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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Celebrating 30 Years of Service

January 1, 2016

WTS Los Angeles thanks you for advancing women in transportation in Los Angeles and beyond since 1985.

One of our greatest efforts is directed toward the future: the next generation of transportation professionals. Awarding tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to deserving transportation students, WTS-LA has long-standing close relationships with high schools and universities throughout Los Angeles County.

Each of you represents our large and diverse network of Southern California transportation professionals committed to providing our chapter the time, commitment, and resources to further our mission and enrich all of our individual lifelong professional networks along the way.

Amanda Smith Heinke
Fehr & Peers

Photo by John Livzey

 

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BART General Manager Grace Crunican Moderates a Panel of Women Leaders, September 30

BART General Manager Grace Crunican Moderates a Panel of Women Leaders, September 30

Grace Crunican, who co-authored the new book "Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories" with industry leader Liz Levin, makes a point in our September 30 panel discussion. Photo by Koop Films.

 
Transportation Leaders Tell Their Stories, September 30

Transportation Leaders Tell Their Stories, September 30

Pioneering women featured in the new book "Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories" were featured in a panel discussion followed by roundtables, shown here with chapter officers. Photo by Koop Films.

 
Ahn Case of Jacobs Engineering Group Introduces Transportation Leaders, September 30

Ahn Case of Jacobs Engineering Group Introduces Transportation Leaders, September 30

Ahn Case introduces our program moderator, BART GM Grace Crunican, on September 30; panelists were author and industry expert Liz Levin, HNTB's Mary Jane O'Meara, CDM Smith's Dana Hook, and retired FAA exec LaVerne Francis Reid. Photo by Koop Films.

 
Photo by John Livzey

WTS Welcomes LAWA's Deborah Flint as She Takes the Reins, September 21

A "members only" audience welcomed new Executive Director Deborah Flint, who now leads the largest public sector capital program in Los Angeles and one of the largest airport systems in the world. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Jennifer Brogin Discusses How Consensus is Won, August 7

Jennifer Brogin, deputy for LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, discussed how transportation policy is developed and consensus is won with WTS-LA members attending a professional development workshop. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Nicole Englund Talks Transportation Policy Development, August 7

Nicole Englund, deputy for LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, discussed how transportation policy is developed and consensus is won with WTS-LA members attending a professional development workshop. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Paul Backstrom Looks at Policies that Enhance Mobility for Constituents, August 7

Paul Backstrom, deputy for LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin, discussed how transportation policy is developed and consensus is won with WTS-LA members attending a professional development workshop. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Metro CEO Phil Washington Gets Passionate about Innovation, August 6

Recently appointed Los Angeles Metro CEO Phillip Washington wowed a packed room, discussing his passion for innovation and how that will enhance mobility for Angelenos. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

CH2M's Andres Ocon Welcomes Phil Washington to WTS-LA, August 6

Representing WTS-LA Platinum Sponsor CH2M, Vice President Andres Ocon introduced Metro CEO Phil Washington to a SRO audience, noting Washington's distinguished record for innovation and effective project delivery. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo Introduces a New Take on High School Outreach, August 6

Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo of Claremont Graduate University, recently named Adopt-A-School chair for WTS Los Angeles, briefed our audience on new education alliances the chapter is pursuing. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Dr. Giovanna Brasfield Speaks Up for Small Business, August 6

WTS-LA Small Business Outreach chair Dr. Giovanna Brasfield of Hensel Phelps gave a précis on a coming program that will give small business owners an insight into legal issues associated with contracting. Photo © 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

ARCADIS Exec Ralph Taber Does the Honors, July 9

Ralph Taber, representing WTS Los Angeles Platinum Sponsor ARCADIS, introduces LAWA Deputy Executive Director Roger Johnson. 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.

 
 
 

 

THE FACES OF WTS LOS ANGELES

This year we'll continue to introduce you to the WTS Los Angeles members who shape transportation in Southern California. The images below, courtesy of John Livzey, portray just a few of the people you'll be meeting in our newsletter and web news, as well as on our Twitter stream at @WTSLosAngeles. Montage by Koop Films.
 

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Upcoming Events

Feb

23

Working Together: Caltrans and Metro

California transportation is experiencing a golden age. And that age might just go platinum, but only through careful stewardship. On February 23, WTS-LA presents just how that might happen. With a panel featuringCaltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen,Metro Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie Wiggins, and Metro Board Member Jackie Dupont-Walker, WTS-LA members will get firsthand news about upcoming Caltrans and Metro transportation projects, including Measure R-funded programs and more.
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Featured News

Mixer Cements Future for TRB Students with Concrete Advantages for WTS-LA Corporate Partners

Friday, November 13, 2015 - Networking can be challenging. So WTS Los Angeles Transportation Résumé Book Chair and Caltrans Transportation Planner Todd Nguyen found a way to make networking simpler, even more valuable, and fun for young transportation students, creating the WTS TRB mixer to put the students before a diverse range of transportation companies and agencies.
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Missed Dinner? Here Are Your Just Desserts…

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - Who said breakfast is the most important meal of the day? On November 5, 2015, WTS-LA held its annual scholarship and awards dinner and for many it was the most important meal of the year. Doling out $36,000 in high school and college scholarships, WTS-LA not only celebrated its 30th anniversary but also named its yearly award recipients for a wide range of accomplishments.
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With Mobility and Transit, the Answer Isn’t Always Mass

Monday, September 28, 2015 - In America, we love big solutions, particularly when dealing with mobility. From bigger airports to more highway lanes to expanded port complexes, bigger is better. But not every problem can be addressed by a big solution alone. Sometimes, solutions can be smaller, more individual. They can even augment larger solutions already in place.
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