resources:


CRST provides news, hotline numbers and links to organizations that feature information that may be helpful to female truck drivers.


News clips for female truck drivers

Hotlines for Female Truck Drivers

Organizations for Female Truck Drivers


Here’s what other women are experiencing:

Maria Finds CRST Is a Great Place to Work

February 10, 2020

New to Birmingham, Alabama, and newly divorced with two kids, Maria Gilbert wanted to do more than be a customer service manager at the local Walmart. When she saw a job opening for an administrative assistant at CRST that sounded “exciting and fantastic,” she went for it. Maria interviewed with Vice President of Sales, Tim Barth. Things went so well that she was offered the job on the spot and started two weeks later as a temp. Sixty days after that, she was called into Tim’s office and offered a permanent position. After eleven months as an administrative assistant with CRST Flatbed Solutions, Maria applied for a pricing analyst role in 2014. In 2017, she became a pricing manager.

“I love this company. I love what I do every day. I’m engaged with the people that we work with — our contractors and customers. I want to grow with the company and always have different experiences at CRST,” Maria said.

Lots to Do and Making a Big Impact

As a pricing manager, she oversees new business opportunities that come to the company from different customers. She reviews those opportunities and prices them, optimizing the overall transportation network to benefit contractors while also helping CRST contractors earn a livelihood. “You have to take a lot into consideration with this job. It’s not just about pricing things, winning new customers and completing bids. When hard deadlines come along and a bid isn’t turned in on time, you could potentially forget about seeing that business again. It can be busy and overwhelming at times when big tasks come through,” Maria said. Maria successfully juggles a lot in her role. She creates dedicated freight lanes for contractors. She works contracts back and forth between legal departments and customers. When it comes to pricing, she considers layover time, detention, cargo liability, driving and loading time, whether the load is legal or over-dimensional in size and protection of the company and contractors hauling the loads. “At the end of the day, you’re affecting the business and people’s livelihood. If we can win the bid and execute the business, it is a very satisfying feeling, and I know my job has been done right,” Maria said. It excites Maria to see the impact her job has on the entire company and drivers. “Our department affects so many other departments at CRST. I get to assist in training people in operations and customer service. I get to touch a lot of departments because of the knowledge I have and what I do for CRST’s customers. The more I know, the more I can help people learn and grow," she said. She wants the best for drivers and cares deeply about everyone’s well-being. “It’s exciting that I am able to help, not only myself, give opportunities for growth, but also be valuable to the company. CRST allows me to do that,” Maria said.

Making a Difference in Multiple Ways

Volunteering is a large part of Maria’s life — both at church and at work. Each year, CRST participates in a fundraising campaign for United Way. Maria enjoys being one of the driving forces of the campaign and urging her coworkers to donate for the greater good. She said in 2018, Flatbed Solutions raised $8,065 and increased that by 10% in 2019. Their efforts are then matched by CRST Chairman John Smith. Every day at work is different, Maria said. Logistics continually change and challenges are met, including the challenges women face in trucking. The mentorship and support of other women is the key, Maria said. “The women that I have seen be successful in this industry stand behind each other and mentor each other. They help each other learn and be successful,” Maria said. A good dose of confidence doesn’t hurt, either. “Mistakes will be made, whether you are a man or a woman, but don’t take things personally. Stand behind your decisions, learn as much as you can, call on other women within trucking and logistics to ask for their advice or help, and do not be afraid to ask questions,” Maria said.

“I love this company. I love what I do every day. I’m engaged with the people that we work with — our contractors and customers. I want to grow with the company and always have different experiences at CRST.”

Keeping our Women Safe

January 02, 2020

Helping Train Next Generation of Drivers

December 04, 2019

Trucking Runs in the Family

October 04, 2019

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

September 03, 2019

Trucking Is in Shannon’s Blood

August 05, 2019

40 Years of Trucking and Stories

July 03, 2019

Earning Her Place and Providing for her Family

June 06, 2019

‘Ton of Fun’ Fleet Manager is a Positive Force

May 10, 2019

It’s an Adventure Out Here

April 08, 2019

Freedom to Be the Best She Can

March 20, 2019