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Annaleigh Yahata Ekman: Taking on the World One City at a Time

2019 WTS-LA Board of Directors Scholarship Recipient Annaleigh Yahata Ekman


High School Consequential: Raising Awareness and Giving Support

Through three scholarship sponsors and two WTS-LA scholarships, WTS-LA will award nearly $20,000 in five scholarships to deserving Westchester and Dorsey High School students in 2019.


BergCM: Rewarding Noble Scholarship and Its Potential

BergCM awarded the 2019 WTS-LA $3,000 BergCM Community College Scholarship to Glendale Community College student Narina Artin.


Arup and CM Solutions: A Capital Way to Reward Scholarship

Together this year, Arup and CM Solutions endowed a $5,000 scholarship to help a graduate student further her transportation career. And this year, the 2019 WTS-LA $5,000 Arup/CM Solutions Graduate Scholarship went to Arcadis associate vice president and WTS-LA treasurer Christi Fu, an MBA candidate at UCLA


Stantec: A community endeavor where excellence meets compassion…

Stantec awards the 2019 WTS-LA $5,000 Stantec Undergraduate Scholarship to Cal Poly Pomona Dean’s List undergraduate Camille Maxwell.


Jacobs Engineering: A firm take on empowering individuals to achieve…

The $5,000 Jacobs 2019 WTS-LA Undergraduate Scholarship goes to Cal Poly Pomona senior Evonnie Estrada.


Taking Action to Build Your Dreams…

The 2019 $5,000 BYD Build Your Dreams Scholarship will be awarded to UCLA urban planning and policy PhD candidate Julene Paul.


WTS-LA $5,000 Jacobs Undergraduate Scholarship winner Evonnie Estrada

WTS-LA $5,000 Jacobs Undergraduate Scholarship recipient Evonnie Estrada


Da Vinci has nothing on UCLA doctoral student Julene Paul…

2019 $5,000 WTS-LA BYD Scholarship recipient Julene Paul


Wajeha Bilal: Honoring Rosa Parks through Community Advocacy and Action

WTS-LA 2019 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award Recipient Wajeha Bilal


CalSTA: Equal Opportunity Employer of the Year

WTS-LA 2019 Employer of the Year, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)


Eileen Ryder: Advancing the Chapter One Communication at a Time

2019 WTS-LA Member of the Year, Eileen Ryder


Narina Artin: When Global Transportation Becomes Very Personal

WTS-LA $3,000 Berg & Associates Advancing Women in Transportation scholarship recipient Narina Artin


When the going gets tough, the tough move people ingeniously…

WTS-LA has named Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) $4.9 billion Automated People Mover project (APM) its 2019 WTS-LA Innovative Transportation Solutions Award winner.


Christi Fu: Giving Back the Greatest Gift of All

2019 $5,000 ARUP/CM Solutions Scholarship winner and Arcadis Associate Vice President, Christi Fu.


Making Reality a Dream: 2019 WTS-LA Stantec Scholarship Winner Camille Maxwell

2019 WTS-LA Stantec Scholarship Winner Camille Maxwell


From LAWA to Long Beach, Cynthia Guidry is most definitely a runway model…

WTS-LA Woman of the Year Cynthia Guidry, Director of Long Beach Airport


Moore’s Respect for Diversity Leads to Equity in Engineering

WTS-LA 2019 Honorable Ray LaHood Award Recipient Gary Lee Moore, PE, City Engineer and General Manager for the City of Los Angeles' Bureau of Engineering


Remember Leah Guerreiro-Ramos…

Determined to keep the memory of marketing professional Leah Guerreiro-Ramos in everyone’s hearts, Fehr & Peers created two $5,000 WTS-LA scholarships with the support of Leah’s family, friends, coworkers, and the company.


Guadalupe Huerta: Building Equity in Transportation from the Inside

WTS-LA $5,000 Fehr & Peers Leah Guerreiro-Ramos Memorial Graduate Scholarship winner recipient (Lupita) Huerta


Ma’ayan Dembo: Tomorrow’s Transportation Visionary Today

Ma’ayan Dembo, the WTS-LA $5,000 Fehr & Peers Leah Guerreiro-Ramos Memorial Graduate Scholarship recipient.​


Katheryn Kornegay: WTS-LA 2019 $10,000 Ava Doner Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

“My interest in alternative-energy-powered vehicles first emerged in middle school when I conducted an experiment on the battery life of a model kit solar car. I want to pursue a career that develops more cost-effective, alternative-powered transportation, by focusing on ways to improve the efficiency of the alternative energy used to power the vehicles."


Cassie Halls: WTS-LA 2019 $7,500 Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Collecting varied and deep transportation knowledge and experience, Cassie is very much following in the tradition of Myra L. Frank, including her desire to play an important role in transforming Southern California into a more economically vibrant and transit-oriented region.


Codi Weisz: WTS-LA 2019 $7,500 Ava Doner Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

Much like Ava Doner, Codi Weisz follows only one path in life; the one she creates…

ICF CEQA/NEPA transportation infrastructure strategist Kim Avila

Kim Avila believes strongly in going public…

"WTS-LA is an organization that everyone has to pay attention to. They bring in the best speakers, and their credibility is unparalleled. So, they attract the best people as well. But there’s also something about the vibe at a WTS-LA event that feels more personal."


A New President’s Letter

WTS-Los Angeles President's Letter from Lisa Karwoski, PE, of Mott MacDonald.

Stephanie Leslie, PE, Deputy Project Manager of the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

Metro’s Stephanie Leslie, PE, helps girls and women hear opportunity knocking…

“WTS-LA is extremely valuable. It’s very important for women to have a forum where they can come together and make sure that they’re not being ignored in the industry, that they have opportunity, and that all of this is passed on to future generations."

"The WTS-LA Mentorship Program is an amazing opportunity for young professionals to develop and refine their career goals."

Lynn Feng Wants to Ensure that Lessons Earned Are Lessons Learned

Profile on Lynn Feng, transportation planner with AECOM and WTS-LA's Mentorship Chair and previous recipient of the WTS-LA Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate Scholarship.

“The scholarship program was one of the most valuable professional development milestones in my undergraduate career."

Metro’s Andrina Dominguez delivers on WTS-LA’s scholarship promise…

Metro senior environmental specialist Andrina Dominguez was the recipient of the 2013 won the $6,000 WTS-LA Ava Doner Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship. "[The WTS-LA scholarship program] is also so deliberate in making sure that young professionals are introduced and integrated into the chapter and the industry."

