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Session No. 1C

Session Title: Driving Diversity and Inclusion – How Can We Transform Our Culture?

Session Description: A diverse and inclusive organization is one that has a workforce with differing backgrounds, beliefs, and values; employees are all treated fairly and equally with access to the same opportunities. Many companies strive to achieve both diversity and inclusion, due to the positive business outcomes that follow. These firms not only see greater growth and returns, but also greater discretionary effort, intent to stay, and team collaboration. This game show-style session talks about how we can embrace and influence the culture of diversity and inclusivity and help transform our organizations.  

Moderator: Leslie Richards, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Master of Ceremonies: Dan Corey, AECOM

Master of Ceremonies: Orla Pease, AECOM

Master of Ceremonies: Laurie Matkowski, Gannett Fleming


Leslie Richards, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Katharine Kelleman, Chief Operating Officer, Port Authority of Alleghany County 

Courtney Ehrlichman, Principle, The Ehrlichman Group

Alanna Strohecker, P.E., MBA, Vice President, Freight Rail Market Sector in the Americas, AECOM

Martin Pietrucha, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.ITE, Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Research Associate, The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, Penn State    

Herman Lloyd, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer / Sr. Vice President, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc.

Richard Montanez, Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, City of Philadelphia

Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 and T-SET National University Transportation Centers, Carnegie Mellon University        

Panelists' Bios

Leslie Richards is the first woman and planner to serve as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), where she oversees one of the largest and most innovative transportation agencies in the U.S., with an annual budget of more than $10 billion and 11,500 employees. As Secretary, she is making her mark on the agency by ensuring the long-term success of Pennsylvania’s transportation needs through sustainable investments such as a metric driven strategic investment approach for the 12 Year Capital Program; a $2.1 billion maintenance and system preservation initiative, termed PennDOT Road MaP; and PennDOT Connects a transformative approach that focuses on improved collaboration among local stakeholders for the planning and delivery of capital and maintenance projects.

Katharine Eagan Kelleman is chief executive officer of Port Authority of Allegheny County. Prior to joining Port Authority, Kelleman worked at Hillsborough Area Regional (HART) in Tampa, Fla. Where she grew ridership by more than 20 percent; adopted technologies like the OneBusAway application; expanded public-private partnerships with entities like MegaBus, Red Coach and Coast Bike Share; launched a regional fare program; and oversaw HART HyperLink — the nation's first transit agency-operated rideshare program. Kelleman received her Bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and her Master’s degree in public administration from San Angelo State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Public Transit Association.

Courtney Ehrlichman is a subject matter expert on connected and automated vehicles, transportation technology, smart mobility and cybersecurity with deep and broad relationships across the industry. She founded the Ehrlichman Group, which focuses on partnership development, intelligent vehicle applications and impacts, industry trend analysis, and business strategy.  

Alanna Strohecker, P.E., MBA, is a vice president who leads the AECOM Freight Rail Market Sector in the Americas, growing and managing the business with AECOM’s Class I railroad clients. The freight rail organization is comprised of approximately 275 professionals and has annual revenue of $40M. She brings her passion for the rail and transit industry to this role and is always looking for ways to diversify the business, the rail group and her own experiences to benefit all. 

Herman W. Lloyd is a Senior Vice President, and the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson (JMT), where he is charged with leading and enhancing JMT’s Diversity & Inclusion program, which was initiated by the Board of Directors to assure the firm employs a diverse workforce, assure JMT’s workplaces are inclusive, and to provide opportunity for all employees. This position also involves ensuring that JMT participates as a leader in the recruitment of a diverse pool of talent into our industry. He will continue his role with business development in the Philadelphia region, and his role on JMT's Board of Directors. Lloyd reports directly to JMT’s President. Lloyd began his career in 1962 at the Pennsylvania Department of Highways (PHD), now the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). He served the agency for 29 years including more than four years as an Assistant District Construction Engineer for District 6-0. He attained full retirement from PennDOT in January 1991 and is still the only African American to ever serve in the position of Assistant District Construction Engineer at PennDOT.

Richard Montanez, P.E. is the Deputy Streets Commissioner for Transportation for the City of Philadelphia. Montanez is responsible for the maintaining, operating, and improving approximately 2,500 miles of local roads, 3,000 traffic signals, 280 bridges, over 100,000 street lights and 18,000 alley lights in the City of Philadelphia. He leads the Streets Department in a variety of efforts, such as Transportation Management, Operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vision Zero, Energy efficiency, Green Infrastructure and Smart Cities and is responsible for the development and implementation of the transportation division’s strategic plan. Montanez is a 1993 graduate from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Professional Engineer License from the State of Pennsylvania.

Stan Caldwell joined Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and serves as Executive Director of the Traffic21 Institute and US DOT designated Mobility21 National University Transportation Center.  These centers support faculty and students across the university conducting intelligent transportation systems research. Caldwell is also an Adjunct Associate Professor for Transportation and Policy.     

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Room 208

  • Full Presentation Slides (PDF)

Driving Diversity and Inclusion – How Can We Transform Our Culture?



The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891