COMTO Honors Women Leaders in Transportation at Annual Awards

Congratulation! Terry Solis, former SWTA Board member, earns the prestigious COMTO Women Leaders in Public Transportation Award for Advocacy. Terry has been a wonderful advocate for public transportation and an enthusiastic partner/promoter of SWTA. We are thrilled that others have honored her efforts!

COMTO Honors Women Leaders in Transportation at Annual Awards

Posted by: Brandi Williams

Terry Solis, Principle, The Solis Group
Terry Solis, Principle, The Solis Group

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Washington, DC at the historic Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) held its 6th annual “Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation” awards ceremony.

As one of the nation’s leading multi-modal transportation advocacy organization, COMTO holds the “Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation” awards to honor women who represent the broad cross-section of transportation in both the public and private sectors. Honorees were selected based on demonstrated leadership achievements, and their commitment to the advancement of women, diversity, and inclusion. COMTO has honored more than 60 women with this award to date.

Mrs. Juanita Jones Abernathy, COMTO’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree, will deliver special remarks during the ceremony. As the widow of Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, a close associate to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Mrs. Abernathy was deeply involved in the civil rights movement and has spent much of her life advocating for justice around the world. Honorees took part in a fireside chat with moderator, women’s empowerment coach, and author Pat B. Freeman. Carolyn Malachi, Grammy-nominated songstress and DC-native who has generated global excitement about American art, will provide the entertainment. “We have a program filled with phenomenal women who are transforming the transportation industry every single day,” said COMTO Interim President and CEO, A. Bradley Mims. “They continue to open doors for generations of women to come,”

“It is a privilege to recognize such an esteemed group of nominees, and working with our review committee to ensure each candidate was carefully considered,” said Jannet Walker Ford, Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Chair and Vice president and General Manager of Eastern Region, Americas for Cubic Transportation Systems. “When we selected this year’s 11 honorees, we knew that once again we were honoring a group of glass ceiling-shattering women who are committed to the modernization and renewed investment in our nation’s transportation systems, and the dedicated employees they celebrate and mentor.”

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