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WTS Announcements from International Chapter Leadership Event

November 18, 2013 10:33 AM
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WTS-Boston members network with NY Chapter and Orange County Chapter members on the San Antonio Riverwalk.
Kristine Gorman

Hear it First at WTS Chapter Leadership Training

By Kristine C. Gorman, STV Incorporated
 
 
Did you know that WTS International offers annual training for all current and incoming chapter leaders? This training brings together Chapter Co-Chairs, Directors, Executive Leaders, and Advisors from all 49 WTS Chapters and provides professional development, networking, and opportunities to learn about local chapter and WTS International programs. The exciting part is that while the training is provided at no cost to the attendees, it is chock full of first-time WTS announcements, educational programs geared towards building leadership skills, and networking receptions where transportation relationships are built. 

 

This year’s training was held in San Antonio, Texas, from Thursday, November 7, through Saturday, November 9. The local host, the WTS San Antonio Chapter, provided an opening reception at Casa Rio, on the San Antonio River Walk on Thursday evening. The reception featured 11-year old celebrity mariachi singer, Sebastien De La Cruz, or “El Charro De Oro”. You may know him from his performances on "America's Got Talent"!

The next two full days of the training were dedicated to announcing the newest benefits for the WTS membership, sharing best practices among the Chapters, and networking with other transportation leaders from across the United States.

Some of the newest WTS benefits include:
  • Starting January 1, 2014, annual WTS Membership provides member benefits for all 49 Chapters and will no longer require $30 for additional chapter memberships.
  • Starting February 2014, there will be a new events registration process for all chapters.
  • In 2015, chapters will be recognized through a new annual Circle of Excellence Program for their success in areas of membership and chapter management at the Annual Conference. Tracking begins January 1, 2014.
  • Improvements leading up to the 2015 iteration of the Mid-career Leadership Development Program. This program accepts only 14 candidates interested in dealing with complex issues of people, policy, and politics.
  • Beginning in fall of 2015, an annual Executive Level Leadership Program will provide 14 interested transportation leaders the opportunity to attend a high-level training session geared toward advancing senior level executive women in transportation.

The message most heard at the Chapter Leadership Training was, “Are our choices for events promoting our mission of attracting, retaining, and advancing women in the transportation industry?” Dana Hook, PE, Chair of the WTS International Board of Directors and Vice President and Strategy Leader at CDM Smith, asked why we are not 30,000 members strong. She reminded the attendees that “Chapters must promote the WHY”. Why is WTS the premier transportation organization? The answer is this: we are transforming transportation through the advancement of women. As an organization, we are confident that an industry that is diverse, and inclusive of women, promotes communication, creativity, efficiency, innovation, transparency, and community.


To attend the annual Chapter Leadership Training, get involved in your local Chapter by joining its leadership, either through becoming chair of a committee or a member of the Chapter board. The WTS-Boston Chapter evaluates applications for its leaders to attend this training based on need. If you are one of our leaders and your firm or agency will not (or cannot) cover the cost of transportation, lodging, or expenses, then you can apply to the WTS-Boston Board for support and/or sponsorship. Every chapter leader is eligible and is encouraged to attend.

 

One of the best benefits of attending the Laadership Training is getting to know other WTS-Members. Communications Committee Co-Chair Eliza Partington and Board Member At-Large Kristine Gorman took a short walk to the Alamo during a lunch break.

 

 

 

 

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