Beverly Woods represents UAC at Women in Transportation Conference

May 28, 2013


Beverly Woods, UAC’s Director of Economic Opportunity Division, served as a panelist at the recent WTS Conference in Philadelphia. WTS, an international organization dedicated to advancing women in the transportation industry, hosts a yearly conference to unite women and provide them with strategies to advance in the workplace. This year’s theme was “Liberty in Transportation for All” featuring keynote speakers: activist Gloria Steinem and former NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison.

In her role as Director of Economic Opportunity Division, Woods provides leadership over UAC’s Economic Development Projects (EDP) unit. EDP works with government and business to design Economic Opportunity Plans and monitors them to ensure that there are inclusion opportunities for minority and women owned businesses. EDP provides initiatives that create new, innovative opportunities for entrepreneurs in addition to providing job opportunities and employment for members of the community. EDP’s mission for sustainable economic development has resulted in over $740 million in contracts awarded to minority and women business enterprises. Some of EDP’s clients include the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Comcast.

Featured on the panel, “The Illusion of Inclusion,” Woods provided women with the advice needed to advance in their careers. Her presentation included “Opportunity at the Top,” a recent study by the Urban League of Philadelphia which revealed only 4% of minorities are in leadership positions at the top 100 local firms. Instead of using these numbers to discourage women, Woods used her insight and knowledge as an “inclusion advocate” to motivate women to focus on what economic opportunity and inclusion means for them in order to achieve their goals.