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Nashville’s Drive to Work

Join Nashville’s Drive to Work Solutions Symposium

Act fast – Limited Seating

Friday May 31st
Doors Open at 7am for Breakfast Mixer
Hosted at the Grand Lodge of Tennessee F. & A.M. 100 7th Avenue North in Nashville

Inform – Recruit – Act

By the time the Symposium is concluded, attendees will understand the Nashville region’s transportation and workforce challenges and how they are related, the proven, “money-ready” solutions in place waiting to be activated right now, and the public-private partnership opportunities available to make it happen.

  • 7:00 am to 7:30 am – Arrive and Thrive: Nashville’s Famous Hot Chicken & Waffles Mixer

  • 7:45 am to 8:45 am – Workforce Talent Intelligence – Activating, Assessing and Attracting People

  • 8:55 am to 9:40 am – Gridlock or Action – Workforce Mobility: Measure, Motivate & Map for Growth

  • 9:45 am to 10:15 am – KEYNOTE: “The One Year Plan” — Integrated Congestion Management for Growth

  • 10:30 am to 11:00 am – 100 YEARS ON BROADWAY: A Majestic Masonic Temple – Grand Lodge of Tennessee

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Workforce Accessibility & Transportation Incentive Strategies

Friday, May 31st
Doors open at 7am for breakfast

Keynote Speaker

Michael Replogle
Michael ReploglePrincipal at Replogle Consulting

Michael Replogle, principal at Replogle Consulting, is a senior advisor to governments, corporations, and transportation stakeholders. His practice helps transportation agencies mitigate climate change while enhancing the efficiency and equity of surface transportation by aligning policy, administration, plans, incentives, and operational strategies. He also offers expert witness and public speaking services, with deep knowledge of traffic safety, autonomous vehicle policy, travel demand management, road pricing, environmental analysis, transportation modeling, strategic planning, and public private partnerships.

From 2015-21, Replogle was Deputy Commissioner for Policy for the New York City Department of Transportation, overseeing agency strategy. There, his Vision Zero work cut pedestrian deaths by 40%.

He is founder, director emeritus, and past president of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), which promotes sustainable and equitable cities worldwide. He advises itselectric, a company providing on-street electric vehicle chargers powered by buildings.

His decentralized, scalable Open Restaurants program design repurposed 10,000 parking spaces during COVID,  saving 100,000 restaurant industry jobs and reviving city street life. He guided expansion of the CitiBike program from 6,000 to 40,000 shared bikes and developed innovative freight, micro-mobility, carsharing, and electrification initiatives, while overseeing agency efforts to boost bus speeds, cut carbon emissions, advance congestion pricing, and reconstruction of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

In 2012, as co-founder and chair of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transportation, he won a $175 billion 10-year commitment for more sustainable transport from the 8 largest multilateral development banks with reporting and monitoring. In 17 years as Transportation Director for the Environmental Defense Fund, Replogle managed campaigns to shift investment from roads to transit, walking, cycling, and smart growth, helping cities including New York, Portland (Oregon), Denver, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Mexico City, and Beijing enhance transportation planning and strategy.

He spent a decade as transportation coordinator for Montgomery County, Maryland, pioneering sustainable transport scenario planning and innovations in transportation modeling. He has graduate civil and urban engineering and sociology degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He recently served as an Assistant Professor at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School for Public Service and as a Visiting Professor at the China Academy of Transportation Sciences in Beijing.

Panels

Workforce Talent Intelligence – Activating, Assessing and Attracting People

7:45 am to 8:45 am

Moderator

Demetria Kalodimos
Demetria KalodimosExecutive Producer, The Nashville Banner

Demetria Kalodimos, a trailblazer in journalism, currently serves as the Executive Producer at The Nashville Banner, a civic news venture dedicated to upholding the integrity and endurance of quality journalism for the people of Nashville. This 501c (3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization is a beacon of impartial reporting in today’s media landscape.

Kalodimos embarked on her journalism journey at WICD in Champaign, Illinois, before becoming a distinguished television news anchor for WSMV-TV, an NBC affiliate, in Nashville, Tennessee. Her captivating presence graced weeknight broadcasts at 6 and 10 p.m., earning her a dedicated following.

Hailing from Morton Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Kalodimos laid the foundation for her illustrious career at Illinois Wesleyan University, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education. She further honed her skills by obtaining a Master of Science in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

With a stellar track record, Kalodimos has received numerous accolades, including 16 Emmy Awards, 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 2 National Headliner Awards, and prestigious honors like the Bronze Telly and Gracie awards.

