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2019 Civil Rights Transportation Symposium Agenda

 Day 1- Tuesday, April 9, 2019

11:00 AM
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Terry Bolden ODOT Administrator Office of Outreach
National Anthem – Wilberforce University Choir
Jack Marchbanks, PhDDirector, Ohio Department of Transportation
Laurie Leffler Ohio Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
State of Ohio Office of the Secretary of State – Commendation  
Keynote Luncheon Speaker:
Adrienne C. Trimble President & CEO, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

*Diversity and Inclusion Awards
Chris Runyan – Ohio Contractors Association (OCA)
Beth Easterday – American Council of Engineering Companies-Ohio (ACEC) 
1:30 - 1:45 PM
1:45 - 2:45 PM
Panel Discussion (Access and Equity  - Women in Transportation)
Moderator - Tammy Campbell,  P.E., ODOT District Deputy Director 
Panel – Sindy Mondesir, Chief People Officer -  Central Ohio Transit Authority
Megan O'Callaghan, P.E., Esq., Director Public Works - City of Dublin 
Shannetta Griffin, P.E., Chief Development Officer – John Glenn Columbus Airport
2:45 - 3:00 PM
3:00 - 5:00 PM
 Workshops (click for details)
5:00 - 6:00 PM
  Networking Event 

 Day 2 – Wednesday, April 10, 2019

7:00 - 8:00 AM
Open Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Lauren Purdy ODOT Deputy Director Division of Opportunity Diversity and Inclusion
ODOT – Video
Mike DeWine - Governor State of Ohio
Charles E. James, Sr. - Director Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Transportation

9:00 - 10:00 AM
Panel Discussion (Building a Successful Business - Fireside Chat) 
Moderator – Larry James Esq., Crabbe, Brown, and James LLP.
Panel – Steven Hightower, President/CEO Hightower Petroleum
10:00 - 10:15 AM
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
12:15 - 1:45 PM
A. Bradley Mims - President COMTO National
Frances Rourke - WTS Columbus 
Civil Rights Transportation Scholarship Presentation
Keynote Luncheon Speaker:
Albert Shen - President, Shen Consulting, Inc. & Senior Advisor – Toyota Mobility Foundation, Toyota Motor Corporation

MLK Oratorical Contest Winner  - Alexis Cunningham
 Billy White Making a difference
Columbus Urban Strings Ensemble

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 Tue., April 9 Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Adrienne C. Trimble


Adrienne C. TrimbleBio

Adrienne Trimble is the newly appointed President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is  honored to be taking on the leadership role with NMSDC and looks forward to ensuring the organization and stakeholders remain  positioned for sustainable growth and success.

Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies and initiatives across Toyota’s North American operations.




 Wed., April 10 Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Albert Shen


Victor MendezAlbert Shen

Albert Shen, President of Shen Consulting Inc. is currently serving as Senior Advisor for the Toyota Mobility Foundation working on developing new smart city mobility & sustainable energy investment strategies in U.S. cities.  Previously, he was a Senior Advisor in Advanced Technology and Research at Toyota North America in Plano, TX where he was developing next generation mobility strategies on transportation innovation and to integrate new mobility technologies with federal, state & local governmental transportation Smart City initiatives.  





 Special Guest


Charles E. James, Sr.

Director Charles E. James, Sr. comes to this position following many personal and professional experiences that uniquely prepare him for the scope of this position. He participated in the first wave of Virginia public school integration following the historic U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown decision.

Most recently, he served as Deputy Secretary of Administration under Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Among other things, James oversaw Virginia’s minority and disadvantaged business certification operations and the utilization of a disparity study. Additionally, he oversaw both the Virginia Human Rights agency and the Department of Human Resources Management, as well as the Virginia Department of Elections.