"I became aware of the WTS-LA scholarship, and getting my master’s became a possibility for me."

Linda Apodaca: One WTS-LA Scholarship. Four Beneficiaries.

Having been on the receiving end of a kindness from WTS-LA in the form of the Board of Directors Scholarship, Linda Apodaca pays forward that kindness through her work at Foothill Transit as Manager of Community Engagement and her volunteering and promotion of the WTS Transportation YOU program.

Ms. Guidry’s advice for those thinking about joining Transportation YOU or any other WTS-LA program? Find the time. In fact, she suggests that chapter members should, “just jump right in.”

LAWA's Cynthia Guidry: Building the Future and Sparking Enthusiasm

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Planning and Development Group Deputy Executive Director and WTS-LA Director at Large, Cynthia Guidry manages some of LAWA's largest capital projects, yet takes time to inspire the next generation.

"Through my work, my mentoring at ACE and Caltrans, and through WTS-LA, I look to learn from the role models I have and serve as a role model for young minority women rising through the ranks."

Christi Fu: Making a Name in Construction Claims

WTS-LA Treasurer, Christi Fu, PE, CCM, LEED AP, ENV SP, is an Associate Vice President with Arcadis and operations manager for the Contract Solutions Practice in the Western United States. She has performed construction claims analysis for a variety of projects, from highways, bridges, light rail, airports, and ports, to wastewater treatment centers, court houses, college campuses, etc., that range from $30-million projects to $1.2-billion programs.

March Letter from WTS-LA President Lisa Karwoski, PE

March Brings Us Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day: – AND an Opportunity for You to Make a Difference as We Celebrate! …

"As we’ve learned personally and from the stories of so many others, it only takes one person to light the spark of interest in WTS-LA and our mission. Be that spark. Bring someone to a chapter event as your guest. Introduce them to other WTS-LA members and other WTS-LA programs and events. Help them know they have real support and opportunity in the greater transportation industry."

"In my opinion my career is my second home. So I will do whatever it takes to make this home my dream home. And that all starts with networking and communication. By doing that I always make sure that I leave a footmark anywhere I go.”

Tina Dalili: Improving through Mentorship and Experience

Tina Dalili, PE, discusses her new role at Caltrans, how her career has developed, and the value of her involvement with the WTS-LA Mentor-Protege program.

February Letter from WTS-LA President Lisa Karwoski, PE
Mark Thomas Project Engineer Rachel Usedom, PE

Rachel Usedom, PE: Engineering Opportunity for Advancement

“From planners to engineers, [WTS] is a great way to get exposure to every part of the transportation industry, as well as different career paths taken by strong women. That interaction of modes and disciplines and women at all levels is really unique to WTS and WTS-LA."

Together, we can change the landscape to further WTS-LA’s mission and provide a level playing field for us all.

Transportation Change Management: The Future Is Here

January 2019 letter from 2019-2020 WTS-LA Chapter President, Lisa Karwoski, PE.

New Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins

Stephanie Wiggins Keeps It Rail as Metrolink’s New CEO!

WTS-LA 2014 Woman of the Year Stephanie Wiggins was just named CEO of Metrolink! And with her departure from Metro (where she served as Deputy CEO), CEO Phil Washington elevated WTS-LA 2018 Woman of the Year and Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Nadine Lee to Interim Chief of Staff, a newly created position. Congratulations to both!


2018 WTS-LA Mentorship Program: Helping transportation professionals advance to every level…

On November 1, the Mentorship Program held the last event of the year with an inspiring panel discussion.​

"“Being named 2018 WTS-LA Member of the Year is the first professional award I’ve ever received in my career. I will always remember it as the coolest and the best."

WTS-LA Member of the Year Todd Nguyen: Revolutionizing Outreach One Student at a Time

Being named WTS-LA Member of the Year means different things to different people. In fact, it’s as individual as the people who earn it. But one thread runs throughout every winner—an unyielding commitment to the betterment of the chapter and to WTS-LA’s mission. This year’s winner, Todd Nguyen, is no exception.

Outgoing WTS-LA President, Kathy Simons

Hello, I must be going. I cannot stay, I came to say I must be going. I’m glad I came but just the same I must be going…

Thank you to all of my WTS family for allowing me to work and learn with you in moving our mission forward. It’s been a helluva ride and again, I wouldn’t trade it in for anything. But I also want you to use my experience as a springboard. Thinking of serving as WTS-LA president? Joining a committee? Going to an event? Do it. Please, commit and take action.


Transportation YOU’s Empowerment Day Electrifies Students with Lessons Earned

Held on October 12th, at Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, Empowerment Day was designed to “expose student-participants to multiple routes of professional development for women in the transportation sector” and to “provide participants with key insights for successful access to the field” as well as “skills for navigating the workplace and academia as a woman and how to overcome commonly encountered obstacles.”


High School Crucible: Leveraging the Value of Transportation for Young Women

Doubling the number of scholarships this year from three to six, WTS-LA has awarded nearly $20,000 to high school students this year at the annual scholarship and awards dinner. Through two committees—Transportation YOU and the Scholarship Committee—WTS-LA is providing much-needed funding and support to help young women stay focused on gaining a college degree and entering the transportation industry.


A Thanksgiving Approach to Intestinal Fortitude

November Letter from WTS-LA President Kathy Simons


The WTS-LA Innovation Transportation Solutions Award: An Award Where Everyone Wins

Innovation isn’t enough. The WTS-LA Innovative Transportation Solutions Award must also add community value and make a real difference in the lives of its users. This year, WTS-LA found two deserving projects that fit those criteria and named each winners of the 2018 WTS-LA Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.


The WTS-LA Scholarship and Awards Dinner: Three of the Evening’s Main Forces

Congratulations to three WTS-LA 2018 award winners - Eric Shen, Carrie Bowen, and Todd Nguyen - and their unique ability to do something they appreciate that is truly worthwhile.

Education is the key to success and I wanted to show my children that no matter what is going on in their lives, it is important and imperative that they continue the learning process."

Succeeding by Degree: WTS-LA Directors Choice Tina Backstrom

Strategic planning manager for the Project Development and Coordination and Environmental Programs Group at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), Ms. Backstrom always wants to accomplish more. She is a candidate for a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Canyon University. "This degree is one more step in my leadership process."

