PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian was recently honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal with the Women of Distinction Award for 2020.
The program honors highly accomplished women in the Greater Philadelphia region who are blazing a trail in their respective company or organization, give back to the community, and are sought out as respected advisors and mentors within their field of influence. Secretary Gramian was one of 31 honorees selected among a pool of 250 nominees; she was celebrated with other honorees at a virtual event on November 12.
Since being named Secretary earlier this year, Secretary Gramian has risen above the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under her leadership, PennDOT moved swiftly during early stages to close buildings and transfer essential functions to remote operations - decisive actions that helped to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect citizens, employees and partners. PennDOT continued to engage maintenance teams to ensure roads were kept safe, and crews remained available for responding to weather events.
Noted for their ability to lead the way and drive change across the region, many of Secretary Gramian's fellow honorees share the distinction of working in mostly male-dominated industries.
Throughout her career, Secretary Gramian has been a staunch advocate for equity and inclusivity in the workplace, specifically for women and women of color in traditionally male-dominated fields. In fact, she was given the "Relentless Award" from a previous employer for expanding the organization's presence in the region and recruiting more female engineers to join the organization.
In her role at PennDOT, Secretary Gramian continues to build upon PennDOT's commitment to diversity and inclusion. She is nurturing a diverse organization and workforce through innovative thinking, job-specific training, and fostering an inclusive environment that encourages, supports and celebrates all similarities and differences. She is a strong proponent of having people with various backgrounds at the table to help tackle the most pressing transportation challenges, and her senior leadership team at PennDOT reflects these core values.
The full list of honorees, which includes founders, CEOs, executives at Fortune 500 companies, partners at law firms, and more, is available via the Philadelphia Business Journal.