AS WTS-LA CELEBRATES ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY, WE LOOK AT HOW THE WHOLE THING STARTED
After several decades of helping women find opportunity and recognition in the Los Angeles-area transportation industry, WTS-LA now celebrates its 30th anniversary—a perfect time to hear from the women who founded WTS and learn why its original name was “Women’s Transportation Seminar.”
In 2005, Mass Transit magazine explored the 1977 founding of Women’s Transportation Seminar. The magazine found that including “seminar” in the organization’s name served as an ingenious stratagem. In those days, companies rarely paid for women to attend professional meetings. They would, however, pay for educational “seminars.” To read more about the societal restrictions that led to the organization's establishment, click here.
LOS ANGELES BOARD RETREATS TO PLAN STRATEGIC ADVANCES
With new chapter president Amanda Smith of Fehr & Peers at the helm, the 2015-16 WTS Los Angeles board held a retreat on February 10 in the beautiful Ming Hsieh Boardroom in Ronald Tutor Hall on the University of Southern California campus.
Smith described the retreat’s primary objective as establishing a two-year business plan. As part of establishing that plan, board members brainstormed on creating a greater operating budget and increasing the Los Angeles chapter’s membership. Woven through these discussions were preparations for the 2015 celebration of the chapter’s 30th anniversary. For more about the board's deliberations, click here.