2023 Distinguished Speaker Series


2023 DSS

Introducing the 2023 Distinguished Speaker Series

The WTS International 2023 Distinguished Speaker Series highlights the voices of top-level experts, speakers, authors, and academics, speaking on topics crucial to equity diversity, and access in transportation. WTS members, partners, and transportation stakeholders will learn about the history of travel, social justice, designing equitable infrastructure, gender-based policy and research, civil service, and much more.


$35 | WTS Members

$95 | Non-members

$15 | Students

These sessions are eliglble for CM credits from APA.


Sarah M. Kaufman
July 27, 2023 | 12:30 PM ET
Sarah M. Kaufman
Interim Executive Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

Sarah M. Kaufman is the Interim Executive Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for, and educates about, cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Planning, teaching Intelligent Cities and Advanced Projects in Urban Planning. Ms. Kaufman directs several projects related to improving transportation through technology: an autonomous vehicles policy framework for NYC; The Pink Tax on Transportation, an analysis of how safety concerns impact women's travel patterns in New York City; Intelligent Paratransit, to rethink how we transport seniors and the disabled; and the Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellowship, a program to enhance innovation at all levels of transportation planning and policymaking.

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September 28, 2023 | 12:30 PM ET
profesSor Sheila R. foster

Sheila R. Foster is the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown. She holds a joint appointment with the Georgetown Law School and the McCourt Public Policy School. Professor Foster is well known for her articles and books on environmental justice, including From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (with Luke Cole) and The Law of Environmental Justice (with Michael Gerrard).  Foster also co-directs LabGov, an international applied research project that has pioneered a new model of urban governance and a path toward more equitable management of a city's infrastructure and services. This approach is set forth in her forthcoming MIT Press book, Co-Cities: Innovative Transitions toward Just and Self-Sustaining Communities (with Christian Iaione).

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Past Sessions
Mia Bay
February 17, 2023 | 12:30 PM ET
Dr. Mia Bay
American Historian and Author, Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance 

Professor Mia Bay is a scholar of American and African American intellectual, cultural, and social history, whose recent interests include black women’s thought, African American approaches to citizenship, and the history of race and transportation. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Yale University and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. Read Dr. Bay's full bio.

Order Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance.

Missy Cummings
March 8, 2023 | 12:30 PM ET

Mary (Missy) Cummings served as a naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999; one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is a professor in the George Mason University Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science departments. She is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow and recently served as the senior safety advisor to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Her research interests include the application of artificial intelligence in safety-critical systems, assured autonomy, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology. 


More sessions will be announced throughout the year!
Questions? Contact programs@wtsinternational.org