UMass Student Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS)-Boston
What is WTS?
WTS is an international organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in transportation. With approximately 4,100 members - both men and women - WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry. Through its professional activities, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal. To fulfill its mission of advancing both the transportation industry and the professional women who are a growing part of it, WTS gives its members all of the necessary tools:
- Access. WTS provides unprecedented access to the highest levels of the transportation industry (in fact, many WTS members are top leaders in the industry).
- Programs. The backbone of WTS, these monthly programs facilitate member interaction with distinguished, thought-provoking speakers. The programs are an intimate opportunity to engage transportation leaders and other members in discussions about the most vital transportation issues of the day.
- Annual Conference. Attracting scores of the top names in transportation each year, the annual WTS conference focuses on critical transportation themes. The conference provides a forum for the exploration of technical, policy, financial, and political aspects of emerging transportation issues in virtually every sector, while affording members outstanding networking opportunities and "insider" exposure to the host city's latest transportation megaproject.
- Annual Awards. Each year, WTS recognizes members, women and employers who embody WTS' pursuit of transportation excellence through the achievement and success of women.
- Career Center. The WTS Career Center is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the industry. Employers and recruiters can access the most qualified talent pool with relevant work experience to fulfill staffing needs and job seekers can search for positions tailored to the transportation industry.
- Professional Development. WTS fosters professional development by offering a diverse mix of contacts within and across transportation sectors. Career development seminars, legislative forums and roundtable discussions provide comprehensive educational and career-focused guidance and preparation, as well as valuable exposure to critical and timely transportation issues.
- Leadership Training Program. This program selects 14 mid-career participants each year for personal training and interaction with leading industry professionals. Challenging their analytical and creative skills, program leaders mentor participants in tackling case studies and exercises dealing with complex transportation issues of people, policy, and politics.
- PB/WTS Eno Foundation Fellowship. The Eno Fellowship reserves a space each year for one female member of WTS to attend the Eno Transportation Foundation's leadership development conference. The conference held in Washington, D.C., offers emerging transportation professionals the opportunity to meet the nation's top policymakers and transportation leaders; become familiar with the development and implementation of transportation public policy; and learn how to influence those policies.
- Scholarships. Logistical barriers can sometimes stand between worthy candidates and their objectives. WTS grants four scholarships every year to assist young women who aspire to professional careers in transportation.
- International Membership Directory. This directory is a powerful, highly coveted career tool. Giving each member access to other WTS professionals, a directory of Women-Owned, Minority-Owned and Disadvantaged Enterprises, the directory empowers members to obtain critical information, solicit career advice and discover emerging opportunities. Available only to members.
Why we started the student chapter!
There is an abundance of incredible women at UMass Amherst working to establish themselves in the transportation field. However, historically, in Western Massachusetts, there has been a lack of organization around this cause. The WTS-Boston Chapter provided guidance and inspiration for the development of a unified group on campus, and in Amherst, that will hopefully continue to grow and develop each year.
The mission of the UMass Student Chapter of WTS-Boston includes increasing student participation in WTS events both locally and internationally, increasing overall awareness of WTS in Western Massachusetts and establishing or expanding networking opportunities for women working in or studying transportation in Western Massachusetts.
There are already professionals in the area that, having seen the possibilities inherent in a group like ours, have joined the WTS-Boston Chapter. We are confident that this will be a trend, making the student chapter a feeder group for the larger Boston Chapter, providing students and professionals in Western Mass with access to more and more transportation-related events and idea exchange.