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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Celebrating 30 Years of Service

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August 1, 2015

Work-life balance cuts both ways. Like life, your career depends on a good breakfast. And WTS-LA has you covered.

It’s the most important meal of the day. On August 6, WTS-LA welcomes recently appointed Metro CEO Phil Washington, who will discuss “Transforming LA Through Innovation and Investments At Metro.” A revered transportation veteran, Washington will present his plans for Metro’s future.

Breakfast is so important we’re providing another. On August 7, we present a special members-only professional development program featuring the power behind the power, deputies for elected officials who shape transportation policy in Los Angeles County.

We welcome Nicole Englund, Planning and Transportation Deputy, Office of Los Angeles County’s Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl; Paul Backstrom, Transportation Policy Director, Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin; and Jennifer Brogin, Transportation Deputy, Office of Los Angeles County’s Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Englund, Backstrom, and Brogin will share how priorities are set, how their offices build consensus, and how stakeholders can influence and support transportation priorities for both the City and County of Los Angeles.

Feed your career. Join us on August 6 and August 7 for breakfast, the most important meet of the day.

Amanda Smith Heinke
Fehr & Peers

Photo by John Livzey

Photo by John Livzey

The FAA's Felicia Boyd Gives a Mission Briefing, July 15

FAA Division Manager Felicia Boyd coached participants in our "members only" Mentorship program on developing essential personal and professional mission statements. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

LAWA's Roger Johnson Talks $7 Billion in Capital Improvements, July 9

Los Angeles World Airports Deputy Executive Director Roger Johnson presented an engaging look at LAX's massive and complex capital improvement program. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

WTS Los Angeles Veep Rosa Brice Weighs In on Membership, July 9

WTS-LA 2nd Vice President (Membership) Rosa Brice of Los Angeles World Airports talks to the audience about the benefits of chapter membership. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Stantec's Pattie Antich Introduces Rail Panel, June 2

WTS Los Angeles Board Treasurer Pattie Antich of Stantec, a WTS-LA Platinum Sponsor, introduces the moderator and panel of passenger rail experts at our June 2 program. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Expo COO Samantha Bricker Moderates Rail Panel, June 2

Expo COO Samantha Bricker Moderates Rail Panel, June 2

Samantha Bricker, Chief Operating Officer at Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, moderates a discussion of passenger rail issues. The panel featured execs from California High-Speed Rail Authority, Metrolink, and Metro. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Passenger Rail Panel Presents Current Trends and Issues, June 2

Jeanet Owens (Los Angeles Metro), Michelle Boehm (California High Speed Rail Authority), Art Leahy (Metrolink), and Don Sepulveda (Los Angeles Metro) talk to a "standing room only" audience. Expo COO Samantha Bricker moderated. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

WTSers Network in Ernest at Our SRO Rail Program, June 2

Audience members at our June 2 rail panel discussion network in the registration area before lunch at this "full house." Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Hueneme Execs Discuss Marine Cargo and Infrastructure, April 29

Tony Gioiello of the Port of Los Angeles and Jon Slangerup of the Port of Long Beach look on as Kristin Decas of the Port of Hueneme opens our April 29 discussion of ports infrastructure. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

FTA Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers Visits, April 15

Federal Transit Administration Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers is warmly welcomed by our chapter - including a large contingent of Metro staff and execs - at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles. Photo © John Livzey.

 
FTA Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers Visits, April 15

FTA Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers Visits, April 15

Councilmember Tom LaBonge joins us to welcome Ms. Flowers back to Los Angeles. Photo © John Livzey.

 
FTS Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers Visits, April 15

FTS Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers Visits, April 15

Foothill Transit Finance Director Michelle Caldwell joins us at the Jonathan Club to welcome Carolyn Flowers. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

"Leadership at All Levels" Scores a 10 with WTSers, March 27

In 2015's first Professional Development roundtable, Emily Buss (Parsons Brinckerhoff) hosts Marcy Szarma (Destination Enterprises), Samantha Bricker (Expo Construction Authority) and Gwen Williams (L.A. Department of Water and Power). Photo © John Livzey

 
Photo by John Livzey

Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority COO Samantha Bricker Welcomes WTS Members

WTS Los Angeles Director at Large Samantha Bricker welcomes 28 chapter members to 2015's first professional development roundtable, chaired by Emily Buss of Parsons Brinckerhoff. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

County Supervisor Hilda Solis, March 6

County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Hilda Solia, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and an advocate for working families, discusses her vision for accessible transportation. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

WTS Members Talk with Supervisor Solis

Monica Villalobos (AECOM), chapter president Amanda Smith (Fehr & Peers), and event chair Elizabeth Ramirez (Group Delta) talk with County Supervisor Solis (third from left) after the program. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Metro Planning Update, February 10

