Mentorship Program

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Applications to participate in the 2024 Mentorship Program are open. If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee, complete the online application form here by March 31, 2024. 

About the Mentorship Program

Are you looking for a trusted advisor or are you a seasoned transportation professional who is ready to give back? If so, the WTS Mentorship Program is for you!

The WTS San Diego’s Mentorship Program provides students, growing and experienced professionals a program that supports them in achieving their professional goals and career growth in the transportation industry. We pair individuals at all levels in the local transportation industry, from students to executive level professionals, with mentors with experience and expertise they will gain from as they focus on the next steps in their career.

Participants of the program will be fostering professional development, giving back to the industry and to our future leaders, and providing support for those who work, or are interested in working, in the transportation industry.

The program combines group and one-on-one mentorship activities to foster discussion on enhancing professional visibility and networking, career advancement, overcoming barriers to success, and work/life balance.  Throughout the program term, the Mentorship Committee provides structure and support to the mentoring relationship.

Mentoring Options

Transportation Professional Mentoring: Transportation professional or student (undergrad/graduate) whose studies focus on transportation with an experienced transportation professional.

  • Emerging Talent Mentors: Practicing professionals (senior/mid-level) with first-hand experience and knowledge of the transportation field.
  • Emerging Talent Mentees: Students (undergraduate/graduate) and transportation professionals (entry/mid-level) interested in growing their career in the transportation field.
  • Note: Transportation Professional Mentoring is open to both WTS men and women members.


Executive-Level Mentoring: Executive-level woman with an accomplished executive-level woman.

  • Executive-Level Mentors: Senior level women from private and public sectors with a variety of titles (e.g., CEO, Partner, Executive Vice President, Vice President, Officer, Director, Senior Manager, Chief, Principal, etc.) and/or 15+ years of experience.
  • Executive-Level Mentees: Senior level women with similar titles as above who are looking for guidance and support from other accomplished executive-level women.


The Executive-Level Pairing is aimed at matching executive-level women in the transportation industry and related services with other executive-level women. This pairing aims to support senior and executive-level women who are in management roles in the public and private sectors or employed by businesses which are certified as small, minority, woman-owned, disadvantaged, veteran disabled, etc. business enterprises working in the transportation industry or a related field.



  • Required for:
    • Transportation Professional Mentors and Mentees
    • Executive-Level Mentees
  • Encouraged for Executive-Level Mentors

What to Expect

It is a 12-month program that combines group and one-on-one mentorship activities to foster discussion on enhancing professional visibility and networking, career advancement, overcoming barriers to success, and work/life balance.

  • May 2024: 2024 Mentor/Mentee Pairings | 2024 Mentorship Program Kickoff and 2023 Mentorship Program End of Year Celebration
  • Fall 2024/Winter 2025: 2024 Mentorship Program Mid-Year Event
  • Spring 2025:  2024 Mentorship Program End of Year Celebration
  • Mentors/Mentees may meet in-person or virtually at a frequency determined by the pair.
  • Pairs will be contacted by Mentorship Committee members for progress check-ins and to provide additional support.

All mentors and mentees should have the ability to make a commitment to the 12-month program.

Apply to the Mentorship Program

Applications to the 2024 Mentorship Program can be accessed here:  

2024 WTS San Diego Mentorship Program Application Form

Be a Mentee

  • Develop and enhance professional skills
  • Receive career advice
  • Network with Transportation professionals
  • Get ongoing support from WTS-San Diego mentoring committee

Be a Mentor

  • Give back and strengthen future leaders
  • Enhance mentoring and leadership skills
  • Network with other industry leaders


Contact Catherine Thibault at [email protected] and Precious Nicanor at [email protected] with any questions.