July 2021 NewsBrief

WTS International NewsBrief


Personal Impact of WTS on Chapter Leaders & Members

WTS International provides a strong and supportive network within the transportation community where women and men attract, sustain, connect and advance the industry together. With 65 chapters across North America, the WTS connection goes well beyond the International headquarters. This month, we want to celebrate the impact of WTS Chapters on our leaders and members by spotlighting personal experiences on how valuable this community has proven to be, and why you should become or remain a part of it.

To sum it up, we asked our Board leaders to describe a WTS Chapter Leader in a few words,

“Supporters of Change,” Barbara Arens, WTS Michigan Chapter

“Passionate, accomplished, groundbreaking,” Traceé Strum-Gilliam, WTS Baltimore Chapter

“Thought leaders contributing to the transportation profession,” Odessa Phillip, WTS Baltimore Chapter

Powerful women driven to advancing in their careers and helping others advance,” Rebecca Williamson, WTS Boston Chapter     

“WTS Chapter Leaders are Dynamic Superstars – They learn how to push through glass ceilings and remember to reach down and teach others how to make it to the top as well,” Karen Good, WTS Colorado Chapter

Read the full article here.


Gender Parity in the Transit Industry Study


Spearheaded by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC),  Dr. Brandy Doan, who is conducting a research project entitled “Assessment of Representation of Women as CEOs and Directors of Canadian Transit Systems." This project involves conducting research to address the level of representation, equity, and inclusion of women in senior leadership positions at Canadian transit systems. 

Please click the link to access the survey.

Invest in Your Network!


Invest in your network with WTS to take advantage of a strong connection to a curated community of like-minded transportation professionals, high caliber programs, trainings, and more! 

To explore WTS' valuable member benefits, or to join now, please click here





2021 Online Learning Series



The 2nd annual WTS Online Learning Series will feature weekly WTS Talks and Panels on trending topics in the transportation industry from September 8 - October 6, 2021.

Hear from experts on new emerging technologies, public policies, how to implement innovation, and more!

Registration is now open here!

Member Package Pricing: $99
Non-Member Package Pricing: $125

**Registration pricing includes access to all 10 WTS Talks & Panels**


2021 Signature Leadership Training



Today is the last day to apply for the 2021 Signature Leadership Training - Virtual Edition. The WTS International Signature Leadership Program prepares women to lead the future of the transportation industry by developing professionally and learning how to manage others effectively; ultimately, for the advancement of the transportation industry as a whole and for those who use it.

Apply for the Mid-Career Program here.
Apply for the Executive Program here.


2021 Chapter Leadership Development



November 18 - 19, 2021, join us this fall for Chapter Leadership Development! This virtual program will focus on professional development for WTS chapter leaders with sessions on: Understanding Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members + Succession Planning, Best Practices in Event Planning + Hotel Contract Negotiation, Herding Cats: Working within All Volunteer Organizations, Burn Out: How to Prevent and What to do When it Comes and so much more!

Registration will open in August 2021!

Learn more here.


Chapter Events

Looking for an upcoming Chapter event to attend? The WTS Event Calendar allows you to search for events by Chapter, Region, or date. Sign up for a Chapter event today! 

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Industry News








Americans Riding Public Transportation in Greater Numbers


FHWA Announces $60 Million for Transportation Technology Grants with Focus on Equity, Environment, and Economic Opportunity

NFAA Launches Campaign to Encourage Air Traffic Controller Applications from Women and Minorities



Thank you to our Strategic and Trailblazer Partners

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