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Insights and tips from remarkable women leaders and innovators - from business, policy, science, the arts - who are transforming our world - Energy and sustainability - Career advice too.

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Mar 19, 2024


“We have on our website what's called the DOT Navigator. Sounds wonky, but go take a look. It is a wealth of information about all our grant programs, and you can answer a series of questions and it can help point you in the right direction. We also have a team of folks here who are dedicated to technical assistance and capacity building. So,  if you go to our website, you can find a lot of resources and, I would recommend potentially for firms, one nice thing we have is we have a division administration, federal Highways division administration office in all 50 states in the state capitals a great place, I think, to start for local guidance.” Secretary Polly Trottenberg on Electric Ladies Podcast


We are in the midst of a transportation revolution – a transformation of our transportation systems, in the U.S. and across the globe. It’s part technology, part addressing climate change because transportation is top source of CO2, and part changing mobility needs. The Inflation Reduction Act & Infrastructure Investment Act provided nearly $1 trillion toward this transportation upgrade. Where are the opportunities?

Listen to this exclusive interview with Polly Trottenberg, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation on Electric Ladies Podcast with host Joan Michelson (live at the DOT offices).

You’ll hear:

  • How the transportation sector is being transformed – in large part by the smartphone.
  • Where and how the US DOT is spending those hundreds of billions of dollars in new federal funding – and where you can access the opportunities.
  • How to make sure your community gets its voice heard and transportation needs met.
  • Where EV chargers are going in the huge buildout of them across the country.
  • Plus, insightful career advice

Women don't always know what they're good at. I think that they're not actually always encouraged to sort of realize their own value and, you know, all the talents they have…. That is, I think a socialization thing that I still see. So, I give this advice from personal experience, you know more than you think, you have incredible value. Seek out those opportunities, take some risks.”

Secretary Polly Trottenberg on Electric Ladies podcast

You’ll also want to listen to: (some might be recorded under our previous name, Green Connections Radio)

  • Michele Mueller, Manager, Automated, Connected and Electrification, Michigan Dept. of Transportation
  • Julie White, Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation
  • Suzy Deering, (then) Chief Marketing Officer, Ford – on bringing change to a legacy industry as an outsider.
  • Genevieve Cullen, President, Electric Drive Transportation Assn. – on financial benefits for buying EVs in the new legislation, and EVs coming to market soon.
  • Telva McGruder, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, General Motors (now head of Global Manufacturing Engineering) – on the changing auto workforce and industry.
  • Kristen Siemen, Chief Sustainability Officer, General Motors


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