Ms. Lee truly does lead by encouragement and support. She also believes that WTS has played an important role in developing that leadership style.

A Vision of the Future: WTS-LA Woman of the Year Nadine Lee’s Plan for 2028

WTS-LA is proud to name Metro Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Nadine Lee as the 2018 WTS-LA Woman of the Year.

“…Part of Marissa’s passion for working in the field of environmental science is driven by her commitment to educate her community, especially women and those that are underrepresented in higher education."

2018 $3,000 SCAG Community College Scholarship Winner: Marissa Renteria

Studying environmental engineering at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Ms. Renteria's interests are vast, they are matched equally by her energy, work ethic, and commitment to her ideals. SCAG is proud to name Marissa Renteria winner of the 2018 $3,000 SCAG Community College Scholarship.

Encompassing six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura), SCAG represents 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles.

The Southern California Association of Governments Presents a World-Changing Student

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is all about the future. . They chose to help a young woman in a community college setting, as it speaks to their principle of truly serving their constituency. And this year, SCAG has chosen Marissa Renteria to receive the 2018 $3,000 SCAG Community College Scholarship.

If you live, visit, or even transit through Los Angeles, you have benefited from the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering (Engineering) and their award-winning, internationally-recognized work.

WTS-LA Employer of the Year: The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering – Leveling the Professional Field

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering has been named the 2018 WTS-LA Employer of the Year. With more than 900 engineers, architects, surveyors, technical, and administrative professionals, Engineering is a recognized leader in the recruitment, retention, and professional development of female employees. City Engineer Gary Lee Moore has served as a WTS-LA Director at Large since 2005. He has encouraged active participation for all of the Bureau’s employees.

“Sponsoring a scholarship is an investment in our future. We believe that as industry leaders we must be cognizant of the fact that the future is now and we must act."

Louise Garside…Kathy Simons…Lynnete Guzman…

Founded by Louise Garside and now run by her daughter, Kathy Simons, LKG-CMC is a comprehensive program controls and document control/configuration management consultancy with extensive experience in complex transit, highway, public works, education, airport, and other infrastructure projects nationwide. This year, Lynnete Guzman is the recipient of the 2018 $5,000 WTS-LA Louise Garside Scholarship.​

“Urban planning is a tool to preserve cultures and empower underrepresented communities to remain, reclaim, and thrive in their own neighborhoods."

2018 $5,000 Louise Garside WTS-LA Scholarship Winner: Lynnete Guzman

Earning her master’s degree in planning at the University of Southern California (USC), Lynnete Guzman is not your typical student of transportation. For her, transportation is a vital element in an overall planning perspective, one where she has grand plans. WTS-LA is proud to name Lynnete Guzman winner of the 2018 $5,000 Louise Garside WTS-LA Undergraduate Scholarship.

While Access helps society through its work, it wanted to expand that mandate and decided to help LA County in another way—through WTS-LA.

With this scholarship, Access Services is providing a different kind of mobility…

Access Services provides seamless Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit on behalf of 45 fixed-route member agencies. According to Access executive director Andre Colaiace, "The transportation field needs a highly educated workforce and Access is proud to contribute in partnership with WTS-LA.” And this year, the inaugural Access Services scholarship goes to a most deserving student, Clare Blackwell.

“I want to continue to make a difference at the local level after I graduate from college, because I believe that local politics are often the most influential in making a change in people’s lives."

2018 $5,000 Access Services WTS-LA Scholarship Winner: Clare Blackwell

Co-convener of the student group, Designing Urban Spaces, Ms. Blackwell is well on her way to changing the world by starting locally. For these reasons and many more, Access Services is proud to name Clare Blackwell winner of the 2018 $5,000 Access Services WTS-LA Undergraduate Scholarship.

My daily commute on the Metro trains each day made me appreciate the mass transit system for its accessibility, affordability, and the diverse areas and commuters that it serves.

2018 $5,000 Jacobs WTS-LA Scholarship Winner: Emily Ng

An undergraduate student at Pitzer College, Emily Ng is double majoring in environmental analysis and sociology. Though she faced considerable skepticism from family and friends about her decision to pursue a career that was not in business, medicine, or engineering, Ms. Ng recognized her calling early on.


Jacobs Engineering: Improving the world one individual at a time…

A Trailblazing supporter of WTS International, Jacobs is also a Platinum sponsor of WTS-LA., Jacobs Engineering looks to secure the future of transportation by creating the $5,000 Jacobs WTS-LA Undergraduate Scholarship to help a promising young individual achieve her dreams. And for its inaugural award, Jacobs has found a perfect candidate in Emily Ng.

A master’s degree candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in urban and regional planning with a concentration on transportation policy and planning

2018 $5,000 Stantec WTS-LA Scholarship Winner: Cassie Halls

For her determination and dedication to transportation and her commitment to its use for the betterment of society, Cassie Halls richly deserves to be named the first recipient of the 2018 $5,000 Stantec WTS-LA Scholarship.

Launched through Stantec’s Community Engagement fund, the inaugural $5,000 Stantec WTS-LA Scholarship embodies Stantec’s commitment to making lasting connections to people and communities.

Stantec’s Community Quest: Doing Well By Doing Good

“At Stantec, we aim to make a difference in the places where we live and work,” explains Alfonso Rodriguez, Stantec vice president and Pacific Region leader. “We’re committed to connecting with our communities to help strengthen them in meaningful ways and are thrilled to support the future of transportation through the advancement of women. It is our honor and privilege to partner with WTS-LA to present Cassie Halls with a well-deserved scholarship and support her very bright future."

From the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ms. Kala sees her chosen profession as a calling.

2018 $5,000 Build Your Dream WTS-LA Scholarship Winner: Esther Kala

For her unyielding dedication to her dream, for her actions in making that dream a reality, and for her commitment to fairness and cooperation, Esther Kala richly deserves to be named the first recipient of the 2018 $5,000 Build Your Dream WTS-LA Scholarship.

The world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, BYD embodies the pioneering spirit of its mission to deliver cleaner air and a better life through battery-electric vehicles, particularly buses.

