Learning workshops will be during the “Fun Day At Sea”

They WILL NOT interfere with shore excursion days

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Agenda:  (subject to change)

  • Welcome Mixer Hosted by Allen Smith of “Ask the Trucker” website & Blog Talk Radio
  • Know your compliance and rights – Jan Shelly EEOC Senior Trial Attorney from New Prime Case
  • Personal Safety for Women Behind the Wheel – Christine Gray
  • Bold and Brave – Lesbians and T-Girls who drive big rigs – Anne Balay
  • Women’s Basic Self-Defense Instruction by Allen Smith of “Ask the Trucker” , a Tae Kwon Do instructor since 1979
  • Hands ON! Social Media with Trucker Desiree – Desiree Wood
  • Driver Advocates Forum – Promoting Advocacy Involvement
  • Lady Truck Driver Round table – Exploring different types of truck driver jobs
  • Transitioning from Company Driver to Owner-Operator  – Shannon Morris 
  • Driver Health and Wellness: Health Walk – Lori Baker 
  • Raffle Drawing/Giveaways – 
  • Queen of the Road Award Ceremony

Speaker Spotlight Preview:

Allen Donna Smith

Allen & Donna Smith

Allen Smith the original CDL student advocate is known for his extreme passion and conviction to warn new truck driver students about the scams involved in trucking CDL Schools and starter companies. His 2000 book “The Truth About Trucking” revealed the questionable tactics of student truck driver industry that still exist today; the unlivable low wages, the commercial drivers license mills (CDL Mills), false advertising in truck driver recruiting, the one-sided truck lease scams, and more. The REAL Women in Trucking are thrilled that Allen Smith will host the Welcome mixer on the cruise along with his wife and co-host of their popular “Ask the Trucker” blog talk radio program and Trucking Social Media.

Allen Smith who was formerly in law enforcement and has taught Traditional Tae Kwon Do both publicly and privately since receiving his first black belt in 1979 will be teaching a “Women’s Basic Self Defense” course for attendees of the cruise that includes the following:

* Self Defense Theory of Simplicity
* Recognizing the 5 Stages of Imminent Violence
* The 5 Most Common Places For Attacks On Women
* The 5 Most Common Street Attacks on Women
* Soft Target Focus : Proven Self Defense Techniques : (Group Participation)
* Improvised Weapons
* Self Defense Legalities
Every attendee will receive a detailed booklet of the seminar to keep as a study/reference guide.

eeocJan Shelly , Senior Trial Attorney from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who was part of the legal team that the $3.1 Million dollar settlement against New Prime, Inc for their discriminatory training policy will be deliver a workshop during the cruise to help interested individuals understand their rights. HR professionals are encouraged to join us on the cruise to understand whether their policies are truly “reasonable” or if they are placing their company in jeopardy of a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Jan Shelly was a guest on the Women Truckers Network Blog Talk Radio program with the others from the New Prime, Inc. Plaintiff’s legal team. You can listen to the replay of that show with this link. “Discrimination is NOT the Solution to Sex Harassment in Trucking

img_0118Shannon Morris is a professional truck driver who is passionate about driving and views it as an amazing, challenging adventure. She owns two operating trucks and trailers, and also founded her own companies, Happy Flats, Inc. in 2007 and Special “D” Transport, Inc. from 2000-2012. Before Shannon’s career as a driver, she received an Associate in Science degree in paralegal studies and worked as a paralegal for several years. Due to an injury, she had to change careers and obtained her CDL in 1998.

Shannon has had the honor of being nominated to the final three of the “Back on the Road 2011” program , and she was the only female driver to have ever made it that far.

She was also selected for the “l in 100 million” presentation by Kronos

Watch her video HERE> “Truck Driver Shannon 1 in 100 Million

Shannon will be delivering a workshop on the cruise to help company drivers understand the process of becoming a owner-operator. Shannon will help drivers understand differences between company drivers, lease owner operators, owner operators leased to companies, and operating authority. She will explain the factoring process for drivers considering obtaining their own authority.

Christine Gray is doing a job her husband of twenty one years said, she couldn’t!! After driving everything you could think of local in Chicago for the first seven years to quench her desire of wanting to know all aspects of driving , she landed her first hazmat tanker job a found true love for her job as a truck driver.

Christine Gray

Christine Gray

She has been pulling a tank ever since. Twenty years later, she remains passionate about her career. With the support of her Husband, three children, friends, family and coworkers, she has been a successful owner operator, achieved over a million and half safe driving miles, certified in OSHA, HAZMAT, recovery and spill clean-up.  Christine says “The most valuable lesson of driving is Patience and Self -preservation“. Christine’s speaker presentation will focus on how women behind the wheel stay safe. Using Women’s intuition, Awareness, Common sense.

Anne Balay

Anne Balay


Anne Balay, published writer, and former truck driver and who recently wrote the op-ed piece in the New York Time’s titled “Long-Haul Sweatshops” with Mona Shattell will give an informal lecture about lesbians and T-girls who drive 18-wheelers. Anne does not need to tell you that truckers have exciting, challenging lives, and that you are great storytellers. And as lesbians and T-girls, we are bold, brave, and know how to have fun. Anne hopes her presentation will share stories, create community, and convince other women to contribute their experiences as heroes of the road. If you are interested in being interviewed by Anne Balay on this subject please contact her at annegbalay@gmail.com

Anne Balay is the author of Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers.

Reservations are now open: Use group code 1wk2r8 and call Kristen Thomas 800-819-3902 Ext. 85597 or email her at: kthomas-vaticano@carnival.com to make your $250.00 deposit “per person” to hold your room and pay off the balance by January 2017. You do not need a passport but a copy of your birth certificate and your state issued identification card will be required.

**Rates are subject to change, Book Early!

For more information: 1st Annual Lady Truck Driver Cruise

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