6th Biennial Ohio Civil Rights Transportation Symposium Set to Advance DE&I in Ohio’s Transportation Industry

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is proud to host the 6th Biennial Ohio Civil Rights Transportation Symposium on April 9-10, 2024. This year’s event, themed “Moving Forward Beyond What is Now: Fostering Accessibility, Equality, and Inclusion,” aims to spotlight the significant strides and future pathways toward enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within Ohio’s transportation sector.

The symposium will feature an array of discussions led by distinguished figures in academia, business, diversity expertise, and government. The focus will be on providing deeper insights into the changing dynamics of DE&I programs nationally, with a particular emphasis on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Transportation’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion will be a key highlight.

Participants can expect to gain valuable knowledge on resources and supportive services for DBE firms, upcoming mega construction projects in Ohio, workforce and business development strategies, successful DBE business partnerships, and the current trends of DE&I programs in Ohio and beyond. This event serves as a prime opportunity for businesses and organizations to learn best practices that will aid in the growth of Small and Disadvantaged Businesses within the state.

Notable speakers include Colette Holt, a respected authority on civil rights and public contracting, and Maxine Pryor-Harris, President and CEO of Maxx Impact Group, known for her work in Supplier Diversity and Workforce Development.

ODOT invites all interested parties to join this impactful symposium and contribute to the ongoing conversation about building a more accessible, equal, and inclusive transportation industry in Ohio.