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COMTO’s Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Honors Women Leaders in Transportation

Wednesday, January 23, 2019   (0 Comments)


JaLissa D. Coffee

Washington, DC (January 23, 2019) – The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is pleased to host our 8th Annual Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 8:00 am - 11:00 am at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. This year we are honoring 10 of our nation’s top women transportation innovators who exemplify COMTO’s mission of inclusiveness and parity in all modes of the transportation industry. In observance of Women's History Month, we have inducted over 75 women into this signature class of leaders in the transportation industry since its 2012 commencement.

Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Awards Breakfast
Wednesday, March 20, 2019; 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel; 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC, 20008
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  • Honorable Joyce Beatty, Congresswoman (D) - Ohio    
  • Trudy Bartley, Associate Vice President, Community Relations, Ohio State University, Office of Government Affairs
  • Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Board Member, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Meshelle Howard, Director of Civil Rights & Fair Practices, Maryland Transportation Authority 
  • Debra Johnson, Deputy CEO, Long Beach Transit
  • Gabriele Mack, Vice President, Economic Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, Jacobs
  • Elsa Ortiz, Board President, AC Transit
  • J. Somer Shindler, Managing Director Planning and Development, Corporate Real Estate, United
  • Jannet Walker Ford, Vice President & General Manager, Eastern Region, Americas, Cubic Transportation Systems
  • Carol Wise, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, DART

"Our advocacy organization takes great pride in honoring these notable women,” said A. Bradley Mims, President & CEO, COMTO. “Their leadership and commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the transportation industry boosts COMTO’s mission every day, all across the nation."

“It is a privilege to recognize such skilled and dedicated nominees,” said Tanya Adams, Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Chair and Vice President of Community Relations & Diversity at Central US, WSP USA. “When we selected this year’s honorees, we knew that each of them had a story to tell about strength, fairness and determination. In their stories we find the essence of equality and they help us to renew our dedication to achieving parity for all.”

Please join COMTO in celebrating women who are leading and advancing the nation’s transportation infrastructure and take part in this momentous affair! This again will be one of the industry's signature events of the year. 


COMTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of individuals, groups, transportation agencies, private sector corporations, nonprofit organizations, and Historically Underutilized Businesses. Founded in 1971, COMTO was created to provide an advocacy forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry. COMTO’s mission is to ensure opportunities and participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education, and professional development. For more information, visit