gender and transportation design. When I read it, it really made me feel proud to see how much the design realm has progressed and become much more aware and inclusive of the varied users of our public infrastructure, including women.
It reminded me, too, of why I value my participation in Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). This organization is, simply put, dedicated to the advancement of women in the transportation industry. Not only does it connect professionals like me to opportunities to participate in advancing this mission and challenge myself, but it also creates those opportunities for young women to explore the transportation field through the program Transportation YOU. Transportation YOU is a joint initiative between WTS and the US Department of Transportation that offers girls ages 13 to 18 an introduction to transportation through its hands-on mentoring program and attempts to get girls interested in and excited about math, science, and engineering careers.
|WTS Los Angeles named Stantec Employer of the Year in 2010. |
Sheila Wray Given (rt) accepted the award from
ULI Los Angeles Exec. Director Katherine Aguilar Perez
Clearly, introducing girls to transportation and encouraging them to pursue careers in engineering and technology will benefit our industry. With more women entering the field and feeling empowered to contribute their thoughts, ideas, and perspectives, we all benefit. I have a daughter myself and am encouraged and inspired to think of the possibilities programs like these can create for her in the future.
|San Fran WTS’s member of the year Christina, |
with her husband, Mark
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues, listed here, for their participation. And although she’s only 3 years old now, I’m confident my daughter will thank them, too.
Christina is the Communications Committee chair for the WTS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and was recently named her chapter’s Member of the Year.
Marsha Anderson Bomar
Michael Gill, Jr.
Sheila Wray Given
*And special thanks as well to Carl Clayton who wholeheartedly supports our international participation in WTS year after year.