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Meet Our 2012 Award Recipients

Each year, WTS Minnesota recognizes members of the local community for their achievements in the transportation field. Members celebrated with our winners at the Scholarships & Recognitions Luncheon on April 30. WTS Minnesota is pleased to introduce this year’s recipients.

WandaKirkpatrickWoman of the Year: Wanda Kirkpatrick

Wanda is the Director of the Office of Diversity for the Metropolitan Council, a role she has served in for many years while passionately championing the role of women and minorities working in the transportation field. In her current role chairing the Central Corridor Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Advisory Committee, she has effectively brought together widely diverse groups to promote increased minority, female, and DBE participation in the Central Corridor LRT construction project. Wanda’s professional leadership and support of the DBE certification program for women and minority-owned small businesses has heightened the image of women in the transportation field. She is well known and respected in the Twin Cities transportation community as a colleague who has dedicated many years to the advancement of women and minorities. 


GinaBaasMember of the Year: Gina Baas

As a WTS member since 1995, Gina Baas has been active with the Minnesota Chapter in many ways, including President in 1999 and arrangements chair for the 2002 WTS National Conference. In 2011, she generously gave her time as moderator for the chapter’s successful panel on social media and transportation. She also helped the chapter to launch its first Transportation YOU event by facilitating collaboration between WTS and her employer, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies. Since 2009, Gina has served as co-chair of WTS International’s Membership Development Committee. Her leadership on the committee contributed to the success of the 2011 membership drive, which introduced over 300 new members to WTS.


Innovative Transportation Solutions Award: Minnesota GO

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Minnesota GO visioning process launched in early 2011 embodies innovation in statewide transportation planning. As the first long-term vision of its kind, the fifty-year statewide vision was developed in an entrepreneurial spirit rooted in strong community outreach. The public engagement-intensive process used to craft this forward-thinking document challenged traditional planning boundaries. MnDOT staff solicited interdisciplinary, cross-generational, and multicultural feedback to craft a truly representative vision for the state’s transportation network.

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