Advancing Women in Transportation

Award Criteria

Member of the Year

This award acknowledges a WTS member who has made extraordinary contributions to the success of the organization. Selection shall be based on the following criteria:

  • A member who has shown an extraordinary commitment to the goals and growth of WTS by working effectively in support of WTS goals. (Identify activities.)
  • A member who has promoted the reputation of WTS within the transportation industry. (Include an explanation describing how and what was done.)
  • A member who has worked effectively to strengthen communication between local and international WTS levels or between chapters.
  • A member who has done an outstanding job of revitalizing or expanding a chapter or any of its functions.

Current members of the International Board of Directors should not be considered for Member of the Year.

Woman of the Year

This category is designed to reach out beyond our membership to honor a woman who is an outstanding role model in transportation. Selection shall be based on the following criteria:

  • A woman who is a leader in transportation and has made an outstanding contribution to the transportation industry.
  • A woman who has directly contributed toward the advancement of women and minorities through programs or opportunities in the transportation field.
  • A woman who through her career achievements and support of women in the industry has advanced the reputation and credibility of women in transportation.

Employer of the Year

This award honors an organization (company, non-profit, association, or government agency) for recruiting, retaining, and advancing women.  Applications/nominations for Employer of the Year should include the following:

  • Describe the organization's structure, including the number of women in executive and senior positions and those leading major initiatives.
  • Specify the career development plans and succession programs the organization has in place for women to advance within the organization.
  • Describe and provide examples of how the organization provides continuing development for its female employees through professional education, professional organizations, and professional development activities.
  • Describe and provide examples of how the organization encourages women students to enter the transportation field by providing internship opportunities.
  • Describe and provide examples of how the organization supports WTS through memberships, sponsorships, and employee involvement at the local and international levels.

Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award

The Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award recognizes either an organization(s) or individual(s). Selection should be based on:

  • Exhibiting extraordinary efforts or initiatives in facilitating professional opportunities for women and minorities.
  • Contributing significantly to promoting diversity, inclusion and multi-cultural awareness within their organization, the transportation industry, or in a project or activity that supports the goals and mission of WTS.

Innovative Transportation Solutions Award

This award salutes an innovative transportation project led by a woman.  Applications/nominations for the award should include the following:

  • Describe the purpose of the transportation initiative, project, or policy and the number of women involved from initiation to completion.
  • Identify the key elements of the project and how the female project manager successfully implemented those elements.
  • Illustrate how the female project manager successfully met and overcame challenges.
  • Explain how the project achieved its purpose.

Honorable Ray LaHood Award

This award recognizes a male leader in the transportation industry. Selection is based on:

  • The nominee’s contribution to the transportation industry.
  • The nominee’s direct contribution toward the advancement of women and minorities through programs or opportunities in the transportation field.
  • The extent to which the nominee’s career advancements and support of women in the industry has advanced the reputation and credibility of women in transportation.
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