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News from the Women in Buses Council – May 2024


Registration now open for Marketplace 2025 – and Women in Buses Day!

Early bird registration is now open for Marketplace 2025 in Philadelphia, so you can also sign up for Women in Buses Day!

Join us on Friday, January 31, for an afternoon of captivating content, including speakers, the Women in Buses Awards, and an engaging networking session. Last year, we had record attendance and nothing but positive comments. To sign up, complete and submit the “Optional Activities” registration form. More details are on the way!

Connecting Through Conversations – First Round Underway

We’re excited about the start of our newest networking initiative, Connecting Through Conversations. Registration closed earlier this month, and 62 enrollments and pairings were sent out the following week. We hope that the conversations have started and have been engaging. Need conversation starters? Check out some suggestions from your peers!

Thanks to the organizations and individuals who helped spread the word about CTC. You all rock!

If you missed the registration but still want to participate, you can enroll now for the next matchup – coming in August. If you have questions about the CTC program, please contact Hannah Oliver.


Bridgette Porto, Academy Bus


This month, six WIB members met up at IPW in Los Angeles.

If you’re going to the Pennsylvania Bus Association’s Annual Meeting in June, join us for the next meetup:

Tuesday, June 18, 5:00 pm, after the Kick the Tires Event

Ithaca Social Pub and Grille – inside the Hotel Ithaca. Cash bar

Reminder – bring yourself, a buddy, and your business cards!

Dine Around/Neighborhood night starts at 6:00. If you don’t have dinner plans with others, we can create our own and pick a place on the restaurant list.

Going to other travel conferences? Let us know and we can help plan other OTR networking meetups.


Efficient & Productive: Tips & Tricks from Your Peers

Wednesday, June 5, 2:00 pm ET

Join us for a dynamic Women in Buses webinar on productivity on June 5th at 2 pm ET. This roundtable will dive deep into personal productivity strategies and women’s workplace challenges. This session will feature a mix of women from corporate backgrounds and small businesses, including Wendy Hollingsworth (Georgia Coach Lines), Michelle Tupman (Great Canadian Holidays), Patrice Moore (Bridgestone), and Suzanne Thornberg (Capital Trailways). The discussion will be led by Trisha Fridrich, Chair of the Women in Buses Executive Management Committee (All Aboard America Holdings).

We’ll start with a candid discussion on common time-wasters like emails, meetings, and office interruptions. Panelists will share their insights on managing these disruptions and discuss the tools and processes they employ to enhance their workday efficiency. Audience participation is encouraged, and attendees are given opportunities to contribute their productivity tips and ask questions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain practical advice and connect with peers dedicated to improving workplace productivity! Presented by WIB’s Executive Management Committee. Register now!


Wednesday, June 19, 1:00 pm ET

Join us for our monthly informal chat where the topics can go just about anywhere. Want to follow up on the Wednesday Webinar? Have you had your CTC conversation yet? What are you reading? Need advice? This is a great forum to connect. Let us know you’re coming!

Women in Buses Council (WIB) exists to recognize and advance the role of women in the motorcoach industry through networking, education and mentoring programs. It was created in 2011 and is a program of the American Bus Association. Since that time, the leadership, structure, and activities of the Council have been developing to meet the goals of the Council.

The Women in Buses Council is sponsored by Motor Coach Industries.

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