Beyond her anchoring duties, she ventured into documentary filmmaking, founding Genuine Human Productions. Her debut feature-length documentary, “Pre-Madonna,” offered a poignant exploration of 1970s Nashville’s cultural landscape.

Kalodimos’s unwavering dedication to journalistic excellence has left an indelible mark on the industry, solidifying her status as a revered figure and inspiring future generations of journalists.

Panelist

Jason Putnam
Jason PutnamChief Revenue Officer, Plum

Jason Putnam is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of experience in sales, acquisition, business development, and marketing, particularly in scaling online and SaaS businesses. His track record as a leader in recruiting, hiring, and training top talent and his expertise in designing and implementing effective sales and marketing strategies has solidified his reputation as a proven industry leader.

In December 2021, Putnam assumed the role of Chief Revenue Officer at Plum, a pioneering talent assessment platform. Here, he spearheads growth and revenue initiatives in the global enterprise market, harnessing the power of psychometric data to transform talent decisions. Putnam is deeply committed to delivering value to Plum’s customers, partners, and stakeholders, driving innovation, and fostering collaboration to effect positive change.

Before joining Plum, Putnam held pivotal positions in the HR technology sector, including Senior Vice President and General Manager at PandoLogic, where he significantly augmented the new business pipeline and garnered recognition from the esteemed Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards. His extensive experience also includes leadership roles at BountyJobs, MFG.com, and Oodle.

Recognized for his exemplary achievements, Putnam has received multiple awards, including the Golden Bridge Globee 2021 Executive of The Year and the Silver Stevie 2021 Award. A dynamic speaker and presenter, he continues to inspire and lead with distinction in the ever-evolving landscape of sales and technology.

Panelist

Kimberly Malone-Haddox,
Kimberly Malone-Haddox,Campus Director/Associate Dean

Kimberly Malone-Haddox, EdD is an established leader with over two decades of experience in education, business development, and social services. Whether she’s working with students, faculty, or colleagues her passion for education prevails.

Currently, she serves as the Campus Director for Nashville State Community College North Davidson campus. This role is significant as Nashville State Community College operates seven campus locations throughout the metro region, showcasing Dr. Malone-Haddox’s broad scope of influence and authority. She serves on Mayor O’Connel’s Transportation Advisory Board, bringing the perspective of students, faculty and the community at large to the Choose How You Move initiative and to this panel today.

Dr. Malone-Haddox spent 2021 as the regional admission director for Verto Education, where she managed, trained, and assisted in hiring education counselorsPrior to that, she served four years as Strayer University’s Nashville campus Academic Dean and nine years as an instructor teaching Business Administration. Additional experience includes business development manager at Centerstone Research Institute, EPIC System trainer at Vanderbilt University, and 13 years as the operations director for Travelers Insurance. 

Panelist

Michael McSurdy, President & CEO
Michael McSurdy, President & CEOof Family & Children’s Service

Michael McSurdy’s tenure as President and CEO at Family & Children’s Service (F&CS) since 2011 has been marked by a steadfast commitment to serving the community and providing vital support to individuals and families in need. With nearly three decades of experience in social services and nonprofit leadership, he brings a wealth of expertise to his role.

McSurdy’s journey began with a master’s degree in Expressive Therapy from the University of Louisville, laying the groundwork for his career as a child and family therapist. His career path has been marked by a series of diverse roles, each a testament to his versatility and adaptability. He started as the Program Manager of the Foster Care, Adoptions, and Independent Living Program for the UT College of Social Work. He then transitioned to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, where he served as Director of Foster Care Services, overseeing statewide policy development and foster care programs.

After years of public service, McSurdy began his career in the nonprofit sector, joining Oasis Center as Vice President for Programs, where he continued to make a significant impact. While at Oasis, he was awarded a scholarship from the Center for Non-Profit Management and obtained an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Business in 2009.

Gridlock or Action – Workforce Mobility: Measure, Motivate & Map for Growth

8:55 am – 9:40 am

Moderator

David Plazas, Opinion & Engagement Director
David Plazas, Opinion & Engagement DirectorUSA TODAY Network Tennessee

David Plazas is the Opinion and Engagement Director for the USA TODAY Network Tennessee. He crafts insightful columns, meticulously edits guest essays, and steers opinion strategy for The Tennessean, The Commercial Appeal, and The News Sentinel.

In 2023, Plazas garnered widespread recognition for his exceptional contributions to journalism, clinching prestigious accolades such as the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award and Bronze Medallion for his incisive editorial writing. His editorial prowess also earned him first-place awards from the Tennessee Press Association for editorials and public service. Plazas’s influence extends beyond his writing—he served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes and contributed a compelling essay to the book “Reinventing Journalism to Strengthen Democracy.”

