The transportation industry offers many challenging and rewarding career opportunities for women, yet they continue to be significantly underrepresented in these occupations due to a systemic lack of awareness of and exposure to these career pathways. The Southeast Transportation Workforce Center offers programs and resources that inform women of careers and networking opportunities in transportation and that connect industry to best practices for attracting and retaining women in nontraditional roles.
Studies are clear that there is an economic case for the inclusion of women and diversity of all types in the transportation industry. While many issues contribute to women’s underrepresentation, SETWC’s focus on women in transportation seeks to address these issues by:
- Offering programs and resources to help young women better understand transportation industry careers,
- Creating opportunities for women to network and learn from the experience of industry leaders, and
- Developing metrics and tracking impact of programs designed to increase participation and advancement of women in the industry.
Gender parity is an important part of making the transportation workforce of the future robust, diverse, and well-prepared to address complex challenges and innovations. SETWC’s “Women in Transportation Playbook” highlights lessons learned over a 5-year effort to tackle this issue and includes numerous examples of organizations that are leading the way to achieve this critical goal.
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Women Making a Difference
To highlight the important contributions women are making within the transportation industry, the NNTW has published a series of profiles that capture the stories of these professionals as they tackle a variety of jobs offered along a transportation career path.
These Transportation Career Spotlights showcase real people working day-to-day in key transportation jobs as a way to help guide and inspire students and young professionals looking to identify future career choices. Each spotlight profile underscores the unique approach one might take to become a leader in industry, offers useful recommendations to those interested in pursing a similar career, and shares successes that have made meaningful impacts to both their work and job satisfaction.
Are you interested in pursuing a career in transportation? Learn about these interesting jobs and meet the professionals who are making an impact by exploring these Transportation Career Spotlights:
- Catalina Echeverri, Project Manager at Gannett Fleming
- Lisa Dunn, Program Monitor Supervisor at Tennessee Department of Transportation
- Bernadette Gray, Managing Director of Freight Analysis at FedEx Freight
- Kayla Holcomb, Transportation Operations Specialist at Gannett Fleming
- Chelsea S. Jackson, Core Development Program Business Associate at Virginia DOT
- Jessi Jones, Cargo Specialist Supervisor-OTR at Intermodal Cartage Company
- Victoria McDaniel, Associate of Logistics Client & Talent Solutions at Vaco
- Donna Mooney, Vice President of HR at Titan Transfer
- Katie Blose, Regional Safety and Compliance Manager at DBi Services, LLC
- Dr. Dongmei “Maggie” Lin, Transportation Engineer at DKS Associates
- Janet Luessenheide, Traffic Engineer Technician at City of Overland Park, KS
- Virginia Epperly, PE, Complex Structures Engineer at the Virginia DOT
- Doreen Ng-Sui-Hing, EIT, District Project Controls Engineer at Virginia DOT