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We depend on our committees to help shape the success of our Chapter so that WTS-Boston supports the changing needs and interests of its members. This all starts with YOU! The best way to learn about WTS, and benefit from it, is to get involved at a committee level.

Read below about our committees to find your perfect fit!


Communications

The Communications Committee maintains the WTS-Boston Chapter’s website and its Flickr account where members can view photos taken at events. We issue weekly and periodic emails to all members and registered non-members about upcoming events and programs. We use social media (i.e., Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to promote WTS and its members. Heighted awareness of WTS-Boston and women in the transportation field are integral to the Chapter’s mission and are promoted by the Communications Committee. We welcome new members interested in writing, editing, website content and social media updating.

Contact Co-chairs:
Offionganwan Efiong, Langan
Kait Rimol, U.S. DOT/Volpe

Finance

The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing the WTS-Boston’s Investment Plan and the invoicing process implemented in 2016. The goal of the Finance Committee is to both ensure the proper investment of WTS funds to maximize return on investment and to support committees in collecting payments for events. Anyone interested in the financial aspect of the Chapter, especially those with a background in finance or who are well-organized, are encouraged to join.

Contact Co-chair:
Laura Gilmore, U.S. DOT/Volpe

Golf

The Golf Committee is responsible for planning the WTS-Boston Annual Golf Outing which benefits the WTS Boston Scholarship Fund. We actively recruit players/foursomes as well as corporate sponsorships and prize donations from various supporters for the outing. The goal of the committee is to sell out the event in order
to maximize the amount of funds raised for the WTS-Boston Scholarship Fund. We meet monthly to discuss the status of the event compared to the committee’s objectives.

Contact Co-chairs:
Kathryn Eagan, BSC Group
Linde Thatcher, Tetra Tech

Membership

The Membership Committee supports members of WTS-Boston by identifying membership needs, developing strategies to increase membership, and helping members get involved with Chapter activities. We promote the benefits of engagement with new and existing members and maintain contact information for all members. Membership orientation, membership drives, membership celebration receptions and events are all geared toward member networking. We are an integral part of WTS-Boston and work with all the Chapter Committees to ensure that the benefits of WTS are shared with others.

Contact Co-chairs:
Heather Audet, P.E., GZA
Jasmine Meadows, MBTA 

Outreach

WTS-Boston’s Outreach Committee has been revamped in 2020. This new Committee will be raising WTS-Boston’s visibility and mission within the community through partnerships with other organizations. We recognize that sustainable transportation and gender equity continue to be critically important topics affecting our region. In 2020, the Outreach Committee will be looking at ways to collaborate with other organizations including professional development groups, industry groups, universities and non-profits to
continue to support WTS’ mission of Advancing Women in Transportation.

Contact Co-chairs:
Alexandra Kleyman, AICP, City of Somerville
Theresa O’Riorden, Geocomp 

Special Projects

The Special Projects Committee is responsible for planning three major Chapter events: the New Year’s Reception, April Leadership Forum, and the Annual Scholarships and Awards Dinner. Each year, an industry leader greets attendees at the New Year’s Reception. Attendees include many dignitaries from Boston’s public agencies. The April Leadership Forum is held annually to recognize the Chapter’s corporate sponsors and “Excellence in Leadership Award” recipients. The Forum brings together leaders in the transportation community including state legislators, state agencies, and private companies. The Awards and Scholarships
Dinner honors WTS-Boston’s Woman of the Year, Member of the Year, Employer of the Year, Innovative Transportation Solutions Award, Honorable Ray LaHood Award, and Diversity Leadership Award recipients. Graduate and undergraduate scholarship recipients are also honored during the dinner.

Contact Co-chairs:
Jacqueline Davis, HDR
Lindsey Vazquez, Jacobs 

Student Chapter

The Student Chapter Committee serves as a link between WTS-Boston’s first Student Chapter at UMass-Amherst and the professionals within the Boston Chapter by providing guidance and mentoring  opportunities. Whether it’s reviewing a student’s resume or helping them connect with industry professionals, we support the overall mission of WTS by encouraging the development and involvement of women in the field of transportation. We assist in bringing speakers to the campus that can provide insight to the everyday challenges and successes that are a part of current transportation projects, from in-depth technical discussions to the soft skills of interviewing. We will continue to assess the potential for the formation of additional student chapters.

