Women in Parking hold Reception at the IPI

The Women in Parking group held a major reception at the IPI yesterday in Phoenix. The room was mobbed not only with women, but a few men, too. I have to say that it was the best networking event at the IPI with people in attendance who were there to talk parking.

Here’s a pix of yours truly with the WIP board:

From Left — Nancy Evens, Marcy Sparrow, Brandy Stanley, Ruth Beaman, Coleen Niese, JVH, Barbara Chance, Karla Baig, and Karen Pradhan. Chair Niese and Executive Director Beaman addressed the group and spoke of upcoming programs for the membership including a wealth building seminar to be held in the late summer for women of every age group and income level.

Among other conversations, I was invited by Parking Program Assistant Vanessa Weston to attend the opening game at Clemson University and see how the Tigers park cars. I just may take her up on it.

In less than a year, the Women in Parking has grown from a small group of less than a dozen to more than 100 members. They have an extensive web site and a number of programs focused on expanding women’s role in the parking industry. The association is comprised of representatives from nearly every discipline who share the common goal of being dedicated to promoting the advancement and achievement of professional woman by providing networking, leadership, and career enhancement opportunities to all members.

As I was told last year when WIP began — just get a group of women together and get out of the way. They will do the rest.  And they certainly have.  Congratulations to Ruth, Coleen and the rest of this dynamic group.


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One Response to Women in Parking hold Reception at the IPI

  1. Rita Molnar says:

    Just wanted to tell you how delighted I was to learn about this group of women in the parking profession. When I attended the first of my IMPC (IPI) Conferences in Denver in the late 1970’s, there were so few of us in the industry, that we were offered a “spouses welcome kit” as we arrived. Women have come a long way since that time, and have contributed a great deal throughout the years. I was Director of University Parking at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and remain proud to have served as IMPC’s first female “president” in 1984/85.

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