Transportation YOU Summit Reviews
Transportation YOU student Ethel Banks and mentor Lisa Rasmussen had the opportunity to attend this year's Transportation YOU Summit in Washington, D.C. Both provided their insights and experiences about the things they learned and connections they made at the event.
This summer I had the opportunity to attend the TransportationYOU D.C. Youth Summit in Washington D.C. Transportation YOU provides young women like myself a chance to explore a career in the transportation industry. While at the summit I had the chance to experience how important transportation plays a role in society and the chance to create a brand and mission statement for myself.
Transportation YOU gave me the opportunity to see behind the scenes and understand how transportation affects an urban city through tours at the Reagan International Airport, Union station, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. At the USDOT, I got the chance to meet and get advice from high ranking women in the transportation and civil engineering field, and meet the former Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. Transportation YOU gave me the chance to work with other mentees on a Challenge Project to reveal how transportation is affected by the advances in technology, security, and connectivity.
The Transportation YOU D.C. Youth Summit was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It has provided me the skills to create my unique brand that shows who I really am, a mission statement that reveals my goal and aspirations, but most importantly the D.C. Youth Summit provided me the opportunity to learn more about the transportation industry.
First of all, I want to highlight that my participation in the Transportation YOU DC Summit was truly an amazing experience - I came back from D.C. extremely excited for this upcoming year and can't wait to give someone else a chance to participate in the DC Summit event next year!! The DC Summit program is set up to help the mentees better understand the transportation industry and the many, many opportunities available within this industry. Each day, sun-up to sun-down, was jam packed with tours, events, speakers and group activities - there was never a dull moment!! As part of our USDOT tour, we were able to meet with several senior female professionals within the USDOT, as well as the former Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. I was amazed and excited that all of those people were willing to take the time to meet with our group - multiple mentees identified that this was one of their favorite events!
While the Transportation YOU DC Summit is set up to be all about the mentees, I was amazed at how much I learned from the experience! There were many, many highlights from the trip, but I think that the top highlight for me was connecting with the other mentor/mentees that participated in the 5-day event, and getting to know my mentee, Ethel Banks (who is AMAZING!!), better. It was great to be able to connect with other mentors that share a passion for mentoring and getting young females interested in the transportation industry! The relationships that were created during this event, with the mentors and mentees, are hopefully relationships that will last a lifetime!
All in all, this was a great event and I am so thankful that WTS was willing to send myself and Ethel Banks to participate in the event - THANK YOU!!