Webinar: Women at the Helm
What is the path to leadership for women in transportation? What can success stories teach us about how to help women advance to the top of organizations? In this webinar, Jennifer Aument, Nuria Haltiwanger, Denise Roth, and Kimberly Slaughter will share their thought leadership, key insights, and personal stories about their careers. They will also share some concrete suggestions for how women can empower themselves in the companies, organizations, and governments where they work. Join these leading luminaries for an intimate conversation on the future of women in transportation.
Jennifer Aument, Global Transportation Chief Executive, AECOM
Nuria Haltiwanger, Chief Executive Officer, ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc.
Denise Roth, President, US Advisory Services
Kimberly Slaughter, Chief Executive Officer, SYSTRA USA
Robert Puentes, President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation
Jennifer Aument is Global Transportation Chief Executive at AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm. Ms. Aument joined the company in April 2021 and leads more than 14,000 professionals in AECOM’s global Transportation design business, which has been consistently ranked No. 1 by Engineering News-Record. Her team delivers innovative transportation solutions that better advance its clien ts’ goals of delivering safe, sustainable and cost-effective transportation systems. Prior to joining AECOM, Ms. Aument served as president and CEO of Transurban’s North American business, overseeing development, financing, delivery, and operations of major toll road infrastructure in the US and Canada, including its $4 billion Express Lanes network in Virginia. Ms. Aument also serves on boards for several major universities, the Eno Center for Transportation, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the Highway Users Alliance and more. She has also served for nearly a decade as a commissioner and member of the executive committee for the Virginia Port Authority.
Nuria Haltiwanger is the CEO of ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc. and ACS Infra-structure Canada Inc., wholly-owned North American subsidiaries of Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras, S.A. (the concession/P3 and operations arm of ACS Group).
Haltiwanger has been with ACS since 2009, where she previously acted as General Counsel and Senior Vice President in North America, overseeing the legal and commercial risk assessment and management of the companies. She was actively involved in the commercial, financial and legal structuring and negotiation of the financing terms and conditions of various projects in which ACS has participated.
She has assisted ACS in its investment in infrastructure projects valued at over US$9 billion, including the award of eight major projects: I-595 Corridor Improvements (Florida), I-69 (Texas), the pre-development agreement for the Mid-Currituck Bridge (North Carolina), Nouvelle Autoroute 30 (Montreal), South Fraser Perimeter Road (Brit-ish Columbia), Right Honourable Herb Gray (formally Windsor Essex) Parkway (On-tario), Northeast Anthony Henday Drive (Alberta) and the Confederation Line (Ottawa Light Rail Transit) (Ottawa).
Prior to joining ACS, Haltiwanger worked at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP focusing on conces-sion-based infrastructure, as well as energy projects. She earned her J.D. at George-town University, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Miami.
Denise Turner Roth, former administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), serves as the president of Advisory Services for the U.S. region of WSP, a global engineering and professional services consultancy. In this role, Denise leads the consulting practice which encompasses 500 industry-leading professionals providing research & development, planning, asset management, grants and project finance service offerings to clients across key infrastructure industries, including transportation, energy, buildings, water and environment. Denise has extensive experience in technology transformation, public-private partnerships, property portfolio management and economic development.
Throughout her career, Denise has held leadership positions at the federal, state and local government levels with a focus on driving economic and administrative change. As administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), she led a workforce of 12,000 full-time employees with responsibility for a $27 billion budget. While leading the agency’s public buildings, federal acquisition and technology service programs, Denise championed key strategic initiatives and instituted policy changes to engage local economic development priorities in GSA property placement decisions.
Prior to joining GSA, Denise served as city manager for Greensboro, North Carolina. Her leadership helped pave the way for several new and creative management changes in the city, including the reorganization of city departments and divisions to promote efficiency and improve service delivery and launching public-private initiatives that created more than $75 million in city enhancements.
She previously served as vice president for an economic development consortium where she secured $60 million in state funds to establish the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, an academic collaboration of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Denise is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her distinguished public service. Denise is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam (VA) as a member of the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. Denise lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband, 11 year old son and golden retriever.
Kimberly Slaughter is SYSTRA USA’s chief executive officer. She is focused on promoting the company’s vision of being the signature team for transportation solutions. SYSTRA’s focuses on delivering planning, design, architecture, engineering, and program and construction management solutions to rail and transit agencies throughout the United States. The company’s mission is to contribute to the cities and regions in which we work and live by creating, improving, and modernizing their transportation and infrastructure systems, while furthering sustainable development. With a background in planning, policy development, and project funding and 30 years in the rail and transit industry, Kimberly has helped shape public transportation across the US. A transit industry leader and executive, she has worked with public transit agencies and private transportation consulting firms. Prior to joining SYSTRA, Kimberly was the national rail and transit market sector leader at HNTB and before that was vice president/central region transit market director at HDR. Earlier, she worked for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County in Houston, where she held several positions, including senior vice president of service design and development and associate vice president of planning.
Kimberly is a passionate force behind helping to provide access to safe, reliable, affordable, and convenient public transit to all communities. Putting her passion into practice, she serves on several professional and community-based association boards and in committee leadership positions. Kimberly was appointed recently by the Mayor of Houston to serve on the board of directors of the city’s Equity Fund for social justice and economic equity; she is on the board of directors of the Chicago Chapter of the March of Dimes and leads the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) subcommittee for the Mobility Restoration & Recovery Task Force. Kimberly has also served on the APTA Board of Directors and Business Members Board of Governors, Business Council of the African American Mayors Association, Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). In 2019, she served on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s transportation transition team, and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.