Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) acknowledges the growing number of women who are supporting the trucking industry and working to keep America moving forward in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
Natashia Gregoire, FedEx Freight’s managing director of communications and culture, oversees FedEx’s corporate communications, including internal and external communications, as well as the company’s culture; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and citizenship efforts.
Gregoire joined FedEx in 2012 and has worked in a variety of communications positions to support the FedEx global business. In 2019, she moved to her current position, which she says allows her to “truly learn more about the day-to-day activities up close.”
“It’s been remarkable to be among our incredible team members who move the goods we consume and show up day after day to transport essential supplies during the pandemic over the past two years at (FedEx) Freight,” Gregoire said. “I consider myself extremely fortunate to have a front-row seat to how trucking moves our economy.”
The best part of working in the trucking industry, according to her, is getting to know people and hearing their personal stories.
“Every day, I get to hear and learn so much about our drivers — the places they’ve been, the experiences they’ve had, and the differences they’re making for our customers and communities,” she said. “It’s truly incredible work, and I’m thrilled to be a part of telling those stories every day.”
Gregoire urges other women to think about the variety of career opportunities available to women in the trucking industry, which range from driving commercial trucks to serving in support and leadership positions.
“Trucking, like any other industry, requires professionals of all kinds — HR, finance, marketing, and so on,” she explained. “I encourage women to look into the opportunities that trucking has to offer and to find their niche.
“I know some incredible, trailblazing women in the industry who are paving the way from the cabs of our trucks to the executive offices of companies like FedEx Freight,” she went on to say. “Ten years ago, I would never have imagined myself working in trucking, but today I am serving in a leadership role that is helping to shape the organization’s culture.”