We asked a few successful women in top positions in transportation to give advice to other women — and men — who are trying to move up in their careers. Here are their responses.
Lauren Skiver achieved goals when she was tapped as the CEO for the Delaware Transit Corp., operating the DART First State statewide transit system, a mid-size property with 500 revenue vehicles, which also runs contracted commuter rail through SEPTA.
From the age of 12, Joyce Rose planned to teach music, which she did for a couple of years after she graduated college. She hadn’t foreseen a passion for legislation eventually leading her to down a different path to Capitol Hill.
Born in Seattle into a fairly large family, Kate Riley had hopes of moving to Arizona to become a nurse. Instead, her father persuaded her to take management courses at a local college.
Despite dreams of growing up to be an astronaut, an archeologist, a dancer, and at one time, an Olympic gold medalist for swimming the backstroke, Virginia Miller decided she wanted to be a social studies teacher, with a stretch goal to be a Congresswoman.
Like many other transit professionals, Kristen Joyner fell into public transportation while looking to change careers. Born in El Dorado, Ark., and growing up in a family of teachers, she taught piano and music classes and majored in voice and piano at Arkansas Tech University. Her goal was a career in music therapy.
Title: VP of sales and marketing, private sector
Organization: Motor Coach Industries Inc.
City: Schaumburg, Ill.
Title: VP, communications and marketing
Organization: American Public Transportation Association
City: Washington, D.C.
Title: Vice President and Senior Planning Manager
Organization: Parsons Brinckerhoff
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