Embracing a culture of learning

Tina Albright
NTEA Board Chair
Vice President – Human Relations & Safety
(Lake Crystal, Minnesota)

This article was published in the February 2023 edition of NTEA News.

Education is so important — not only in our personal lives but also in the workplace. Organizational leaders — and their employees — who embrace a culture of lifelong learning lay a foundation for success that’s essential for our industry, companies, employees and ultimately those we serve. I’ve seen the value it provides in my life and at work, and during my tenure on the NTEA Board, and more recently as your Board chair, I have been focused on education, learning and inclusion in the commercial vehicle community. That’s why I’m so excited about the upcoming Work Truck Week educational program.

New to the education program this year will be update sessions from five electric vehicle manufacturers (Cenntro Automotive Corporation, Lion Electric, Lordstown Motors, VIA Motors Inc. and Xos Inc.) on Thursday, March 9. Other OEM update sessions (Chevrolet Commercial Vehicles, Daimler Truck North America, Ford Pro, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Hino Trucks, International Truck, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Kenworth Truck Company, Mack Trucks, Mercedes-Benz USA, Peterbilt Motors Company and Ram Commercial) begin Tuesday, March 7, and run through Thursday, March 9.

In addition to these update sessions is a full slate of opportunities where industry experts and thought leaders will share information and strategies to help companies improve efficiency, implement best practices and enhance operational growth. Key topics address market data and industry trends, vehicle engineering and compliance, government regulations, advanced fuels and vehicle technology, workforce development, and more.

I’m also excited to be participating as moderator of a new educational session during Work Truck Week called Leadership Journeys – Highlighting Diverse Experiences. This interactive panel discussion, scheduled for Thursday, March 9, will feature industry leaders sharing their unique experiences and pathways to success. Confirmed participants include Amy Dobrikova, vice president of fleet solutions at Blink Charging Co., Exavious (Za) Farley, founder/CEO at Black Fleet Network and Kathy Wellik, client services manager at Agile Fleet. I hope you’ll join us as we explore diversity in the workplace and the people who are such valuable contributors to our industry today and in the future.

You can find more information about the WTW23 educational program and register at worktruckweek.com/education.

Beyond Work Truck Week, NTEA also offers a variety of online training, webinars and events throughout the year. Learn more at ntea.com/industryevents.

As my term as NTEA Board chair comes to a close, I want to express what an honor it has been to serve our membership and our commercial vehicle community. I look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis during Work Truck Week.