Building Your Dream for Someone Else…

An industry leader in other high-tech zero-emission sectors including trucks, forklifts, and SkyRail (monorail), BYD believes its model proves that going green can be good for the economy, good for workers, and good for America. BYD North America believes strongly in WTS and its mission to advance women in transportation. BYD president Stella Li committed $5,000 to create the BYD (Build Your Dreams) WTS-LA Chapter Scholarship.

WTS-LA President Kathy Simons' October Letter

The middle of the road less traveled lately…

Accepting that a difference of opinion is not a declaration of war.

“My passions lie in making transit more efficient and accessible.".

2018 $10,000 Ava Doner Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Winner: Joceline Suhaimi

"In addition to connecting people to transit, I’m passionate about connecting students to the transportation industry.” Though young in years, Ms. Suhaimi reflect well Ava Doner’s poise, tenacity, and pioneering spirit. For these reasons and many more, WTS-LA proudly awards her the 2018 $10,000 Ava Doner Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship.


2018 $7,500 Ava Doner Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Winner: Emma Barker

“My passions for sustainability and design collided in college, where I discovered urban planning and public transportation…I see sustainable urban planning and adequate public transportation as crucial to the future of the world." WTS-LA proudly awards Emma with the 2018 $7,500 Ava Doner Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship.

Former WTS-LA board member, business owner, and pioneer, Ava Doner

All of WTS-LA owes a debt to this Doner…

To honor that dedication and the trail she blazed for other women, each year at the WTS-LA Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner, WTS-LA recognizes two deserving young women with the Ava Doner Memorial Scholarship Award.

Few people ever get to define the industry they work in. Myra Frank was one of those select few.

Carrying on a Frank Tradition of Education, Altruism, and Excellence

To honor Myra L. Frank's work, her indelible contribution to the transportation industry, and her considerable efforts in advancing women in transportation, WTS-LA created two scholarships in her honor.

“We wanted to do something different, something that would be really helpful for all types of career levels, something that people could use both inside and outside of work."

A Course in Discourse: WTS-LA Members Learn the Art of the Spiel

Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” In many ways, Franklin defined the ideal structure for an effective professional development workshop. And on September 15th, WTS-LA Professional Development chair and civil engineer for the Port of Los Angeles Mahsa Pan, PE, realized that ideal by presenting an exceptionally effective professional development workshop for WTS-LA members.

Miriam Pinksi, recipient of the 2018 $7,500 Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate Scholarship

2018 $7,500 Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate Scholarship: Miriam Pinski

Having entered UCLA’s PhD program this fall, Miriam Pinski’s interest in transportation policy and planning were shaped by her experience of living in car-centric Los Angeles. To her, it was not exactly paradise. “I continually notice the barriers to mobility that certain groups face as they go about the city"

Hannah Rae King, recipient of the $10,000 Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship

2018 $10,000 Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate Scholarship: Hannah Rae King

“My goal as a researcher is to provide work that is useful to transportation professionals and community organizers as they work to design and implement transportation systems that serve the needs of all community members."

“One of things I appreciate about my tenure at Metro is that I’ve been provided with the freedom to create and be creative. That’s made my job so much fun. And that’s my legacy here at Metro."

Yvette Rapose: Changing the Course of History One Community at a Time…

WTS-LA welcomes new WTS-LA Director at Large, Metro Deputy Executive Officer for Community Relations Yvette Rapose. "I’m really looking forward to getting involved in the mentorship program. There are a lot of young women that are trying to find their way and asking whether or not they belong. The answer is a resounding yes, and I want to help show them the way.”

"We’re seeing better solutions that are really unique to the organization, and I attribute that directly to the diversity of our leadership and workforce, and the increase in women in our workplace."

The LA County Public Works Women’s Leadership Conference: Stronger Together

LA County Department of Public Works' Director and WTS-LA Director at Large, Mark Pestrella, PE believes the Department of Public Works has a mission, along with its 37 sister agencies, to measurably improve the quality of life for the people and communities of Los Angeles County. And one of the best illustrations of this is LA County Public Works’ Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and its Women’s Leadership Conference.

Dr. Yoh believes strongly in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration. It’s key to her success at POLB.

Dr. Allison Yoh and POLB: A Port of Entrée

As the Director of Transportation Planning at the Port of Long Beach, Dr. Allison Yoh sees her role as, well, complicated. Fortunately, for the next generation of transportation planners and professionals, she’s making the process of reaching that position much less complex.

WTS-LA President Kathy Simons' September Letter

Brother, can you spare a gold mine?

Scholarships matter. And each year when we ask you to donate to the WTS-LA Scholarship Program, we say that the stakes are extremely high. You can see that we really do mean it.

"We engineers are problem solvers."

Intissar Durham, P.E. may be the most successful P3 in Los Angeles…

She worked for the City of Los Angeles for more than 30 years. And for the past three years, she’s served as West Region Aviation Director for T.Y. Lin International (TYLI). Having looked at engineering projects from both sides now, Intissar Durham, P.E. is pretty much her own public-private partnership.

POLA has an exceptional number of professional women in its engineering division, almost 30 percent, which is twice the national average.

The Port of Los Angeles Sets a New Standard by Doing What It’s Always Done

Collectively, the women at POLA share the responsibility for billions of dollars in projects. This article features Sue Lai, P.E., Sr. Transportation Engineer; Dina Aryan-Zahlan, P.E., PMP, Assistant Chief Harbor Engineer and a WTS-LA Director at Large; and Mimi Gutierrez, Civil Engineering Associate, from the Port of Los Angeles.

WTS-LA President Kathy Simons' August Letter

Sometimes, what you don’t know is a lot…

Let’s talk about acting on what we don’t know.

"Today, much of my job is about where sustainability meets resiliency.”

Moffatt & Nichol’s Weixia Jin, PhD, PE: By Land and by Sea

When transportation systems and water meet, it calls for a very special set of skills. Specializing in hydraulics, hydrology, and coastal engineering, Dr. Weixia Jin has those skills. As a supervisory engineer for Moffatt & Nichol, she tackles the design challenges of these diverse environments each day.

A significant number of countries in this world handle smaller and less complex transportation systems than Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen. But for Ms. Bowen, the focus is always on the people she serves and her team.

For Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen, SB1 Fits the Thrill

A significant number of countries in this world handle smaller and less complex transportation systems than Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen. But for Ms. Bowen, the focus is always on the people she serves and her team.

WTS-LA President Kathy Simons' July Letter
WTS-LA President Kathy Simons' June Letter

To the victor belongs the toil…

The WTS International Conference is not only a celebration of where we are. It’s also a reminder of how far we’ve advanced.

