Back to News

Women In Parking 4th Annual Conference To Bring Diversity to Parking Discussion

CHICAGO, IL | January 29, 2018 – The premier parking diversity association Women In Parking (WIP) is hosting their fourth annual Conference on March 25 and 26, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare near Chicago, IL. The event invites both Women In Parking members and nonmembers to join a full day of networking, education seminars and professional development workshops. With this year’s theme centered around “Tranforming Careers through Diversity,” the event invites both industry and non-industry speakers to enlighten the audience.

Women in Parking is the premier association dedicated to promoting the advancement and achievement of female parking professionals by providing networking, leadership and career outreach opportunities and support to its members. Besides the annual conference that takes place every 18 months, the association also organizes a mentoring program, networking events, and educational opportunities.

This year’s conference includes breakout sessions that are focused on “Collaborative Work Environments”, “Diversity As Goal” and “Creating Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship”. Speakers include Michelle Wendler, Principal at Watry Design Inc.; Barbara Chance, President and CEO of CHANCE Management Advisors, Inc.; Kathleen Laney, Founder of Laney Solutions; and Kevin Uhlenhaker, CEO & Co-Founder of NuPark.


In conjunction with this year’s conference theme “Transforming Careers Through Diversity,” Women In Parking is bringing keynote speaker and author Debra Snider to join the conversation. Through her empowering “Suit Yourself” philosophy, Debra offers a fresh perspective on how to succeed and flourish as a woman in a historically male-dominated business. She will also talk about how to value and promote diversity for the benefit of the company as well as the individual, and which strategies and tactics really work.


Debra is an author and speaker who retired in 2001 from a distinguished 20-year legal and business career. As a transactional lawyer, she handled corporate and securities deals with two large law firms and a real estate syndication company, and she was a C-suite executive at a $20 billion publicly held commercial finance company. Her written works include the novels Lost Wyoming and A Merger of Equals in addition to two nonfiction business books and numerous essays and articles.


Parking professionals from all sectors and roles attend the Women In Parking Annual Conference. Long-time Women In Parking member and conference attendee Thuy Cobb of DFW International Airport Parking and Transportaiton group says that “the WIP conference brings together seasoned parking professionals and future leaders who are eager to share experiences. Take the opportunity to build your professional network by attending this event. The benefit is gaining a possible mentor, role model, business partner, or friend, while at the same time expanding your base of knowledge.”


Women In Parking events and the annual conference are sponsored by many of the industry’s most prominent parking and transportation organizations. This year’s titanium level conference sponsorship came from Passport with sponsorships at platinium level from Toledo Tickets, Citizens Lanier Holdings, Scheidt & Bachmann, and SKIDATA. Silver level sponsorships come from ParkWhiz, Transcore, T2 Systems, LAZ Parking and NuPark. Bronze level sponsorships come from Amano McGann, Desman, Eco Lighting, iParq, Laney Solutions, One Parking, SkyPark, Smarking, Southland Printing and TrustCommerce.

Registration for the conference is now open at Women in Parking.