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11th Annual Women on the Water Conference Highlights Industry Leaders    

November, 5, 2019

By Andréa Bolt, Marketing and Communications

GALVESTON, Nov. 5, 2019 – The Texas A&M Maritime Academy, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, will host the 11th annual Women on the Water conference at Texas A&M University at Galveston on Thursday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 9.

This multi-day event highlights the successes of women in the maritime industry and encourages female cadets to prepare themselves for the ever-evolving industry. Attendees meet with industry leaders, maritime professionals, fellow students, and academy representatives in a series of workshops, mock interviews, one-on-one mentoring sessions and speeches from the maritime industry's top professionals. 

Industry speakers include Executive Vice President for Transit Business at the Panama Canal Authority Ilya Espino de Marotta, a 1985 graduate of A&M-Galveston; Pamela Skaufel, Director of Aviation and Marine Lubricants at ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Co.; Founder of Women Offshore Ally Cedeno; and many more. 

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Co-chairing the event are A&M-Galveston’s Department of Maritime Administration Head Dr. Joan Mileski and Department of Maritime Transportation Head Captain Augusta Roth. 

“The Women on the Water Conference supports women in the maritime field through workshops, networking opportunities and discussions of the challenges that women face as officers aboard ships,” Mileski said. “The women speakers and panelists are those who have successfully navigated the challenges giving advice and counsel to those entering the exciting and highly-dynamic maritime industry.” 

Roth added, “Attendees gain diverse viewpoints from women who have held a variety of positions in their organizations. Women can create their own stronger path if they know the obstacles and possible solutions from previously-used strategies to help them learn and succeed.”


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Texas A&M University at Galveston is the marine and maritime branch campus of Texas A&M University which educates nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in science, business, engineering, liberal arts and transportation. It is driving the development of the blue economy in the Gulf Coast Region and is a critical contributor to Texas A&M's rare land-, sea-, space-grant mission with nearly $10 million in research expenditures.

Texas A&M-Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime academies and the only one in the southern United States, which trains over 400 cadets annually for maritime service and employment around the world.

Texas A&M-Galveston is located in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast where it is surrounded by industry, environment and programs essential to fulfilling its special-purpose mission. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.