Highlighting Vital Voices in Transportation

WTS International Annual Conference keynotes, plenaries, and technical sessions highlight a depth of leadership and professional expertise in the transportation sector. Check back as we announce the inspiring and motivating voices of #WTSAC2024 — the people who are helping to advance the women who advance our industry.

#WTSAC2024 Keynote Speaker

Donna Orender

Founder, Generation W
2024 Keynote Sponsored by HNTB

Donna Orender is a powerhouse executive whose innovative leadership shaped some of the most recognizable brands in the sports industry. Orender is the former president of the WNBA, PGA TOUR Senior Executive, and current CEO of Orender Unlimited. She is a nationally-recognized business leader, innovative thinker, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and author. Passionate about making a difference and drawing on her extensive experience in sports, entertainment, media businesses, as well as her career as a professional basketball player and hall of fame athlete, Donna founded Generation W.

Generation W began with one woman and one idea: Donna’s belief that when people, especially women, come together, magic happens. Generation W launched as a one day event in April 2012 as a venue to bring women together and build thought leadership, confidence and engagement around the currency of great ideas.

Plenaries and Main Stage Panelists


#WTSAC2024 Plenary Panels include:

  • U.S. Department of Transportation Plenary
  • A CEO’s Perspective: Top Transportation Opportunities
  • The Exceptions: Conversation with Author Kate Zernike, and Discussion on the Fight for Women Across 5 Generations   
  • Through the Lens of Equity: Culture, Climate, and Communities
     
Karina Ricks
Karina Ricks

Through the Lens of Equity: Culture, Climate, and Communities Plenary

Partner, CityFi

Irene Marion
Irene Marion

Through the Lens of Equity: Culture, Climate, and Communities Plenary

Director, Departmental Office of Civil Rights, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Monica Backmon
Monica Backmon

A CEO’s Perspective: Top Transportation Opportunities Plenary

CEO, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

Leslie Richards
Leslie Richards

A CEO’s Perspective: Top Transportation Opportunities Plenary

CEO and General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Katie Kalugin
Katie Kalugin

The Exceptions: The Fight for Women Across 5 Generations Plenary

Deputy Director Policy Development, MBTA

Nuria Fernandez
Nuria Fernandez

The Exceptions: The Fight for Women Across 5 Generations Plenary

Former Administrator, USDOT Federal Transit Admininistrator (FTA) – Retired

Tammi Fleming
Tammi Fleming

The Exceptions: The Fight for Women Across 5 Generations Plenary

Infrastructure Investment Equity Fellow, Department of Labor

Eulois Cleckley
Eulois Cleckley

Through the Lens of Equity: Culture, Climate, and Communities Plenary

Director and CEO, Department of Transportation and Public Works for Miami-Dade County

Tretha Chromey
Tretha Chromey

U.S. Department of Transportation Plenary

Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Ports & Waterways Maritime Administration (MARAD)

Brenna K. Marron
Brenna K. Marron

U.S. Department of Transportation Plenary

Director of Governmental Affairs, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Catherine Teebay
Catherine Teebay

U.S. Department of Transportation Plenary

Advisor for Policy and Program Implementation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Jannet Walker-Ford
Jannet Walker-Ford

U.S. Department of Transportation Plenary

Chair, WTS International Board of Directors
Senior Vice President & Principal Director – National Transit & Rail Business Line Leader, WSP USA

Lona E. Hankins
Lona E. Hankins

Welcome to New Orleans

CEO, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

Nadine S. Lee
Nadine S. Lee

The Exceptions: The Fight for Women Across 5 Generations Plenary

President and CEO, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Debra A. Johnson
Debra A. Johnson

A CEO’s Perspective: Top Transportation Opportunities Plenary

General Manager and CEO, RTD-Denver

Jennifer Mitchell
Jennifer Mitchell

U.S. Department of Transportation Plenary

Deputy Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Cynthia Guidry
Cynthia Guidry

A CEO’s Perspective: Top Transportation Opportunities Plenary

Director, Long Beach Airport

Kate Zernike
Kate Zernike

The Exceptions: The Fight for Women Across 5 Generations Plenary

Author, The Exceptions

Julie White
Julie White

A CEO’s Perspective: Top Transportation Opportunities Plenary 

Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, North Carolina Dept. of Transportation (NCDOT)

Shailen Bhatt
Shailen Bhatt

U.S. Department of Transportation Plenary

Administrator, Federal Highways Administration (FHWA)

Over 170 Session Speakers will be highlighted at #WTSAC2024! 

 

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