ACT’s International Conference was an energizing experience, and, by all accounts, our most successful conference yet. A few numbers give part of the picture: 500 TDM professionals in attendance, 23 exhibitors, and 36 well-attended breakout sessions. The best attended session attracted over 100 people. Its topic, “Stage of Change – Strategies to Shift Travel Behavior and Create New Game Plans,” in a nutshell, is what ACT is all about, so perhaps its popularity isn’t so surprising. More proof of success came from the overwhelmingly positive comments from attendees who let us know they were excited about and felt professionally renewed by what they had learned.
During the ACT International Conference in New Orleans, keynote speaker LaVerne Frances Reid emphasized the importance of mentoring, saying, “Lift as you climb.” The former FAA New England Region Airports Division Manager, one of the first female African-American air traffic controllers in Alaska, and the first African-American National President of the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Ms. Reid knows from first-hand experience how mentoring can positively impact both the mentor and the mentee.
Now is your opportunity to lift as you climb – or to be lifted. The Mentoring Committee is looking for mentors and mentees for the 2017-2018 year of Peer Advisory Leaders (PALs). If you are interested in sharing your experiences, or looking to learn from someone more experienced, this is the perfect opportunity to get matched with a fellow ACT member. One-on-one support, special webinars and an expanded professional network are benefits of this ten-month (October – July) commitment. The mentoring year ends at the following International Conference with special social opportunities for PALs.
PALS clearly offers an excellent opportunity to get involved while helping to grow the TDM profession. There are also other ways to help lift TDM and ACT – we hope you will feel free to reach out and ask us!