WTS-LA Programs Committee co-chair Heather Anderson, PE

Heather Anderson: Presenting Our Future One Program at a Time

“Programs are the most public face of the chapter. It’s how most people get introduced to the chapter. Who we get to speak and what programs we put together are very important in that regard. They showcase what we’re about as a chapter. Programs also give all of us a chance to get to know other people in our industry. More and more, with each program, I learn how big the transportation industry really is."

Guest author, Blair Schlecter, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs

A Transportation Revolution in the City of Angels: Existing, New and Combining the Two

Guest author, Blair Schlecter, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs, will moderate the May 31st WTS-LA breakfast panel discussion on connected and autonomous vehicles. Blair is leading the charge for Beverly Hills's autonomous vehicle program.

METRANS celebrates its 20-year anniversary!

METRANS: The Center of the Transportation Universe

Some things are inevitable. And if the 20-year old METRANS Transportation Center did not already exist, it would have to be invented. Dedicated to fostering and disseminating independent, high-quality transportation research, and training the next generation of transportation professionals, the METRANS center’s location is as instrumental to its inception as its mission.

Committee Chair Todd Nguyen of WSP, "Each year we do an exceptional amount of college outreach—we’ve reached out to 500+ students in my 4 years as chair."

What’s in a name? Apparently, quite a lot…

Through mixers, workshops, and other interactive events, the College Outreach Committee hopes to teach and promote networking in the transportation field. They are providing a necessary service to college students, young professionals, and the transportation industry itself

2013 WTS-LA Myra Frank Scholarship Recipient Doreen Zhao

As a Planner, Doreen Zhao Understands Patience

Doreen Zhao, a planner with STV, is a perfect example of exactly how WTS-LA helps women advance in transportation through scholarships, networking, and access. "When you’re an established professional, it’s sometimes easy to forget that it’s hard for students when they don’t have an ‘in.’ When you join WTS-LA, you automatically get an ‘in."


WTS-LA Chapter President, Kathy Simons - May Letter

A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention. But it does not have to. By teaching ourselves to carefully focus, regardless of the bombardment of information, we can learn to better and more effectively handle that information and our lives.

Amy Romero, senior director for Metro’s Bus Central Maintenance division: “We all think of ourselves as one, one team. We didn’t just have one mechanic designing everything. We had everyone from every trade and discipline working together."

Metro Central Maintenance: The Bus Starts Here

For the Metro Bus Engine Repower Project, Metro’s Bus Central Maintenance division machinists, engineers, mechanics, and supervisors applied innovative ideas and advanced abilities to save an estimated $33 million, reduce air emissions, avoid bus service interruptions, and develop new bus engines.

April letter from WTS-LA President Kathy Simons

Congratulations! You’ve come a long way, maybe…

Action speaks louder than words. And simply carrying the card of an organization does not mean you are contributing. So, step up. If you’re already a member, join a committee. If you are on a committee already, lead it. Volunteer for an event. Spearhead an initiative. Start something new. We women got where we got by taking action, together. Now is the time to continue that fight and pour it on.

Transportation YOU Co-Chairs Tina Backstrom, Transit Operations Manager for LADOT, and Sharlane Bailey, Facilities Director for Foothill Transit

Tina Backstrom and Sharlane Bailey: Leading the Charge with Transportation YOU

The Transportation YOU co-chairs have a slate of eight initiatives. But given their energy, ambition, and sense of purpose, there is always a chance more will develop. Right now, their focus is on teaching soft skills to girls in underserved neighborhoods. “Join us,” adds Ms. Backstrom. “Participate in Adopt-A-School or any program we’re doing. We would love to have you work with us and the girls."​

California High-Speed Rail Authority's statewide engineering manager and WTS-LA's Recognition and Student Outreach vice president, Noopur Jain

Noopur Jain is riding history in on a rail for California and WTS

“I believe in paying it forward. And the best way to do that is to make a difference with the next generation of the workforce, the students. That really speaks to my heart. If we want to make a change in the transportation industry, we must engage, train, and motivate the young people, particularly girls. That’s why we’re working so diligently to advance programs like Transportation YOU and the Scholarship program at WTS."

Grounded in engineering and science, Mercedes also possesses a relentless passion for forward thinking, for bringing the future into the present.

SENER USA CEO Mercedes Sierra: Engineering the Ingenious

Few people truly excel at the nexus between innovation and practicality. It’s a most difficult space. For Mercedes Sierra, newly appointed CEO of SENER, USA, that nexus is where she finds the greatest comfort, opportunity, and inspiration.

Timing is everything. But it is often overlooked in everyday life.

The Time of Your Lives

At a graduation ceremony recently, the speaker said a great many profound and moving things, perfect advice to send young women and men out into the world. But one thing stood out. She said, “Your families are extremely proud of you. You can't imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.” Brought down the house, but the students took note. Smart kids.

"It’s all about finding innovative ways to serve the students and the center’s objectives as dynamically and valuably as possible.”

When the Student Is Ready, Victoria Deguzman Has Already Pioneered…

METRANS Associate Director Dr. Victoria Deguzman is breaking new ground at the University of Southern California’s METRANS Transportation Center, an institution “dedicated to solving metropolitan transportation problems through research, education and outreach.”

"The WTS-LA Mentorship Program provides exceptional benefits for both mentors and protégés. The learning and exposure definitely goes both ways."

Mahsa Pan Uses Her Mentorship Chair Position to Help Everyone Sit at the Table

Port of Los Angeles (POLA) civil engineer and WTS-LA Mentorship chair Mahsa Hematabadi Pan, PE, has an extensive lineup of events planned for the WTS-LA Mentorship Program this year.

"You can learn quite a lot about the ‘who’s who’ and what the organization has to offer from the annual report."

Andrea Conant: Walking the Talk for WTS-LA

WTS-LA Communications Committee member and Consensus vice president Andrea Conant specializes in community relations and communications strategy. Ms. Conant developed the WTS-LA 2016 Annual Report.

Ms. Antich launched her transportation career nearly 20 years ago, and today she’s the third-party manager for LAWA’s Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP).

Pattie Antich: A Perfect Landing at LAX

Aviation industry pioneer Robert Six said, “I’ve never known an industry that can get into people’s blood the way aviation does.” Antich Consulting founder Pattie Antich knows exactly what he means.

