2022 VDOT Virtual DBE Symposium

Adapt, Adjust and Advance: The 3 A's for Success


About the Symposium

On behalf of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and VDOT Business Opportunity and Workforce Development (BOWD) Center, we want to welcome you to the 2022 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Symposium; a FREE event that will be held virtually on the GoTo Webinar platform on Thursday, March 31, 2022, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. This year’s theme is “Adapt, Adjust and Advance: The 3 A's for Success”, to encourage firms to develop the highest safety practices, technical skills, business development strategies, high level project management competencies and a workforce development plan in order to compete and win current projects.

Symposium Goals

The primary goal of the training symposium is to bring the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise community and stakeholders together in a supportive, empowering environment to learn from the knowledge and experience of subject matter experts in the transportation industry and each other. Symposium attendees also will have the opportunity to work on strategic networking, through one-on-one Matchmaking appointments, to connect with the right people to build relationships and establish partnerships that lead to increased contract opportunities. Our goal is to make the 2022 DBE Symposium a rewarding and memorable experience for each of you… welcome!

Several individuals learning in a conference room.


The Schedule

March 31, 2022

8:00 am to 9:15 am


  • Mistress of Ceremonies Sandra D Norman - VDOT Civil Rights Division Administrator
  • Special Presentation in Memory of David N. Smith, BOWD Center Director
  • Carol Reece - President, Transportation DBE Advisory Committee (TDAC)
  • Pete Buttigieg - U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Invited)
  • Thomas L. Nelson Jr.- FHWA Virginia Division Administrator
  • Sheppard "Shep" Miller III - Virginia Secretary of Transportation
  • Stephen Brich - VDOT Commissioner
  • Nancy Israel - Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia

9:15 am to 9:30 am

Break/Musical Interlude

9:30 am to 10:30 am

Let's Talk Professional Services

Moderator Joe Lewis, Principal of Business Transportation Group (BTG)

  • Dee Audet, VDOT Professional Services Procurement Office Director
  • Eric Burke, Vice President / Virginia Transportation Leader at Moffatt & Nichol              
  • Brennan Collier, AICP, Senior Vice President of Strategic Sales & Communication at ATCS, P.L.C.
  • Scott Lovell, Vice President and Business Development Director at STV Inc.

10:30 am to 10:45 am

Break/Musical Interlude

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Keynote: Developing Winning Attitudes, Strategies and Behaviors

Dr. Willie Jolley

12:00 pm to 12:15 pm

Break/Musical Interlude

12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

Special Presentation by Ms. Sandra D. Norman

Award Presentation presented by Carol Reese, TDAC President

12:45 pm to 1:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Darren Brown, VDOT Civil Rights Assistant Division Administrator for External Programs

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm