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April Breakfast with Lisa Brothers

Frank Monkiewicz Photography www.frankmonkiewicz.com

Ali Kleyman, AICP, Boston Region MPO

On April 4th, members of WTS-Boston Leadership, Sponsors and invited guests met at 7:30 am at the Courtyard Boston Downtown for their first cup of coffee, networking, and, most importantly, to honor a member who has shown consistent leadership, advocacy, and championing of women throughout her career. This year, WTS-Boston was lucky to be able to honor Lisa Brothers, P.E., ENV SP, LEED AP BD+C.

Create your own opportunity, take chances, and step outside of your comfort zone – these were Lisa’s key messages of leadership and career fulfillment that she shared with WTS-Boston during her acceptance of the 21st Annual April Leadership Award. When Lisa took the stage to accept her award and describe what her leadership and career have meant to her, she spoke about her passions -- family, company, WTS, and the promotion of diversity within her field are the top priorities that keep her engaged and doing the hard work to be a leader.

Currently serving as co-chair of WTS-Boston’s Public Art Project Committee, Lisa’s numerous roles during her 30+ year career, all point towards the advancement of women and the development of better communities, both personal and professional. Introduced by her sister Loretta Girard Doughty, P.E., Transportation Program Manager for the New England Region at HDR, and surrounded by her longtime friends and colleagues of WTS-Boston, Lisa’s focus on the success of her family and her profession, as well as striking a balance between the two that works for her, was readily apparent. Additionally, her leadership at Nitsch Engineering has helped the company grow and thrive.  Nitsch Engineering was named the #1 mid-sized firm to work for by The Boston Globe in 2016.

Some of her most recent work on behalf of women’s equality includes being part of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s Women’s Workforce Council. It was by coincidence that the date of this year’s Leadership Breakfast fell on the same day as Equal Pay Day, a day that illustrates the gap between men’s and women’s wages. During her acceptance speech, Lisa extended a call to action to WTS-Boston member firms to join the Boston Women’s Compact and commit to understanding and closing the gender wage gap.

Lisa’s closing message was that life is too short not to be doing the things you enjoy. In light of all of her accomplishments, both personal and professional, this is quite a moving statement. It is clear that all of her hard work for her family, her company, her profession, and the advancement of women in transportation is rooted in a deep appreciation for using her talents to help others succeed.

The 21st Annual Leadership Breakfast was a beautiful event to honor Lisa’s hard work and WTS-Boston is fortunate to continue to benefit from her passions.   


Frank Monkiewicz Photography www.frankmonkiewicz.com

To view more photos from the 2017 April Leadership Breakfast please visit the WTS-Boston Flickr page.



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