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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - Friday, May 22, 2015

Converge to Chicago WTS Annual Conference

All Day Event

Swissotel Chicago
323 E Upper Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL , 60601

The Annual Conference is the WTS annual networking event of the year. It attracts more than 500 corporate and governmental industry leaders worldwide.

Private corporations, public agencies and government officials invested in every transportation mode will exhibit, present, learn, and network. Eight distinct events, including an opening night reception and a banquet dinner, will showcase the tremendous leaders represented. You don’t want to miss attending the one and only multi-modal conference of the year!

Featured Workshop: 
Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom

Be sure to look for this special professional development opportunity when you register for trhe 2015 WTS Annual Conference!

Only a few women have cracked the code to make it to the highest levels of leadership in the transportation industry. Grace Crunican, BART general manager, and Elizabeth Levin, consultant and former MassDOT/MBTA board member have co-authored Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Women Transportation Leaders Tell Their Stories. Featuring first-hand accounts from the industry’s highest levels, their experiences will change your professional life. In this roundtable professional-development workshop, you will hear gripping stories and talk to the women who lived them. The women will excerpt the soon-to-be-released book, sharing beginnings, career turning points, failures, successes and work/life balance.  In this intimate format, you will get individualized career advice and gain unparalleled access to some of the most successful women in transportation. All participants will receive a copy when published.

Panelists include:

Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor, Transportation and Utilities, City of Philadelphia 
Grace Crunican, General Manager, Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART)
Shirley DeLibero, Former CEO Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (Houston Metro)
Elizabeth Levin, President, Liz Levin & Company
Susan Martinovich, P.E, Highway/Bridge Market Segment Director, CH2M HILL


Erin_BrockovichErin Brockovich

It’s been 10 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning tour de force Erin Brockovich. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Since then, Brockovich continues to fight hard and win big. Never one to apologize for who she is, she has always loved going head-to-head with the big boys, thriving on being the voice for those who don’t know how to yell.  Click HERE for the full bio of Erin Brockovich, the 2015 WTS Annual Conference Keynote Speaker.



Call for Project Posters!

If you've created possibilities, successfully fused traditional and innovative strategies, and are defining the future of the transportation industry, we want to hear from you. Please consider sharing your insights and solutions in a poster presentation at the 2015 WTS Annual Conference in Chicago!  Click HERE for information and the application to present your project at the conference!


Vernice "FlyGirl" ArmourVernice_FlyGirl_Armour_headshot

Known simply as “FlyGirl,” Vernice Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in three years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. Having served two tours overseas, Armour had become America’s first African American female combat pilot. Upon returning home, she realized that many people wanted to create breakthroughs in their own lives like she did, they just didn’t know how. She now travels extensively sharing her trademarked success plan. From the moment she leaps into the audience, she shows attendees how to go from “Zero to BreakthroughTM” and create a personal flight plan utilizing her candid strategies to win on the battlefield of business and life!  Click HERE for the full bio of FlyGirl, the 2015 WTS Annual Conference Special Guest Speaker.


Booking Your Stay

Rooms are available at the Swissotel at special rates for Conference attendees! You will be promtped to book your stay at the end of your conference registration process. Rates are as follows:

Single/Double Room $199/night
Triple Room $229/night
Quadruple Room $259/night


Registration Information

The 2015 WTS Annual Conference rates offer early-bird opportunities, special rates for students and public sector members, as well as options to attend single-day programming. Click here to access registration information!


Dear Employer...


Planning to attend the WTS conference but need to ask for resources from your employer? Use these templates to help make your case, public sector and private sector versions have been created-- Public Sector Justification Letter  Private Sector Justification Letter


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