EVANSVILLE, (Ind.) - Elizabeth Dole, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Labor, will address Atlas Van Lines' 32nd Annual Forum on Moving on Friday, April 30, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago. A renowned and popular public speaker, Dole will share her personal reflections and observations on the changes and challenges facing America today.
Dole joined President Ronald Reagan's Cabinet in 1983 as Secretary of Transportation. She was the first woman to hold the position. During her four and-a-half years as Secretary of Transportation, the United States observed the safest years in its history in all three major areas of transportation: rail, air and highway.
During her tenure in the Department of Transportation, Dole headed up the crusade to re-establish the legal drinking age as 21; she led the civilian government in initiating random drug testing; she directed the overhaul of the aviation safety inspection system; and she imposed tougher aviation security measures at U.S. airports, leading to the installation of more stringent security measures around the world.
In 1989, Dole was sworn in by President George Bush as the nation's 20th Secretary of Labor. In that role she served as the President's chief advisor on labor and work force issues. Dole is noted for helping to crack the "glass ceiling" for America's working women and minorities, increasing safety and health in the workplace, upgrading the skills of the American work force, and improving relations between labor and government.
From 1991 until January 1999, Dole led the nation's largest philanthropic organization, the American Red Cross. As president of the American Red Cross, she oversaw nearly 32,000 staff members and more than 1.3 million volunteers. Dole was instrumental in launching a $148 million state-of-the-art blood safety system that incorporated medical technology designed to ensure the safety of the American blood supply.
Named by the Gallup Pole as one of the world's top ten most admired women, Elizabeth Dole is recognized for her intelligence, integrity, and ability to provide innovative solutions to complex problems. Among a long list of distinctive honors, she was inducted into the Safety and Health Hall of Fame International for her numerous accomplishments regarding transportation, workplace, and blood safety issues.
Dole graduated from Duke University, received her law degree from Harvard Law School, and holds a masters degree in education and government from Harvard. Along with her husband Bob Dole, former Senator from Kansas, Senate Majority Leader and 1996 Presidential candidate, Dole co-authored the autobiography, Unlimited Partners, published in July, 1996.
Dole will serve as keynote speaker for the Forum on Moving's Friday luncheon. The Atlas Forum on Moving for more than 30 years has assembled Atlas agents and corporate relocation professionals to provide seminars, workshops, and speakers on issues that are pertinent to the relocation industry. This year's Forum will include sessions addressing relocation budget constraints, tools and methods for effective communication, claims handling, and designing an effective RFP (Request For Proposal).
With world headquarters in Evansville, Ind., Atlas Van Lines is a major transporter of household goods and special products through some 600 agents across the U.S. and Canada, and more than 800 worldwide.