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Membership Benefits

Grow your professional career, join WTS today!

In support of its mission to transform the transportation industry through the advancement of women, WTS helps women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry through professional activities, networking opportunities, education and research. Members of WTS International receive the following benefits:


WTS provides networking opportunities through monthly program events, mixers, thought-provoking speakers and interaction with WTS members, many of whom are top leaders in the industry. Each member is provided with the highly coveted membership directory, a powerful career tool giving each member access to other WTS professionals. In addition, members have access to the WTS professional networking site called TransPortal, where they can participate in a variety of different discussions, collaborate on projects and engage in dialogue with other members. Local chapter job banks aid professionals looking to advance their career.


WTS offers exceptional opportunities in education including leadership training, scholarship (check out San Diego Chapter's Scholarships) and fellowship opportunities, distinguished speakers and access to exclusive tools. Monthly programs provide continuing education and updates on industry trends for advancing professionals. WTS fosters communication and collaboration to give members valuable exposure to critical and timely transportation issues.

"Women In Transportation" Summer 2016 Program Series

Women In Construction



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Our chapter started a new “Women in Transportation” series with the “Women in Construction” program - a construction and construction engineering management panel discussion – which was held on June 16, 2016, at the University Club atop the Symphony Towers in Downtown San Diego.  The panelist of executive women represented diversity within the field. Nancy Nickerson ,Caltrans; Karen Dorsey, Skanska; Regina Talamantez, RT Engineering; and Rebecca Llwelyn, – Payco Specialties, participated in the panel discussion, which was moderated by Agnes Weber, Vali Cooper and Associates. The panelists covered topics such as workplace flexibility, career lessons learned, personal inspirations, and leadership skills. The Women in Construction program gave members an opportunity to learn about the opportunities available to women in the construction and construction engineering management industry. 



Women In Aviation



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On July 14, 2016 WTS San Diego County hosted the second installment of the 2016 “Women in Transportation” series featuring female leaders in aviation. Renita Mollman, Burns & McDonnell; Angela Shafer-Payne, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Ellen Wright and Cynthia Guidry, Los Angeles World Airports; and Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez, Newhouse and Associates, LLC, shared their unique perspectives on adversity, diversity, innovation, leadership, and advice for women on the pathway to success. WTS San Diego County Nominations Chair, Brianna Pilkinton, Burns & McDonnell, moderated a question and answer session in which   the panelists discussed their educational backgrounds, career choices, lessons learned, and role models.

Following the question and answer session, all panelists were invited to rotate between tables of program attendees. All speakers were open and engaged with the members of the audience making this the most popular portion of the event. WTS San Diego County was thrilled to offer this program highlighting the professional accomplishments of women in aviation for current members.



Women In Rail



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WTS San Diego County hosted a panel of private and public professionals who work within the rail industry. Moderator Sharon Cooney, Chief of Staff at San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, asked questions about capital projects, environmental issues and climate change, rail safety, and career paths within the rail industry. 

The panelist provided insight that covered common business challenges such as compliance with environmental regulations, state of good repair, safety initiatives, and managing projects to scope, schedule, and budget. Future programing for capital projects and staffing varied, dependent on business structure. Overall, this panel highlighted the changing rail industry as rail is becoming a more prominent transportation solution for passenger travel and goods movement. The panel of experts included:

Karla Block, Southwest Regional Manager, FRA
Sadie Smith, Branch Chief Division of Rail, CalTrans
Cassie Gouger, Program Manager, Union Pacific Railroad
Sharon Cooney, Chief of Staff, MTS
Jennifer Ryan, Senior Rail Engineer, NCTD
Megan Reagan, Engineering Manager, BNSF Railway




Why become a member?


Download the flier and recruit your co-workers and friends to join WTS!


Becoming a WTS San Diego member is simple! Visit the WTS International site to register or contact our Membership Chair, Amy Jackson.

Amy Jackson


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