One size does not fit all. Everyone is different. And what motivates one person can completely discourage another.

Getting Good Marx on Value

Groucho Marx famously said that he didn’t want to be a part of any club that would have him as a member. Bolstering his well-honed image as the witty, too-cool-for-school outsider—you’ve got to love Groucho—he was actually illustrating a profound point about organizations and the motivations for joining them.

I do want to acknowledge all of those that made 2017 a wonderful year in WTS-LA. It has been a complete joy to work with you to help improve the chapter and make a very real difference in the lives of our members.

2017: This Was the Year that Was

A wise woman once said, “It’s okay to look back at the past, just don’t stare.” I think there is great wisdom in that. So, with apologies to those who loathe year-end reviews, it’s time to look back at this past year and acknowledge our accomplishments, honor our efforts, and explore what we can do better in the future.

It was also no accident that WTS-LA chose Ms. Coates to represent the chapter with TBAC. she knows firsthand what small businesses need to know to work with large agencies. And she’s happy to share that information.

For Metro, WTS-LA, and Southern California Businesses, Small Is the New Big

When Metro talks, people listen. Now, Metro has created a way to make sure that when people in small businesses talk, Metro can listen. And WTS-LA members can be heard as well through the chapter’s TBAC representative Robyn Coates.

Programs are the public face of WTS-LA. Fortunately, the Programs Committee puts together dynamic programs like these that entice guests to join the chapter and expand WTS-LA’s mission.

WTS-LA Programs Deliver a Most Important Audience

In the past six months, the Programs Committee and its co-chairs—Kaoru McCullough, Jenelle Saunders, and Heather Anderson—outdid themselves by delivering compelling, informative, and invaluable events that have enticed people to join the chapter. Here is what they put together.

Mark Pestrella succeeds at one of the most difficult public service jobs in the world by being a fair, equitable, and inclusive leader.

LA County Public Works Mark Pestrella: A Mission of Hope and Story

Mark Pestrella believes everyone has their own unique story. His begins largely at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. But it certainly doesn’t stop there.

“I’m still on maternity leave; I had my baby three months ago, and I was gone from WTS-LA for about a month. When I came back, I discovered that everyone had kept everything moving forward without a hitch."

Puja Thomas-Patel: A Force Built by Committee

Abraham Lincoln said, “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” Though Puja Thomas-Patel and her committee went to great lengths to recognize both transportation professionals and students, they earned their own form of recognition by doing a superlative job throughout the year and delivering an exceptional evening awards dinner program.

As a project manager with MBI Media—a woman-owned community outreach and media firm—Ms. Lao uses her technical knowledge and communication skills to inform communities and provide essential feedback to project teams.

Jennifer Lao: Advancing WTS-LA in Social Media

Social media is powerful. Social media is not as simple as many people believe. No one knows this better than WTS-LA Social Media co-chair and MBI Media project manager Jennifer Lao.

"Dealing with the logistics of a trip like this provides its own lessons. There were a lot of details to coordinate. By itself, the trip was virtually another transportation project."

Lessons from the Continent: A WTS-LA Tour de Course

Traveling is rarely about the destination. More often than not, it͛s the journey itself that provides transformational experiences. As ex-patriot, American writer Henry Miller put it, ͞One͛s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing.͟ And on a recent sojourn to Europe that͛s exactly what happened to a WTS-LA delegation.

Through her unbounded skill, determination, and selfless belief in fairness, City of Los Angeles principal civil engineer and 2017 WTS-LA Woman of Distinction Julie Allen raises the profession to nobility.

City of Los Angeles Engineer Julie Allen: Making a Distinct Impression

City of Los Angeles principal civil engineer Julie Allen has managed numerous high-profile projects for the city’s Bureau of Engineering, including the $110 million Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project, the $42 million Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation project, as well as several fire stations and other municipal facilities. Though challenging projects all, none of them compare to her current assignment—the $482 million Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project.

Thanks to an historic and innovative public-private partnership (P3)—the first transit P3 project in Los Angeles—Angels Flight is back and running again for new generations to fall in love with it.

Through a Pioneering P3, Angels Flight Takes Off Once Again

It’s only 298 feet long. Dubbed the “shortest railway in the world,” it first ran more than 116 years ago. And if you ask Angelenos to name three things that are quintessentially Los Angeles, Angels Flight will almost certainly be one of them.

Ms. Delgadillo credits Metro for providing both support and a steep learning curve. She also believes that WTS will continue to play a critical role in her career.

Lucy Olmos Delgadillo: The Road Best Traveled

“I focused on high-speed rail and regional rail for my master’s degree. And I still have interest there for the future. But I started my career at Metro in the Highway Program close to 7 years ago, and I’m still enjoying highways and learning so much. So, that’s been great."

For attorney, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs, and WTS-LA member Blair Schlecter, the law provided fantastic training and experience.

Blair Schlecter: law became a vehicle for greater transportation involvement

Working successfully for a firm and on his own, as a lawyer Schlecter prepared a brief for the United States Supreme Court (that resulted in a victory), turned around a high-profile lawsuit that saved his client more than $1 million, and launched a successful law practice in only two years. But he wanted more.

If you could design exactly how WTS-LA could help a young graduate student find the transportation career she loves, Rachel Lindt’s experience would be the prototypical plan.

Rachel Lindt: How WTS-LA Is Supposed to Work

If you could design exactly how WTS-LA could help a young graduate student, Rachel Lindt’s experience would be the prototypical plan. Today, she serves as a planner with WTS-LA Platinum Partner AECOM in the Downtown LA transportation planning group, where she gets to use both her planning acumen and her art background. And she is getting to do extraordinary work.

“First, I’d love to stay involved on the board. And again, one of the great things about being chair of the Volunteer Committee is that you get to see what every other committee is doing. You get a better sense of where you can fit in down the road..."

Tamar Fuhrer: Volunteering for Greater Insight

Many WTS-LA members use the chapter as a mirror to gain perspective and clarity on their profession. Metro Transportation Planning manager Tamar Fuhrer doesn’t have to do that. Structurally, her work at Metro in many ways reflects what she’s doing as chair of the WTS-LA Volunteer Committee.

A 30-year communications veteran with a background in environmental and transportation planning, Buch has worked in all areas of transportation; on both the public and private sides and with elected officials.

