GHSA 2023 Annual Meeting Featured Sessions & Speakers


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Monday, August 14

Opening General Session
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

GHSA is inviting senior leadership from government, advocacy and industry to open this year’s conference and discuss how we need to devote more attention and resources to preventing crashes, deaths and injuries on our nation’s roads.


Speakers include Bob Holycross, Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company.

Afternoon General Session: Creating and Sustaining a Highway Safety Dialogue with Diverse Communities
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Data show that minority populations are overrepresented in traffic crashes, and we know that many communities are not reaping the benefits of traffic safety initiatives. National advocates will discuss how to engage more diverse communities and stakeholders in discussions about traffic safety to ensure that services are provided to those that need them the most.

Person walking on rainbow crosswalk

Tuesday, August 15

Morning General Session: An Early Report Card on the Safe System Approach
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

In 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation adopted the Safe System approach as the national model for highway safety in its National Roadway Safety Strategy. While advocate and government agencies have embraced the Safe System approach nationwide, what progress have we made on implementing this new framework? National experts will discuss what steps they’ve taken and will need to take going forward to put the Safe System into practice.


Speakers include:

  • Toks Omishakin, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency
  • Lorraine M. Martin, President and CEO, National Safety Council

Awards and Networking Luncheon
12:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Join us as we honor the 2023 recipients of the James J. Howard Highway Safety Trailblazer Award, the Kathryn J.R. Swanson Public Service Award and the Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Awards. Network with old colleagues and make new friends while enjoying a delicious lunch.


Ann Carlson, Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will provide remarks during the luncheon.

Wednesday, August 16

Morning General Session: A Right to the Road
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Walking, biking, using a scooter and other forms of non-motorized, low-speed travel are more popular than ever, but we continue to experience an ongoing national crisis of drivers striking and killing people outside of vehicles. Using a town hall format, a panel of experts will join with the audience to discuss what must be done to protect all road users in a variety of communities and roadway environments.

Pedestrians and bicyclists in a crosswalk

Closing Luncheon
12:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Join us as we welcome a very special keynote speaker to close our meeting in the Big Apple. This session will encourage you to think in new ways about our lifesaving mission.