Porcari: 'Women in Transportation' at APEC Event
Deputy Secretary John D. Porcari
APEC – Women in Transportation
Friday, December 14, 2012
Thank you, Susan, and everyone for participating in this important event.
Developing human capital through workforce planning and management is vital to enhancing the competitiveness of the transportation industry.
One of the best ways to accomplish this is to promote greater participation of women.
No one has been a stronger leader and supporter of workforce planning and management in the transportation field than Secretary LaHood.Let me give you a few examples:
Many of you know that in 2010, Secretary LaHood chartered the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee to address transportation needs, challenges and opportunities of the U.S. and global economies.
One of the Committee’s recommendations addressed work place issues and the need to develop collaborative and innovative actions in STEM education – science, technology, engineering and math – and to bridge the gap of information and understanding that exists between aviation and workforce management.
He acted on this recommendation by hosting an annual workforce conference and signing a Memorandum of Understanding among DOT, DOE and DOL to establish a collaborative effort to foster the development of a skilled workforce through STEM programs and initiatives.
Secretary LaHood also recognized the importance of sharing what is already happening with the integration of women in the transportation field.
And, he will talk more about this.
At the international level, which is what brings us together today, he led efforts to initiate a regular dialogue with other Ministers on Women in Transportation in order to increase the role of women in transportation.
Without further delay, please welcome the Secretary of Transportation, the Honorable Ray LaHood.