WTS Central Virginia 2022 Spring Newsletter

WTS International News

WTS International Annual Conference

Expedition Northwest: Mapping Transportation For All will be held in Seattle, Washington on May 18-20, 2022. For the first time in three years, the conference will be held in person. The agenda will include engaging learning and peer-to-peer networking opportunities designed to elevate professional and career development, leadership, and business development for transportation professionals. To learn more, visit the conference webpage.

March Membership Drive

Through March 31st, WTS International is offering 15% off new membership with promo code WHM2022 in honor of Women's History Month. To take advantage of this offer, visit the WTS International website. Already a member? We encourage you to share your #WTSStory and the benefits of membership with those around you, including discounted or waived registration fees to WTS events nationwide and access to a large network of women transportation professionals.

Program Recap

Transportation Trivia

Teams of transportation professionals across Richmond got together virtually to test their knowledge. Congratulations to our winners from VDOT! Proceeds from the event went to the WTS Foundation Fund, which funds academic scholarships and our Transportation YOU outreach program. 

If you know the original use for Kevlar or the first highway to completely cross the Unites States, then be on the look out for our next Transportation Trivia Night; you may be ready to carry your team to victory!

Women Making History: Insights from Women Transportation Executives

The Central Virginia Chapter was proud to host Ana Bonet, CEO of Elizabeth River Crossings, and Kathleen Linehan, President of Alpha Corporation, among others as they shared their reflections on leadership as women in the transportation industry on March 22, 2022. The virtual event included pre-recorded lectures as well as a virtual panel discussion. A recording of the full program can be found on the chapter's YouTube channel.

Kudos Corner

Congratulations Jennifer Debruhl!

Congratulations to Jennifer Debhrul, former WTS CVA Board member, on her recent appointment as Acting Director of DRPT! Jennifer has been the DRPT's Chief of Public Transportation for 5 years and has over 25 years of experience in transportation. We look forward to the DRPT's continued innovation and improvements to the Commonwealth's rail and transportation systems under her capable, enthusiastic leadership.

Welcome to the following new members of the WTS CVA

  • Collyn Clark, Virginia State University
  • Taylor Jenkins, Virginia DRPT
  • Lauren Magnotto, DRPT
  • Joanne Winburne, VDOT
  • Cynthia Brown, VDOT
  • Varna Boyd, Search, Inc.

Join a Committee!

Make the most of your membership by joining one of our committees. Committees include communications, sponsorship, membership, programs, scholarship, etc. Currently, our communications and sponsorship committees have unfilled chairperson roles. If you're interested in taking a more active role within the chapter, please contact our Chapter President, Muriel Rodriguez, at [email protected].

Thank You to our 2022 Sponsors

Central VA Chapter 2022 Sponsors