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Awards and Recognition


Each year, WTS-LA honors achievement in the transportation industry with several coveted awards. These include:


WTS-LA Woman of the Year: This category is designed to reach beyond WTS membership to honor an outstanding woman who is a role model in transportation.


WTS-LA Member of the Year: This award is our opportunity to acknowledge a WTS member who has made extraordinary contributions to the success of the organization.


WTS-LA Honorable Ray LaHood Award: The Ray LaHood Award was created to recognize men who are not only leaders in transportation, but who have also actively led by example in seeking opportunities to advance the WTS mission and have made outstanding contributions toward the advancement of women and minorities.


WTS-LA Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership: The Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award recognizes either an organization(s) or individual(s) that have facilitated professional opportunities for women and minorities and contributed significantly to promoting diversity, inclusion, and multi-cultural awareness.


WTS-LA Innovative Transportation Solution: The ITSA award honors an innovative transportation project led by a woman.


WTS-LA Employer of the Year: This award is designed to honor an organization (company, non-profit, association, or government agency) for their support of the goals and purpose of WTS, such as recruiting, retaining, and advancing women.


Nominations for 2019 are in, and winners will be annouced soon! Awards will be presented at our Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner on November 7, 2019. Detailed awards criteria can be found here.


The 2019 Winners:


WTS-LA Woman of the Year: Cynthia Guidry

WTS-LA Member of the Year: Eileen Ryder 

WTS-LA Employer of the Year: CalSTA 

WTS-LA Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership: Wajeha Bilal

WTS-LA Honorable Ray LaHood Award: Gary Lee Moore

WTS-LA Innovative Transportation Solution: Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Automatic People Mover (APM)




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The 2018 winners were:

WTS-LA Woman of the Year: LA Metro Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Nadine Lee

WTS-LA Member of the Year: WSP Deputy Project Manager Todd Nguyen

WTS-LA Honorable Ray LaHood Award: USDOT Maritime Administration Director of Mid-Pacific Gateway Eric Shen

WTS-LA Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership: Carrie Bowen, California Roads & Highways Leader, HDR (formerly Caltrans District 7 Director)

WTS-LA Innovative Transportation Solution: LA Metro’s MicroTransit Pilot Project (tie)

WTS-LA Innovative Transportation Solution: U-Pass Pilot Program by LA Metro, Foothill Transit, Long Beach Transit, Torrance Transit, and Gardena Transit (tie)

WTS-LA Employer of the Year: The City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering

See the photo galleries from the 2018 Scholarship and Awards dinner. 

Photos © John Livzey
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