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WTS on DOT 'Women in APEC Transportation' Forum

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On Friday, December 14, 2012, Marcia Ferranto, WTS President and CEO, sat on a panel that included key individuals representing organizations working toward the attraction, retention, and advancement of women in transportation. The panel was part of a forum on Women in Transportation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Region coordinated by the US Department of Transportation's Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs.

The mission of the forum, which included approximately 75 individuals invited to represent varying interests and experiences in the transportation industry--government, industry, associations, and academia--was to facilitate a discussion about ways to strengthen the role of women in the transportation sector within APEC. WTS International's voice at the forum was among the most heard, as its constituency includes all modes, professions, and both the public and private sectors.

The forum began with a welcome and overview presentations by Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), John Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, USDOT, forum chair Susan Kurland, and Arlene Turner, Lead Shepherd, APEC Transportation Working Group.

Secretary LaHood’s opening remarks began with appreciation for WTS International. “One of the first MOU’s we signed was with WTS International. We work closely with WTS, a great organization that has as its mission the advancement of women.  We partnered to create Transportation YOU, a program to promote education in the important areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and bring high school students together with professional mentors who introduce them to the world of transportation,”said LaHood.

Following the opening remarks were key presentations regarding the current state of women in transportation in the US and preliminary research on the APEC region. The survey of data and trends in APEC economies were presented by Latifa Lyles, Acting Director, Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor (DOL), and Tonya Giannoni, COO, DevTech Systems, Inc.

Marcia Ferranto was an integral member of the panel discussion titled "Promising Practices and Challenges for Women in Transportation in the APEC Region." The full list of panelists includes:

·         Moderator: Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

·         Marlise Streitmatter, Deputy Chief of Staff, USDOT

·         Lytana Kids, Vice President of Global Workforce Planning Manager, UPS

·         Allison Bondanza, National Center for Intermodal Transportation, University of Denver

·         Marcia Ferranto, President and CEO, WTS International

As a result of the panel discussion, WTS was referenced many times regarding ideas and for feedback when the working session of the forum began. Bryna Helfer, Director of Public Engagement, USDOT, broke the forum guests into eight distinct groups that brainstormed actionable ideas to strengthen the role of women in transportation. The facilitated exercise generated conversations and possible partnerships between WTS International and other organizations to leverage successful programs in the US and abroad.

Forum participants will meet several more times to take the results of the initial forum to the next level of fruition.

For photos from the session, click on this photo gallery link: https://www.wtsinternational.org/dot-apec-meeting/

 

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