Leadership Development

WTS Portland has been offering the LEAD/LEAP Leadership Development workshops to WTS Members for the past decade. This program dives deep into conversations about who you are and want to be as a leader, your personal vision, challenges and struggles, insights into interpersonal communication, and more. Mental preparation for personal reflection and introspection on these potentially emotionally trying topics is encouraged. That said, the results of participation are highly rewarding: a clear leadership vision for yourself, a better understanding of how to effectively communicate with and lead those around you, and an action plan to carry forward into your life and career. The program facilitators are experienced educators and mentors here to guide this process. You and your cohort will have this shared experience to reflect on and grow from for years to come.

Join Our Email List

LEAP - Leadership for Emerging and Advancing Professionals 2021

Stay tuned for an announcement! This biennial workshop is typically held in the Fall. Join our email list to stay up to date.

LEAD - Leadership Excellence and Development 2020

Applications are closed for the WTS Portland 2020 LEAD (Leadership Excellence and Development) Program - a workshop focused on helping mid- to senior-level women in the transportation field further their personal and professional growth. Members who have participated in a WTS leadership program previously (WTS LEAP or WTSI leadership program) are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to those who have not. Members who participate this year will not be precluded from participating in future years.

Applicants are required to be WTS members in good standing, however, WTS is working to broaden its coalition of Women of Color in Transportation in Portland. Starting as a pilot this year, we will be offering two Leadership Development Scholarships. This scholarship covers the cost of a 1-year WTS Membership which provides access to WTS member-only activities for the entire upcoming year (2021), including the LEAD program. This opportunity is intended for Women of Color as they are under-represented in the Transportation field. To be considered for this opportunity, please answer question #12 in the application.

The workshop was held virtually via Zoom in five two-hour installments in January and early February 2021. 

Applications closed on Friday, January 15, 2021. Please contact Brittany Cowgill, WTS Portland Leadership Development Chair, with any questions at bcowgill@parametrix.com.

WTS Portland seeks to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere within this program for women of all backgrounds. A more detailed WTS Code of Conduct will be provided to all participants prior to the program, in order to ensure that high standards for respectful discussion, confidentiality, validation of varied perspectives, and acknowledgment of individual power and privilege are understood.