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 Tuesday, April 11, 2017



7:30 AM
Continental Breakfast/Registration
8:00 AM
Invocation - Rev. Joel King - Union Ball Room
8:10 AM
Welcome - Lauren Purdy/Terry Bolden, ODOT - Union Ball Room
8:25 AM
Welcome - ODOT Director Jerry Wray
8:35 AM
Special Guest - Secretary Mary Peters 
8:55 AM
9:15 AM
Laura Leffler, Division Administrator, Ohio Division Office, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
9:25 AM
Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Welcome
and acknowledgement of members and past Honorees
9:45 -11:55 AM
Morning Workshops (see below)
12:00 -1:45 PM
  • Governor’s 2016 Humanitarian award winner speech
  • Keynote Martin King III
  • OLBC Proclamation to Martin King III
2:00 - 4:30 PM
Afternoon Workshops (see below)
4:30 PM 
Closing Remarks


Morning Workshop Sessions

Franklin 1
Franklin 2
Franklin 3
Franklin 4
* OSU – ADA Compliance Case Study
L. Scott Lissner
Ohio State
Drew Gilmore, ODOT
*ODOT/BWC – Temporary Traffic Control Basics

Emily Willis &
Duane Soisson

Andrew Williams, ODOT
U.S. DOT -
Small Business Bonding Program
Gabriela Garcia
Jacqueline Reyes
Joseph DeLaGarza
Jeffrey Johnson DSA
Prime Consultant  DBE Consultant - Panel Workshop
Deborah Green ODOT
Joanne Shaner, HDR Engineering
Sharmyn Elliott,
Somat Eng.
Joyce Johnson, CAD Concepts, Inc.
Lyle Flower, ODOT
Ohio Civil Rights Commission
Ohio Civil Rights 
G. Michael Payton
Keith McNeil
State of  Ohio
Jack Marchbanks,
Emerging Technologies in Transportation

Amy Hiltabidel

Lisa Washington, ODOT
FHWALabor Unions and Regulations
Eric Ross
Rachyl Smith
Sonja Simpson, ODOT
Environmental Addressing Under-served Populations in ODOT’s Project Development Process
Jacque Annarino &
Veronica Trecazzi
Tim Hill,
Afternoon Workshop Sessions
Franklin 1
Franklin 2
Franklin 3
Franklin 4
*OSU The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion
Ned Hill, Ohio State
Lewis Smoot, Jr. Smoot Construction
Terry Bolden, ODOT
*BWC – OSHA Training Recordkeeping
Michael Marr
Vince Rapp, ODOT
*City of Columbus - Opportunities with Smart Cities
Katie Zehnder
Andrew Bremer, ODOT
ODOT ADA -Transition Plans for municipalities
Sarah Johnson
Kim Watson, ODOT
Prime Contractor, DBE Contractor - Panel Workshop
Deborah Green, ODOT
Mark Grdina, Great Lakes Construction,
Dan Moncrief, III, McDaniels Const.
Amy Hall, Ebony Construction
Tom Pannett, ODOT
*OSU -Procurement
Legal - Contract review
Lynn Readey
Bryan Bennett, ODOT
Supplier DiversityHonda/ Eaton Corporation
Daryl Watson, Honda North America
Joe McClain, Eaton Corporation
Traci Luers, ODOT
ODOT -Beavercreek Case Study
Sarah Johnson
Aisha Powell, ODOT

 Wednesday, April 12, 2017



8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM
Introduction - Terry Bolden, ODOT
8:45 AM
Panel Discussion – “The Economics of Diversity & Inclusion”
Moderator: Greg Williams, Deputy Director Equal Opportunity Division, Ohio DAS
  • Lilleana Cavanaugh – Executive Director Latino Affairs Commission State of Ohio 
  • George Mui – Asian American Business Liaison in the Office of Business Development, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Michelle Tomallo – President Co-Founder Fit Technologies/LGBTQ Certification Advocate
  • Andrew Jackson – President and CEO Elson international
9:45 AM
10:15 AM
Panel Discussion – “Policy and Initiatives for Diversity and Inclusion Programs”
Moderator: Mr. Larry H. James, Attorney-at-Law, Crabbe, Brown & James LLP
11:15 AM
​Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Awards
Presented by: Ohio Contractors Association (OCA) and American Council Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Closing​ Remarks



 Special Guest Speaker


Mary E. Peters

Mary E. Peters served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 2006 – 2009.  In that role she led efforts to substantially improve transportation safety, to improve the performance of the nation’s transportation system, and develop new policy and funding sources to support America’s transportation system into the 21st Century. 

