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WTS Los Angeles (WTS-LA)
Advancing women in transportation in Los Angeles and beyond since 1985.


WTS_Los_AngelesWTS-LA is the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, or WTS. An international organization with more than 6,000 members—both women and men—WTS is dedicated to building the future of global transportation through the advancement of women. With its advocacy, WTS turns the glass ceiling into a career portal through professional programs, enhanced networking, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders.

WTS Los Angeles—one of the largest WTS chapters—is a trendsetting, vibrant chapter that provides outstanding advantages to its members through exceptional VIP speakers, pioneering programs, leadership training, high school and university outreach, and mentoring and professional development. You can learn more about all of these in detail in our latest Annual Report.

But what really sets us apart is access.

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In many organizations, the speaker is the only industry leader at an event. We are different. Our audiences are always filled with key decision makers. And you get to meet them and talk with them up close and personal. So, who do you meet in WTS-LA?

We are a virtual who’s who of Southern California transportation. Our meetings and events regularly include CEOs and C-suite executives, public sector agency leaders, legislators, journalists, academics, entry-level and mid-career women, and students. That’s who you will meet. But why is that important?

The reasons are as varied as they are individual. Some members seek out prospective clients. Others look for potential employers or employees. Yet others search for JV or teaming partners. But one thing is clear for every WTS-LA member: WTS-LA sits you at the table with transportation professionals at every level and provides you with a lifelong professional network.

Programs define our chapter. Covering a wide range of modes, subjects, and national and regional issues, these programs give public sector leaders an open platform. By the same token, they give our members actual face time with these public-sector leaders, something virtually unobtainable through any other means. But that’s not all.

Leadership training is another critical benefit of our chapter. We educate and train our members to be leaders in many different ways. But our greatest method is by having them lead. Through service on our board and committees, our members learn by doing. In all there are 14 committees that our members can serve on. They include:

  • Adopt-A-School Committee
  • Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Diversity and Recognition Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Mentorship Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Programs Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Small Business Outreach Committee
  • Transportation Resume Book Committee
  • Volunteer Committee

In addition, we provide meaningful professional development, and formal and informal mentoring.

Though local, we also have international reach. We welcome as speakers transportation visionaries from around the world including former USDOT Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, former USDOT Secretary Mary Peters, former FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez, and a host of others. We also organize trips to landmark transportation programs overseas. To date, WTS-LA has toured transportation programs in London, Sydney, Melbourne, and a special preview of the Panama Canal Expansion. In addition, several of our members have served as WTS international presidents and board members.

Perhaps our greatest effort 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.

We also have a meaningful Adopt-A-School Program, wherein we “adopt” a high school and provide one-on-one mentoring and guidance as well as programs like Career Day. But WTS-LA does not only help students.

WTS-LA also produces and publishes the Transportation Resume Book. A collection of resumes from graduating students in Los Angeles County, the Transportation Resume Book provides dual benefit for the chapter. First, it introduces some of the best and brightest new talent to corporations and public sector organizations in need of such talent. By the same token, this gives those corporations and public sector organizations that are WTS-LA corporate partners the first opportunity to contact that talent. Now an established annual, WTS-LA corporate partners eagerly seek its publication each year to fill their ranks with the best and brightest of the emerging workforce.

Finally, we provide outstanding value to our public and private sector corporate partners. From the opportunity to introduce noted speakers to having seats at their table, corporate partners are an integral part of our chapter. They accrue invaluable benefits including actual face time with high-ranking government and academic officials as well as private industry decision makers; the latest transportation intelligence; enhanced employee training and participation; and national publicity through trade publications, social media, and strategic outreach. When you join WTS-LA as a corporate partner, it is a real partnership.

WTS-LA is powerful. But it’s only as strong as its members. So, sign up for our email list and join us. Become a member. Attend a meeting. Volunteer. Check out our newsletter. Follow us on social media: FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn. Become a corporate sponsor. Learn how you can gain the benefits of unparalleled access and networking. Come see what we can do for you and your company.

If you’re still not sure, test the waters. Come to a meeting. Check out our upcoming programs. See for yourself what we are about and the benefits we offer.

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