President's Message
Greetings friends,

It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year!

Congratulations are in order for the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter for taking home the WTS Circle of Excellence – Gold Level for the fifth consecutive year!!! With approximately 15 chapter members in attendance, we were well represented at the 2019 WTS International Conference in Boston. Our group certainly made a showing with a lovely display of purple headpieces in honor and memory of one our chapter’s greatest trailblazers, Wanda J. Schafer.  

Wanda faithfully attended the organization’s annual conference and made it a practice to encourage each one of us to increase our involvement and seek out leadership opportunities. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, including a few of our committees that are actively seeking volunteers:

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE 
The Scholarship Committee oversees the annual scholarship program and ensures timely and fair disposition of scholarship funds. The committee is charged with publicizing and soliciting applications.  
Contact: Angela Hrankicky | ahranicky@haydenconsultants.com    

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
The Membership Committee spearheads membership recruitment, engagement, and retention initiatives. The committee collaborates with current and potential members to attain insight on member challenges and needs. 
Contact: Diane Gollhofer, P.E. | membership@wtsgreaterdfw.com

MENTORING COMMITTEE
The Mentoring Committee establishes and fosters mentor/mentee relationships to facilitate the advancement of personal and/or professional goals. Mentors provide support and advice based on the best interest of the mentee and encourage finding balance in their personal and professional lives. 
Contact: Donia Zaheri, P.E. (CA), M.Sc, ENV SP | Donia.Zaherisarabi@wsp.com
Sherry Williams | slwilliams@urbanengineers.com

Our chapter is made up of such skilled and diverse individuals, and our collective involvement keeps us within the Circle of Excellence. I know Wanda would be proud. 

Sincerely,
Adrienne Williams
President, Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
WTS International Conference

The month of May marked the WTS Annual Conference: The Hub of Ingenuity in Boston, MA where 15 members from our Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter gathered together with men and women from across the country to exchange ideas, learn about the latest developments in our industry, and connect with individuals with the same passion for excellence. 

This year’s conference was full of energy as we heard from our new International Board about some exciting initiatives they have taken on for our organization; attended technical sessions on Leadership, Resiliency, Innovation, and Transformations in Mobility; and listened to inspirational messages from keynote speakers Katty Kay, with BBC and Allie Kelly with The Ray. Highlights of the conference included our traditional chapter dinner at Legal Sea Foods with conference attendees from our chapter as well as our friends from the Houston Chapter, Technical Tours including a tour of the Boston Harbor, cheering for the Boston Red Sox at Wrigley Field, and honoring Wanda Schafer with our purple hats at the Annual Awards Gala. The conference was capped off on Friday morning by learning that the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter was awarded the WTS Chapter Circle of Excellence Gold Level Award for 2019.
In honor of Wanda J. Schafer, WTS DFW wore her favorite color, purple
WTS DFW enjoying the conference in Boston
General session with Katty Kay, BBC anchor
Enjoying a Boston Red Sox at Wrigley Field
Design Build and the North Texas Region

The growth of the North Texas region has seen the start of many large-scale infrastructure projects. Several of these projects have used the Design-Build method of construction which provides the developer an opportunity to incorporate innovation to deliver the project in a more efficient and timely manner. Join our stellar panel as they discuss Design-Build and how this method of construction is changing the way large projects are delivered. 
WTS D/FW Membership Mixer

Please join us for our Membership Mixer on June 27th from 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM Tolbert's Restaurant.
Call for Mentors
Mentoring Program

WTS Greater Dallas/Fort Worth chapter would like to invite you to take part in our mentoring program by becoming a mentee or a mentor to a young professional or university student. Mentoring is a valuable tool for developing professional and personal skills. A successful mentoring process depends on the partners sharing common goals and expectations, having a commitment to the mentoring practice, and giving and receiving trust and respect.

For more information, please visit the WTS Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Mentoring Program web page.
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