Each year, WTS-KC honors exceptional women, members, employers, and diversity leaders who exemplify the WTS mission of equity and access for women in transportation. We offer the following annual awards:
- Member of the Year: Recognizes a WTS Kansas City Chapter member who has made extraordinary contributions to the success of the organization (download nomination form here)
- Woman of the Year: Honors a woman who is an outstanding role model and has contributed to the advancement of women and minorities in transportation (download nomination form here)
- Employer of the Year: Recognizes a business or agency for its support of the goals and purpose of WTS (download nomination form here)
- Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: Honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions in promoting diversity and cultural awareness within their organization, the transportation industry, or in a project activity that supports the goals and mission of WTS (download nomination form here)
The nomination period for 2022 has passed. Nominations for next year will be due in December. To nominate a person or organization please review the selection criteria and tell us how that person or organization meets the criteria for the award. Please send questions and submit nominations to Elaine Baker.
Meet our 2022 award winners below!
Member of the Year: Gina Horner, PE, HNTB
Gina Horner is a structural engineer in the bridge group at HNTB. She attended the University of Kansas where she earned a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and an M.S. in Civil Engineering. Starting as an intern with HNTB while working on her masters, she has been with HNTB for 28 years. During that tenure, she has worked on bridge and bridge-related projects throughout the country and the Kansas City metro area including Three Trails Crossing Memorial Interchange (formerly known as The Grandview Triangle), I-70 over Manchester Trafficway, and more recently, the KC Levee Raises and the Buck O’Neil Bridge projects. Other projects of note include the George V. Voinovich (Innerbelt) Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio; US 60/65 Interchange in Springfield, Missouri; and the Council Bluffs Interchange System in Council Bluffs, Iowa. A member of WTS since 2016, she has served on the programs committee as well as chair of the Foundations and Scholarship committees. She is currently Secretary on the Kansas City chapter’s Executive Board. She has attended WTS’s Chapter Leader Training, Central Region Conference, and is looking forward to attending this year’s international conference in Seattle, Washington next month. Gina is married and the mother of two young adults who are both in college. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, riding her E-bike, and travelling.
Woman of the Year: Lindsey Douglas, Union Pacific
Lindsey Douglas is currently the Senior Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad in Illinois and Wisconsin. Douglas previously served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation at the Kansas Department of Transportation, managing the divisions of Aviation, Policy and Fiscal and Asset Management.
Douglas is a graduate of Vermont Law School, where she earned a Master of Studies degree in Environmental Law, and Washburn University, earning a Bachelor of Public Administration degree.
Employer of the Year: GBA
GBA is a strong supporter of women in the transportation industry and women in all disciplines, with a focus on compassion and teamwork. Their culture is flexible and designed to support families and working parents, especially women in the workforce. They encourage staff to support organizations to grow professionally beyond project work.
GBA developed an internal program to provide resources for female staff—Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN). This group of women from all levels and disciplines across our company meet monthly. WEN focuses on leadership, self-improvement, networking skills, work/life balance and more. They believe women teaching and mentoring women will help advance female leadership in years to come.
In their 50+ years of doing business, GBA strives to hire and maintain a diverse staff and support women at all levels of the organization.
They are proud that GBA’s transportation team is 23% women. Their overall technical staff is 20% women. There are three females who serve on the Corporate Leadership team, which brings the ratio of males and females to 3:1, up from zero a couple of years ago. Their focus on leadership development, promotion of women and hiring of women is effective. Having a diverse leadership team not only strengthens their organization, but also the communities and clients they serve.”