An advocate for robust dialogue and civic engagement, Plazas co-moderated the premiere Nashville Mayoral Debates series and delivered a thought-provoking TEDx Talk on fostering “adult” conversations. He further amplifies diverse voices and perspectives through initiatives like The Tennessean’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, which birthed the award-winning Black and Latino Tennessee Voices initiative, newsletters, and live events. He also hosts the Tennessee Voices video podcast, which has produced over 370 episodes since 2020.

Originally from Chicago, Plazas holds a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, complemented by an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Panelist

Bill Klehm
Bill KlehmChairman and CEO, eBliss

Bill Klehm, Chairman and CEO of eBliss, is an e-mobility, transportation, and business expert as well as a futurist and technology development leader with a focus on sustainability evolving industries through innovation. With a career spanning over two decades, Bill has left an indelible mark on numerous industries through his innovative approach and strategic acumen.

A trailblazer at CarFax, Bill played a pivotal role in architecting the program that evolved into the renowned CarFax vehicle history report. As CEO of Fallbrook Technologies, he orchestrated the development and successful launch of the NuVinci Continuously Variable Transmission, revolutionizing geared systems in the bicycle industry.

During his tenure at Ford Motor Company, Bill spearheaded the growth of the customer service division to surpass $1 billion in just three years, strategically guiding the company’s foray into the tire business and establishing it as a major player in North America.

At Visteon, Bill’s leadership as President of Visteon Climate Control Ltd propelled the business from $80 million to $280 million, cementing its position as a global leader in aftermarket heat transfer products.

In 2022, Bill launched eBliss, a pioneering force in e-mobility solutions, with a mission to engineer sustainable and accessible modes of transportation for all. Recognized as an innovative thought leader and collaborative strategist, Bill’s expertise has garnered attention in publications such as Wired, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, solidifying his status as a driving force in the evolution of transportation and technology.

Panelist

Michael Skipper, Executive Director
Michael Skipper, Executive DirectorGreater Nashville Regional Council

Michael Skipper is a seasoned leader with over two decades of experience in public policy, community and regional planning, and social research. With nine years as the executive director of the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization under his belt, Skipper was entrusted to lead the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC), overseeing a 70+ member staff. In 2017 the two organizations were integrated, forming a comprehensive council of governments dedicated to addressing the region’s planning and community development needs.

Skipper’s influence extends beyond GNRC as he is the lead facilitator and advisor to the 10-county Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus. Under his guidance, the Caucus has emerged as a beacon of regional collaboration, tackling critical issues from transportation and flood recovery to regional tourism.

Prior to his return to the MPO in 2007, he directed the public transportation work program for an MPO in central Florida. In addition to his public-sector service, Skipper has held senior-level management positions with consulting firms in Austin, Texas, and Seattle, Washington.

Skipper has a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas and an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His expertise has garnered him numerous accolades, including the Nashville Emerging Leaders Award for Government and Public Affairs, Tennessee Planner of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association, the National Award for Outstanding Individual Leadership by the Association of MPOs, and the Transportation Planning Excellence Award by the United States Department of Transportation.

Panelist

Patrick DeCorla-Souz, Former Co-Chair
Patrick DeCorla-Souz, Former Co-ChairCongestion Pricing Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences

Patrick DeCorla-Souz is a former co-chair of the Congestion Pricing Committee of the National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board. In the 2000s, Patrick led several Federal government programs that sought to reduce traffic congestion through implementation of Choice Lanes – including the Value Pricing Pilot Program, the Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program, and the Urban Partnerships Program. Through these programs, he assisted state and local governments throughout the nation in planning and implementing Choice Lanes, including the first such lanes on I-95 in Miami, Florida and on I-85 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Over his 50-year career as a transportation professional, he has authored numerous articles and technical papers on Choice Lanes, proposing innovations to enhance their effectiveness. His most recent innovation, “A Sustainable and Equitable Approach to Financing Multimodal Alternatives in Metropolitan Areas,” was published in the Journal of the American Planning Association. It describes how metropolitan areas like Nashville can create an entire system of Choice Lanes expeditiously and with minimal new infrastructure investment, thereby addressing congestion and providing funding to expand multimodal travel choices in the near term while awaiting more costly major longer-term investments. Patrick has master’s degrees in Transportation Planning from Florida State University and in Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo (Ohio). He is a federal employee but will speak in his personal capacity.

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