2017 Annual Meeting Featured Sessions

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GHSA's 2017 Annual Meeting, Highway Safety in a New Era, will explore the challenges and opportunities arising in traffic safety, considering new technologies, behavioral challenges, and a new presidential Administration. Highlighted below are just a few of the many valuable sessions the Annual Meeting has to offer. To view the full preliminary program, visit the Agenda page.

Monday, September 18

Opening General Session

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Secretary Elaine L. Chao
Elaine L. Chao
U.S. Transportation Secretary

Keynote Speaker: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the country’s top transportation official. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao will kick off the 2017 Annual Meeting’s General Session in her home state of Kentucky with a Keynote Address on the Administration’s traffic safety policies and priorities.

Speaker: Ron Medford, Director of Safety, Waymo

Safety is at the heart of self-driving technology company Waymo's mission. The company's Director of Safety Ron Medford will provide the latest intelligence on the ever-changing autonomous vehicle (AV) industry and predict what we can expect as the definition of “driver” shifts from human to machine.


Nik Wallenda
Nik Wallenda
Motivational Speaker & Multiple Guinness World Record-Holding High Wire Acrobat

Welcome Luncheon

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Presented through the support of the Ford Motor Company Fund, this “King of the High Wire” will motivate you to reach for the skies as he shares his inspiring stories of his walks and life. Wallenda is living proof that no obstacle is too great to overcome in pursuit of one’s dreams.

Tuesday, September 19

General Session: New Challenges and Solutions

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday General Session SpeakersThe past two years have seen alarming increases in the number of people killed on our roads. While alcohol use, excessive speed and lack of seat belt use are still key contributing factors, distracted, drowsy and drugged driving are growing problems. Join key organizational partners, including the National Governors Association, National Safety Council, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police to consider how we can positively impact behavior to improve safety for all road users.



Highway Safety Awards

Highway Safety Awards Luncheon

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Join us as we honor the people and programs that are working day-in and day-out to improve traffic safety at the local, state and national levels. Get new ideas you can apply to your own work.



Kentucky Derby

Taste of the State Reception at the Kentucky Derby Museum

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Mix and mingle with your GHSA colleagues as you experience the region's premier attraction, celebrating the tradition of the Kentucky Derby.

Adjacent to the legendary Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Kentucky Derby Museum takes visitors through every state of a Thoroughbred's life, from birth to the First Saturday in May. Learn about the great history of the race, from the inaugural running in 1875 to the most recent Kentucky Derby champion, and experience the traditions that have transformed the race into what it is today.

Visit www.derbymuseum.org to learn more about this unique attraction.

Wednesday, September 20

Wednesday Roundtable

Autonomous Vehicle Roundtable

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

This informal roundtable brings together thought leaders from the auto, ride-sharing and engineering fields to consider the many safety implications – both positive and negative – that varying levels of autonomous vehicles will bring, particularly when they are sharing the road with traditional drivers. Come with questions!



Gloria Borger
Gloria Borger
Chief Political Analyst, CNN

General Session and Closing Luncheon

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Gloria Borger, Chief Political Analyst at CNN, will be joining the Annual Meeting as our closing speaker. As the meeting considers Highway Safety in a New Era, Borger will address the new political climate in Washington, D.C, as well as navigating the current media landscape and helping highway safety messages cut through the digital clutter. This is a session you won't want to miss!

Learn more about Gloria Borger here.