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Tag: Mineta Transportation Institute

What Makes Women Such Effective Board Members?

March 27, 2019 0 Comments

Earlier today, I interviewed John Andoh, Executive Director/CEO of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (the Comet),  for a podcast about a number of innovative mobility initiatives launched in the Columbia, South Carolina region on his watch.   As we were recording the podcast, I was reminded of the following article, which Karen Philbrick, Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, wrote for this blog almost three years ago.  There’s no question that, as Karen points out, a growing number of women serving on boards have added a large dollop of creativity to the governing process , and as we all Read the rest

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Taking Re-Branding Up a Big Notch: Karen Philbrick on the MTI Experience

March 20, 2018 0 Comments

I wasn’t initially blown away by enthusiasm when Karen Philbrick, Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, suggested that we record a podcast for this blog focusing on MIT’s re-branding initiative.  What came immediately to mind were the many re-branding efforts I’d observed over the years that involved essentially cosmetic touch-ups.  I was reminded of the most recent egregious example:  a local economic and community development corporation whose light – the board and chief executive had concluded – was well hidden by the proverbial bushel:  its role unclear and its achievements unrecognized.  Unfortunately, they chose a cheap and easy solution … Read the rest

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Karen Philbrick On the Mineta Transportation Institute

May 9, 2015 0 Comments

Karen Philbrick fell in love with the field of transportation when she got involved in a transportation research project while earning her PhD in psychology.  She joined the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University in 2009 as Research Director, becoming Deputy Executive Director a couple of years later and being named Executive Director in July 2014.

In this podcast she recorded for boardsavvytransitceo.com, Karen provides an overview of MTI’s history, mission and four primary functions – research, education, technology transfer, and workforce development – and goes on to describe how she works with the MTI Board of Directors.  … Read the rest

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