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FOR INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

Jason A. Crawford, P.E. (F)
Division Head | Research Engineer, Texas A&M
Transportation Institute, Arlington, Texas, USA
LinkedIn: @jason4ite | Facebook: @jason4ITE
Twitter: @j_crawford | j-crawford@tti.tamu.edu
ITE has made significant and bold changes over the
last 5 years to strengthen its role as the leading voice
in transportation and to make ITE the professional
association for a community of diverse transportation
professionals. I was fortunate to serve as Texas District
Director and now as Coordinating Council Chair on the International
Board with strong leaders as these changes incubated and matured.
My vision for sustaining and building on our recent successes is a
commitment to delivering compelling member value throughout ITE
products, programs, and services.
Technical Products - ITE produces reputable and respected technical
products. We must strengthen member engagement in our technical
councils to identify and create new content that meets technical needs
in the profession and our evolving workforce. We can promote greater
involvement from districts into council products to provide well-rounded
technical content. We can improve existing technical products that have
been a foundation of ITE in ways that reflect changes in our profession.
We can create forward-looking resources that can be easily updated with
current examples to help practitioners perform their jobs.
Learning Channels - ITE has a strong catalog of continuing education
opportunities. We can improve marketing of our webinar and podcast
channels that supplement the extensive program base delivered through
our district, section, and international meetings. We should identify and
pilot new innovative learning channels that best meet the needs of
our members. We must endeavor for topic and speaker diversity in our
technical programs to meet the needs for all members.
Networking - ITE is a diverse family where people make life-long career
and personal connections. We must promote welcoming and recognizing
new members at meetings to encourage their membership. We can
strengthen and promote consistency between ITE's affinity groups under the
ONE ITE platform so members have clear expectations of their experience
across ITE. We should promote growth of the mentor program across all
levels of work experience as we continue to grow throughout our careers.
Leadership Opportunities - ITE has abundant opportunities both for
members to assume leadership positions, and to learn and sharpen their
leadership skills through training. LeadershipITE and student leadership
summits are valuable training for our future leaders, and we can place
these program participants into various task and project leadership
opportunities. We should promote microvolunteering within all levels of
ITE to match enthusiastic members with the many needs we have. We
can develop a streamlined onboarding experience for our new elected
leaders to help them grow professionally and be more effective at their
roles in supporting their goals and ITE initiatives.
ITE has given me so much through my service in leadership positions at
the student chapter, section, district, and international levels. The lifelong learning, networking, and leadership opportunities have allowed
me to grow both personally and professionally. My ITE peers and friends
are an extension of my family. I am committed to serving ITE's members
by improving your experience, and delivering compelling value to you.

Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (F)
Division Head | Senior Research Engineer,
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
College Station, Texas
Twitter: @BeverlyKuhn
LinkedIn:@beverlykuhn
b-kuhn@tti.tamu.edu

"Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having
a voice, and belonging is having that voice heard."
- Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy
Transportation plays an important role in the overall prosperity of our
communities and their citizens. I believe that ITE can help ensure that
our members and our neighbors are not only included, but heard in a
meaningful dialogue so that their needs are met and they can realize
the future they want for themselves and their families. As transportation
professionals, we are an integral part of helping make their success
a reality. After 30 years of active involvement in ITE at all levels, I am
excited to have the opportunity to serve our membership and lead ITE
into the future.

Diversity, Collaboration, and Leverage
Embrace Diversity - The differences in our backgrounds enrich our
experiences as members of ITE and the communities in which we live
and serve. I believe that by embracing all aspects of our diversity, we can
offer a more open exchange of ideas and develop solutions that help
ensure a resilient, sustainable, and equitable transportation system that
is inclusive and responsive to the needs of everyone.
Enhance Collaboration - Transportation has a broad impact on society,
presenting challenges and opportunities for such issues as safety,
the environment, health, land use, economic development, freight,
housing, and rural livability. Transportation is intertwined with all of
these elements. We need a broad understanding of the impacts our
decisions have on the overall quality of life and the long-term prosperity
of our communities. Expanding our ongoing engagement with other
professional organizations and groups can enhance collaboration and
offer viable solutions to the challenges we face. These linkages can
help us remove barriers, increase flexibility, and identify ways to invest
taxpayer dollars more efficiently to improve local communities.
Leverage the Councils and Committees - The ITE Councils and
Standing Committees serve a critical role in identifying developing
trends and how we as transportation professionals can address these
trends. We need to leverage the expertise and leadership of these groups
to foster a healthy dialogue among our members from across the globe.
This dialogue, combined with the collaborative spirit inherent in ITE,
will result in quality products and resources that incorporate new and
diverse perspectives to become essential tools for our members and for
the overall profession.
I have served ITE in various capacities since joining as a student at Texas
A&M University and saw the organization as an integral part of my
transportation future. Over the years, I have found ITE to be one of the
best investments I have ever made in my career. I have gained a vast
wealth of experience and insight into our profession and have made
lifelong friends along the way. I am honored to have been selected as a
candidate for ITE International Vice President, and I am excited to share
my vision for ITE with you.

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