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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.

Registration will open in January 2019.

Want to Participate?

Submit and abstract for a session or a poster to share your expertise with attendees.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, email conference@wtsinternational.org.


Recent WTS Annual Conferences

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Upcoming Events



Greater D/FW Chapter: 2019 October Program

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RTA General Manager and CEO India Birdsong

Please join WTS for a reception honoring India Birdsong, General Manager and CEO of RTA.
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Featuring Carrin Patman, METRO Board Chairman and Sanjay Ram, METRO Board Member
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WTS Transportation Reception - Oct. 23

Please join us on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the History Colorado Center. Network with friends and peers over hors d’oeuvres, explore the unique museum exhibits, and hear from our honored speaker, TBD.
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Port of Pittsburgh Tour of Charleroi Lock & Dam

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