Celebrating 30 Years of Advancing Women in Transportation in Wisconsin

In February 1989, the Wisconsin DOT and the National WTS sponsored a reception in Madison to introduce the idea of WTS in Wisconsin. More than 70 women and men attended, and from this event a dedicated group of transportation professionals formed the Wisconsin WTS Chapter Development Steering Committee. A few months later, the Wisconsin Chapter gained National affiliation. The Wisconsin Chapter continues to achieve the goals of WTS:

  • Being the preeminent multi-modal transportation association

  • Creating and providing access to a diverse network of transportation professionals

  • Promoting diversity of gender and race across all modes of disciplines within the transportation sector

  • Advocating for the professional development of women

  • Developing a nationwide network of chapters and growing a membership base dedicated to advancing transportation

The Wisconsin Chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary on October 9, 2019 with a special reception at the Madison Central Library. Keynote speakers included US Senator Tammy Baldwin and WisDOT Assistant Deputy Secretary Joel Nilsestuen, who spoke about the future of transportation both nationally and statewide.  WTS International Board Chair, Maggie Walsh and WTS International Director, April Rai also attended the event.

Learn more about Wisconsin WTS.



Recognition Awards

Once nominations are open, 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.

  • Member of the Year - Recognizes a WTS Wisconsin member who has made extraordinary contributions to the success of the organization.

  • 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.

  • Employer of the Year - Recognizes a business or agency for its support of the goals and purpose of WTS.

  • Project of the Year - Honors an innovative transportation project or service led by a woman that improves the quality of life for its users and the community.

Our WTS Recognition Chair is Michelle Howe and can be reached at michelle.howe@dot.wi.gov.

Download application here