Audio Blog: Women in Transportation Leadership

Trinity Metro Blog. Women in Transportation Leadership

March is Women’s History Month. Throughout this month we will be featuring the stories of some of the exceptional women from Trinity Metro and our community.

Teresa Ayala. Trinity Metro BlogMEET TERESA AYALA

Teresa Ayala is a member of the Trinity Metro board of directors. She serves as a Senior Contracts Compliance & Privacy administrator with Texas Health Resources and is a member of the National Health Care Compliance Association. Throughout her career, she has mentored and managed at Top 25 Fortune companies in the United States, Mexico, Canada, South America and Asia. She is also currently the Vice President of Tarrant County College’s Board of Trustees, she is on the board of directors for Camp Fire Texas, on the Advisory Board for Cuidado Casero Foundation and one the City of Fort Worth Redistricting Task Force.

In the following audio blog, Teresa shares how she has overcome the challenges of being a woman in the transportation industry and how she balances her work and personal life.

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Teresa Ayala is a member of the Trinity Metro board of directors. In addition to serving as a Senior Contracts Compliance & Privacy Administrator with Texas Health Resources, she is the Vice President of Tarrant County College’s Board of Trustees. She’s also a member of the Board of Directors for Camp Fire Texas, she’s on the Advisory Board for Cuidado Casero Foundation and on the City of Fort Worth Redistricting Task Force.

She has certainly made significant strides in male-dominated industries and she is committed to opening more opportunities for women.

Teresa: “I don’t think that woman should try to emulate what a man has done. I think that we need to create opportunities for women. I think that they bring a different perspective. Some of the things that I have talked to you about. The values and the principles, I think that there are differences as far as when you have a man and a woman in a leadership role and so I think overall it’s just a challenge to be in a male-dominated world. But what’s happened and what’s been successful for me is just connecting with folks. Finding some sort of common ground and working together to move forward and I think that’s been helpful and you know at the same time you learn to appreciate and respect one another. And I think that as long as we continue to grow together I think that’s a good thing.”

Out of all the roles that she has had, being a mother and a wife has been one of the most rewarding. This is why it’s so important for her to find the right work/life balance.

Teresa: “Juggling priorities, I would say that it’s all to me, it’s always been about balance and I think the most difficult thing has been to balance the life part of the work and life balance that we talked about. I think what’s been very helpful is that I’ve had a very supportive family and that makes a difference because if you have things going on like I talked about your life balance and work balance then it’s just having that support that you know that the work that you are doing is very very helpful and very very beneficial to the community. So it’s a priority for me but at the same time I just have to have that balance at home and that just seems to work so I would like to commend my husband in that fashion and then my extended family because we are in this together and it all goes back to those values and principles that we talked about. About collaboration and people supporting one another so that’s how I balance everything. It’s really just I make sure that I don’t overextend myself because I feel like once I commit to something that I should fulfill those obligations and so again I think it’s just the balance of making sure that I have the support at home and that has always been. I’ve been very blessed in that fashion.

I do tend to think about how can we do this together. It’s just something I learned at a very young age and it stays with me. And so when I do look at things professionally and personally I always think about ok how can we do this together? How can we work through this together? It’s not all about me. Really, it’s not. I think we just get so much more accomplished if we are doing it together.”

Teresa is one of the many wonderful women who work at Trinity Metro. If you would like to hear their stories, please visit RIDETRINITYMETRO.org/BLOG Happy Women’s History Month.