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Women Who Move the Nation By American DBE Staff

2017 COMTO Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation award winners gather with COMTO leaders prior to the awards ceremony in Washington, DC.

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f men are the head, then women are the neck that turns the head,” said COMTO 2017 Women Who Move the Nation honoree Anne McNeill. Throughout history, women have made a profound impact on the transportation industry, helping to move the industry toward advancement, innovation and inclusion. For the past six years, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) has taken time during the month of March to honor women who have made a significant impact in the transportation industry. The timing of the “Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation” (CWWMN) program coincides with Women’s History Month. The annual event is celebrated in Washington, D.C. and has honored over 60 women leaders from all segments of the transportation industry since its inception. COMTO selected 11 women for recognition in 2017. Honorees were selected by the CWWMN Selection Committee based on several criteria including: demonstrated leadership, commitment to diversity and inclusion, advancement of minorities and women, demonstrated effective advocacy, and support of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). “We had 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.” The first award, COMTO’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to Mrs. Juanita Jones Abernathy. As the widow of Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, a close associate to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Abernathy was deeply involved in the civil rights movement and has spent much of her life advocating for justice around the world. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Abernathy is the only living person that was a major organizer from the inception of the American Civil Rights Movement. As a Business Education teacher, Abernathy wrote the business plan for the Montgomery Bus Boycott; and her home became the meeting place for the private strategy sessions of Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Abernathy, and other leaders of the boycott. She endured years of daily death threats and survived the bombing of their family home in 1957.

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American DBE Magazine - Spring 2017  

American DBE Magazine is a quarterly digital and print publication dedicated to increasing business diversity and inclusion in the transport...

American DBE Magazine - Spring 2017  

American DBE Magazine is a quarterly digital and print publication dedicated to increasing business diversity and inclusion in the transport...