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Chapter History

Celebrating 25+ Years of Advancing Women in Transportation in Wisconsin

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In February 1989, the Wisconsin DOT and the National WTS sponsored a reception in Madison to introduce the idea of WTS in Wisconsin. More than 70 women and men attended, and from this event a dedicated group of transportation professionals formed the Wisconsin WTS Chapter Development Steering Committee. A few months later, the Wisconsin Chapter gained National affiliation. The Wisconsin Chapter continues to achieve the goals of WTS:

  • Being the preeminent multi-modal transportation association

  • Creating and providing access to a diverse network of transportation professionals

  • Promoting diversity of gender and race across all modes of disciplines within the transportation sector

  • Advocating for the professional development of women

  • Developing a nationwide network of chapters and growing a membership base dedicated to advancing transportation

In 2014, the Wisconsin Chapter celebrated its 25th anniversary in October 2014 with a special reception at the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum. A panel discussion about the future of transportation in Wisconsin included WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb, FHWA WI Division Administrator George Poirier, WTBA Executive Director Pat Goss, and TDA of Wisconsin Executive Director Craig Thompson. Topics ranged from the need for funding, recruiting a trained workforce, and connected vehicles. The chapters’ annual recognition awards were presented to firms, individuals, and projects that contribute to the advancement of women in transportation in Wisconsin. The event attracted more than 120 transportation professional from across the state.

Congratulations to our 2018 Recognition Award Winners

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Woman of the Year: Sharon Bremser has spearheaded the tremendous growth of the Chapter, from partnering with WisDOT and MAASHTO, to serving as chapter president and other board positions, and organizing the annual golf outing. She is a vital member of the organization.

Member of the Year: Alexandria Motl, is committed to the Chapter, serving in a variety of roles from board Secretary to communications chair. She actively encourages young women to pursue careers in transportation through her involvement in STEM activities, including Future City.

Employer of the Year: raSmith is a long-standing supporter of WTS Wisconsin and many employees have been involved and  are currently serving in leadership roles in the Chapter

Project of the Year: Lakefront Gateway I‐794 Ramps at Lincoln Memorial Drive, the high-profile and complex project in downtown Milwaukee featured numerous women in meaningful leadership roles.

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