YPT Board of Directors Strategic Board Meeting in Chicago


YPT International’s Board of Directors Strategic Board Meeting in Chicago was a huge success. The weekend started off with a meet and greet on Friday, April 24th and ended with a Divvy Operations Tour on Sunday, April 26th. It was a cram-packed (and somewhat exhausting) weekend, but it was done in hopes to create a clear goal for YPT’s growth efforts and vision.

The board was even able to meet the YPT Chicago Board for dinner Saturday night following their monthly board meeting.

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Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta to Speak at YPT Leadership Seminar


YPT is excited to host the former US Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta  at its next Leadership Seminar, on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 6pm at AASHTO Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mark your calendars!

Given Secretary Mineta’s most distinguished government career as Mayor and Congressman from San Jose, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Secretary of Commerce, and Secretary of Transportation, this is a unique opportunity to meet and learn from a true legend in our industry.

If you live in Washington, D.C., or are simply traveling through, you wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity to hear the former Transportation Secretary speak. If you don’t live in the area, but thinking of visiting Washington D.C. for a few days, this is the perfect opportunity to visit our Nation’s Capital.

Program Agenda

6:00pm Welcome and Introduction of Secretary Mineta

6:05pm Speech by Secretary Mineta focused on:

  • State of the transportation industry today
  • Secretary’s background and career path
  • Advice on career development and work-life balance

6:40pm Q&A session followed by reception

More information to follow. Keep checking the post for registration and location information! This event is for YPT Members only.

NYC Event Recap: Leadership Event with Commissioner Redeker

On January 23rd, the New York Chapter of the Young Professionals in Transportation hosted the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation as part of our series of leadership events. Commissioner James P. Redeker led an intimate discussion for an audience of about thirty young transportation professionals about what lies ahead for Connecticut’s transportation system. He offered advice as well as his lessons learned to those seeking to advance in the industry.

Commissioner Redeker, who was appointed Commissioner by Governor Daniel P. Malloy in 2011, began his career at the New Jersey Department of Transportation and spoke fondly of his early experiences helping to create New Jersey Transit – a system that is now the third largest transit network in the country. YPT-NYC members heard about the challenges of transportation planning in an environment with ever changing leadership, growing capital investment needs, complex jurisdictional issues, and increasing service demands. Additionally, as a department head facing the difficulties of maintaining a highly trained workforce in the face of high attrition rates, Commissioner Redeker spoke of available opportunities for those starting out in their careers. He also noted ongoing efforts to update and streamline the state’s current hiring processes in order to make it easier for the DOT to attract and hire talented workers.

Commissioner Redeker wants to bring new ideas to develop a comprehensive vision for Connecticut’s transportation and encouraged attendees to reach out to him directly if they were interested in lending a hand. “It was inspiring to hear a leader speak so passionately about the nature of transportation and his vision for the future,” said one YPT-NYC member in attendance.

Thanks to Julia Kerson for summarizing this event. YPT-NYC hopes to continue providing members with the opportunity to engage the region’s transportation leaders. Visit www.yptnyc.org to learn about future events.

Julia Kerson is a Project Manager at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where she is responsible for managing the federal environmental review process for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program. Julia serves as the Treasurer of the YPT New York City Chapter.