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Women Leaders in Transportation Invited to SOTU

January 28, 2014 06:31 PM

WTS International, the association for the global advancement of women in transportation, is celebrating the news that General Motors CEO Mary Barra and trucking company founder Andra Rush will be seated in First Lady Michele Obama's box for President Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight.

“It is clear that the advancement of women is a priority for the President, and the extension of an invitation from the White House to attend the Address tonight specifically to women who have advanced to the highest levels in transportation is an incredible opportunity to illustrate the opportunities available to women in this industry,” said Marcia Ferranto, WTS International President and CEO.

Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, also made a statement about the guests attending the State of the Union Address. “A strong American transportation system depends on a vibrant and diverse workforce. Companies are stronger and more effective when women serve in leadership roles and by actively encouraging women to choose careers in transportation, we’re setting our industry up for greater success. Mary Barra and Andra Rush started their careers in transportation and have risen to the highest ranks, as CEO of General Motors Company and founder and chairperson of The Rush Group, respectively. I’m thrilled to see these influential leaders in the transportation industry taking center stage tonight at President Obama’s State of the Union Address,” said Foxx.

The First Lady’s box at the Address will also include Dr. Biden and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President.



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