SFAA Participates in U.S. DOT Symposium to Celebrate & Empower Women
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
On March 5, 2014, Joanne Brooks, SFAA’s Vice President and Counsel, participated in the “Women in Transportation Symposium: Promoting Future Industry Leaders.” The event was hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), in partnership with the National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC) to commemorate Women’s History Month by focusing on the empowerment of women-‐owned businesses and young women interested in careers within the transportation industry.
Ms. Brooks served as a panel member for the Business Development and Capacity Building Workshop, during which attendees learned about and discussed resources for growing their businesses. Other workshops included one of internships and workforce development and another on procurement opportunities.
Over 300 people attended the symposium and heard from industry leaders, including Brandon Neal, Director, OSDBU; Marianne Markowitz, Acting Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration; and Ann McNeill, Founder, NABWIC. A networking session gave small business owners the chance to interact with local transportation representatives, DOT prime contractors, and Small Business Specialists from the various DOT Operating Administrations and to market themselves and learn more about potential contracting options.
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