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A Similar View…

Editor:We asked Barbara Chance, a longtime parking and transportation consultant, to comment on this column. Her response:

I can’t findmuch to argue about with it. But it’s good to remember that RitaMolnar was President of the IPI long, long ago. And the IPI has had several female presidents.

When I first went to industry conventions, I can remember only about three of us who were women professionals.

The areas where I really see a lot of women are in uni- versities. They have risen to high positions there more than in any other area. Think about Sarah Blouch at Ohio State, BeccaWhite at Virginia, Theta Dempsey at Oklahoma (recently retired) – they are among the best in the business. There are some women in municipal positions, but I think more in universities.

If you think that guys gener- ally don’t hear about park- ing as a profession, double that perception for women. Many of the professional jobs in parking are rather “hidden,” compared with the parking enforcement officers, garage attendants, etc. Those “hidden” jobs are often filled by women, but they fell into them just like most of us fell into parking.

Now that there is so much more IT, finance and development in parking, maybe that will attract more women. All I can tell you is that sometimes it is pretty lonely!

Barbara Chance, President and CEO of Chance Management Advisors, Inc. can be reached at

lenged for many more years because the entire industry operates slightly under the radar of social trends. Parking is part of our infrastructure,

something that most people do not scruti- nize the way they do other industries.We all take it entirely for granted. I don’t think I am an expert on the

parking industry or that I know for sure how women fit in. The discrepancy in number is just something I have observed as an outsider. Seeing those women on the PT cover and reading about theNPA’s new

president made me think the parking industry is like many others – evolving in a positive direction. Regardless of gender, or any other

defining characteristic, there aremany peo- plewith the intelligence and talent tomake a contribution. It’s good to see the parking industry put that position in practice.

Melissa Bean Sterzick is an Amateur Parker and PT’s proofreader. She can be reached at


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