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February 2018 Newsletter
WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT
 
Hello Fellow and Future WTS Colleagues,
 
Early each year the WTS Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Board meets on a Saturday to assess the "health" of the Chapter's activities and finances. 

The 2018 "retreat" took place on January 26th, and I'm happy to report our condition is good and we would pass a "fitness" test with flying colors.

Of course, our success can be attributed to the hard work and "commitment" of our volunteer members. Thanks to all of you.

During our discussion, it came to light that there is one area in which we could improve - putting more of a focus (or growing) and communicating  the efforts of our WTS Student Chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington.    There were other great ideas suggested at the annual Board retreat  that ranged from demonstrating the benefits of membership to students and providing them with transportation assistance to Chapter events.

I know there are other ideas our there for developing a strong student WTS chapter, and I'd love to hear them. I'll keep you posted on the ideas I receive.
 
Until then,
 
Adrienne Williams
President, WTS Greater D/FW Chapter
WTS ANNUAL AWARDS 
2018 Annual Award and Scholarship recipients have been announced!
Please join us in congratulating this year's award recipients who have made extraordinary contributions to the success of this organization. Award and scholarship recipients will be recognized at the 2018 Annual Awards and Fundraising Banquet on April 20, 2018.

Member of the Year - Diane Gollhofer, PE, DGR Consultants

As the Greater D/FW Chapter's Corporate Partner Chair, Diane has been playing a critical role in securing corporate sponsorship for the past three years. In 2017, she successfully generated revenue of $45k and net revenue of $30k from 33 firms with 93 designated members.
 
Diane Gollhofer, Owner and President of DGR Consultants, LLC, is inspirational and motivational to many women in the A/E/C industry. Her outgoing personality and networking skills make new chapter members and future members always feel welcome. She is constantly promoting WTS and encouraging any female professionals to join. Read more.

Woman of the Year - Carmen Garcia, DART
In her current role as Assistant Vice President of Diversity with DART, Carmen connects D/M/W/SBE firms of all types to the build-outs of the largest rail system in North America.  This equates to hundreds of millions of dollards awarded to diverse firms in the DFW region.  

Professionally, Carmen has been the task lead for advocating and communicating the business side of billions of dollars' worth of light rail projects in Dallas. She single-handedly brought the entire D/M/W/SBE community to the table during the procurement of these projects. Thus, every diversity goal on these projects was not only achieved, but also vastly exceeded, leading to hundreds of millions of dollars being awarded to hundreds of D/M/W/SBE firms in the DFW region. Outreach and compliance were her primary responsibilities on these projects and she performed flawlessly. Read more.

Rosa Parks Diversity Award - Rosa Navejar, The Rios Group

Rosa Navejar is a versatile and active member of the Fort Worth business community who has worked to support M/WBE programs and companies for more than 15 years. Rosa has a deep personal knowledge of the Fort Worth community, having lived there since birth and having served as President/CEO of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FWHCC). She was the first woman to hold this leadership role.
 
Rosa is currently President of The Rios Group, Inc., a firm that provides Subsurface Utility Engineering, and Utility Coordination services. She manages staffing, outreach for business development, branding, marketing, contract implementation and timeline of projects.

Ms. Navejar  is an active member of the WTS Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter and also serves on the Board of Directors for the WTS Houston Chapter. Read more.

Employer of the Year - Archer Western

Archer Western is a strong supporter of WTS Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter. The company serves as a Titanium Level Corporate Partner and has five active participants in the local chapter. Archer Western is a proud partner of WTS and participates and sponsors events throughout the year, including the Annual Awards Reception (Gold) and Golf Tournament (Eagle).   

When Archer Western started its involvement with WTS, marketing department staff were the primary participants in events. Due to its commitment to WTS and by consistently inviting new people to attend various events, Archer Western's participation has stretched outside the office to jobsites. Currently, several women holding leadership positions on projects are actively involved in WTS.

The Walsh Group  is a family-owned business in its fourth generation of leadership providing design, build, finance, operation and activation services. The Chicago-based company maintains a national presence within the industry through 18 regional offices, operating as Archer Western, Walsh Construction and Walsh Canada. The Walsh Group is currently listed as the 11th largest contractor by Engineering News Record magazine.  Read more.

Innovative Transportation Solutions - TxDOT

In 2017, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) underwent an extensive outreach effort to improve its online tool, Project Tracker, led by TxDOT's Transportation Planning and Programming Division. This tool (available at www.txdot.gov/pt) consolidates project-specific information from several TxDOT databases and maps them into one location. 

Some of the project information available through this site includes: status, location, limits, description of project, amongst others.  Additionally, a map is displayed with the user's selected criteria. This site provides a seamless, up-to-date way to view construction and planning information of more than 14,000 TxDOT projects. 

The outreach effort  and Project Tracker was led by Project Managers Laura Perez and Dione Albert.  Other team members serving include Shana Thomas, Grace Richey and Julie Jerome. Read more.

