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2022 WTS-Boston Chapter Award Recipients

  • Woman of the Year - Katie J. Choe, MBTA
  • Claire Barrett Member of the Year - Erica Blonde, HNTB
  • Employer of the Year - HNTB Corporation
  • Honorable Ray LaHood Award - Jonathan Gulliver, MassDOT
  • Innovative Transportation Solutions Award - Alexandra Markiewicz, MBTA Bus Facility Modernization Program
  • Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award - Shilpa Sen

Award winners will be recognized at the WTS-Boston Annual Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Wednesday, June 22 at Boston Marriott Copley Place (in-person). Please save the date and keep an eye out for more information and registration coming soon.

Note: Mask use at this event will be optional for fully vaccinated and boosted attendees. Out of concern and respect for immune-compromised individuals, unvaccinated attendees are urged to wear masks.

The CDC recommends wearing a mask at a COVID-19 Community Level of High. However, at all levels, people can wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk. We ask that people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 to refrain from attending the event.


Award Nomination Applications

The 2022 Boston Chapter Award nomination application period is now closed.


Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award

This award recognizes either an organization(s) or individual(s). Selection shall be based on the following criteria:

  • The nominee contributes significantly to promoting diversity, inclusion and multi-cultural awareness within their organization, the transportation industry, or in a project or activity that supports the goals and mission of WTS.
  • The nominee exhibits extraordinary efforts or initiatives in facilitating professional opportunities for women and minorities.   

Click here for the nomination application for the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award


Innovative Transportation Solutions Award

This award salutes an innovative transportation project led by a woman. Applications/nominations for the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award should include the following:

  • The innovative purpose of the transportation initiative, solution, project or policy and the number of women involved from initiation to completion. 
  • Key elements of the project are innovative and how the female project manager successfully implemented those elements. 
  • Illustrate how the female project manager successfully met and overcame challenges. 
  • How the project achieved its purpose.

Click here for the nomination application for the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award


Honorable Ray LaHood Award

This award was created to recognize a man who is not only a leader in transportation, but who has also actively led by example in seeking opportunities to advance the association’s mission and has made outstanding contributions towards the advancement of women and minorities. Selection shall be based on the following criteria:

  • A man who has led by example, seeks out opportunities to advance and advocate for women in his own organization, and actively ensures that women are able to compete for key positions of authority within that organization.
  • A man has directly contributed toward the advancement of women and minorities through programs or opportunities in the transportation field.
  • A man who has made an outstanding contribution to the transportation industry.

Click here for the nomination application for the Honorable Ray LaHood Award


Employer of the Year

This award honors an organization (company, non-profit, association, or government agency) for recruiting, retaining and advancing women. Applications/nominations for Employer of the Year should include the following:

  • The organization supports WTS through memberships, sponsorships, and employee involvement at the local and international levels. 
  • The organization’s structure includes a number of women in executive and senior positions and those leading major initiatives.  
  • The organization has career development plans and succession programs in place for women to advance within the organization. 
  • The organization provides continuing education of its female employees through professional education, professional organizations, and professional development opportunities.
  • The organization encourages female students to enter the transportation field by providing internship opportunities. 

Click here for the nomination application for Employer of the Year


Claire Barrett Member of the Year

This award acknowledges a WTS member who has made extraordinary contributions to the success of the organization. Selection shall be based on the following criteria:

  • The nominee shows commitment to the goals and growth of WTS.
  • The nominee promotes the reputation of WTS within the transportation industry.
  • The nominee has revitalized or expanded the Chapter or any of its functions.

Click here for the nomination application for  Claire Barrett Member of the Year


Woman of the Year

This category is designed to reach out beyond our membership to honor a woman who is an outstanding role model in transportation. Selection shall be based on the following criteria:

  • She is a leader in transportation and has made an outstanding contribution to the transportation industry.
  • She has directly contributed toward the advancement of women and minorities through programs or opportunities in the transportation field.
  • Career advancements and support of women in the industry that have advanced the reputation and credibility of women in transportation.

Click here for the nomination application for the Woman of the Year


Please submit nominations to the WTS Boston Scholarship & Awards Co-Chairs at WTSBostonawards@gmail.com.