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Professional Development

WTS San Diego’s Professional Development Committee is committed to attracting, retaining, and advancing women in the transportation industry through the various professional development events that the committee has planned. Please see below for recaps of past professional development events and current activities.

Book Review - The One Thing by Gary Keller

 by Dahvia Lynch, North County Transit District

June 13, 2016

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Do you have an endless list of tasks to complete?  Does it often feel like you’re checking those tasks off of your list, but never really “getting ahead” in terms of larger organizational, professional or personal goals?

The One Thing opens the door to focusing our energy on true priorities- that 20% of the work that brings 80% of results.  Keller provides tools to identify the genuinely transformative outcomes that we desire, and to focus intention and attention in a way that produces those outcomes.  He also sheds light on how the effort needed to complete the other tasks on our list can be dramatically reduced, or those tasks can even become unnecessary, once “the one thing” has been completed.  

The One Thing is a valuable tool for those in leadership positions, as well as for those who are seeking a greater sense of fulfillment and balance in life.  It provides examples and exercises to shift our thinking about what we do on a daily basis, why and how.  The One Thing helps bring focus to what is most important first – which transforms the nature of the energy that we expend – and can moves us from feeling tired or overwhelmed to having a feeling of vitality and purpose. 

Gary Keller’s The One Thing is an easy, but profound read.  It is well worth putting at the top of that “to do” list. 

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Executive Women in Transportation Panel Discussion

August 20, 2015

On August 20th, the San Diego County Chapter hosted a panel of four nationally recognized executive women leaders who shared their perspectives on the power of the WTS network, career advancement, transportation funding, public sector versus private sector, and career challenges. Over 90 transportation professionals and students were in attendance at the University Club to hear the panel speak. 

The panelists included:

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Beverley Swaim-Staley, Washington, DC – Beverley is the Chair of the WTS International Board of Directors and President and CEO of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation.

Dorri GilesRaposa, Boston, MA – Dorri is Senior Vice President and Global Director of Client Development at HDR and serves as the Chair of the WTS Foundation Board of Directors.

Susan Martinovich, Reno, NV – Susan is a member of the WTS International Board of Directors and the Highway/Bridge Market Director for CH2M.

Sunnie House, San Diego, CA – Sunnie is Vice President at AECOM and serves as Transportation Business Line Market Sector Leader for Southern California and Southern Nevada. Sunnie was Chair of the WTS International Board of Directors in 2004 and was the recipient of the WTS San Diego Chapter's 2014 Rosa Parks Diversity in Leadership Award. 

The panel was moderated by Marilyn Duffey, founder and President of The Duffey Company. 

Notable insights included the differences between a sponsor and mentor, and the importance of having both in your professional life, as discussed by Sunnie. Susan, having extensive public sector experience, recently made the switch to private sector and commented that it has definitely "been an adjustment" in terms of business structure. She noticed that at the Nevada Department of Transportation there seemed to be a person for everything, but now at CH2M she has to "do everything" herself! From the constant laughter in the room, it was clear that the audience enjoyed the insights, moments, anecdotes, and advice the panel had to share from their experiences in the transportation industry. 

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The Language of Leadership Webinar

June 10 & 16, 2015

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  A total of 54 attendees participated in “The Language of Leadership” webinars hosted at the offices of NCTD in Oceanside and San Diego County Regional Airport Authority in Downtown San Diego.  The webinar provided valuable insights on communicating in a “Leaderly Way”, and started with quotes from Amy J.C. Cuddy, a Harvard Business School Psychology Research Professor and author of best-selling book The Charisma Myth. She suggests that the two leadership qualities of likeability and authority are both necessary to naturally command leadership presence and respect. Leaders use specific authoritative and personable actions, and apply them in varying measures to produce the outcome they desire. Verbal and non-verbal communication skills are almost equally important to effectively engage and persuade an audience. 

Participants were encouraged to practice public speaking and use feedback from self-review or from a trusted observer to master communicating with leadership presence. The webinar continued to focus on the practical application of leader communication to achieve desired results in the workplace. Situations covered by the webinar included negotiating and getting a promotion or assignment, closing a job interview, taking credit for your work and branding your ideas, taking risks, pre-selling your ideas and engaging stakeholder support, managing/influencing others, and motivating teams. Some “power phrases” from various top level executives were shared as examples of effective leader communication

A brief, but invigorating breakout session after the webinars gave participants the opportunity to share what they learned. Two lucky WTS members received either Crucial Conversations for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson or Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong by Jessica Bacal from our webinar book drawing.Participants were encouraged to practice public speaking and use feedback from self-review or from a trusted observer to master communicating with leadership presence. The webinar continued to focus on the practical application of leader communication to achieve desired results in the workplace. Situations covered by the webinar included negotiating and getting a promotion or assignment, closing a job interview, taking credit for your work and branding your ideas, taking risks, pre-selling your ideas and engaging stakeholder support, managing/influencing others, and motivating teams. Some “power phrases” from various top level executives were shared as examples of effective leader communication.

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Book Club – The Confidence Code

May 6, 2015

The book club kicked off in May with a lively, small group discussion of The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.

Confidence is key to make the most of our knowledge, skills and experiences. The book argues that while confidence is partly influenced by genetics, it is not a fixed psychological state. It is not something that develops through thinking positive thoughts or being told how perfect we are. Women have to work against biases, balance confidence with looking arrogant, and manage to stay feminine while displaying just enough confidence. We shared our experiences of confidence or lack thereof at the workplace, the difference between male and female confidence, and how confidence is expected to look for the two genders.  Like the book, we concluded that the key to confidence is to doubt ourselves less, act more, take more risks, and be authentic.

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Emerging Women Leaders Webinar Series - "Motivating Yourself and Others" 

March 11 & 12, 2015

The WTS San Diego County Chapter's Professional Development Committee presented another well-attended and informational webinar entitled "Motivating Yourself and Others". Eighteen attendees sat in on the presentation held March 11th at Parsons-Brinckerhoff in Downtown San Diego while fourteen people attended on March 12th at the North County Transit District offices. Speakers Linda Newborn, member of the Board of Directors for Unity Point Health and Toni Pavlovich, Vice President of Business Critical and Support Services for Symantec Corporation, shared their personal experiences and steps they take to become and stay motivated, as well as tips on encouraging others to also perform at their best.

The key takeaways from the presentation were to:

  • have a purpose,
  • break daunting projects into manageable tasks,
  • make sure work is meaningful for others, and
  • get to know your team and what motivates them individually and collectively.

 

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