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What's New? Annual Meeting & EXPO Update

APTA has announced speakers for two Oct. 15 sessions during the 2014 Annual Meeting and EXPO, Oct. 12-15 in Houston.

Hannah Ubl, Bridgeworks LLC, ­Minneapolis, will headline the ­Wednesday morning General Breakfast Session, “Generations of Women in Transportation.”

Although women currently account for 47 percent of the general workforce, they represent less than 13 percent of transportation workers. Ubl, a millennial whose firm, Bridgeworks LLC, studies generational differences, will speak about strategies for multigenerational workplaces and ways to market and reach more generationally diverse client bases. Keolis is sponsoring this session.

The Closing General Session, “Rethinking Urban Mobility,” will feature Sonja Heikkilä, transportation engineer of Helsinki, Finland, and designer of the city’s Regional Transport Plan. She has created a public transit app that integrates with car rental, car sharing, and bikesharing services and a demand-response minibus operation. ARCADIS is sponsoring this session.

Volunteering at Food Bank
In other Annual Meeting news, APTA invites meeting attendees and EXPO exhibitors to arrive early and volunteer the morning of Oct. 10 at the Houston Food Bank, the nation’s largest. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, host system for the meeting, will provide transportation between the food bank and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Space is limited, so sign up to volunteer here.

APTF Scholarship Fund Opportunities
Also, the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) announces two major opportunities to invest in future public transportation leaders by supporting the APTF scholarship fund.

The APTF Benefit Golf Tournament begins at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Tour 18 Houston Golf Course, Humble, TX, and includes lunch and a dinner buffet. The cost is $200 for an individual or $750 for a foursome. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the Hilton Americas Hotel, and sponsorship opportunities are also available. To register, click here.

APTF also is hosting a reception Oct. 13 to honor this year’s scholarship recipients. Tickets are $100 per person, and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Tickets may be purchased in advance or onsite until 2 p.m. the day of the event. ­Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For information about both events, ­contact Mariah Stanley.

Workforce Development Learning Zone
The Workforce Development Learning Zone will offer a full schedule of skill-building workshops, new product rollout, innovative presentations, and engaging discussions on a wide range of topics.

Highlights include educational outreach to promote public transportation careers to students at the middle school, high school, and post-high school levels; presentations by students from area institutions of higher education; opportunities for young professionals in transportation; career development needs for those in mid-management; and the launch of the Transit Virtual Career Network (TVCN), a new web portal that features almost 60 front-line jobs and career tracks.

As part of the Mid-Level Managers Magnification Program, 90-minute workshops will provide a framework to help these public transit professionals move forward in their careers and present the skills necessary to lead, manage, and supervise from the middle of the organization.

There’s still time to register for the APTA Annual Meeting and EXPO! Learn more here.
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