‘Trailblazing Women’: Meet a UPS driver who’s a truck driving champion

Tiffany Guess discusses breaking barriers as a second-generation UPS driver and Oklahoma driving champion.
3:47 | 09/28/22

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Transcript for ‘Trailblazing Women’: Meet a UPS driver who’s a truck driving champion
♪ >>> WELCOME BACK, NOW, TO OUR NEW SERIES "TRAIL BLAZING WOMEN." WE'RE INTRODUCING YOU TO INCREDIBLE FEMALE LEADERS THAT ARE BREAKING BARRIERS FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR FUTURE LEADING WOMEN. >> TODAY'S TRAILBLAZER, IS TIFFANY GUESS. SHE IS AN OKLAHOMA DRIVING CHAMPION AND A U.P.S. DRIVER. >> Reporter: FOR TIFFANY GUESS, DRIVING A TRUCK IS MORE THAN A JOB, IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR. TIFFANY AND HER YOUNGER BROTHER, CORY, GREW UP WATCHING THEIR DAD DRIVE A TRUCK AND DELIVER PACKAGES FOR U.P.S. IN THEIR HOMETOWN AT OKLAHOMA CITY. TODAY, ALL THREE WORK AT THE SAME TRUCK DEPOT. >> I ENJOY BEING HERE WITH MY FAMILY. I HAVE MY REAL FAMILY HERE AND MY U.P.S. FAMILY AND WE ALL GROW TOGETHER AND ENJOY LIFE. >> Reporter: AT U.P.S., TIFFANY IS PART OF AN LET GROUP. SHE IS ONE OF A FEW WOMEN IN OKLAHOMA TO DRIVE AN 18-WHEEL TRACTOR TRAILER. ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTIC, WOMEN MAKE UP 7.9% OF ALL TRUCK DRIVERS IN THE U.S. >> THE BEST THING ABOUT DRIVING A TRUCK IS BEING OUT ON THE ROAD ON YOUR OWN. >> Reporter: IT WAS U.P.S.'S EARN AND LEARN DIVISION ASSISTANCE PROM THAT GOT TIFFANY INTERESTED IN WORKING AT THE COMPANY. WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT ENTERING A FIELD THAT IS DOMINATED BY MEN? >> I REALLY DIDN'T LOOK AT IT LIKE THAT. I LIKE TO GET DRESSED AND LOOK PRETTY. BUT I LIKE TO WORK HARD. WATCH ME DRIVE. >> Reporter: WHY DO YOU THINK THERE ARE SO FEW WOMEN TRUCK DRIVERS? >> HALF WOMEN DON'T THINK TO COME OUT AND DO THIS TYPE OF JOB. WE NEED TO TALK TO THEM AND RECRUIT THEM. GET THEM OUT HERE. >> Reporter: SHE SAYS LIFTING UP HER FELLOW FEMALE TRUCK DRIVERS IS PART OF THE JOB. >> I TRY TO HELP OUT THE GIRLS IN MY CENTER OR THE GIRLS IN A BIGGER TRUCK. IF I SEE THEM IN BACK OF THE TRAILER, THEY'RE DOING A GOOD JOB. WE HAVE TO SHOW THEM, WE GOT IT. WE HAVE TO STICK TOGETHE. >> Reporter: AND SHE FEELS NO PRESSURE BUT BE ANYONE BUT HER AUTHENTIC SELF. >> WHO YOU ARE AS AN INDIVIDUAL, YOU CAN PUT THAT IN THE TRUCK, AND BE FINE. WEAR NAILS OR MAKEUP OR EYELASHES. >> MAYBE THE LASHES WERE HER LUCKY CHARM WHEN TIFFANY TOOK HOME THE FIRST PLACE TROPHY. >> OUR FIRST PLACE WINNER, TIFFANY GUESS, U.P.S., WITH A SCORE OF 328. >> Reporter: HER MALE COMPETITORS WEREN'T SURPRISED BY HER WIN. >> YOU KNOW, THEY ALREADY KNEW THAT I COULD DRIVE. THEY'RE JUST LIKE, OH, WATCH HER. IT MAKES YOU FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN YOURSELF AND KNOWING YOU'RE GOING TO BE RECKONED WITH. >> Reporter: HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU CAME IN FIRST? >> I CRIED. >> Reporter: IT MEANT THAT MUCH TO YOU? >> YEAH. IT WAS SOMETHING I REALLY WANTED AND GOT IT. >> Reporter: THE STATE'S TRUCK COMPETITION IS ALSO A FAMILY AWARE. CORY CAME IN SECOND PLACE THAT YEAR, BEHIND HIS BIG SISTER. >> YES. SHE ACTUALLY BEAT ME. THAT'S THE ONLY TIME I LET HER BEAT ME. >> Reporter: AND HER DAD, WITH FOUR FIRST PLACE TROPHIES UNDER HIS BELT, SAYS NOTHING MEANT MORE TO HIM THAN TIFFANY WINNING THE COMPETITION. >> TO SEE YOUR KID ACHIEVE THAT GOAL THAT SHE ALWAYS WANTED. THAT WAS THE BEST. >> Reporter: YOU GET TEARY-EYED TALKING ABOUT IT? >> YES. EMOT EMOTIONAL. SHE'S A LEADER. ANYTHING SHE SETS HER MIND TO, YOU KNOW, SHE CAN DO IT. >> Reporter: TIFFANY'S ADVICE FOR OTHER WOMEN LOOKING TO GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A TRUCK. >> THERE'S A LOT OF MONEY OUT HERE. FIND CONFIDENCE TO COME OUT HERE AND TRY IT. I THINK THEY'LL LOVE IT. I WANT THEM TO BE INSPIRED. >> Reporter: AS FOR BEING CALLED A TRAILBLAZER? >> I FEEL LIKE I WILL BE EVENTUALLY. I'M JUST GETTING STARTED. >> Reporter: CARVING OUT HER OWN PIECE OF THE ROAD, WITH HER FAMILY DRIVING BESIDE HER.

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