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Like nothing we’ve ever experienced before…

A philosopher once quipped, “Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” With uncertainty in abundance, it’s impossible to know what we’ll title this chapter in our lives. But right now it’s important to step back, take a breath, and remind each other we will get through this.

The Coronavirus and its associated illness, Covid-19, are driving uncertainty throughout the globe. Of course, this is true for WTS-LA as well. At present, we are closely following state and government guidelines. In doing so, we know only one thing is certain. When it is safe to recommence programming and events, we will. Until then, though, please remain safe, follow the news daily (but not too closely). And adhere to the safety procedures issued by government medical experts and your local physician. One thing you can do now is apply to our mentoring program as either a mentor or mentee. Obviously, we don’t know scheduling details yet, but we’d like to have the program ready to go the minute it’s safe to proceed.

Finally, if you’re not sure where to turn for help or guidance, I will include some useful links below. In the meanwhile, please stay safe, reassure young ones, and help older folks who need it. Oh, and wash your hands. I’ll be in touch again soon. Stay strong.

Lisa Karwoski, PE

Mott MacDonald


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:


California Department of Public Health:



World Health Organization:


Small Business Association:


Transportation Security Administration:



Photo by John Livzey


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WTS-LA Women's Bus Panel

On October 9th, WTS-LA hosted a lunchtime panel featuring women leading the way to maintain and improve bus service in the Los Angeles area. The panel was moderated by Michelle Caldwell and featured speakers from multiple LA County transit agencies.

Lunch with Jim de la Loza

Lunch with Jim de la Loza

On September 20th, 2019 WTS-LA hosted a lunch program to welcome Jim de la Loza, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new Chief of Planning Officer, to learn about current and upcoming projects for LA Metro Planning.

Photo © John Livzey

2019 Celebration of Recent Industry Milestones for Women

On Thursday, July 18, 2019 WTS-LA hosted a Celebration of Recent Industry Milestones for Women featuring Elissa Konove, Michelle Boehm, Nadine Lee, Yvette Zoe-Robles Rapose, and Jonaura Wisdom.

2019 LAX Tour

WTS-LA Members Visit LAX

On August 23, 2019, WTS-LA members got an exclusive tour of the Midfield Satellite Concourse, currently under construction at Los Angeles International Airport.

Photo © Eric Shen

2019 WTS-LA Summer Happy Hour

On June 13th, 2019, WTS members and non-members joined WTS-LA for a networking happy hour at Harbor House in Downtown Los Angeles.

Photo © John Livzey

2019 WTS-LA Ports update

On May 22, 2019 WTS-LA hosted major players from Southern California ports who discussed current and upcoming projects, innovations, and improvements.

Photo © John Livzey

Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins

On February 22, 2019, WTS-LA hosted a lunch with Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins

Photo © John Livzey

Caltrans District 7 Director John Bulinksi

On January 25, 2019, WTS-LA hosted a lunch with guest speaker Caltrans District 7 Director John Bulinski


Transportation YOU High School Students Tour LAX

On May 29, 2018, a WTS-LA Transportation YOU group of high school students toured Los Angeles International Airport.

Photo © John Livzey

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Panel

On May 31, 2018, WTS-LA hosted a panel to discuss the future of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Photo © John Livzey

Mentorship-WTS-LA Directors at Large Panel

On May 10, 2018, Directors at Large Dina Aryan-Zahlan (POLA), Mark Pestrella (LACDPW), and Elissa Knove (Metrolink) spoke to the 2018 mentorship group.

Photo © John Livzey

Students at the LAWA Update Lunch on August 23rd

Photo © John Livzey

Lunch Program with LAWA's Samantha Bricker

On August 23, 2019, WTS-LA hosted a lunch at the Proud Bird featuring guest speaker Samantha Bricker, LAWA Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer.

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2019 College Student-WTS-LA Corporate Partners Mixer

On April 25, 2019, WTS-LA Student Outreach committee hosted a networking mixer for students and young professionals to meet WTS-LA corporate partners.

Photo © John Livzey

Caltrans District 7 Update

On January 25, 2019, WTS-LA hosted a lunch with guest speaker Caltrans District 7 Director John Bulinski

Photo © John Livzey

College Outreach Resume Workshop

On May 6, 2019, the College Outreach Committee held a resume workshop - "Bring Your Own Resume" - for students and young professionals.



WTS-LA College Outreach committee members meeting with the UCLA WTS chapter

Photo © Eric Shen

March Happy Hour

WTS-LA hosted a Happy Hour In celebration of International Women's Day

Photo © Jungmin Jang

WTS-LA's 2019 Mentorship Program

On April 24, the WTS-LA Mentorship Committee convened the first meeting of the 2019 program.

Photo by Jungmin Jang

2019 Mentorship Meet-Up

In August 2019, Mentors and Mentees met up to discuss skills building for future success.

Photo by Jungmin Jang

2019 July Mentorship Meeting

The 2019 class of WTS-LA Mentors and Mentees met to discuss career opportunities and perspectives in the public and private sectors.

Transportation YOU Outreach

Transportation YOU Outreach

Transportation YOU committee presenting on careers in transportation to local high school students

Photo © John LIvzey

Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner

Representatives from scholarship sponsor Fehr & Peers and scholarship recipients Ma'ayan Dembo and Guadalupe Huerta from UCLA

Photo © John Livzey

WTS-LA Woman of the Year

Cynthia Guidry, Director of Long Beach Airport and WTS-LA Director at Large, is the recipient of the 2019 WTS-LA Woman of the Year award.

Photo © John Livzey

WTS-LA Honorable Ray LaHood Award Recipient

WTS-LA Honorable Ray LaHood Award Recipient Gary Lee Moore (City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering) with dinner emcees Kome Ajise (SCAG) and Nadine Lee (Metro).

Photo John Livzey

WTS-LA Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner

WTS-LA Board of Directors scholarship recipient Annaleigh Yahata Ekman (UCLA) with Jenelle Saunders (Berg & Associates) and Heather Anderson (HNTB)


College Outreach Regional Connector Tour

The College Outreach Committee organized a tour of the Regional Connector subway construction project in Downtown Los Angeles. Students from USC, CSUN, UCLA, and UCI attended.


Metro Highway Program Update

On January 30, Abdollah Ansari, Senior Executive Officer, Highway Program, for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), was a guest speaker at a WTS-LA lunch program.



WTS_7270On January 30, WTS-LA hosted a lunch program featuring Abdollah Ansari, Senior Executive Officer, Highway Program, for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Mr. Ansari is leading the delivery of highway improvement projects with a budget of $8 billion under Measure R and $20+ billion under Measure M supplemented by State and federal funds. Attendees at the program heard more about current projects and future opportunities with Metro's highway program. Click here to view the presentation slides. See photos of the program here




At the Annual Scholarship and Awards dinner on November 7, 2019, WTS-LA awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving young women in high school, community college, undergraduate, and graduate programs in transportation-related fields.  

Articles about the 2019 scholarship and award recipients are in our NEWS section. 

This year's scholarship recipients and awardees

See photos from the 2019 Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner. 

2017-18_Rpt_CoverIn 2017-2018, WTS-LA made some significant changes to committees, increased the scholarship fund, and focused on workforce development. Read our report summarizing our accomplishements. 

Read WTS-LA's white paper about Workforce Development, called “Bridging LA County’s Transportation Industry Workforce Gap: Where have all of the qualified people gone…and how do we get them back?  Read here.  




Photos © John Livzey.

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