Martha Welborne, Metro Chief Planning Officer, opens our year with a "standing room only" audience of 270 people as she looks at what the agency has planned for 2015. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

2015 Board Retreats to Advance Strategic Plan, February 6

On February 6, our board met in the beautiful Ming Hsieh Boardroom at the University of Southern California to identify their goals for the coming year, with chapter president Amanda Smith of Fehr & Peers facilitating the discussion. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by Melanie Nelson

2014 and 2015 Boards Celebrate the Holidays at Annual Dinner, December 8

On December 8, 2014, members of the outgoing and incoming boards met to celebrate the season at the board's annual holiday dinner. Held at Soleto Trattoria, dinner was festive and convivial, and included a dash of magic. Photo by Melanie Nelson.

 
Photo by Melanie Nelson

Holiday Magic at Our Annual Board Dinner is Just That -- Magic! December 8

WTS Los Angeles supporter Calvin Yoshitake, PLS, RLS, mystified our board at its annual dinner. The L.A. area manager for Guida Surveying, he is an accomplished magician who performs for parties at the world famous Magic Castle. Photo by Melanie Nelson.

 
Photo by John Livzey

2014 Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner, November 13

High school scholarship recipients proudly display their certificates. Photo © John Livzey.

 
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2014 Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner, November 13

Emcees Metro Deputy CEO Stephanie Wiggins (left) and SCAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata (right) join Scholarship Chair Elisabeth Rosenson (center) in congratulating college scholarship recipients. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

2014 Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner, November 13

Members of the Year Amanda Smith (Fehr & Peers) and Lisa Karwoski (Hatch Mott MacDonald) are recognized for the delivery of outstanding programs in 2014. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

2014 Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner, November 13

Gwiin Correa of Caltrans is honored with our Diversity Leadership Award. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

2014 Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner, November 13

On behalf of the Port of Los Angeles, Dina Aryan-Zahlan, Harbor Engineer and Chief of Design, accepts our Innovative Transportation Solutions award for the Berths 142-147 Backland Redevelopment Project. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

2014 Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner, November 13

Executive Director Doran Barnes of Foothill Transit accepts our Employer of the Year award on behalf of his agency in recognition of outstanding employee and community programs. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

2014 Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner, November 13

CEO Amy Grat of International Trade Education Programs is recognized as Educator of the Year for her leadership in expanding career horizons for high school students. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

2014 Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner, November 13

Executiver Director Gina Marie Lindsey of Los Angeles World Airports is our Woman of the Year in recognition of her stewardship of one of the nation's business airports and its capital development program. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Career Day, October 17

Los Angeles area high school students -- representing faces of our future -- interact with volunteers who present career opportunities in all facets of the transportation sector. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Career Day, October 17

USC students and their transportation animations are a huge hit with high school students attending our annual Career Day at Caltrans District 7 headquarters. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Career Day, October 17

Public Information Officer Tina Backstrom, PE, of the City of Los Angeles engages high school students about marketing and communications careers in the transportation sector. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Career Day, October 17

Patrick Harder, chair of the Nossaman LLP Infrastructure Practice Group, discusses careers on the legal side of public transportation projects. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

LA Welcomes Seleta Reynolds, October 15

Los Angeles welcomes newly appointed LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds! Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Seleta Reynolds Meets A Youthful Constituency, October 15

Newly appointed LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds meets area college and graduate students who attended our reception for her. Photo by John Livzey. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

We Celebrate the People Who Make Our Chapter Great, October 2

Volunteer Chair Jeff Markwardt of ICF welcomes many of the over 200 volunteers who contribute their services to our first Volunteer Appreciation event as Port of Long Beach exec (and chapter Director at Large) Eric Shen looks on. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Volunteers Get Plaudits and Mingle at Our Appreciation Event, October 2

Volunteers who attended our October 2 appreciation event mingle with each other and board members; each one received a beautifully framed certificate acknowledging their contribution. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Insights from the Boardroom, September 3

Jacki Bacharach (South Bay Cities COG), Jackie Dupont (Metro Board), Katherine Perez-Estolano (CaHSRA Board), Lou Anne Bynum (Port of Long Beach Commission), and Valeria Velasco (LAWA Commission) appear in our "Boardroom" program. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Insights from the Boardroom, September 3

Insights from the Boardroom, September 3

The volunteers who make our chapter so successful welcome guests to our blockbuster Boardroom program at the beautiful Millennium Biltmore Hotel indowntown Los Angeles. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Insights from the Boardroom, September 3

Insights from the Boardroom, September 3

Guests mingle with panelists at our "standing room only" presentation by several of California's most influential women in transportation. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by Melanie Nelson

WTS Los Angeles Welcomes Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup, August 14

On August 14, 2014, chapter members turned out in force to welcome newly appointed Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup and his wife, who warmly greet attendees. Photo by Melanie Nelson.

