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October 12, 2009

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2009 APTA ANNUAL MEETING

At WTS Breakfast, Germer Stresses Self-Acceptance
By SUSAN BERLIN, Senior Editor

“Bet on the greatest asset you have—you,” writer Fawn Germer told the crowd attending the 14th annual APTA/Women’s Transportation Seminar Breakfast, Oct. 7 in Orlando.

Germer, the author of five books and a journalist nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize, described how self-acceptance, “the value of feeling comfortable in my own skin,” is the most powerful lesson anyone can learn, but that too many people don’t appreciate themselves for what they are. She described interviewing accomplished women who expressed doubts about their own success, saying that “people will say meaner things to themselves than they would to strangers or to people they hate.”

As far as dealing with adversity, Germer cited a Chinese proverb: “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” A person can succeed and move forward, she said, by “knowing you’re strong enough to get through anything” and reaching out to others. “You’ve got what you’ve got; leverage it,” she added.

The point of her presentation, she said, was to recognize the often underappreciated work of women and inspire more women to take risks. “Your purpose in life is to live your life with intention. I almost wasted my time by not paying attention,” she said.

The breakfast session also included an invitation to the 2010 Annual Meeting, Oct. 3-6 in San Antonio, TX, by representatives of VIA Metropolitan Transit, the host system: President/Chief Executive Officer Keith T. Parker and Henry R. Munoz III, chair of the board of trustees.

The breakfast was sponsored by URS Corporation.

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