WTS 2021 Annual Conference

WTS 2021 Annual Conference

Week of May 10, 2021
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The 2021 WTS Annual Conference is being reformatted to a virtual conference. The 2021 Annual Conference: Our Future in Transportation will remain the Richmond, Virginia conference, but will be reformatted to take place in a virtual format.

The conference will bring together transportation professionals from across North America to discuss topics under the 2021 theme of Active + Elevate. Conference track topics include:

  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Ingrain Equity and Inclusion in Workplace Culture
  • The Future of Innovation in Transportation
  • Mobility Redefined: Evolving Transportation Through Creative Innovation
  • The Silver Tsunami: Riding the Wave Toward the Workforce of the Future

Tours and activities will retain a Richmond, Virginia theme.  WTS International is looking forward to bringing its signature networking events to a virtual format.  The conference will be held in May 2021 with a full agenda released in January 2021.

The 2021 Annual Conference is scheduled to be held in Richmond, Virginia in May 2021.  WTS International is constantly evaluating the on-going Coronavirus pandemic and the ability for us to safely bring together our members and stakeholders for an in-person meeting.  If it is not possible for us to meet safely and to ensure attendee health, we will transition the 2021 Annual Conference to a virtual platform. 

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Call for Abstracts Now Open!  

Consider sharing your specialized transportation knowledge, insights, and experiences as part of a breakout session at the 2021 WTS Annual Conference. Submissions due November 30, 2020

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Call for Posters Now Open!

Submit a poster abstract for the 2021 Annual Conference! A poster gallery highlighting projects that align with the Conference theme, "Our Future In Transportation," will be available for attendees. Submit due Friday, January 22, 2021:

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The following four tracks will serve as the foundation for all breakout session content at the conference: 

One Size Does Not Fit All: Ingrain Equity and Inclusion in Workplace Culture 

Just like context-sensitive design, policies, facilities, and spaces should be designed in consideration of individual abilities, needs, experiences, and opportunities. It is increasingly important for agencies and companies to understand and prioritize practices focused on equity and inclusion. How do we develop strategies that examine diversity and inclusion efforts and implement them in an equitable manner? Can strategies that foster an environment of equitable and impartial treatment be applied to our daily processes, activities, and decisions to ensure team members are valued and have the tools to connect and grow? Breakout sessions in this track will highlight policies, initiatives, and programs focused on identifying and eliminating barriers to help elevate people from under-represented or under-served populations and activate equal access to opportunities and resources in our companies and agencies. These best practices will broaden our perspectives while increasing awareness of individualistic needs within a diverse range of groups.

The Future of Innovation in Transportation 

As we activate the future of transportation, how do we elevate opportunities to embrace limitless innovation? Futuristic projects with innovative solutions continue to inspire engineers and planners as transportation infrastructure is upgraded throughout the nation. Open innovation for engineering software, technology, products, infrastructure and autonomous vehicles encourages alternatives to traditional methods. How do transportation professionals solve our most pressing problems in the transportation industry with outside the box thinking? As times continue to change, what are the next generation technologies and designs? Breakout sessions in this track will consider the possibilities for the future of innovation in transportation.

Mobility Redefined: Evolving Transportation Through Creative Innovation 

Diverse transportation users including but not limited to aging and retiring adults, people with disabilities, and people of color comprise some of the populations hardest hit by the pandemic, and many users have faced transportation and access barriers even before the current public health crisis. COVID-19 has had a widespread effect on the transportation industry, and the way we react now will have implications for transportation for years to come. As social movements draw attention to those who have historically been left out or oppressed, leaders are tasked with focusing on creative and innovative approaches to improve access, mobility, and transportation services for all. In this global pandemic, how is your community identifying key transportation issues and addressing them? How are you designing livable communities for all community members, including older adults, people with disabilities, low-income commuters, and communities of color? What promising innovations are developing now to promote safety, mobility, and access, and to build the public’s trust in transportation again? How can the transportation and public health sectors collaborate on livability now and moving forward?

The Silver Tsunami: Riding the Wave Toward the Workforce of the Future 

Ten thousand Baby Boomers turn 65 every day, a trend that started in 2011 and will continue until 2030, creating a tidal wave of turnover. As the Baby Boomers go, they take the “one generation ruling the workplace” title with them, and we now find four generations with different views and expectations sharing our current workplace. Between Baby Boomer retirements and employee turnover, it is time to get radical about workforce development and workforce retention.  How is succession planning happening? How do we create a pipeline of prospective recruits? What best practices are being employed to attract workers? How can public and private sectors collaborate to increase opportunities to show young people how cool it is to be in transportation? Let’s activate our network and elevate our game!

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You can begin a submission, save, and return to your submission at any time. The form will collect the following information: 

  • Track selection
  • Breakout session title
  • Primary point of contact information
  • A primary point of contact is required for each proposed session and will be used to communicate all vital conference details.
  • Geographic Interest
  • Indicate what cities, states, regions that represents the session.
  • Breakout Session Description
  • Provide a clear description of the proposed session content while highlighting any compelling characteristics (maximum 250 words).
  • Breakout Session Format
  • Audio/Visual Needs
  • Proposed Speakers Information: Name, Title, Organization, City, 2 Email Addresses and Speaker Biographies - Provide a brief biography for each proposed speaker (maximum 100 words)