MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Chair: Andrew Cushman
Vice Chair: Anna Schulman - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
MarCom News Bureau: Alyssa May - Rybinski, Alexis Williams - McCormick Taylor, Laura Frein - Michael Baker International, Kevin Kessler - Envision Consultants, Ltd., Christian Shear - Lyquix
MarCom will operate similar to a news bureau and will be responsible for disseminating all Chapter news via various channels, including social media, website, newsletters, e-blasts, press releases, etc. The committee coordinates and oversees the design, editing, and production of Chapter publications. It is also responsible for graphic design, photography, advertising, promotion, and event coverage.
Chair: Api Appulingam
Vice Chair: Jaclyn Raciti - Jacobs
Corporate Sponsorship builds and maintains relationships with the Chapter's corporate sponsors and Agency Partners. The committee solicits annual donations to the Chapter and assists with other special fundraising initiatives as needed. The committee also maintains all sponsor information, including company names, contacts, logos, and designated members. It is responsible for monitoring sponsor benefits, providing monthly spotlight articles for the Chapter's communication channels, and creating the PowerPoint presentations for monthly programs and the Awards Dinner.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Chair: Christine Baker
Diversity and Inclusion promotes diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the Chapter by supporting the advancement of women and minorities in transportation. This includes creating enhanced opportunities for Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBEs) to network and team with Primes, as well as elevating the overall level of consciousness as related to the Chapter's operation, outreach, and business function, and developing diversity and inclusion programs related to the Chapter's membership.
Chair: Tamara Nicholson
Vice Chair: Karen MacNair - Gilmore & Associates, Inc.
Membership is responsible for recruiting new members, fostering relationships with existing members, and educating the Chapter's supporters as to the benefits of WTS.
Chair: Abbey Gancz
Vice Chair, Learn from a Leader Series: Silvia Scheuermann (LFAL) - Urban Engineers, Inc.
Vice Chair, Mentoring: Jeanne Martignetti (Mentoring) - HDR, Inc.
Professional Development's emphasis is on learning, discussion, and collaboration. It develops, organizes, and facilitates special monthly sessions to engage and educate members on a myriad of transportation and career-oriented topics. The committee continues to improve the Chapter's mentoring program by aligning senior industry champions with those new to the business. Also, in its second year, the Learn from a Leader Series offers audiences a glimpse into the personal stories and experiences of colleagues in our field. Other special programs, such as our famous Ladies' Golf Clinic, also fall under the jurisdiction of Professional Development.
Chair: Irene Eells
Programs plans monthly events related to intermodal transportation topics - the backbone of our Chapter. These events are open to all interested parties. The Committee identifies and promotes speakers, negotiates contracts with various venues, and coordinates with other committees to promote and advertise these events.
Chair: Samantha Safara
Awards plan the annual Awards Dinner, the Chapter's largest event. The committee solicits nominations in several categories, such as:
WTS Philadelphia Member of the Year Award
Woman of the Year Award
Employer of the Year Award
Innovative Transportation Solutions Award
This committee is responsible for promoting and publicizing this event, and is expected to coordinate with many of the other Chapter committees and the Executive Board.
Chair: Helene Brennan
Vice Chairs, TransYOU: Caitlin Gallagher - JMT, Kimberly Waters - JMT
Vice Chair, Scholarship: Helen Lam - McMahon Associates
Vice Chair, Student Chapter: Raquel Mocelo - HDR, Inc.
For the 2017-2018 term, the Philadelphia Chapter has consolidated all of its student-related initiatives under the umbrella of one central committee - Student Outreach. This will allow greater continuity in the execution of the Chapter's efforts to stimulate interest in transportation-related careers.
TransYOU: The committee is responsible for developing and implementing the Chapter's Transportation You program. This program is designed to introduce girls between the ages of 13 and 18 to careers in transportation, focused mainly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Scholarship: WTS Philadelphia awards scholarships to women from high school to graduate school who are intersted in pursuing careers in transportation. The scholarships are competetive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record, transportation-related activities, and other relevant skills. Scholarships include: Carmen E. Turner Graduate Scholarship, Sylvia Aston Graduate Scholarship, Suzanne Axworthy Undergraduate Scholarship, and the Transportation You High School Senior Scholarship. Other awards may be granted at the discretion of the Chapter.
Student Chapter: WTS Philadelphia recently established a college-based community that focuses on advancing women in transportation through building networking skills, fostering professional development, and refining leadership skills. Student Chapter events provide supplemental education about the professional practice of transportation-related work by inviting distinguished lecturers, hosting leadership training events, and offering student mentoring and networking opportunities. The Student Chapter is open to female students attending college in the Philadelphia region.
Chair: Orla Pease
Vice Chair: Laurie Matkowski - DVRPC
The Transportation Symposium is a new undertaking for WTS Philadelphia. The Chapter has partnered with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to offer a one-day, mini-conference that will emphasize the technical strengths of WTS, incorporate the principles of diversity and inclusion, and offer a fresh perspective to attendees and participants as related to the regional transportation network. It will be the convergence of many of our annual initiatives, such as the DBE expo, the scholarship fundraiser, membership networking, professional development courses, and intellectually stimulating programs.
Chair: Robin Gibson
Vice Chair: Emily Watts - McCormick Taylor
Special Projects is focused on strategic partnership initiatives, technical skill building, volunteer initiation, community involvement, outreach, and promotion of the Chapter. Assignments are short-term and long-term, and require those EXTRA-creative juices.
EXECUTIVE WOMEN'S ROUNDTABLE
Chair: Jasmine Narcisse
New to the Philadelphia Chapter for the 2017-2018 term, the Executive Women's Roundtable is based on a similar WTS International initiative. It targets senior-level women working in the transportation industry and will focus on issues of concern and ideas for improvement.
Chair: Ty McGilberry
Finance has been officially created for the 2017-2018 term in an effort to assist the Chapter with budgets, scholarship funding, and other long-range planning. As the Chapter grows, the need for advanced expertise in this area of operations has become apparent. This Committee also provides guidance on related administrative issues.
PAST PRESIDENTS CIRCLE
Chair: Annemarie Byrnes
Another new initiative for the 2017-2018 term is the creation of the Past Presidents Circle (PPC). In order to formally recognize the collective knowledge and expertise of past leaders, the PPC was created as a resource for the Chapter's executive team and overall board. The PPC will provide advisory support as related to intermodal transportation and the advancement of women in the profession. It will assist with outreach initiatives that elevate and enhance the reputation of the Chapter. The PPC will also work to cultivate the Chapter's relationships with strategic partners and elected officials. As the name suggests, this group is open only to past presidents of the Chapter.
WTS International - Mid-Atlantic Region Representative