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November 2017 Newsletter
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
The Greater D/FW Chapter's fifth and final goal for 2017 is to continue mentoring students. And, we have a couple of ways we are working to achieve that goal.
The first is working with our student chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). A panel discussion was conducted in early May at UTA, which allowed our members to talk about WTS and how it has helped our careers. Students were encouraged to ask questions and following the discussion, students had one-on-one discussions with members. The July monthly program was held on the UTA campus and members of the student chapter are always welcome to join other programs we present.
Another way our chapter fosters interest in transportation planning and engineering is through Transportation YOU -- a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls, ages 13 to 18, an introduction to a wide variety of transportation-related careers. This year, the Greater D/FW Chapter offered these students a visit to Southwest Airlines and a tour of the maintenance hangar, as well as a visit to DFW International Airport. Students were also participated in a day-long Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) event at UTA.
Though it might be a stretch to consider our scholarship program a mentoring activity, I think it's appropriate to mention our scholarship success. Since forming our chapter in the early 1980s, the Greater D/FW Chapter has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to young women.
All-in-all, I think our chapter excels at helping young women see their potential and we will continue to do more to support these future leaders.

Belinda Pate
President, WTS Greater D/FW Chapter
WTS D/FW hosted its fifth annual Corporate Partner reception Thursday, Nov. 9.  The annual event regonizes the corporations who support WTS and its initiatives. 

CI Summit 2018
Diversity Program

NTTA Board Room
November 21, 2017


Our chapter proudly awarded Sue Starrett Bauman with an honorary WTS Membership. Honorary memberships are given to those who are recognized as key leaders in the local transportation industry. These members also help to create awareness of WTS both locally and internationally.

Sue Starrett Bauman
Chair, DART Board of Directors

Greater Dallas/ Fort Worth WTS Chapter Members and Friends,

The time to submit your nomination to run for a Greater Dallas/ Fort Worth WTS Chapter Board position is fast approaching!  We are also accepting nominations for Committee Chair positions. Board positions are determined through an open election of our chapter membership.  Committee chairmanships are determined by the Chapter President, with the agreement of the Board of Directors.

All members in good standing are eligible to run for a Board position or volunteer for a Committee Chair position.  Not a member yet?  This is a great time to join!

Nomination forms are due Friday, November 17th!  Return your nomination form to Nikki Simon at  As Immediate Past President, Nikki will manage nominations and the election tabulations. Please confirm the position that you are running for in the subject line or the email.

All forms must be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, to be considered for committee chairpersonships or included on the Board ballot.

The schedule of activities related to elections can be found below:
November 17, 2017: All candidate nomination forms are due
November 20, 2017: Candidate biographies and ballots distributed to chapter members
November 27, 2017: Elections close

On or around November  30, 2017: Election results announced, after candidates are notified

Please access the following links for the Greater Dallas/ Fort Worth WTS Board and Committee Chair Nomination Form, Organizational Chart, and Chapter By Laws' Description of Board Duties.

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and contribute to this great organization.  All forms must be completed and returned by 5 p.m. Friday, November 17, 2017 to be considered for committee chairpersonships or included on the Board ballot.

If you have any questions, contact Nikki Simon at 214-884-2059 or We look forward to receiving your nomination package!

The D/FW Chapter is looking for new talent to help in the following areas:
  • Mentoring Program
  • Programs Committee 
  • Communications Committee

Looking for your next opportunity or a new addition to your team?  Check out the Greater D/FW Chapter's Job Bank at

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

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
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
Bronze member benefits for firms with less than 10 employees carrying Texas DBE/SBE certification

For more information on Corporate Partnerships, please contact Diane Gollhofer, P.E. at
Strategic Partners and Trailblazers




Small Business

Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Officers:
Belinda Pate

Vice President
Laura Weis, P.E.

Darla Payberah, P.E., CFM

Brenda Smith

Immediate Past President
Nikki Simon, P.E.

Programs Director
Kimberly Sims

Recognitions Director
Adrienne Williams

Membership Director
Chelsey Smith

Professional Development Director
Audrey Saldana, P.E.

Communications Director
Ayumi Anderson

Please submit WTS D/FW Chapter News items to:
Darla Payberah, P.E., CFM | (214) 320-4436