More than 120 female employees in the St. Louis district gained insights on career enhancement and personal growth through a professional training development conference for women last week. The district’s first MoDOT Women: Leadership, Service & Grace conference educated attendees who heard panel members and a keynote speaker share their experiences and strategies for workplace success.
The leadership team of St. Louis created the conference as an opportunity for female employees to network with female coworkers to share career inspirations and tips on balancing life outside of work. The conference also focused on how to enhance leadership styles and both personal and professional growth.
Interim MoDOT Director Roberta Broeker was the keynote speaker for the conference.
“The biggest thing we have control over is our attitude. Never succumb to the ‘I am where I am and I don’t have choices’ attitude. We always have choices."
|MoDOT Interim Director Roberta Broeker gives words of encouragement to the attendees at the women's conference in the St. Louis district June 9.
The panelists included:
Micki Knudsen – human resources director
Betherny Williams – senior construction inspector
Stacey Smith – senior highway designer
Nicole Kreisel – senior right of way specialist
Kate Marshall – construction inspector
Jan Binger – maintenance supervisor
Teri Feller – maintenance supervisor
“As females, we can often tend to take on more than possible to manage. It’s important to learn how to balance your work commitments with obligations outside of work. This is the reason that I make sure that I have people in my life who also strengthen me,” shared panelist Betherny Williams.
Becky Allmeroth, state maintenance engineer, and Jeanne Olubogun, district traffic engineer moderated this event.
“I truly enjoyed this conference because it was genuine and a lot of the topics hit very close to home for me. I appreciated hearing the women on the panel and Roberta speak about their work and life experiences. It also inspired me to sign up for a MoDOT mentor,” said attendee Tanya Fibbs.
The conference also included individual table topic discussions. It gave the women a chance to talk amongst themselves and share opinions and ideas.
Broeker shared words of encouragement with the women.
"Never let anyone tell you that because you are a woman, there is a job you cannot aspire to. Figure out what you want and work to make it happen,” concluded Broeker.
The district's leadership team plan to have the women's conference again in 2016.