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August President's Message

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Hopefully, this will NOT come as a surprise to you.

On Wednesday, October 18th...live from the Union League...WTS Philadelphia is co-hosting a one-day transportation symposium with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)...creatively dubbed CHANGING LANES.

To say I am excited about this event might just be the understatement of...well, I try not to exaggerate that much...but...the century. No lie. For sure, it will be a cornerstone of my term as president to the chapter.

And you...

YOU. TOTALLY. NEED. TO. BE. THERE.

The idea for the event took root during brainstorming for the term. WTS offers exceptional programs and networking...imagine if we exploded all of that goodness into an extravaganza of epic proportions!

To make the idea a reality, I recruited Orla Pease and Laurie Matkowski, of Urban Engineers, Inc. and DVRPC, respectively, to lead the committee. They pitched it to Secretary Richards at our Awards Dinner last December. She offered her support...that gave us a welcomed nudge. Next thing you know...BAM...a conference was born! It is a true partnership of "plan-gineering" between DVRPC's professional staff and our team of volunteers. Months and months have been spent vetting topics, speakers, menu choices, budgets, graphics, marketing, and other logistics...and every moment has been worth it...and will be to you too.

We have an amazing group of high-ranking transportation officials - did I mention that they are all women - to kick off the day with a discussion of how far we have come and where we are going in terms of intermodal developments.

Then, we break into sessions on excellent and relevant topics that are just as packed with powerhouse speakers. Lunch will be a top-notch mingle fest, as always. More sessions follow, and the day concludes with a special networking reception.

Check out our website for more details...www.dvrpc.org/changinglanes. The information here is updated every day with more details. Approvals for AIA, AICP, and PE credits for CHANGING LANES are pending.

Be a sponsor. Please. Proceeds from this event will benefit our scholarship program. It replaces our most recent Night at the Races events. Your firm will get excellent advertising...and the eternal gratefulness of all of us that compose WTS Philadelphia. How could you say no to the future of women in transportation? Call me. Email me. I've never met a deal I didn't like!

Special thanks to the sponsors that have pledge (as of 8/24/17) their support thus far:

  • Diamond Level - Urban Engineers, Inc., Louis Berger, HDR, Inc.
  • Blue Level - Jacobs Engineering Group, AECOM, Aurora Engineers, Inc., WSP USA
  • Silver Level - Burns Engineering, Inc., Michael Baker International, STV, Pennoni, Dewberry
  • Beverage Break Station - Arora Engineers, Inc., Volkert
  • Continental Breakfast - JMT, Drive Engineering

I will see you there! Early-bird registration rates end September 8th.

Safe Travels,
Patti

 

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