2017-18 ARTBA Chairman Matt Cummings of AECOM & WTS International Chairwoman Maggie Walsh of HDR sign the MOU in New York City.

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

ARTBA and the Women’s Transportation Seminar International (WTS) have formed an alliance to support and advance women in the transportation infrastructure sector. The organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in early October at ARTBA’s National Convention in New York City.

WTS is an international organization with more than 6,500 members in 79 chapters working to help advance women’s careers in transportation through professional development, encouragement and recognition.

The agreement aims to:

  • Promote the transportation infrastructure sector as a rewarding career choice for women;
  • Further the participation, advancement and recognition of women in the transportation infrastructure sector, both public and private;
  • Provide professional development opportunities to help women advance their skill sets and careers to ensure the sector’s future success;
  • Encourage participation in organizational leadership activities at the national, state and local levels; and
  • Cooperate with others who share these objectives to achieve them.

ARTBA & WTS will support each other in the development of content for meetings and conferences, including identifying speakers, opportunities for jointly sponsored workshops, webinars and meetings, publicizing each other’s events, and supporting mentoring programs.