 
Photo by John Livzey

WTS Los Angeles Creates a Model Externship Program, July 30

From July 30 to August 1, 2014, in partnership with Metro's Exposition Construction Authority, our chapter hosted an externship program for local high school and college faculty. Here, Expo COO Samantha Bricker discusses public art. Photo © John Livzey.

 
WTS-LA Welcomes Carrie Bowen, June 3

WTS-LA Welcomes Carrie Bowen, June 3

LA City Councilmember Tom LaBonge presents an official certificate to newly appointed Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Lunch & Learn, April 29

Lunch & Learn, April 29

Nancy Michali of AECOM discusses how transportation changes cities. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Portland Spirit Evening Cruise, May 14

Portland Spirit Evening Cruise, May 14

WTS Los Angeles members (L to R) Cynthia Sugimoto, Emilie Gino, Linda Bohlinger, Lynda Bybee, Rachel Vandenberg and Amanda Smith enjoy the reception marking the opening of the 2014 WTS conference hosted by WTS Portland.

 
There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

Cynthia Guidry, Interim Deputy Executive Director of Capital Planning and Programming at LAWA, chats with attendees before her presentation. Photo © John Livzey.

 
There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

Lisa Trifiletti, Director of Environmental and Land Use Planning at LAWA, describes what's next for the region's largest airport. Photo © John Livzey.

 
There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

Attendees network before the presentation begins. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Lunch & Learn, April 29

Lunch & Learn, April 29

Esther Margulies of AECOM talks with WTS-LA members during the informative lunch presentation. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Lunch & Learn, April 29

Lunch & Learn, April 29

WTS-LA Vice President of Programs Amanda Smith and member Lillian Burkenheim-Silver engage with the presentation. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Trends in Transportation, April 16

Trends in Transportation, April 16

WTS-LA Professional Development Chair Avygail Sanchez welcomes Tim Papandreou of San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Trends in Transportation, April 16

Trends in Transportation, April 16

Director of Strategic Planning at San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency Tim Papandreou identified elements important to the future of transportation. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Metro Executives Reception, April 9

Metro Executives Reception, April 9

WTS-LA members gather at a roof garden reception to welcome the new members of Metro's top executive staff. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Metro Executives Reception, April 9

Metro Executives Reception, April 9

Metro CEO Art Leahy gives opening remarks. Photo © John Livzey.

 
 
 


HILDA SOLIS, A WOMAN OF FIRSTS, ADDRESSES WTS LOS ANGELES

WTS_e4163The use of transportation infrastructure to create opportunities for the community it serves is one of the major goals that Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis described during her address to WTS Los Angeles.

“Transportation to me is more than getting someone from point A to point B,” said Solis, former United States Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2013 and the first Latina member of a President’s cabinet. “Transportation means creating equality in opportunities, equality in supporting our families; its building touches our neighborhoods.”

While the importance of transportation to Los Angeles County formed the core of her talk, Solis also the importance of community input into the making of transportation decisions and the importance of diversity in the transportation industry and government.To learn more about Supervisor Solis's point of view, click here.



WHERE ARE OUR SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS?
Help us shine a light on past stars

At our Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner last November, WTS-LA awarded over IMG_6977$30,000 in scholarships to deserving high school and college students. After all, encouraging and supporting talented students who wish to enter the transportation industry remains one of our core goals.

As we celebrate our chapter’s 30th anniversary, we want to reconnect with scholarship winners and publish brief profiles of some of them in the chapter newsletter. We would like to know how the scholarship affected his or her life. Does the scholarship winner work in the transportation industry? What advice would she or he give to other scholarship winners?

Would you help us reconnect with our scholarship winners? Please contact Jeff Markwardt if you are a past recipient or know how to contact one.

Photos © John Livzey.

 

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Welcome Breakfast with Metro CEO Phil Washington

Start your day off right with WTS-LA's welcome breakfast for Metro's new CEO, Phil Washington. There is no better person to lead Metro now as the agency celebrates its 25th year of rail in Los Angeles. Mr. Washington, the former CEO of Denver's Regional Transportation District, transformed the agency's program through innovation, investment, and job growth. Join WTS-LA in offering this welcome for Mr. Washington and learn more about what he has in store for transforming LA's transportation scene
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Members Only Breakfast: Leadership At All Levels

Start your day off with a little inspiration. Join us for a Professional Development workshop featuring Nicole Englund, Paul Backstrom, and Jennifer Brogin. As transportation deputies for elected officials who shape transportation policy in Los Angeles County, they will share how priorities are set, how their offices build consensus, and how stakeholders can influence and support transportation priorities for the City and County of Los Angeles.
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