General Sessions

Monday, July 31 | 8:30am - Grand Ballroom ABC

Keynote Speaker - Jeffrey Tumlin, Nelson\Nygaard
Karl Marx, Southwest Airlines, and Heroin Addiction: How remembering Econ 101 will make TDM relevant

Jeffrey Tumlin is director of strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. For more than twenty years, he has led station area, downtown, citywide, and campus plans, and delivered various lectures and classes in 20 U.S. states and five other countries. His major development projects have succeeded in reducing their traffic and CO2 emissions by as much as 40%, and accommodated many millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. These projects have won awards from the U.S. General Services Administration, Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, and Urban Land Institute. During 2016-17, Jeff Tumlin was the interim director of Oakland’s first Department of Transportation, helping the city create the new department and develop its first budget, including allocating a $350 million infrastructure bond that voters approved by 82% in November 2016. He is the author of Sustainable Transportation: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities (Wiley, 2012).

Monday, July 31 | 12:00pm - Grand Ballroom ABC

Luncheon Keynote Speaker - Tiffany Sauder, Element Three
The Secret to Building a Brand That Compels People to Action

Business first. That’s the tagline of Element Three, a full-service brand and marketing agency in Indianapolis that works across channels to solve real business problems for clients who want to be market leaders.

But it’s also the axiom that fuels E3 President Tiffany Sauder’s own approach to growing an enterprise. When the former financial analyst took the helm of the company in 2006, Sauder was 24. Over ten years later, she’s catapulted annual revenues by over 950 percent. From coaching executives through the brand considerations of an acquisition to helping them use marketing and sales technology to track marketing performance, Sauder understands that success results from an integrated approach to business, brand, and creativity. Sauder has been interviewed by the Harvard Business Review and participated in panels hosted by Ad Age and TechPoint. Her agency is a three-time Inc. 5000 company and in 2012, was awarded the HubSpot Agency of the Year award. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, J.R., and their three daughters.

Tuesday, August 1 | 12:00pm - Grand Ballroom ABC

Luncheon Keynote Speaker - Elizabeth Levin
Author - Boots on the Ground and Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories

Liz is the co-author with Grace Crunican of  “Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom”.  She is President of Liz Levin & Company, a management consulting company to the transportation and environmental industry.  Since 2003 she has also served on the Board of Directors of Normandeau Associates, a national environmental science firm.  Liz’s prior experience includes serving on the Board of Directors of MassDOT and of the MBTA.  Liz also served as a Principal and Board Member of Rizzo Associates which she helped grow from a start-up to a wonderfully successful transportation, environmental and engineering firm that was sold to Tetratech in 2001.  In her early career Liz spent 13 years at Metcalf & Eddy that included leading their environmental planning. She started her career in housing and urban development. Liz has done extensive leadership work in the transportation, environmental and women’s communities.  She served as International President of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), President of the New England Environmental Business Council, President of WalkBoston and Chair of the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP). Liz holds a BA from Wellesley College, a Masters of Urban Affairs from Boston University, and a MBA from Simmons School of Management.  She earned her graduate degrees while working and raising young children.  

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