The Port of Los Angeles empowers women in the transportation industry

Two Port of Los Angeles executives were recognized by WTS Los Angeles (formerly known as the Women’s Transportation Seminar) for their outstanding leadership in promoting and advocating gender diversity in the global transportation industry.

Chief Harbor Engineer Dina Aryan- Zahlan was named WTS-Los Angeles 2022 Woman of the Year. The award recognizes a female transportation leader who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry and has directly contributed to the advancement of women and minorities through programs or opportunities in transportation.

Additionally, Deputy Development Manager Tony Gioiello received the WTS-Los Angeles 2022 Honorable Ray LaHood Award. The award recognizes a man who has sought opportunities to advance and champion women in the workplace and actively ensure that women are able to compete for key leadership positions within their own organization.

“Both Dina and Tony lead by example and have paved the way to empowering women in the workplace and promoting gender diversity in transportation,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of Port of Los Angeles. “Because of their leadership and dedication, women now make up 30% of the Port of Los Angeles professional engineering workforce. We are proud to partner with WTS in honoring and recognizing these two exemplary leaders.”

Appointed Chief Harbor Engineer in 2022, Aryan-zahlenan oversees the day-to-day activities of the Port’s Engineering Division, which is responsible for planning and designing the port infrastructure and facilities that support a variety of operations in the port complex. She joined the Port in 2000 as Site Manager, was promoted to Port Engineer Chief of Design in 2003, and Port Deputy Chief Engineer in 2015.

Gioiello manages around 450 employees in the areas of technology, design, construction and maintenance as well as goods movement. Gioiello was promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Development in 2015 after 12 years as the Port’s Chief Harbor Engineer. Previously, he had managed various departments within the port’s technical department. Gioiello began his port career in 1980 as an engineering student.

WTS Los Angeles is one of the largest chapters of WTS International, a 6,500-member global organization dedicated to advancing women in transportation and creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable transportation industry through the empowerment of women. WTS’ mission is to attract, retain and advance women in transportation and promote gender diversity opportunities.

The Port of Los Angeles, the busiest seaport in the western hemisphere, is North America’s leading commercial gateway and the number one container port in the United States for 22 consecutive years. In 2021, the port facilitated $294 billion in trade and handled a total of 10.7 million container units, the busiest calendar year in the port’s 115-year history. The San Pedro Bay port complex and trade supports one in nine jobs in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

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