ON BALANCE, TINA BACKSTROM HAS WORK AND LIFE ALL FIGURED OUT
Tina Backstrom knows about leadership and work-life balance. And they were lessons hard learned. Noting that her “first foray into leadership” was motherhood, she raised her family and rose through the ranks of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). In her WTS-LA newsletter member profile “Balance Beaming: Tina Backstrom on Raising a Family and a Career,” Backstrom explains how she did it and the philosophy she developed in the process. Read Backstrom’s inspiring and instructive story about managing life and a career. Photo © John Livzey.
KYRA TAO EXPLAINS WHY THE DIVIDEND JUSTIFIES THE DREAMS
There is a quid pro quo. When someone volunteers for WTS-LA, they give of their time and expertise. But they also get something in return, something of equal and sometimes even greater value. And in the WTS-LA newsletter article “Kyra Tao Takes the Lead: Volunteering for the Greater Good,” Tao explains exactly how that works, what volunteers do, and what they get in return for their highly prized service. Read her story and discover the wonderful benefits for both volunteers and the chapter. Photo © John Livzey.
MELISSA DE LA PEÑA’S PRESIDENTIAL PROFILE ENCOURAGES
Leading isn’t easy. Perfecting leadership is even harder. But WTS-LA provides one of the greatest forums for advancing leadership skills—serving as WTS-LA president. And in her WTS-LA newsletter presidents series profile “High-Speed Grail: Melissa de la Peña’s Leadership Training for Women,” Melissa de la Peña provides an insider’s perspective on what it takes to lead WTS-LA, and what that experience means to one’s personal and professional life. Read de la Peña’s compelling account of what a chapter president learns and how it shapes their career for future decision making. Photo © John Livzey.
DEVON DEMING TAKES THE LEAD AFTER WTS COURSE CONNECTION
Epiphanies are rare, but they happen. Devon Deming’s experience in the highly selective WTS International Mid-Career Leadership Program in Washington, DC, was an epiphany. It transformed her career and her life and helped her grow. And in the WTS-LA newsletter article “Devon Deming: An Uncommon Metrics System for Creating Outstanding Leaders,” Deming explains how the experience has profoundly changed her personally and professionally, and what has happened since she took the empowering course. Read Deming’s illustrative account of just exactly how one learning experience can make a very real difference. Photo © John Livzey.
CHANGING COURSES IN MID-DREAM: DIRECTIONS FOR THOSE FARTHER DOWN THE ROAD
Entry-level professionals benefit greatly from guidance. And resources abound for them. But what about people at a higher level? Unfortunately, few resources exist for mid-career training and guidance. AECOM planning manager and WTS-LA Mentorship Chair Veronica Siranosian (left) and the Mentorship Committee are changing that with the members-only Mid-Career Leadership Program. Newly minted and designed specifically for “ambitious professionals who have gained several years of management experience but are facing challenges in advancing to the next level in their careers,” the program will connect each professional with a WTS-LA Director-at-Large as a mentor. And those mentors include POLA Assistant Chief Harbor Engineer Dina Aryan-Zahlan, PE, PMP; Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen; Expo Construction Authority CEO Samantha Bricker; California High-Speed Rail Southern California Regional Director Michelle Boehm; LAWA Deputy Executive Director Cynthia Guidry, PE; USC Viterbi School of Engineering Vice-Dean for Academic Programs Professor James E. Moore II; LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds; USDOT MARAD Director Eric Shen, PE, PTP; and Metro Deputy CEO Stephanie Wiggins. In addition to one-on-one mentoring, the program will facilitate intimate, engaging events on a wide range of topics. Interested? Act now. Space is limited and competition for spots will be intense. Return a completed application to email@example.com by June 24, 2016 for consideration. For more information, visit WTS-LA Mentorship.