We're coming up on summertime, and you can look forward to more great programs as the days get longer and the temperature climbs. The upcoming luncheon on June 24 will feature a presentation on the future of transit in Wake County, and the choices facing officials and citizens in determining that future. The next breakfast series program on June 9 will focus on how to more effectively use your time to accomplish more. And we're very excited to announce the first-ever Tri-Chapter Social on June 8. Members from the three WTS chapters in North Carolina will get together in Concord to network, and discuss our challenges and successes. Additionally, please plan to attend our summer mid-year review on July 24. We'll be discussing the previous year's programs - what succeeded and what should be changed - and begin planning for 2016!


Speaking of successes, our chapter held its annual Go Gala last month and raised about $2,000 that will go towards scholarships and Transportation YOU, a mentoring program aimed at middle-school-aged girls. We thank all who attended for supporting the next generation of transportation professionals. You can read more about the event below.


As always, please check our website for our upcoming events, and we hope to see you at the next event!


Kimberly J. Levine
President, WTS NC Triangle Chapter
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May 2015

In This Issue
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2015 Partners
Advocate Partners

Patron Partners

Supporter Partners


Chapter Officers


  Kim Levine

Hatch Mott MacDonald


Vice President

Jenny Fleming, PE Ecological Engineering  



Memory Washaya




Taruna Tayal


WTS International Partners
Strategic Partner

Trailblazer Partner

New Membership Incentive

This year, new WTS members who fill out a membership form and pay the membership fee at a NC Triangle chapter event, such as a luncheon, breakfast or Transportation YOU event, will receive 15 percent off of their membership cost, as well as a WTS fleece. There are many benefits to being a member of WTS, so if you're thinking about joining, this is a great year to do it. Click here for more information on membership fees.

Upcoming Events
June Luncheon
The June 24 luncheon will focus on Wake County's transit choices. Guest speaker Richard Adams, PE, from Kimley-Horn will discuss the four alternatives currently being considered for Wake County. Special guest, Wake County Commissioner Betty Lou Ward will provide a brief overview on the County Board of Commissioners' position on transit. Click below for more information or to register.
Breakfast Series
Guest speaker Tracey Gritz, productivity consultant and trainer, will discuss "3 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More" at the next breakfast series event on June 9. She will focus on how to achieve your goals, restore a work/life balance and use your task list to manage your priorities. Click below to register.
Tri-Chapter Social
The first ever Tri-Chapter Social will be held June 8 in Concord, NC, with members from WTS chapters NC Triangle, Charlotte Metro and Western NC. The meeting will occur from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Carrabba's Italian Grill, 7900 Lyles Lane in Concord. A carpool is being organized for those who want to attend from the Triangle area. Get more information or sign up by using the link below.
Save the Date
2015 Mid-Year Review
The chapter will be hold its annual Mid-Year Review on July 24. At this meeting, members discuss the previous year's programs and how to improve them. They also begin planning programs for the following year. This event is free and open to all members. More details will be available at a later date.
In Case You Missed It...
Go Gala

The chapter's main annual fundraiser, the Go Gala, was held May 14. About $2,000 was raised for the chapter's Foundation Fund, to be used for scholarships and mentoring programs. The chapter also presented its annual Transportation Awards at the event. Above, Woman of the Year Jill Gurak, PE, AICP, of Atkins, center, stands with Host Renee Chou of WRAL-TV, left, and Kim Levine, president of WTS NC Triangle Chapter. Read more about the award recipients here. To view more photos, click the link below.

Members-Only Breakfast
State Sen. Kathy Harrington was the guest speaker at the Members Only Breakfast in May. She spoke about transportation issues at the legislative level and the work her office is doing to improve the funding for transportation infrastructure in the state. Click below to see more pictures from the event.
Women in Transportation
From the March/April 2010 issue of "Public Roads," the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) featured an article on women in transportation. The article, written by Susan Hanson and Elaine Murakami, focused on how to increase the numbers of women and woman-owned businesses in transportation. It also includes tips for women who want to advance in their careers. Click below to read the article.
Public Roads
Professional Connections
For members looking for networking opportunities within the Chapter, consider joining the Professional Connections program. Each quarter, the members of the program are split into groups of four or five, and each group plans a lunch meeting. This is a good way to meet others and learn about their careers, hobbies and interests. For more information, or to sign up, contact   Karen Reynolds .
Newsletter Editors: Leslie Tracey, PE, City of Durham DOT; Paddy Jordan, Hatch Mott McDonald; Yuying Zhou, VHB; Kara Peach, VHB