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The WTS Annual Conference

This flagship event brings together women and men from across the country each year for networking, professional development, and industry education. In 2019, the Hub of Ingenuity welcomed more than 800 attendees.

Notable keynote speakers include:

  • Katty Kay, lead anchor of BBC World News America and co-author of three New York Times bestsellers --Womenomics, The Confidence Code, and The Confidence Code For Girls
  • Arianna Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of fifteen books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution.
  • Erin Brockovich, American legal clerk, consumer advocate, and environmental activist

 You won’t want to miss this event!  

The New West

Rising from the desert floor, the Metropolitan Phoenix region is the epicenter of the fastest-growing county in the nation. Maricopa County has held this title for three consecutive years, adding more than 81,000 people this past year alone to already booming populous of 4.4 million residents. Due to a well-connected freeway system, arterial street grid, regional airports, improved bus and light rail transit, and a robust off street bicycle and pedestrian network, options for getting around the Valley of the Sun are plentiful.

As a hot spot for autonomous vehicle testing, it is not uncommon to see these vehicles testing local streets and freeways. Accommodating a growing region can be challenging in a desert environment, and as such tremendous growth comes tremendous responsibility. The 2020 conference, “The New West – Where Ideas Meet Opportunity,” is the ideal setting to learn and discuss issues impacting the transportation industry nationwide.



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Recent WTS Annual Conferences

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Featured News

Women Business Owners: Pushing the Industry Forward

Monday, March 2, 2020 - Women business owners in the transportation industry are pushing the WTS International mission forward and are challenging the assumptions about who can thrive in this industry. As an organization, WTS International seeks to support their efforts by bringing awareness to DBE companies, connecting women through the Women Business Owners Roundtable (the Roundtable), and by offering women’s leadership training.
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Embrace: A Letter from Leadership

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - The start of a new decade has arrived and it’s an exciting time to be a part of WTS. Sara Stickler, Executive Director of WTS and Maggie Walsh, Chair of the WTS Board share their thoughts.
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Sara Stickler, WTS Executive Director,  Attends APTA Conference 

Monday, October 21, 2019 - Sara Stickler, executive director, WTS International, attended the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) TRANSfrom Conference in New York City earlier this month. She was joined by numerous members of the International Board of Directors, industry partners, and WTS members.
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Flowers, Hammond, and Martinovich, Reflect on Leadership

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - Bosses, leaders, and mentors have the power to not only shape the trajectory of a career but can make day-to-day work inspiring. In the U.S., 95% of the workforce reports to one or more bosses. Many professionals have the duel perspective of leading and being led, each role lending wisdom to the other. WTS International is fortunate to have leaders on its Board whose experience has prepared them to be impactful leaders with proven track records. As leaders who move others from inspiration to ac
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Upcoming Events



April Luncheon CANCELED

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COVID-19 ALERT: All WTS Baltimore Events Currently on Hold

Our upcoming events scheduled for March and April, including our annual WTS Baltimore MDOT Reception, have been postponed.
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WTS Metro Phoenix Virtual Happy Hour

Join the WTS Metropolitan Phoenix Chapter for a virtual happy hour to connect, chat and share!
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WTS Professional Development Workshop – Effective Negotiations

Join us on April 10 for the annual Professional Development Workshop! This year we will tackle negotiation and navigating tough conversations with Dr. Christina Fong, a principal lecturer in the Management and Organization Department at the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business. This half-day workshop will focus on how women show up at the negotiation table and will examine new approaches that empower women to become more effective leaders. Dr. Fong will integrate cutting
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12th Annual Gala (POSTPONED)

Stay tuned for additional details about our annual fundraiser Gala!
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