Prior to serving as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ms. Peters was a Sr. Vice President and National Director for Transportation Policy and Consulting for HDR, Inc.  From 2001 – 2005 Ms. Peters served as the Federal Highway Administrator for the US Department of Transportation.  Ms. Peters served as the Arizona Department of Transportation Director prior to becoming Federal Highway Administrator.  
She is currently the Principal of Mary Peters Consulting Group, LLC, an organization dedicated to finding new and better ways to address America’s infrastructure requirements.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Rand Corporation, is a Member of the Board of Directors for HDR, Inc., and on the Advisory Board for Cintra US/Ferrovial.  Ms. Peters also serves as an advisor to Zachry American Infrastructure and Kapsch TrafficCom.   



 Special Guest Speaker


Grindly Johnson

Recognized by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials with its highest honor, the "Women Who Move the Nation Award," Grindly Johnson is Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials subcommittee on Civil Rights. She was named Woman of the Year by the Central Virginia Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar in 2015.

Johnson was appointed as Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Transportation by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2014. She previously served as Chief of Administration for the Virginia Department of Transportation - the third largest transportation agency in the nation - where she directed the divisions of Communications, Civil Rights, Human Resources and Training, Administrative Services and Safety and Performance Management. Prior to that, Johnson served as the agency's Chief of Equal Business and Employee Opportunity, as well as in a number of private sector positions as an accountant, financial analyst and community relations consultant.

Johnson spearheaded the development of the commonwealth's first Business Opportunity and Workforce Development Center - one of only 15 in the nation - to provide disadvantaged business enterprise firms the tools needed to compete for federal-aided contracts.

In 2015, Johnson was directed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to lead an effort to help offset the cost of tolls on motorists most financially stressed.

Johnson holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Accounting from Norfolk State University and has received many community awards and recognitions, including the Community Star for Girls Inc., the fellow for the Sorenson Institute of Political Leadership, and the fellow for the American Swiss Young Leaders.


 Keynote Speaker


Martin Luther King, III

Martin Luther King, III, the second child of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, has motivated audiences around the world with his insightful message of hope and civility. He has taken up the torch lit by his father and continued the quest for equality and justice for all people. He has traveled extensively around the globe spreading the message of nonviolence and its role in resolving global, international, and cross-cultural, conflicts.

A human rights advocate, social activist and political leader, Mr. King has been actively involved in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment of all peoples, at home and abroad. From Mozambique to Mississippi, Israel to Indiana, his message has touched thousands. His missions have taken him to numerous nations throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His messages and initiatives are all rooted within the tenets of nonviolent social change and conflict resolution.

His current work is through the Drum Major Institute, an organization originally co-founded by his father and recently reorganized by Mr. King and William Wachtel. In addition to public service as an elected commissioner of Fulton County Georgia, Mr. King as served as the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, also co-founded by his father, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social change, founded by his mother after the assassination of his father. He has himself co-founded several organizations including Realizing the Dream, a nonprofit non-governmental organization that fosters nonviolent peace and development strategies.

Mr. King graduated from his father’s alma mater, Morehouse College, where he eared the B.A. degree in political science. He is the husband of Arndrea Waters and together they have a daughter named Yolanda Renee King.



 Honored Guest


Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
Ohio 3rd Congressional District

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is a native Ohioan and has proudly served in the United States Congress since 2013. She serves on the prestigious Financial Services Committee and is Co-Chair of the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus, as well as an active member of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus.

In 2016, Beatty served as co-anchor of the weekly Congressional Black Caucus (“Hour of Power”) addresses to the nation from the House Floor on a variety of issues important to the black community, including civil rights and voting rights. Last year, Beatty was also named Deputy Vice-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and she played a major role—alongside other federal and local officials—in helping the City of Columbus win the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Smart City Challenge. Created by former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, the Smart City Challenge is a pledge of up to $40 million in federal funds that will transform Columbus’ transportation network by making it safer, easier to use, and more reliable.

This year, Beatty reintroduced the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act, H.R. 485, a bill that encourages greater diversity at the Federal Reserve by requiring that at least one woman and racially or ethnically diverse candidate are interviewed when there is vacancy among the Federal Reserve Regional Bank presidents. She also looks forward to taking a lead on infrastructure and working with Congressional colleagues to increase investment in our nation’s highways, roads, bridges, and public transportation system.    

Congresswoman Beatty is the recipient of numerous awards and was previously named one of Ebony Magazine’s 150 most powerful African-Americans in the United States. A sought after public speaker, Beatty spoke before the nation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the request of Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

During her first term—as a freshman lawmaker—Congresswoman Beatty was selected to chair the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference in 2014 that attracted nearly 10,000 guests and participants. She currently serves as a CBCF Board Member.

Prior to serving in Congress, Beatty was a successful small business owner and served in the Ohio House of Representatives—rising to become the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history. Beatty’s impressive credentials additionally include being a former Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University—then the only female and African-American to hold a senior vice president position at this esteemed institution. She also has been an influential mentor to small business owners and entrepreneurs, empowering and positioning them for future success.

Congresswoman Beatty is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc., National Coalition of 100 Black Women, NAACP, the American Heart Association, and numerous other organizations. She also was the first black female to become Chair of Columbus’ Urban League Board.