Advancing Women in Transportation






General Information

Participation in the WLP requires attendance at all five full-day workshops, participation in bi-weekly conference call sessions with peers, participation in two group calls with the instructors, and completion of learning assignments.


The cost is $750.


Participation in the WLP requires attendance at five full-day workshops in Oakland on the following days:

  • Thursday, March 10
  • Friday, March 11
  • Friday, April 1
  • Thursday, April 21
  • Friday, April 22


Workshops will be held on these days from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with one hour for lunch, which is included with the cost of the program.


Class size will be limited to 24 WTS members.


You must be a WTS member to participate. Not a member? Please go to to join or renew your membership.


Application Process

If you are interested in participating in the program, please apply by submitting a résumé and statement of interest. The statement of interest (500-word maximum) should serve as a demonstration of your potential for leadership growth and development. In addition, please address how your involvement in WTS has been meaningful to you personally and/or professionally.


Please email your application materials and questions to Samantha Swan at Applications are due Thursday, February 18, 2016.

About the Women’s Leadership Program

The inaugural session of the WTS San Francisco Chapter’s Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) was an enormous success. Because of the participants’ overwhelmingly positive feedback, the program was offered again in fall 2015, and is being offered again this spring.


The WLP will provide a unique opportunity for women in transportation to step into their power, own their strengths, and develop their leadership presence and signature style. Participants will develop strategic thinking about their career paths (values, goals, and mindsets); identify and create the essential ingredients for high-functioning teams; and establish skills for ongoing success, including self-coaching, peer support, and action plans. The program is designed to be a catalyst for leadership training that will be highly regarded within the transportation industry. At the end of the three-month program, participants will receive certificates of accomplishment.


Expected Outcomes

  • Develop strategic thinking about your career path: values, goals, clarity
  • Challenge your assumptions, negotiate with your mindset, and develop resilience to overcome challenges in the workplace
  • Increase your influence by enhancing your interpersonal communication tools, become aware of your impact on others and how to achieve the desired impact
  • Step into your power, own your strengths, and develop your leadership presence and signature style
  • Identify and create the essential ingredients for high-functioning teams
  • Establish the skills for ongoing success: self-coaching, peer support, and action plans
  • Create a robust learning community for WTS professional women


Learning Environment

This program is designed to promote a learning environment through hands-on practice, reflection on experiences, and supportive interpersonal interaction. Participants will receive a combination of whole-group briefs, small-group peer coaching, and reflection and application assignments. This combination will allow participants access to networking, as well as deep individual and large group support.


The WLP is highly interactive. It involves a robust structure of role-playing, coaching techniques, experiential exercises, and lectures that will provide the practice necessary to create new leadership behaviors and step into empowering mindsets. The design draws upon content from cutting-edge female leadership models.


Who Should Participate?

WTS members who are looking to advance their careers by learning cutting-edge leadership skills are highly encouraged to participate. The program is designed to reach women with a broad spectrum of experience. The inaugural class found that the diversity of levels of experience provided an excellent opportunity for peer coaching and learning.



Participants found their experience extremely beneficial. Here is a sample of the feedback we received:


“The course was incredibly eye-opening and fulfilling! I feel empowered and excited to step into

my values. I feel confident knowing I have a broad toolbox to utilize and continue to develop as well as a network of remarkable women to tap into.” – Participant, Spring 2015


“The experience had a depth of diversity that is otherwise hard to find in other leadership classes. While everyone had the same industry in common, participants came from both public and private sectors, included all levels of the organizations from mechanics to executives, and all levels of experience. This diversity provided great value to the experience of improving leadership skills.” – Participant, Spring 2015



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