Check out the WTS HOT Chapter's first quarter recap and learn more about upcoming events and initiatives going on now!
At the January meeting, we announced our two honorary members for 2017, Williamson County Sr. Director of Infrastructure Bob Daigh, P.E. and TxDOT Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy, P.E., who have both given their support to our chapter over the years and have advocated for the advancement of many women in our industry.
On February 10th, eight hunters arrived early in the morning and enjoyed one half-day of upland bird hunting, skeet shooting, and pistol shooting at the beautiful Pit Creek Ranch in Lampasas, TX! Following the morning guided bird hunt, a magnificent BBQ feast was served for lunch. Birds, game processing, clays for the clay range, and guide services (with dogs) were included in the live auction package that raised $12,500 for scholarships and Transportation YOU activities at last year's gala.

The hunt was organized and donated by Mike Weaver of Prime Strategies, Mike Robinson of Halff & Associates and Richard Ridings of HNTB. Firms participating in the hunt included HNTB, HDR, Halff & Associates, Klotz, CP&Y, SAM, Terracon, and Rogers Design Services.

In February, we hosted a luncheon program on Women in Leadership featuring panelists:
  • Cinde Weatherby, Principal and Chief Happiness Officer at Weatherby Consulting
  • Gayle Heath, Chief Executive Officer at Alliance Transportation Group
  • Williamson County Commissioner Valerie Covey

Ashby Johnson, Executive Director of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, moderated. The panel provided our guests with multiple perspectives on leadership and lessons learned from women that have achieved successful careers in our transportation industry.

Transportation YOU-WTS Heart of Texas Chapter participated in Girl Day at the University of Texas at Austin hosted by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) on February 25, 2017. The event attracted more than 7,000 girls ranging from kindergarten through eighth grades. Transportation YOU committee members, WTS board members, a UT engineering student, and our allies volunteered to help about 500 eager participants design, create, and build bridges using only marshmallows and toothpicks.
In March, our luncheon program featured Meredith Greene as the Executive Director of the Texas Transit Association to discuss legislative updates and programs relating to transit agencies across the state.

 

 

Kammy Horne, a WTS member since 1998 and a currently an Executive Leader Level
member of WTS, has served in professional leadership roles much of her career. She is currently a Vice President and AECOM's Gulf/Southwest Regional Business Line Manager for Transportation. Over the course of her 25-year career in transportation, Kammy has built several successful planning teams from the ground up, focusing on environmental and multimodal planning. Kammy has consistently met her business goals and has mentored several staff from entry level to leadership positions in AECOM.

Kammy has a strong commitment to WTS and has served in many roles including in Phoenix where she was the Director of Programs, Vice President and President of the Metropolitan Phoenix Chapter Board. Kammy also actively supported the early efforts of Transportation YOU. After moving to Austin, Texas, she was asked to chair the Advisory Board for the Heart of Texas Chapter and created the inaugural 11-member board. Kammy is actively involved in other professional organizations including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) where she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Environmental Subcommittee under Policy and Planning. She is a 2009 graduate of the WTS Mid-Career leadership program, a 2012 graduate of Leadership APTA and a 2015 graduate of the WTS Executive Leadership Program.
 
Learn about at AECOM online at AECOM.com

Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm made up of more than 5,700 employee-owners across the country and throughout the world.  We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be No. 16 on Fortune's 2016 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Burns & McDonnell is also a premiere Platinum Corporate Partner of WTS.  Shari Cannon-Mackey participates on the Chapter Advisory Board and received a 2017 nomination for Woman of the Year. Shari also attended WTS's inaugural Executive Leadership training in 2015 in Washington, D.C., where attendance was competitive, with only 24 women from across country being selected to participate.

Haley Norman has been an active member of the chapter since 2013. She received the Member of the Year award in 2016 for her efforts as the Corporate and Agency Partnership Committee Chair and for establishing the chapter's first Agency Partner and Affiliate program. She continues to increase the Corporate and Agency Partnership revenue every year by consistently engaging the partners and soliciting additional corporate and agency support.

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Special thanks to Prime Strategies for major sponsorship of the WTS Annual Conference in May 2016.

 

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