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Board Spotlight on Kammy Horne


Each member of WTS International's Board of Directors is dedicated to the fulfilment of the WTS mission by serving in positions for two-year terms. The board’s responsibilities include determining the vision and mission of WTS, review and approval of the organization’s financial goals and budgets, public-relations efforts for WTS and more. The WTS Foundation works to advance women in transportation through scholarship, educational opportunities, career development and research.

Kammy Horne, AICP, HNTB group director and vice president, has been a valued member of WTS for 22 years and is in her first term as a member of the WTS Foundation Board of Directors. We sat down with Kammy to learn more about her involvement in transportation and her perspectives on the advancement of women in the industry.

Kammy, first off, thank you for your leadership on the WTS Foundation Board. We want to know what drives your passion for supporting our mission and to learn about you and your career journey. Let’s start with your role at HNTB. Can you tell us a little about the firm, and what you do?

HNTB is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm that serves public and private owners and contractors. For over 100 years, we’ve delivered a wide-range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program and construction management. Our work can be seen across various markets, including aviation, toll systems, highways, bridges, transit/rail and architecture. I am part of the national environmental practice team and lead our efforts in the Central Division of HNTB which includes the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.  Locally in Austin, I am the Group Director for our Planning Services which includes environmental, urban design, and traffic planning.

It’s always interesting to learn about where someone at your level first entered the transportation industry, can you tell us about your first job in the industry?

After graduating with a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, I began my career in transportation consulting as planner for the Texas Department of Transportation.  I subsequently joined the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in Washington, D.C., where I oversaw the environmental processes for several transit properties across the country.  With a combined highway and transit background, I have lived and worked in several states and am now back in Austin, Texas. 

Kammy, your commitment to WTS and passion for advancing women in transportation is admirable. What drives that passion?

I am passionate about diversity and creating opportunities for all. I believe that a diverse workforce drives the best and most value-added decision making, which leads to a larger and more lasting impact in the transportation industry. There are unique challenges that women face in our industry and the support that I have been given by other leaders in the industry who have paid it forward drives me to want to do the same. 

At several points in my career, doors of opportunities have opened to me through the support of female leaders in my industry network. The first was a significant opportunity for advancement that gave me a huge launching point for many other things that have furthered my career, including more involvement in WTS, APTA, and other professional organizations as well as the ability to really step up and be able to lead both in my role as a practitioner in the industry. What I have experienced drives the passion in me to support other women in transportation.

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

I’ve been fortunate to have an incredible amount of support throughout my career from both women and men in leadership roles. That has not only included support in growing my skills and providing me opportunities as a transportation professional, but also support in terms of achieving a work-life balance. My family is something that I value each day, and because of the mentors and leaders who I’ve had in my career, there’s never been a moment where I’ve looked back and thought that I have missed out on anything with my family because I was putting my career first. I am incredibly grateful for this and to the leaders who have understood how important both aspects of my life are to me.

I also have been privileged to be a part of both the Mid-Career and Executive Leadership programs through WTS. These experiences exponentially expanded my career network and experiences with many incredible female leaders in our industry.

One of the most powerful experiences that I have witnessed recently was during the pilot mentorship program for the WTS Heart of Texas Chapter. I reached out to Liz Levin who connected us with Grace Crunican and Laverne Francis Reid. All the women in the mentorship program were given a copy of Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Board Room, and both Grace and Laverne presented to our mentors and mentees. The women were moved and inspired by this amazing presentation and I was struck by the power of the WTS network that made it happen!

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

The best path forward in making changes in our industry is listening and learning from others who are different from ourselves. I am currently a part of the 2019 Leadership Austin Class and am benefiting from the opportunity to do just that. In terms of diversifying our transportation workforce, it begins with stepping outside of ourselves to listen and learn from other people and making it a point to think about what gender diversification means at a very basic level. When leaders can personally see and feel the value that diversity creates in our industry, it drives us to make those changes that will drive the future for continued and greater opportunities for women in our industry.   

Kammy, why did you feel it was important to join the WTS Foundation Board?

I have been involved in WTS since 1998 and have served in various roles throughout this time. I see the value in the WTS Foundation and the importance of having the means to support educational opportunities for women. I also was moved by my experiences in participating in Transportation YOU at a local level while serving as President of the Metropolitan Phoenix Chapter. Removing the barriers to education and supporting the opportunities for an increased awareness of careers in transportation is something that I believe will fundamentally provide positive changes in our industry and this is why I wanted to be a part of the Foundation Board.

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

We are on the right path in our focus on growing collaborative partnerships and continually evaluating what can be done to drive the opportunities for women in the industry.  The WTS Leadership programs, Transportation YOU, and the support of local chapters will further the mission of WTS and allow for viable growth as the transportation industry evolves in the future.



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