Lisa Levy Buch is Comms, Cool, and Respected

As the chief communication officer for Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, Lisa Levy Buch oversees all agency communications, community outreach, and its media relations program.

“The single greatest advantage of being WTS-LA president are the relationships you develop. The enduring professional and personal network that I created while WTS-LA president has helped me throughout my career..."

With WTS-LA, Rachel Vandenberg doesn’t believe it’s who you know: it’s whom…

Dewberry vice president Rachel Vandenberg believes that serving as WTS-LA president offers many unique rewards. But one particular benefit has served her best during her more than two decades long career in transportation.

Use the power of this chapter and its members to make you a better, more deliberate decision maker.

A Decision-Making Address

We make a lot of decisions each day. From the mundane (Is the left lane moving faster?) to the sublime (Should I invest in Bitcoin?), we face many more decisions than we realize. In a sense, everything is a decision. And therein lies the problem.

The 2017 WTS-LA Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner proved to be an exceptional gala.

The 2017 WTS-LA Scholarship and Awards Dinner: A Fete with a Kick

This dinner was no ordinary meal. Trying to outdo last year’s scholarship and awards dinner, the Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner Committee had their work cut out for them. Not only did they have to plan and execute a complex program and dinner, they had to do it on the heels of last year’s extraordinary celebration. But they delivered. And the 2017 WTS-LA Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner proved to be an exceptional gala.

When one voice is raised and another joins it, power becomes action. WTS-LA is that action in transportation. It has changed the transportation industry forever and for better.

Silence Is Beholden

Pakistani female-education activist Malala Yousafzai said, “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” She would know. When she spoke up for her right to an education she paid an extremely dear price. She was shot in an attempt to quell her activism, to silence her. Of course, it didn’t work.

Dramatically improving what was essentially fallow land, the project will also create more than 7,000 new jobs and provide dedicated community space and connective bike paths.

WTS-LA Innovation Transportation Solutions Award: LAX Northside Plan

The WTS-LA Innovative Transportation Solutions Award is unique. It celebrates a great idea, a great idea that's been put into action. More specifically, that idea must be an "outstanding and innovative transportation project that improves transportations, adds community value, and makes the difference in the lives of its users." This year, WTS-LA recognized the LAX Northside Plan.

LAWA serves as a consummate role model for diversity and inclusion.

WTS-LA Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: Los Angeles World Airports

The 2017 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award recognizes extraordinary efforts or initiatives that create opportunities for women and minorities. These efforts must also promote diversity and cultural awareness within an organization, the transportation industry, or a project or activity that supports the goals and mission of WTS. It's a tall order for anyone, let alone an organization. This year, WTS-LA honored an organization that accomplished exactly that-Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

The WTS-LA Directors’ Scholarship is different. In a way, it’s almost more personal than many other scholarships. And that is one reason why Evelyn Park is particularly deserving of the 2017 WTS-LA Directors’ Scholarship.

WTS-LA Directors’ Scholarship: Realizing Your Dream…And Paying for It

The WTS-LA Directors’ Scholarship is different than most scholarships, as the WTS-LA board personally underwrites it every year. But this year, the board faced a conundrum. They found two truly deserving candidates. So, they did something unusual. They contributed enough funding to award two young women the 2017 WTS-LA Directors’ $3,000 Scholarship. And Evelyn Park is one of those winners.

The WTS-LA Directors’ Scholarship is unlike any other scholarship. And by virtually every measure, Ashlien Savage is unlike any other scholarship winner.

WTS-LA Directors’ Scholarship: Why Scholarships Matter

The WTS-LA Directors’ Scholarship is unlike most other scholarships. The WTS-LA board personally underwrites this scholarship each and every year. But this year, the board faced a dilemma. Two candidates stood out starkly above all others. Without hesitation, the board acted. They contributed twice the funding so that both deserving candidates could win the award. And the first winner of the 2017 WTS-LA Directors’ $3,000 Scholarship is Ashlien Savage.

Phil Washington is redefining how a transportation authority should be run. His accomplishments are legendary. And by every indication, he is only expanding on his oeuvre.

WTS International Awards Metro CEO Phil Washington the LaHood Ornament

WTS-LA proudly congratulates Metro CEO Phil Washington on being named the WTS International 2018 Honorable Ray LaHood Award winner! His accomplishments are legendary. And by every indication, he is only expanding on his oeuvre. From championing the November 2016 passage of Measure M to creating Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation to ensuring that Metro continues to advance and support women and minorities, Phil Washington is redefining how a transportation authority should be run.

A junior at Pomona College, Jang is studying public policy analysis, and looks to pursue joint graduate degrees in urban planning and law.

SCAG/Arup Are Using a P3 to Help an Undergrad

Public-private partnerships (P3s) are all the rage. They are fast becoming the innovative delivery methodology of choice in a wide range of disciplines. But this year WTS-LA is helping two entities put together an unusual P3 in education. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and Arup have joined forces to create the 2017 SCAG/Arup $5,000 Scholarship that will be awarded at the 2017 WTS-LA Scholarship and Awards Dinner.

Today, she is not only pursuing her master’s degree in public policy at USC, but she’s also an autonomous vehicle policy intern at Stantec Consulting and the GoMentum Station.

2017 AECOM/Richard G. Newman Graduate $2,500 Scholarship Recipient: Radin Rahimzadeh

“The diversity of perspective I bring as an Iranian-American woman, is elevated by the diversity of my lived experiences working in male dominated spaces––navigating these spaces highlight the necessity of forging platforms and opportunities for unrepresented individuals to gain voice and visibility. The unique insights that have been fostered by my culture, sex, and experiences, allow me to approach complex problems with flexibility and determination to build inclusive spaces.”

A staunch believer in and practitioner of equal opportunity for all, Newman is renowned for establishing and enforcing the belief in hiring the right person for the right job, no matter who she or he was or what the job was.

Richard G. Newman: A Values Engineer

Newman and AECOM are also staunch supporters of WTS and WTS-LA. A trailblazer sponsor at the international level, AECOM has also supported WTS-LA locally without fail. So, it was no surprise to anyone when AECOM created and endowed the WTS-LA Richard G. Newman AECOM Scholarship to honor his contributions to WTS, WTS-LA, the industry, and his fight for equality within it.

Larry Hazzard made a name for himself by delivering exemplary, unique, and effective results on signature projects throughout his career.