Honorable Ray LaHood Award - Michael Miles - DART

Michael Miles is the Vice President, Government Relations for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART). Miles is one of the original staff members having joined the interim agency in 1982 prior to the successful DART vote in 1983. Miles has more than 38 years of experience in municipal government with 32 years in various disciplines directly related to transportation development. In addition, he has extensive experience in government/external relations and working with elected officials on transit-related issues in DART's 13 cities.

Currently, Miles and the Government Relations staff have responsibilities for all legislative issues at the state, federal, regional and local levels. He also serves as the agency's primary liaison with the Dallas City Council and City Manager's staff and Regional Transportation Council.

Michael Miles is the heart of  DART and it would not be the organization it is today without his leadership. Michael Miles is not just the longest tenured employee at DART, he is known as someone in the community as a true friend, mentor and colleague. Read more.

WTS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Wanda J. Schafer Graduate Scholarship ($2,500)
Hope Hall Oklahoma State University
Monique Pegues Graduate Leadership Scholarship ($2,500)
Tahereh Granpayehvaghei UT Arlington
DFW Undergraduate Scholarship ($2,500)
Susana Murillo Texas Christian University
DFW Undergraduate Leadership Scholarship ($2,500)
Rachel Kimbell Texas Christian University
McDean Scholarship (2017 Recognitions Banquet Top Sponsor) ($2,500)
Jinat Jahan UT Arlington
Transportation YOU Scholarship ($2,500)
Kaylee Kimbrough Home School
Gorrondona & Associates Scholarship ($2,500 each)
Alisha Jones RL Paschal High
Emily Morales Young Women's Leadership Academy
Jainita Chauhan North Graland High
Nohely Vargas Quiroz James Bowie High

UPCOMING EVENTS
February Program
WTS Annual Awards & Fundraising Banquet
February 2018 Program
Transportation has been a key topic for Planning, Architecture, Engineering and Construction firms for many years and recent conversations regarding federal funding have made things a little more interesting!  Join us for a moderated client-panel discussion where we will explore critical transportation opportunities and challenges for our region in both the short- and long-term, and how recent federal funding policy may change timelines and priorities.

Boom! Bam! 
Pow! Zap! 
CI Summit 2018 2018 WTS Annual Conference in San Diego

WT S International is hosting its 2018 annual conference, "Driving the Waves of Change," in San Diego, California, May 16-18, 2018!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

#WTSconference
JOB BANK

Marketing and PR Specialists

Looking for your next opportunity or a new addition to your team? Check our the Greater D/FW Chapter's Job Bank at  www.wtsinternational.org/greaterdallas/job-postings/
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

Interested in getting more involved with our Chapter and network quicker with WTS members and leaders? We are looking for new talent to help in the following areas:
  • Mentoring Program
  • Programs Committee
  • Awards Recognition Committee
Send an e-mail to: communications@wtsgreaterdfw.com regarding the  on which you wish to serve.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE

Are you missing a Professional Development certificate? Please contact the programs team with your name and the program date. 

WTS MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS & RATES - 2018

WTS fosters interaction among members of the transportation industry, on both professional and personal levels, and is dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in transportation. Through sponsorship, corporations have ready access to a wealth of transportation expertise, contact with industry professionals, agencies, and other corporations nationwide. Corporate Partnership fees are divided between the local chapter WTS Scholarship Fund and the chapter operating budget.

With your support, the WTS Greater D/FW Chapter can continue providing informative luncheon programs, recognition of local transportation leaders, scholarships for women pursuing a career in transportation, and professional development programs.

CONTRIBUTION LEVELS AND BENEFITS
 
TITANIUM - $2500+$180 per additional member (over 5)
Includes Items below for 5 (plus) members and
Unlimited Corporate Staff Attendance to local events at Member Rates
 
PLATINUM - $2000
Includes items below for 4 members and a
One (1) time article in chapter newsletter (and listing in all chapter newsletters)
 
GOLD - $1500
Includes items below for 3 members and a
One (1) opportunity to participate in a monthly luncheon meeting as the Corporate Spotlight
 
SILVER - $1000
Includes items below for 2 members
 
BRONZE - $750
  1. Recognition in Chapter Newsletter and at Events
  2. Chapter Membership Directory
  3. One (1) individual membership to the local chapter (includes national membership)
  4. Certificate of Appreciation awarded at the annual banquet
  5. One (1) ticket to the Annual Awards Event
  6. Special Reception for Corporate Partners
  7. Free Job Postings on WTS Website
 
SMALL BUSINESS - $500
Bronze member benefits for firms with fewer than 10 employees carrying Texas DBE/SBE certification

For more information on Corporate Partnerships, please contact Diane Gollhofer, P.E. at diane@DGRconsultants.com.
INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE SPONSORS
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Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Officers:
President
Adrienne Williams

Vice President
Darla Payberah, P.E., CFM

Secretary
Caren Chambers, P.E., CFM

Treasurer
Brenda Smith

Immediate Past President
Belinda Pate

Programs Director
Kimberly Sims

Recognitions Director
Brittney Far, Esq.


Membership Director
Chelsey Smith

Professional Development Director
George Cisneros, P.E.

Communications Director
Ayumi Anderson


Please submit WTS D/FW Chapter News items to:
communications@wtsgreaterdfw.com