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WTS International was founded in 1977 by a group of pioneering women in transportation who realized that women’s careers would benefit from professional development, encouragement and recognition to support their advancement in transportation professions. Now, after more than 40 years of growth and development, WTS is an international organization with more than 6500 members (including women and men) and 79 chapters. WTS is connected to a network of 40,000 transportation professionals. Local chapters generate high-caliber professional development and networking opportunities for WTS members across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Through its professional activities, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal.

WTS stands for Women's Transportation Seminar, which was how it was named when founded in 1977 when women couldn't get subsidized for association memberships unless they were educational. But times have changed, and now joining an association is an opportunity women and men can take advantage of to work together and benefit each other in their careers.

We are what we do, and WTS International does a great deal.  To fulfill its mission of advancing both the transportation industry and the professional women who are a growing part of it, WTS gives its members all of the necessary tools:

  • Access.  WTS provides unprecedented access to the highest levels of the transportation industry (in fact, many WTS members are top leaders in the industry).
  • Programs.  The backbone of WTS, these monthly programs facilitate member interaction with distinguished, thought-provoking speakers.  The programs are an intimate opportunity to engage transportation leaders and other members in discussions about the most vital transportation issues of the day.
  • Networking.  Networking opportunities are a central advantage to WTS members. A key tool to facilitating networking across chapters is the TransPortal, a members-only professional networking site that delivers access to the chapters where members can view events, announcements, participate in a variety of different discussions, collaborate on projects, and engage in dialogue with other members.
  • WTS Knowledge Lab.  Members-only portal to documents, videos, transcripts, and other resources that offer career and transportation industry content. This information is curated specifically for WTS membership, organized and searchable by topic, mode, and career level.
  • Mentoring.  WTS offers a successful mentoring program to all members, developed to benefit both the mentor as well as the mentee.  Benefits for the mentor include sharing career success stories with future women leaders, building long-term relationships, and giving back to an industry that needs to hear and remember these stories. Mentees gain the knowledge and wisdom of the women pioneers who blazed the path before them. WTS also offers a variety of netowrking events with other mentor teams.
  • Annual Conference.  Attracting scores of the top names in transportation each year, the annual WTS conference focuses on critical transportation themes. The conference provides a forum for the exploration of technical, policy, financial, and political aspects of emerging transportation issues in virtually every sector while affording members outstanding networking opportunities and insider exposure to the host city's latest transportation megaproject.
  • International Membership Directory.  This directory is a powerful, highly coveted career tool. Giving each member access to other WTS professionals, the directory empowers members to obtain critical information, solicit career advice and discover emerging opportunities.
  • Annual Awards.  Each year, WTS recognizes members, women, and employers who embody the WTS pursuit of transportation excellence through the achievement and success of women.
  • Career Center.  The WTS Career Center is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the industry. Employers and recruiters can access the most qualified talent pool with relevant work experience to fulfill staffing needs and job seekers can search for positions tailored to the transportation industry.
  • Professional Development.  WTS fosters professional development by offering a diverse mix of contacts within and across transportation sectors. Career development seminars, legislative forums, and roundtable discussions provide comprehensive educational and career-focused guidance and preparation, as well as valuable exposure to critical and timely transportation issues.
  • Leadership Training Program.  This program selects a group of qualified participants each year for personal training and interaction with leading industry professionals.  Challenging their analytical and creative skills, program leaders mentor participants in tackling case studies and exercises dealing with complex transportation issues of people, policy, and politics.
  • WTS/Diane Woodend Jones Eno Foundation Fellowship.  The Eno Fellowship reserves a space each year for one female member of WTS to attend the Eno Transportation Foundation's leadership development conference.  The conference, held in Washington, D.C., offers emerging transportation professionals the opportunity to meet the nation's top policymakers and transportation leaders, become familiar with the development and implementation of transportation public policy, and learn how to influence those policies.
  • Scholarships.  Logistical barriers can sometimes stand between worthy candidates and their objectives. WTS grants four scholarships every year to assist young women who aspire to professional career in transportation.

WTS Chapters


Upcoming Events

Feb

12-31

WTS-SD Presents: 2019 Student Scholarship Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 31, 2019
Apply for one of our student scholarships.
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May

21

Engineer Your Way Through Clay - May 21

The Transportation YOU Committee is participating in the Society of Women Engineers GESTEM Day again this year. We will be working with 7th grade students on a transportation activity based on the topic "Engineer Your Way Through the Clay." We will be teaching the students about transportation challenges and helping them build transportation components with various materials.
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May

21

The Power and Impact of Words featuring Triveece Penelton, AICP

Join WTS-KC for the next installment in our Learn from a Leader series, featuring Triveece Penelton, AICP
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May

21

Each One Bring One Start of Summer Happy Hour

Each one, bring one! Share the benefits of WTS Baltimore with your network by joining us on Tuesday, May 21, at Tin Roof in Power Plant Live! We especially want to extend invitations and show not only women, but men in transportation the awesome benefits of WTS membership and the Baltimore Chapter.
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May

21

Greater D/FW Chapter: May 2019 Program

Dallas Love Field has grown by leaps and bounds since the repeal of the Wright Amendment. With a new development in the works at the former Braniff Airlines headquarters and more departure cities being added by Southwest, what's next for the airport? Hear from City of Dallas Aviation Director Mark Duebner as he discusses the future of Dallas Love Field.
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