Mission & Vision
To fulfill its mission of advancing both the transportation industry and the professional women who lead it, WTS International gives members the necessary tools for success.
WTS attracts, sustains, connects, and advances women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry.
Equity and access for women in transportation.
WTS is an international organization dedicated to shaping the future of transportation for the public good through the global advancement of women.
To achieve our shared vision of One WTS, we are a dedicated and aligned organization focused on supporting students, members, and chapters.
Advancing women in transportation is key to advancing transportation and ensuring a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce.
WTS is committed to ethical leadership, integrity, and respect for all as we shape future generations or transportation leaders.
WTS actively collaborates with its transportation community that includes corporations, public agencies, associations, and learning institutions.
Our success hinges on conducting ourselves in accordance with a set of core values ― our operating principles ― in everything we do. Together.
We are collaborative.
Our ability to be influential and impactful hinges on cultivating a culture of teamwork. We welcome and seek ways to collaborate within and beyond WTS with both traditional and non-traditional organizations to support our vision, mission, goals, and objectives. We believe we are better together.
We are future focused.
We embrace change as proof that we are making progress. Our long-range goals drive today's decisions and actions, however, we are agile and innovative as we anticipate and respond to new opportunities and challenges for current members, students, and the future workforce.
We are professional.
Everything we do is linked to delivering better benefits and services to our members and our community. We approach everything we do with honesty, transparency, and integrity. We are committed to doing what's best for our members through responsible actions.
We are inclusive.
WTS is a safe place to find one's voice, develop, learn, and thrive. We embrace the belief that all people have value and the right to belong. We are committed to fostering a culture of mutual respect and creating an open environment that is equitable and accessible to all, where differences of thought, life experiences, and backgrounds are appreciated and welcomed, and contributions are valued.
Since 1977, WTS International, originally named the Women’s Transportation Seminar, has focused on promoting the advancement of women in the transportation industry.
Women were largely discouraged from participating in professional associations – unless the activities were deemed educational. In response, a pioneering group of women organized luncheons and workshops, considered acceptable “seminars.” These founding members supported one another, used their connections to advance their careers, and began to idealize a more diverse, inclusive and equitable transportation industry.