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WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff: A Commitment to Diversity and to WTS

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Dedication to fostering diversity in its workplace and support for the efforts of WTS have been hallmarks of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff for many years. The firm’s commitment to WTS has been unwavering, as evidenced by the level of participation among the staff and through the recognition received by the firm and individuals who are in leadership roles within the organization.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is one of the world's leading engineering and professional services consulting firms. The firm’s expertise ranges from environmental remediation and urban planning, to engineering iconic buildings and designing sustainable transport networks, to developing the energy sources of the future and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. Approximately 34,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, as well as various environmental experts, work for this dynamic organization in more than 500 offices across 40 countries worldwide.

A transportation leader for more than a century, the firm is currently at work on hundreds of transportation infrastructure projects across the U.S., including transit & rail, highways, airports and seaports.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff women have served in significant leadership positions within WTS, and the firm and its employees have been recognized by WTS with numerous awards.      

Paula_cropPaula Hammond, senior vice president and national transportation market leader, is responsible for working with transportation agencies across the nation to advance transportation policy and programs. Prior to joining WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in September 2013, Hammond was secretary of transportation for the State of Washington, responsible for all aspects of administration of an agency with 6,800 employees and an annual operating budget of $1.3 billion.  

Hammond has been a national figure on transportation issues, serving as an advisory committee member for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s intelligent transportation systems program and as a leader of numerous committees of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. She also served as chair of the states for the Passenger Rail Coalition and was a member of the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board.

Currently a member of the WTS International board of directors, Hammond received a Lifetime Achievement Award from WTS in 2012 and the Woman of the Year award in 2011 from the WTS Puget Sound Chapter.

DeAngeloBeth DeAngelo,vice president and deputy area manager in New York, is a member of the WTS International Advisory Board.  A member of WTS International since 1994, DeAngelo was named president of the WTS Greater New York Chapter in 2014 and served as the chapter’s New Jersey vice president for two years (2012-2013). She also served as a board director-at-large (2010-2011) and as liaison to the chapter's professional development, mentoring, and Transportation You committees.

In 2011, in collaboration with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, DeAngelo led the Greater New York chapter's "Aviation Futures," its inaugural Transportation YOU program for middle-school girls geared toward learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Most recently, she provided leadership for development of a new roundtable series, connecting many successful women leaders in the industry with WTS members.

MolesworthLauren Molesworth of the Baltimore office recently received the President’s Award from the Baltimore chapter of WTS. Molesworth serves as programs chair for the WTS chapter, where her responsibilities include planning chapter events, including management of the Maryland Department of Transportation reception at the chapter’s annual meeting and awards luncheon.

In recognition of its work on behalf of the organization, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff was named Employer of the Year by the Portland, Oregon chapter of WTS in 2014. The firm was cited for its commitment to equality in the workplace, the participation of its employees in professional organizations such as WTS, and its diversity initiatives to promote opportunities for women and minorities within the company. The Portland office was also the recipient of the 2013 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award.

In addition to WTS, many of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s senior women managers have played leading roles with other organizations that promote diversity and gender equality in the workplace. Some recent examples of this include:

Tanya Adams, assistant vice president and community relations and diversity manager for the Central U.S. region transportation group, was appointed to serve as a member-at-large on the national board of directors of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.

Heather Horner, senior training manager in U.S. human resources, has been elected president of the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Association for Talent Development, a professional membership organization committed to those who develop knowledge and skills of employees around the world.OMeara

Molly Long, an environmental consultant in Herndon, Virginia, was elected to the executive committee of the Association for Women Geoscientists as the organization’s secretary.

Margaret O’Meara, a vice president in the Boston office, in addition to being recognized as WTS International's Woman of the Year in 2012, was honored by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials with a 2016 Women Who Move the PerrinNation Award.

Sallye Perrin, a senior vice president, and expert in public-private partnerships, was the recipient of the 2015 Women Builders Council Champion Award in recognition of her extensive experience in implementing major complex transportation projects across North America.Beard

Belinda Beard, local office administrator in Detroit, was named Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Michigan’s Member of the Year in recognition of her contributions to the organization. She has served on the COMTO Michigan executive board since 2010. She served as chapter secretary from 2010-2014 and is currently serving as chapter treasurer for the 2014-2016 term.

The individuals highlighted above represent just a few of the recent examples of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff professionals’ involvement in and dedication to advancing the mission of WTS and the goal of creating greater diversity in the workplace. With the continued backing of the company and a growing participation rate among younger employees, it is a commitment that is likely to have an even greater impact in the years ahead.

For more information about WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, visit our website at UStransport.wsp-pb.com.

 

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