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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.
As we continue our Women’s History Month Employee Spotlight series, we highlight our SVP and Chief People Officer, Shauna Jamison, who joined us in February 2022.
Q: What is your job title? How long have you worked at USA Truck?
A: I started in February 2022 supporting our teams as SVP, Chief People Officer.
A: I grew up in Mesa, AZ.
Q: What’s a fun fact or two about you?
A: I am the oldest of 5 and also have 5 children – in both cases families were blended through marriages and it helped shape my advocacy for building large support systems and collaborative relationships.
I’ve been married for almost 13 years and my husband, Leon, is my biggest fan! He has been the strongest advocate and influencer in my career – giving up multiple roles in his career to push me forward and move across the country with each one of my promotions because he saw a trajectory for me even in times I couldn’t see it.
Q: What three words describe you?
A: Authentic, Transparent and Tenacious.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I am a craft nerd- I can spend hours making paper projects and playing with art supplies as an outlet. I also enjoy spending time with family while playing board games, traveling to new places or camping in our trailer.
Q: What is your proudest professional achievement?
A: Completing grad school in 1.5 years– At the time I had an 11, 10, 9 and 3 year old at home, worked full-time as a training instructor traveling across the US and my husband was a Store Manager for a top retailer working really long hours. Diligence, love, support and a lot of coffee – but I made it! This achievement (and the learning from it) accelerated my career trajectory and started the momentum to bring me into the role I have today.
Q: Favorite quote or mantra?
A: “For such a time as this” Esther 4:14. I believe we were all created with purpose and need to live that out daily.
Q: What drew you to work at USA Truck?
A: I am excited about the positive momentum this organization is experiencing and believe it is due largely to the cultural journey we have been on. I really wanted to come be a part of shaping this by removing barriers and empowering our people to continue this acceleration.
Q: What woman has most influenced you in your life and/or career?
A: My mom has been my biggest champion and advocate. She worked 3 jobs to support us while I was growing up, taught me the value of working for things that you want and providing for your family. She helped me set goals and encouraged me to take risks. She also demonstrated the value of being a life-long learner and supported my educational goals. She became disabled in her early 30’s and didn’t get to see some of her career aspirations into fruition and I think vicariously lives through some of my journey now.
Q: Who are some women you admire?
A: I admire women who stand up for things they believe will change the world for the better – particularly women who’s spark acts as a catalyst for change.
Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given? A: Be yourself- in a world where everyone is trying to fit in, stand out as who you were created to be!
Q: What would be your advice to other women entering this industry?
A: Transportation is fun! Keep an open-mind and you will surprise yourself with all you can learn and how much your contributions are needed.
Q: What advice would you give to the next generation of women?
A:Do what only you can do – find your passion and purpose and live it out.
Q: If you could give your teenage or childhood self a piece of advice, what would it be?
A: Don’t be so hard on yourself – you are amazing, be confident in who you are.
Q:What challenges have you faced in your career, and how have you overcome them?A: Being put in, or sometimes putting myself, into a box. Once I realized there was not one way to do it – the possibilities were endless and I spent the majority of my career up to this point helping others reach this conclusion for themselves as well.
Q: What challenge(s) remains for women today? How can understanding history help us to overcome them?
A: One of the biggest challenges I see for women today is that many of us won’t put ourselves out there or take a chance until we feel completely ready to take on that next role or responsibility. The problem with that is if we wait until we are completely ready, we will miss many opportunities to grow ourselves and others.
We can learn a lot from women in history that took a risk and swam against the current when they didn’t have all the answers or know exactly how it would end. Sometimes we don’t see the seeds being planted or how our spark waters seeds planted by others. You never know what someone needed that only you could give.
Q: How do you think companies can strive to be more inclusive to women in the workplace?
A: The more opportunities we provide for everyone to feel included, the more people will be willing to share their time and talents. We need everyone’s ideas to make the organization and the world a better place. If people don’t feel they matter, they won’t come to the table. Do what you can everyday to include people and make them feel their value. It starts small, one invitation and conversation at a time. Organizations need to create and promote opportunities for these conversations and weave those into every piece of the culture and the work.
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