President’s Letter

Darlene CroppedSpring is in the air!

And WTS in the Bay Area is off to a great start in 2016.  As a thank you to our Corporate Partners, we held our Transportation Executives Regional Forum in February and had a great evening with senior leaders from BART, SFMTA, ACTC, AC Transit and this year’s new addition Lyft.  It was an informative and interesting discussion that once again highlighted the dynamic issues in Bay Area transportation.  If you aren’t a Corporate Partner, become one and enjoy some exclusive benefits.  There are levels to match all organizational sizes and types.

We have had our first “literary program series” in the first three months of the year, hosting three wonderful programs showcasing empowering women authors and books related to the mission of WTS.  In January, we enjoyed Jill Flynn discussing her book Break Your Own Rules and her thoughts on women’s career building.  In February, we were treated to Grace Crunican (our own BART General Manager) and Liz Levin hosting a panel discussion with key women from their wonderful book Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom, which contains a collection of real stories of transportation women, including many WTS leaders.  We were honored to have Nuria Fernandez (General Manager and CEO, VTA), Dr. Beverly Scott (retired MBTA General Manager) and Dana Hook (CDM and former WTS International Chair) join us with Grace and Liz as moderators to discuss career experiences and answer questions.  It was an exciting turnout of many of our Chapter members and we enjoyed spending this special evening at Girls, Inc., our partner organization for Transportation YOU.  We were inspired on many levels.  In March, we enjoyed an evening with Janette Sadik-Khan at SPUR in Oakland listening to thoughts from her career in New York City and her new book Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.  Congrats to our wonderful Programs Committee for lining up these winning and popular events to start 2016.

We selected our 2016 Scholarship and Award winners from our annual nominations and will be honoring these deserving students and award winners at our Annual Event on May 4th.  Don’t miss what is always the most exciting evening in Bay Area transportation. Sign up now to join us in Oakland at the Scottish Rite Temple on May 4.

We also started our third session of our extremely successful and popular Women’s Leadership Training Program with 24 new WTS member participants.  It is off to a great start and I am already hearing enthusiasm and feedback about how much this training is appreciated by our WTS members.

As you can tell, our Chapter has so many great reasons for you to participate and join us!  If you aren’t a member, become one at www.wtsinternational.org.  I hope to see you at the May 4 Annual Event in Oakland and possibly at the annual WTS International Conference in Austin, Texas on May 18-20.  Happy Spring!

Darlene K. Gee

WTS-SF Bay Area Chapter President

dgee@hntb.com