EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Darlene Duff, supervisor of national accounts for Atlas Van Lines' Specialized Transportation Group (STG), has been selected to participate in a national leadership program. The Women Executive Peer Exchange Network (WEPEN) connects emerging leaders and senior executives during several professional development events over an 18-month period.
"Atlas is dedicated to providing extensive training and development for our employees," said Glen Dunkerson, president and chief operating officer of Atlas Van Lines. "During her time at Atlas, Darlene has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and the strong desire to learn. We feel WEPEN is an excellent opportunity for her to continue to strengthen her skills."
Marian Weilert Sauvey, Atlas' general counsel, senior vice president and secretary, serves as Duff's sponsor and mentor for the program. They are just one of the pairs teamed up by Evansville's WEPEN branch, which includes 12 emerging leaders and 12 executives from local companies. Membership includes attendance at nine meetings during an 18-month period, various homework assignments — such as leadership road maps, surveys and more — and open conversations. The sessions help participants develop a personal leadership philosophy, articulate a vision, set goals, empower others and work through conflicts.
"I'm honored to have been selected," said Duff. "WEPEN satisfies my desire for creative and inventive leadership and gives me a chance to bond with other professional women. This opportunity has and will continue to strengthen my confidence and motivate me to give my best in facing new challenges and growth."
Duff joined Atlas in 2004 as an STG coordinator. One year later she was promoted to supervisor of national accounts.
For more information about the Peer Exchange Network's WEPEN program, visit www.peerexchangenetwork.org.
Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted record revenues of $986 million in 2006. Atlas World Group companies employ more than 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 Atlas agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit www.atlasworldgroup.com for more information on the company and Atlas agents.