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Kim Littlejohn

In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture and society. We honor all the women who broke and continue to break barriers and pave the way for future generations.

Throughout this month, we will feature some of the incredible women of USA Truck. 

Next up for our Women’s History Month Employee Spotlight series, we highlight our SVP and Chief Information Officer, Kim Littlejohn, who was recently named finalist for the Women In Trucking 2022 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award.

Q: What is your job title? How long have you worked at USA Truck?
A: I am the SVP and Chief Information Officer and I have been with USA Truck since May 2017.

Q: Favorite quote or mantra?
A:  I have two:

  • “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
    ― Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
    ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Q: What drew you to work at USA Truck?
A: The challenge of a turnaround and the desire to leave a legacy.  What better opportunity than to transform the culture and performance of a company and improve the lives of our  employees and our community.

Q: What woman has most influenced you in your life and/or career? 
A: Both of my Grandmothers. They were both second generation immigrants. One German and one Scottish. They both had incredible work ethic and fortitude. I couldn’t ask for better examples of strength and endurance.

Q: Who are some women you admire?
A: Eleanor Roosevelt.

I admire Eleanor Roosevelt for her authenticity and action taken on behalf of her beliefs and causes centered around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Here’s an excerpt taken from a short biography written by Debra Michaels, PhD:

“Roosevelt had immense influence on her husband’s decisions as president and in shaping both his cabinet and the New Deal. Working with Molly Dewson, head of the Women’s Division of the DNC, she lobbied her husband to appoint more women, successfully securing Frances Perkins as the first woman to head the Department of Labor, among many others. She also ensured that groups left out of the New Deal were included by seeking revisions to programs and legislation, including greater participation for women in the heavily male-dominated Civilian Conservation Corps. She also championed racial justice, working to help black miners in West Virginia, advocating for the NAACP and National Urban League, and resigning, with much media fanfare, from the Daughters of the American Revolution when they refused to allow African American singer Marion Anderson to perform in their auditorium.

Roosevelt’s political activism did not end with her husband’s death in 1945. Appointed in 1946, she served for more than a decade as a delegate to the United Nations, the institution established by her husband, and embraced the cause of world peace. She not only chaired the United Nations Human Rights Commission, she also helped write the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. She spoke out against McCarthyism in the 1950s. In 1960, at the request of President John F. Kennedy, she chaired the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, which released a ground-breaking study about gender discrimination a year after her death in 1963. She also worked on the Equal Pay Act that was passed that same year. Roosevelt’s commitment to racial justice was evident in her civil rights work and efforts to push Washington to take swifter action in housing desegregation and protections for Freedom Riders and other activists. Kennedy nominated Roosevelt for the Nobel Peace Prize and though she did not win, she remained at the top of national polls ranking the most respected women in America decades after her death.”

Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given? 
A: Always keep something back for you.”  This is a real issue for working women.  Societal pressures and organizational demands are strong.  You need to meet your own financial and emotional needs first.  If you’re depleted financially, mentally, and physically, you can’t support others.

Q: If you could give your teenage or childhood self a piece of advice, what would it be? 
A:  Do something that challenges you mentally or physically every day.  You may fail, but we learn best from failure and when challenges are met, it builds self-confidence.