Contact Co-chairs:
Lisa Juan, Kimley-Horn
Carly Soderholm, Stantec 

Scholarship and Awards

The Scholarship and Awards Committee works to support current and future leaders by providing scholarships and recognition to those making a different in the transportation industry. We are proud to provide scholarships for high school, undergraduate, graduate women studying transportation. We perform outreach to local students and universities for nominations, perform application evaluations, select local winners, and then submit the student candidates to the National Competition. We conduct a very similar process for the Annual Chapter Recognition Awards.

Contact Co-chairs:
Erica Blonde, AICP, HNTB
Victoria Palek, Arcadis

Fundraising

The Fundraising Committee is responsible for managing the WTS-Boston’s Annual Sponsorship Program. This program supports Chapter activities and programs, including the Scholarship Fund, through contributions from local corporate and agency sponsors. The Committee also establishes the sponsorship levels and benefits for the Chapter’s supporters and coordinates fundraising activities and special events with other committees such as the Communications or Special Projects Committee(s). 

Contact Co-chairs:
Sasha Vinton, RND Consultants
Grace Lin, Stantec 

Diversity

The Diversity Committee seeks to improve diversity, inclusion and representation within WTS-Boston. By serving as an internal resource and collaborating with other committees, we work to achieve these goals through regular programming. We define diversity as a feature of a mixed organization that provides a wide range of abilities, experience, knowledge, and strengths due to its heterogeneity in age, background, race, ethnicity, cognitive and physical abilities, gender identity and presentation, sexual orientation, political and religious beliefs, socioeconomic status and other attributes. Inclusion is the practice of valuing diversity and diverse perspectives. Representation refers to the ability of current and prospective members to see  themselves represented within all levels of the Chapter.

Contact Co-chairs:
Shivani Kumar 
Shilpa SenHDR

Historian/Data Management

In 2019, the Boston Chapter set up an electronic data management system as a centralized source for all chapter information that our 50+ person leadership team can easily access. In 2020, the Chapter established a Data Manager position to support the Secretary in organizing the Chapter’s archive and coordinate with leadership on data management.

Contact Co-chair:
Birgit Wurster, MBTA
Lauren Dale

Mentoring

The Mentoring Committee is responsible for overseeing several programs that provide valuable mentoring opportunities, including: Emerging Professional Women (formal mentoring program), TED Talk Discussions, Book Clubs, and a New Member Ambassador Program. The Emerging Professional Women program Supports the development of future leaders by providing two annual awards to “Emerging Professionals.” Awards include paid WTS member-ships, paid attendance at key WTS events, and advisor support from the WTS-Boston Board of Directors. The Book Clubs and TED Talk Discussions meet to explore professional development or transportation-related topics, with each meeting facilitated by a leader within the WTS-Boston Chapter.

Contact Co-chairs:
Lori Chicoyne, BSC Group
Stephanie O’Hara

Programs

The Programs Committee is responsible for developing, planning and conducting six monthly luncheon meetings that are held throughout the year as well as a summer tour event. The focus of our programs is to regularly bring current transportation-related topics to our members and interested parties, discussed by key industry leaders, from both the public and private sectors. Our programs have included federal government speakers, state and local officials, as well as key industry leaders. Additionally, the Programs Committee selects programs that provide information about all modes of transportation and actively seeks female speakers (when appropriate) to discuss these issues.

Contact Co-Chairs:
Amanda Alzaim, VHB 
Alyssa Peck, P.E., Weston & Sampson

Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee is a very active committee aspiring to provide excellent professional development programming for the benefit of our membership. We organize professional development seminars, workshops and panel discussions on a variety of topics including professional licensing, networking, social media, presentation skills, management and marketing. Networking opportunities are also offered. We welcome new members who want to help plan and participate in developing professional development programs.

Contact Co-chairs:
Ali Mattson, HNTB 
Kate Maker, P.E., Michael Baker International 

Transportation YOU

The Transportation YOU Committee is the link between WTS-Boston and Transportation YOU, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Transportation and WTS International to encourage young women to pursue careers in transportation. We provide local Transportation YOU programming to middle and high school-aged girls at partner schools in the Boston area, including tours, mentoring activities, career panel discussions, and hands-on activities. Additionally, the Committee participates at Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) events in the community and hosts a one-day Transportation YOU Summit, providing local girls with hands-on activities and interaction with professionals in transportation-related careers.

Contact Co-chairs:
Emily Buck, McMahon Associates
Katherine Patch, Fuss & O’Neill