Interested in becoming more involved with WTS Philadelphia? Join one of our vibrant committees described below. Email the committee director if interested in learning more.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Director: AnnMarie Vigilante, PE (Langan)
Co-Chair: Briana Pampuch (Langan)
Awards and Recognition plan the annual Awards Dinner, the Chapter's largest event. The committee solicits nominations in several categories, such as: Philadelphia Award, WTS Philadelphia Member of the Year Award, Woman of the Year Award, Employer of the Year Award, Diversity Award and the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award. This committee is responsible for promoting and publicizing this event, and is expected to coordinate with many of the other Chapter committees and the Executive Board.
Director: Jaclyn Whelan, PE (AECOM)
Chapter Relations builds and maintains relationships with the Chapter's corporate sponsors and Agency Partners. The committee solicits annual donations to the Chapter and assists with other special fundraising initiatives as needed. The committee also maintains all sponsor information, including company names, contacts, logos, and designated members. It is responsible for monitoring sponsor benefits, providing monthly spotlight articles for the Chapter's communication channels, and creating the PowerPoint presentations for monthly programs and the Awards Dinner.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION
Director: Shiny Mathew, PE, ENV SP (JMT)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion promotes diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the Chapter by supporting the advancement of women and minorities in transportation. This includes creating enhanced opportunities for Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBEs) to network and team with Primes, as well as elevating the overall level of consciousness as related to the Chapter's operation, outreach, and business function, and developing diversity and inclusion programs related to the Chapter's membership.
Director: Colleen Nauss, PE (Jacobs)
Emerging Leaders was created as a forum for women in the early stages of their transportation careers. And by transportation careers - we mean everyone - engineers, planners, researchers, marketing gurus, admin queens, financial wizards, architects, construction managers, train conductors, construction manager, etc. Diversity adds spice to this recipe! The group will meet monthly to explore solutions and strategies to enhance professional and personal development. It is open to members and non-members (who we hope will be members!).
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Director: Elyse Conti (TPD)
Co-Chair: Danielle Kauffman (TPD)
MarCom is the Chapter’s news bureau, responsible for disseminating all Chapter news via various channels, including social media, website, newsletters, e-blasts, press releases, etc. The committee coordinates and oversees the design, editing and production of Chapter publications, also responsible for graphic design, photography, advertising, promotion and event coverage.
Director: Jenn Walsh, PE (HDR)
Professional Development's emphasis is on learning, discussion, and collaboration. It develops, organizes, and facilitates special monthly sessions to engage and educate members on a myriad of transportation and career-oriented topics. The committee continues to improve the Chapter's mentoring program by aligning senior industry champions with those new to the business. Also, in its second year, the Learn from a Leader Series offers audiences a glimpse into the personal stories and experiences of colleagues in our field. Other special programs, such as our famous Ladies' Golf Clinic, also fall under the jurisdiction of Professional Development.
Director: Kelly Freeman, RA, LEED AP (Sowinski Sullivan)
Our Programs are focused heavily on content and impact. Programs have always been the backbone of WTS Philadelphia, as we strive to provide optimal networking opportunities with relevant speakers on timely topics.
Director: Faye Majekodunmi, PE (Gannett Fleming)
The Philadelphia Chapter has consolidated all of its student-related initiatives under the umbrella of one central committee - Student Outreach. This will allow greater continuity in the execution of the Chapter's efforts to stimulate interest in transportation-related careers.
TransportationYOU: The committee is responsible for developing and implementing the Chapter's Transportation You program. This program is designed to introduce girls between the ages of 13 and 18 to careers in transportation, focused mainly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Co-Chair: Dani Schroeder (Pennoni)
Co-Chair: Andrea Carberry (Rybinski)
Scholarship: WTS Philadelphia awards scholarships to women from high school to graduate school who are interested in pursuing careers in transportation. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record, transportation-related activities, and other relevant skills. Scholarships include: Carmen E. Turner Graduate Scholarship, Sylvia Aston Graduate Scholarship, Suzanne Axworthy Undergraduate Scholarship, and the Transportation You High School Senior Scholarship. Other awards may be granted at the discretion of the Chapter.
Chair: Assunta Daprano (AECOM)
Student Chapter: WTS Philadelphia recently established a college-based community that focuses on advancing women in transportation through building networking skills, fostering professional development, and refining leadership skills. Student Chapter events provide supplemental education about the professional practice of transportation-related work by inviting distinguished lecturers, hosting leadership training events, and offering student mentoring and networking opportunities. The Student Chapter is open to female students attending college in the Philadelphia region.
Co-Chair: Carrie Long (Gannett Flemming)
Co-Chair: Cory Wyffels (WSP)
EXECUTIVE WOMEN'S ROUNDTABLE
Established during WTS Philadelphia's 2017-2018 term, the Executive Women's Roundtable is a forum for our local senior-level women and business owners. This intimate group meets quarterly for high-level, engaging programming focused on areas of interest for our leaders in the transportation industry.
WTS PAST PRESIDENTS CIRCLE
In order to formally recognize the collective knowledge and expertise of past leaders, the PPC was created as a resource for the Chapter's executive team and overall board. The PPC will provide advisory support as related to intermodal transportation and the advancement of women in the profession. It will assist with outreach initiatives that elevate and enhance the reputation of the Chapter. The PPC will also work to cultivate the Chapter's relationships with strategic partners and elected officials. As the name suggests, this group is open only to past presidents of the Chapter.
PUBLIC AGENCY PARTNERSHIP
Chair: Anna Hooven (SEPTA)
Public Agency Partnership is an advisory committee that provides insights to advance and promote agency engagement in our Chapter, a direct networking link between agencies and the private sector. This is a collaborative committee, that frequently links with other committees, cross-developing events and/or initiatives.
LEHIGH VALLEY ANNEX
PhilaLink enhances the Chapter by encouraging stronger connections with northern Delaware, southern New Jersey, and the Lehigh Valley. This committee was created to bridge the gap and expand existing programs into these areas. PhilaLink identifies opportunities where the Chapter can deliver its services to a broader pool of members, sponsors, and agency representatives.