24th Annual Freight and Logistics Symposium: Equity in the Freight Industry

Friday, December 10, 2021, 8:00 am–12:00 pm

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

About the Event

The 2021 symposium explored the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the freight industry.

The symposium's keynote presentation covered changing workplace and workforce DEI issues and opportunities. These remarks were followed by a reaction panel featuring industry representatives from different modes of freight transportation sharing their perspectives. In addition, MnDOT shared information about the agency’s long-range transportation plan and how DEI issues are being integrated into state funding.


  • Abdullahi Abdulle, Transportation Equity Planning Coordinator, MnDOT
  • Stephanie Carpentier, Vice President, Vx Consultants
  • Tiffani Daniels, Managing Director, Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equality  
  • Rachel Schwalbach, Vice President, ESG, CH Robinson
  • Debbie Taylor, Edna Rice Executive Rail Recruiters
  • Ellen Voie, President and CEO, Women in Trucking
  • Alan Walts, Director, Tribal and Multimedia Programs Office, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 5


Attendees are eligible for 4.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

More Information

For more information, contact Chelsea Arbury Prorok at arbur001@umn.edu.


This symposium was sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, in cooperation with: