Breaking the bias with women in transportation and public works

This webinar sheds light on the journey of women in construction industry who discuss how they have forged successful, executive-level careers and broken the bias in their areas of expertise.

Breaking the bias with women in transportation and public works

Transportation and other public works programs undertaken by government agencies have historically been male-dominated. It is no secret that there is a need for more female voices in every industry and more so in the transportation and construction industry. What will it take to bridge the gap in women’s representation in the transportation industry and see more women taking on important leadership positions? How can we encourage more women to take on STEM roles and succeed in this male-driven industry?

This webinar sheds light on the journeys and triumphs of women leaders in this industry who discuss how they have forged successful, executive-level careers and broken the bias in their areas of expertise.

If you are a woman who is a beginner or a mid-level executive or someone aspiring to leadership roles in this industry watch this webinar to know more.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • The journey to breaking the bias in the transportation and construction industry
  • Trends seen over the years
  • Retaining women in the workforce
  • Call to action to address equity issues


Yassmin Gramian, PE

Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Yassmin Gramian, PE, serves as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. She manages PennDOT’s annual budget of $9.5 billion and oversees programs and policies affecting highways, urban and rural public transportation, airports, railroads, ports, and waterways. Under her leadership, the department is directly responsible for Pennsylvania’s vast system of state and local highways and bridges, as well as oversees the state’s vehicle registration, driver’s licenses, and ID operations.

Leslie Richards

CEO and General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Leslie S. Richards is the CEO and 11th General Manager of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
Under her leadership, SEPTA moved swiftly to protect the health and safety of its employees and riders during the COVID-19 pandemic, while providing essential services to those who needed it the most. Richards ensures that SEPTA is supporting the region in its recovery and adapting to meet the changing needs of riders while evaluating every aspect of the business with an eye toward diversity, equity, and inclusive growth.

Dr. Patricia Hendren

Executive Director, Eastern Transportation Coalition

Dr. Patricia is an executive director with a demonstrated history of working in the transportation industry. She is skilled in technical Writing, transportation planning, performance management, strategy, and analytical skills. She is a strong business development professional with a Ph.D. focused on Transportation technology and policy from the University of California, Davis.

Laura Chace

President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America

Laura Chace is President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), Previously, she served as the association’s Chief Operating Officer. In her role as COO and now as President and CEO, her focus is to promote policies that advance the development and safe deployment of intelligent transportation technologies throughout the United States.



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