2018 Women's History Month:

Celebrating Women in Transportation – Land, Air, and Sea

Learn about women's roles in key technological advances. Help equip current and future generations of women leaders to achieve their full potential. Join us for this free event!


March 13, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


USDOT Atrium
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Event Photos

General Schedule

9:00 AM

  • U.S. Department of Transportation check-in (Photo ID Required)
  • Networking and Refreshments (provided by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)

9:45 AM

  • Welcome
    • Syreta Brooks, Senior Policy Advisor at U.S. Department of Transportation
    • Myra Blanco, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute/VT WTS Faculty Advisor
  • Color Guard
  • National Anthem

10:05 AM

  • U.S. Department of Transportation Executive Panel: Land, Air, and Sea – Key Technological Advances (Segment 1)
    • Moderator: Monique Evans, Director, Office of Safety Research & Development, Federal Highway Administration
      • Federal Aviation Administration: Annie Andrews, Assistant Administrator for Human Resource Management
      • Federal Highway Administration: Brandye Hendrickson, Acting Administrator
      • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Cathy F. Gautreaux, Deputy Administrator
      • Federal Transit Administration: K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator
      • Maritime Administration: Lydia Moschkin, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive
      • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Heidi King, Deputy Administrator
      • Office of the Secretary: Vicki Hildebrand, Chief Information Officer
      • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration: Drue Pearce, Deputy Administrator

11:00 AM

11:15 AM

  • U.S. Department of Transportation Executive Panel Q & A (Segment 2)

11:55 AM

  • Introductions: Charlie Klauer, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute/VT WTS Faculty Advisor
  • Mentoring: A Rewarding Endeavor
  • Closing and Logistics: Charlie Klauer, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute/VT WTS Faculty Advisor

12:30 PM

  • Mentoring Session
    Students will be paired with a professional from academia, government, or industry. Lunch will be provided to all Mentoring Session participants (Enrollment required via on-line registration). Lunch provided by Volkswagen Group of America.

1:30 PM

  • Breakout Sessions (Enrollment via on-line registration)
    1. Successfully Entering the Transportation Workforce
      Transportation professionals will provide students with key information about what type of experience and skills they are looking for when hiring. Brief presentations will be followed by a question and answer session where students can ask the speakers about the best way to prepare for careers in transportation.

      Anne Audet, Deputy Director, Departmental Office of Human Resource Management, U.S. Department of Transportation


      1. Lauren Brand, Associate Administrator Office of Ports & Waterways, Maritime Administration
      2. Laura Collings, Grants and Training Manager, UPS
      3. Sally Frykman, Communications and Education Manager, Velodyne LiDar
      4. Katherine Lavado-Arrington, Chief of Staffing and Classification for the Office of Human Resources, Federal Railroad Administration
    2. Making Mid-Career Moves
      This session will focus on brief presentations from successful professionals who have taken new positions/jobs at different stages of their career path and the lessons learned during this process.

      Myra Blanco, Director, Center for Public Policy, Partnerships, & Outreach, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute/VT WTS Faculty Advisor


      1. Michelle Chaka, Program Director, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
      2. Monique Evans, Director, Office of Safety, Research & Development, Federal Highway Administration
      3. Julie Kang, Highway Crash Investigation Project Manager, National Transportation Safety Board
      4. Kelli Seybolt, Director, International Affairs and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard
    3. Adapting to the Changing Landscape of Transportation
      Speakers from this panel will provide information about maintaining and/or continuing to develop the skills necessary to remain relevant as our nation’s transportation system undergoes dramatic and disruptive technological changes.

      Charlie Klauer, Research Scientist, Teen Risk and Injury Prevention Group, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute


      1. Gladys Brignoni, Deputy Commander, Force Readiness Command, US Coast Guard
      2. Victoria (Vicki) Cox, Senior Technical Advisor, Veracity Engineering
      3. Marilyn Shazor, Senior Transportation Program Advisor, U.S. Department of Transportation
      4. Kumari Williams, Director Global Talent Acquisition, Harman International

3:00 PM

Adjourn from Breakout Sessions
USDOT building

During Women’s History Month, the USDOT has a tradition of celebrating the increasing number of women who are making a critical impact in the safe and efficient movement of people and goods in America and throughout the world. The USDOT pays homage to these innovators – past, present, and future. Since the founding of the United States, women have played an integral role in the development and advancement of transportation. From wagons and horse carts to bicycles, automobiles, trucks, trains, ships, airplanes, and space shuttles, women have served as inventors, pilots, engineers, drivers, administrative professionals, conductors, and executives, as well as a host of other vital occupations. The unfortunate reality, however, is that we still have a long way to go before every girl aspiring to a career in transportation can easily access that opportunity. So the USDOT continues to promote women’s involvement in transportation through programs like Women and Girls in Transportation Initiative, an internship program that enables female students from colleges and universities across the country to learn more about the exciting careers that the transportation sector has to offer, and Transportation YOU, a partnership program we offer in conjunction with WTS International that gives young women between 13 and 18 the opportunity to explore careers.