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2017 Ava Doner Undergraduate $7,500 Scholarship Winner: Camila Salomon Gnecco

2017 Ava Doner Undergraduate $7,500 Scholarship Winner: Camila Salomon Gnecco

For many, graduating college is the culmination of learning. For USC’s Camila Salomon Gnecco, it is the first step in what promises to be a long, productive career in transforming the world through transportation.​

 
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2017 Ava Doner Undergraduate $10,000 Scholarship Winner: Vanessa Faul

2017 Ava Doner Undergraduate $10,000 Scholarship Winner: Vanessa Faul

Being born in Germany and moving to Los Angeles when she was 16 years old helped shape Cal State Northridge urban studies major Vanessa Faul. On the Dean’s List, she maintains a 3.8 GPA (a 3.97 in her major) with an extremely rigorous course load. She has also won several scholarships and academic honors.

 
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Ava Doner: The only thing stronger than her will was her heart…

Ava Doner: The only thing stronger than her will was her heart…

Ava Doner affected everyone she met. With women, it was instant admiration. Smarts, moxie, elegance, resilience, pragmatism, and beauty, Ava Doner made women feel comfortable and welcome. With men, they were happy to be around her, too, but often took her skills and intelligence for granted. They were polite, until they found out that she was the one that owned the business and would be quoting them a price for work. She founded the only female-owned and run drafting service of its day.

 
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Challenges are like air. We all face them. We need them. It’s how we live. It’s how we grow. Whether it’s your personal life or your professional career, challenges are ever present. So, the idea isn’t to rid yourself of trials or difficulties. The task a

Message from the President, September 2017

An Argentinian poet, Antonio Porchia, wrote, “I am chained to the earth to pay for the freedom of my eyes.” Wow. That’s just beautiful. Let the image sink in for a second. Boy, only a poet can do that. But aside from the beauty of the image itself, think about exactly what the poet is saying. That one sentence, that one concept, is probably the best piece of practical advice I have heard in a very, very long time for dealing with many of the challenges we face today.

 
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When it comes to planning, there are two schools of thought: 1) it’s a complete waste of time; and 2) it’s the most important thing you’ll ever do. Here’s the rub. They’re both right. Don’t you hate that?

Message from the President, August 2017

As President Eisenhower advised, plans are dispensable, but planning is not. Now that’s not just conceptual dexterity, it’s the truth. That’s because in contemplating a strategic plan for your life, your career, or the armed retaking of Europe, you are forced to strategically examine virtually every of aspect of the endeavor and determine what’s important, set priorities, and devise a method for action.​

 
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Psomas client services project manager Monika Bowden sees her time as WTS-LA president as both instructional and transformative.

Learning by Leading: The Meet of the Matter

“There were a lot of great events during my presidency, including hosting the top decision makers from not only the regional, but the state and federal levels as well. But the programs themselves were just icing on the cake, really. Overall, the unprecedented access WTS provides its members through the programs is second to none, and that was what made the difference. That was the highlight of my time as president and to this day I am friends with many of the people I met during my presidency."

 
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Each month WTS-LA brings dynamic transportation leaders to the chapter and those leaders impart knowledge, wisdom, expertise, and plans from their professional careers and current organizations. Here is a rundown of the most recent programs.

WTS-LA Fills Your Monthly Transportation Prescription…

Each month WTS-LA brings dynamic transportation leaders to the chapter and those leaders impart knowledge, wisdom, expertise, and plans from their professional careers and current organizations. Recently, Programs co-chairs CH2M transportation engineer Heather Anderson, Mott MacDonald rail transit engineer Kaoru McCullough, and Berg & Associates client relations manager Jenelle Saunders have outdone themselves by producing extraordinary programs. Here is a rundown of their recent offerings.

 
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AECOM Americas Transit Practice Leader and former Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Authority Carolyn Flowers shares her experiences in leadership and the transportation industry with participants of the MCLP.

Flowers Helps WTS-LA Mid-Career Professionals Bloom

Knowledge isn’t wisdom. Though study can produce knowledge, only carefully cultivated experience provides wisdom. But both are necessary to advance meaningfully in today’s business and transportation world. Fortunately, WTS-LA has found a unique way to impart both knowledge and wisdom to its members. On May 25, WTS-LA hosted its Mid-Career Leadership Program (MCLP) event with Carolyn Flowers.

 
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“It really is about encouraging women to think bigger. I came from small and humble beginnings. At its heart, WTS-LA is about the belief that women create their own destiny.”

Community Quest: The Heart of the Spiel

“I came to WTS because I really am about women empowerment. And there’s no other group out there that really supports and encourages women in transportation. I’ve gone to meetings in northern and southern California and this group really gets it. It really does provide access to transportation and leaders.”​

 
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Ms. Maurath’s position affords her tremendous access to Southern California transportation leaders of every stripe. But that was not always the case. She credits WTS and WTS-LA with helping make that happen.

Lisa Maurath prefers her transportation a la modes…

Ms. Maurath’s position affords her tremendous access to Southern California transportation leaders of every stripe. But that was not always the case. She credits WTS and WTS-LA with helping make that happen.

 
 
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