Businesswomen named as transportation seminar presenters, honorees

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The Northeast Florida Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar recognizes executive women who have made varied contributions in transportation, leadership and mentorship of women.

The local organization’s program committee selected several leading businesswomen in Northeast Florida to be featured at the Women’s Executive Roundtable luncheon on Sept. 29 at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse in Jacksonville.

Presenters and honorees included Isabelle Renault, CEO of St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce; LeAnna Gutierrez Cumber, City of Jacksonville District 5 councilwoman and CEO of LeAnna Cumber & Associates; Diane Hutchings, Clay County tax collector; and Michelle Mecca, senior vice president at Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.

Lori Boyer, chief executive officer of the City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority, was also an honoree but could not attend due to a scheduling conflict.

Jeanette F. Berk, senior planning manager at Gannett Fleming Inc. served as moderator.

Honorees discussed their professional journeys and offered career advice while focusing on transportation initiatives in their respective locations. They also shared stories about their business successes, challenges and personal milestones.

Previous presenters have included Neptune Beach Mayor Elaine Brown; Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser; Jackie Smith, former district director for U.S. Rep. John Rutherford; and St. Augustine Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline, to name a few.

In order to fulfill its mission to transform the transportation industry through the advancement of women, WTS Northeast Florida provides access to the highest levels of the transportation industry. Programs and member interaction with relevant, thought-provoking speakers include comprehensive educational forums and discussions, which foster professional development and provide valuable exposure to timely transportation issues.

The local WTS chapter recently attained recognition with Circle of Excellence Gold Status from the international organization for its service to members and developing the professional community in transportation and related fields.

WTS is an international organization founded in 1977 and includes approximately 8,500 members internationally to raise the profile of the transportation profession and to help women find opportunity and recognition within the industry.

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