APTA EXPO 2023 Women in Transit reception features VTA and RTA leadership

Oct. 24, 2023
Santa Clara VTA General Manager and CEO Carolyn Gonot and New Orleans RTA CEO Lona Edwards Hankins spoke at the Women in Transit reception at the APTA Expo 2023.

The Women in Transit reception at this years APTA EXPO featured guest speakers, Carolyn Gonot and Lona Edwards Hankins. The two leaders, speaking at the event sponsored by Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. and Systra, told attendees about their remarkable professional journeys and becoming CEOs.

Gonot serves as the general manager and CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA) and Lona Edwards Hankins helms the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) as its chief executive officer.

The Women in Transit reception was the brainchild of Sima Vajdani, PE, vice president of the California Business Group for Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. It was her idea three years ago to bring together women in transit and celebrate their accomplishments.

Vajdani said, “It’s important that women see other women in top management positions. It spurs on the younger women entering our industry. They can see what they can accomplish. “