Women are essential to planning for better mobility and livability. Let’s meet three women making a real impact!
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter. Listen into our candid conversation about how to achieve balanced and equitable public engagement in planning for better mobility and livability. Women in transportation, urban planning, and public participation are doing outstanding work in this area – let’s celebrate their success!
Beth Alden, Executive Director for Hillsborough MPO, shares her personal journey and offer insights for women looking to take on leadership roles in planning. Liane Miller, Planning and Policy Manager for the City of Austin, recently engaged over 5,100 residents for the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, of which 52% were women – she tells us how she achieved this balance! Jennifer Fix, Associate Senior Urban Planner with DIALOG, discusses how to plan a city for women by women, or as she’s coined it, a FEMOPOLIS.
What You’ll Learn:
“The presentation was really well put together. I really enjoy when a presenter is able to get to the key takeaway first then dive into the specifics of that takeaway. Well done.”
“Great suggestions for thinking outside the box when it comes to public engagement.”
“This was a very helpful and insightful presentation. It provided good evidence on the effectiveness of online community engagement.”
MPO Executive Director
Beth leads an award-winning team of planners. She has directed several acclaimed planning studies using innovative research methods in a collaborative context, and forged new interagency partnerships that break down silos and deliver projects. Her work has been recognized for pioneering the use of market research in community planning; for regional consensus-building and visioning; for creative public engagement campaigns integrating on-line interactive platforms, and more.
Planning and Policy Manager, City of Austin’s Transportation Department
Liane works on planning initiatives, such as the development of the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, the City’s first multimodal plan. She previously led the citywide capital needs assessment and helped develop the comprehensive plan, Imagine Austin. Liane earned a BS from the University of Texas at Austin and master’s degrees in planning and public administration from the University of Southern California.
Associate, Senior Urban Planner
Jennifer works with communities of all shapes and sizes on projects ranging from Main Street plans and neighbourhood plans, to Official Community Plans and regional growth strategies. The common thread tying these projects together is a focus on public life. Jennifer’s work has been recognized with planning excellence awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners, Union of BC Municipalities, and Planning Institute of BC.