Larry Hazzard: An Expert in Virtuous Reality

With more than 50 years of experience in the field, Larry is a leader in capital program and project implementation, especially the application of modern project management techniques to control cost, schedule, quality, and safety.

My true interest in transportation planning and policy began at the end of my undergraduate career when I started an internship with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Volpe Center. "

2017 Lawrence D. Hazzard Transportation Leadership $5,000 Scholarship Recipient: Lauren Deaderick

Like some burgeoning transportation professionals, USC dual master’s degree candidate (Public Policy and Planning) Lauren Deaderick was not born with a preternatural focus on transportation. In fact, she discovered transportation as a career after receiving her undergraduate degree.

An undergraduate in physics and math, with a minor in French or English, at Pomona College, Koskelo expects to receive her BA in 2020. Currently, she carries a perfect 4.0 GPA.

2017 Louise Garside $5,000 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient: EliseAnne Koskelo

“My goal is to become a thoughtful and effective leader/engineer capable of making a positive impact on society…Later on, I aspire to be a professor at a major research university, investigating the intersection of science, humans, and the environment. I would like to help impact both federal and international policy as a scientific advisor at the United Nations in regards to science/engineering as it relates to preserving the environment and promoting cross-cultural interactions.”

Tiffany Chu wants taxpayers and transit riders to get what they deserve, value for their money. A master’s degree candidate in public policy at UCLA, Chu maintains a near-perfect 3.94 GPA.

2017 Louise Garside $5,000 Graduate Scholarship Recipient: Tiffany Chu

“I plan on working as a transportation economist/analyst as a large transit authority or transportation consulting firm. I want to continue in a line of work that uses existing public transit infrastructure to further improve mobility, decrease time and travel costs for transit dependents, and increase quality of life.”

A strong woman stands up for herself, but that a stronger woman stands up for everybody else. Louise Garside is a stronger woman.

Louise Garside: A Rebel Without a Pause

“WTS-LA is a wonderful organization and I am proud to be a longtime member. Unfortunately, its mission is still most relevant and we must still help young women advance in transportation. College is expensive these days. And a lot of the women WTS-LA helps come from families that are struggling, particularly when it comes to the cost of higher education today. These scholarships help make gaining an education more possible...."

A new season is upon us. Leaves tumble. Temperatures drop. Winds shift. Fall is a season of change, of change and renewal. But for profound, effective change, one must first undergo a process of reflection, of self-examination.

Message from the President, October 2017

Author Robert C. Gallagher said, “Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.” Of course, he’s right. But I would take it even one step further, aside from the coins. Even change changes. Consider this. A recent study determined that today’s college graduates, on average, will switch careers five times. That’s not five job changes, but five complete career changes. Imagine changing your career five times! Sounds daunting.

2017 Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate $10,000 Scholarship Winner: Ribeka Toda

2017 Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate $10,000 Scholarship Recipient: Ribeka Toda

An exemplary student—she carries a 3.9 GPA—she also earned a BS in civil engineering from UCLA. According UCLA Distinguished Professor Emeritus Martin Wachs, “She was clearly the top student in a strong class of sixteen graduate students and is a student leader among the cohort of students entering their second year of the two-year Master’s curriculum, including her active participation in our student chapter of WTS.”

2017 Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate $7,500 Scholarship Winner: Huê-Tâm Jamme

2017 Myra L. Frank Memorial Graduate $7,500 Scholarship Recipient: Huê-Tâm Jamme

Many people believe strongly in what they do. But others take that commitment even further. Huê-Tâm Jamme demonstrated how strongly she believes in her work by halting a successful career in international development to return to school.

From the Downtown People Mover in the mid-1970s to the Pasadena Gold Line of today, Frank helped perform environmental work on virtually every major transit project in Los Angeles County for more than three decades.

The Frank Truth: A Better Environmental and Gender Landscape

The word legend is overused. But it some cases, it’s fitting. Myra Frank is one such case. Consider rail transit in Los Angeles County. If you’ve ridden a rail line in Los Angeles, you can thank the late Myra Frank for helping to make that possible.

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.​

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.

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.

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.

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.​

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."

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.

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.

“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.”​

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.

An invaluable resource for Southern California job-seeking college graduates in transportation, WTS-LA’s TRB has helped hundreds of students in its decade of publication.

No off-the-shelf tome, the TRB is a must-read for WTS-LA Corporate Partners…

An invaluable resource for Southern California job-seeking college graduates in transportation, WTS-LA’s TRB has helped hundreds of students in its decade of publication. But TRB chair and WSP Assistant Transportation/Environmental manager Todd Nguyen wants to make it even better.

How do we best develop worker skills? One Southern California transportation center puts forth an excellent answer...and has for the last 20 years.

METRANS Transportation Center Empowers Worker Movement

Workforce development is a hot topic. A catch-all concept, it means many things to many people. Generally, though, workforce development is an approach that focuses more on the development of worker skills rather than specifically on business proficiencies or best practices. Naturally, the issue then becomes how best to develop worker skills. One Southern California transportation center puts forth an excellent answer...and has for the last 20 years.

“Volunteers are not ‘regular’ employees. But that doesn’t mean they should be treated like second-class citizens either. They are performing real work and should be respected for their expertise and talents."

Tending a Hand: Amy Grat on the Care and Feeding of Volunteers

Everybody loves volunteers. With few exceptions, they are the unsung heroes of many organizations. Often they do yeoman’s work for little recognition and in exchange for only knowledge, experience, and future consideration. So, it seems like an easy, win-win relationship for all involved. But that may not always be the case.

"If you hear a voice within say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." Many women in transportation squelched that doubting inner voice to go on and achieve remarkable things.

Message from the President, July 2017

Amelia Earhart said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” How do you not love that? Merely tenacity. Ms. Earhart is talking about leadership. At its core, leadership is the decision to act. But there is a misconception when it comes to leadership.

"If you hear a voice within say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." Many women in transportation squelched that doubting inner voice to go on and achieve remarkable things.

Message from the President, April 2017

Vincent Van Gogh said, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” That’s about the best career advice I can think of, particularly for women. Many of us doubt our abilities and capabilities by listening to an insidious little voice. We shouldn’t. We must go out and do what we think we cannot. So, as we enter winter’s homestretch, I want to talk about spring and new beginnings, particularly in terms of career advancement.

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