Leadership Development

WTS Portland LEAP 2019

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.

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LEAP - Leadership for Emerging and Advancing Professionals 2022

Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 2022 in Silverton, OR

Applications are due to portlandwts@gmail.com by 5 pm on Monday, September 19. Applications can be downloaded here.

LEAP is a two-day workshop focused on helping women in the early stages of their transportation careers further their personal and professional growth. Women with 2-5 years of experience in the transportation field who are also WTS members in good standing are eligible to apply. More about the 2022 LEAP program:

  • The workshop will be held in person Saturday and Sunday, October 29th and 30th 2022 in Silverton, Oregon. Carpools are avaible upon request.
  • We are honored to announce Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., and Judy Clarke, M.Ed. as our facilitators. Learn more about these facilitators here.
  • Tuition and a night lodging cost are sponsored by WTS Portland for the selected applicants.
  • This workshop is offered to WTS Portland Members only. If you are not a member and would like to apply for this program, you can join WTS Portland here. If you are not a WTS Portland member and you are an indigenous woman, a woman of color and/or a woman who speaks English as a second language, you can apply for a WTS Portland one-year membership scholarship as part your LEAP application by responding to question #10 on your application.  

Applications are due to portlandwts@gmail.com by 5 pm on Tuesday, September 6. Applications can be downloaded hereIf you have any questions, please contact WTS Portland Leadership Development Chair Atousa Gorg.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: Please note that attendance to the 2022 LEAP Training requires attendees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status. Mask guidelines will be dependent upon CDC, state, and local guidelines at the time of the event.

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.


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.