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Board Spotlight: Maggie Walsh, Vice Chair, WTS International

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Each member of WTS International's board of directors is dedicated to the fulfillment of the WTS mission by serving in positions for two-year terms. Maggie Walsh, Vice President at HDR, Inc., has been an active member of WTS for 19 years and has served four years as Director at large and has just kicked off her two-year term as Vice Chair.

WTS: Let’s start with your role at HDR. Can you tell us a little about the firm, and what you do?

MW: I’m a Vice President and Strategic Pursuits Leader for the Transportation Business Group at HDR, a leading consulting company in engineering, architecture, environmental, and construction services. The company is ranked #9 in ENR and is known for delivering top-quality service to clients across the globe.

WTS: Where did you get your start in the industry?

MW: I responded to a newspaper ad in Boston. I remember working for Arthur Anderson on the 40th floor and overlooking a large construction project which I later found out was the Big Dig!

WTS: You are you passionate about advancing women in transportation. What drives that passion?

MW: WTS is widely recognized for its professional development, networking, and knowledge sharing programs and has become a powerful voice in the transportation industry. My passion stems from fully embracing the concept that members gain more when they come in from the sidelines, roll up their sleeves, and sincerely get involved.

WTS: What has been your experience as it pertains to women in leadership roles? What have you witnessed during the course of your career?

MW: Women are star performers in self improvement. We don’t sit still. We invest the time to learn and get smarter every day. We help, support, and encourage one another. We are making a difference.

WTS: What do you think is the best path forward to making change in the gender makeup of the transportation industry?

MW: A balanced number of men and women at “every table” creates diverse and inclusive teams who put in more effort, stay longer, and demonstrate more commitment to their agency or company.

WTS: Why did you feel it was important to join the Board of WTS?

MW: As a promoter, I am at my best when I pull forces together, bridge differences, respond to needs and blend abilities into productive efforts. As the organization grows, it requires leaders to be dynamic, agile, and patient. I have been depending on these qualities over the years, leading large and diverse groups to capture ideas, generate solutions to complex problems and gain consensus. I offer perspectives of not only a global firm and working in numerous countries, but also experience with various organization models gained from my work with other professional organizations. 

WTS: What strategies do you feel will help bring WTS closer to achieving its mission?

MW: Connectivity, collaboration, and respect.

 

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