The following article is from the April 1990 Defense Transportation Journal. It features thoughts from the then Deputy Secretary of Transportation--Elaine Chao--who on January 31 of this year was sworn into office as the Secretary of Transportation.
The National Defense Transportation Association's Tribute to Women in Transportation, contained on this and the following pages, marks the culmination of a six-month-long project, undertaken in concert with government agencies, Sustaining Members and Regional Patrons. The response from all concerned has been truly outstanding.
Space constraints in this issue will not permit us to include all material received, but our June issue will encompass the remaining articles on Women in Transportation.
As you read this portion of the Defense Transportation Journal, it will clearly demonstrate that women are involved across the entire spectrum of our nation's transportation system. They exemplify the excellence that can only be found in a world-class transportation system.
Elaine L. Chao was nominated by President Bush as deputy secretary of transportation on Feb. 17, 1989, and confirmed unanimously by the Senate on April 19.
As the second-in-command of the Department of Transportation, Chao is the chief operating officer of a 104,000-employee organization with a $28 billion budget. She has responsibility for program and policy guidance over surface, sea and air transportation. Chao is the youngest deputy secretary in the Administration and the highest ranked Asian-American in history.
Chao received her MB. A. from the Harvard Business School with a concentration in finance and general management. She obtained her undergraduate degree in economics at Mount Holyoke College, but spent the spring of her junior year at Dartmouth College and the summer of 1972 at Columbia University. She also studied international shipping at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Deputy Secretary Chao is an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association, the Harvard Business School Alumni Council and the Harvard Business School Club of greater Washington, D. C. She is also on the Board of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
The recipient of many honors and awards for her professional abilities and community service, Chao was selected as one of the "10 Outstanding Young Women of America for 1987- "She received the "Outstanding Young Achiever Award" from the...