USDOT's Secretary of Transportation authorized the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization to implement the WITI Program.
How did the USDOT Women in Transportation Initiative (WITI) start?
Executive Order (EO) 13506, dated March 11, 2009, entitled “Establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls” requires federal agencies to address issues that particularly impact the lives of women and girls and to ensure that Federal programs and policies address and take into account the distinctive concerns of women and girls and include more resources and services in science, engineering, technology, and transportation related fields.
Goals of the Program
The goals of the program are to increase the participation of women in the transportation industry and prepare young women to become our nation's future leaders. To accomplish these goals, the program:
-Creates opportunities towards careers and internships in the transportation industry.
-Educates WITI participants on the exciting opportunities available in the transportation industry and inspire them to enter the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
-Establishes strategic partnerships through the creation of the Women in Transportation Advisory Committees in each region.
-Attracts and Retains female WITI participants in transportation fields.
-Identifies barriers to economic competitiveness for women participating in the transportation industry and provide sustainability tools.
Women in Transportation Initiative - WITI