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WTS NC Triangle Newsletter
October 2014

In this Issue

Name the Newsletter
In Case You Missed It
WTS Scholarships

Featured Events

Working Your Emotions at Work


Nov. 6, 2014


Transportation YOU

Nov. 20, 2014  


 Dress for Success Luncheon

Dec. 8, 2014 


WTS NC Triangle Chapter Planning Retreat

Jan. 9-11, 2014

Board of Directors



Kim Levine,

Asset Management Associates, PLLC


Vice President

Jenny Fleming, PE, Ecological Engineering



Memory Washaya, NCDOT



Jessalyn Abril, PE, LEED AP,



Past President

Amy Simes, PE, CPM, NCDENR

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2014 Partners

Advocate Sponsor




Patron Partner
Emerging Business
Supporter Partner 

Leslie Tracey, PE

City of Durham


Hatch Mott MacDonald

Taruna Tayal

Yuying Zhou

Happy Fall to everyone! 2014 is winding down, and our chapter officers will soon start planning for next year's events. Our goal is to continue to bring fun and informative programs to you, so I encourage anyone with an idea to send it to me. We'd love to hear what topics would interest our members!

Our chapter is able to offer exciting and relevant industry events throughout the year because of the generosity of our sponsors.  The Partners Program is a key aspect of our chapter, providing benefits to our sponsors such as chapter memberships, luncheon seats, and brand visibility while also supporting our scholarship program and the nationally recognized Transportation YOU Initiative. Please find more detailed information on our website. We look forward to partnering with you in 2015!

Also, check our website for our latest events, and we hope to see you at the next event!


Kimberly J. Levine

President, WTS NC Triangle Chapter

Upcoming Events
Working Your Emotions at Work

WTS NC Triangle Chapter is thrilled to host our next professional development breakfast on Nov. 6th.  This program will focus on the topic of getting the most out of the emotions in the office with Colleen Slaughter.


Colleen will explain how all emotions can be valid and useful in the workplace.  Her presentation is about getting the most out of the emotions in the office in three steps.  She will help you become aware of ways you let emotions stand in your way and discern what your particular emotions are telling you about yourself.  You'll be inspired to become aware of the vast array of emotions at your disposal and to embody the appropriate emotion to create more of the results you want.


Please join us for this breakfast on November 6th and be inspired!

Transportation YOU 
The chapter's next Transportation YOU event will be Nov. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be focused on Aviation, with Faith Adams, a group manager at Atkins Global, speaking about her job developing and designing aviation-related projects. Transportation YOU is a WTS initiative that provides mentorship activities to middle- and high-school-aged girls interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects. Dinner will be provided, and an aviation activity is planned to provide some fun to the event. Those who know a middle- or high-school-aged girl who would like to attend, or those who want to help out, can contact Nadia Aboulhosn at or (919) 431-5230. Click here for more information.

Dress for Success Luncheon

Join WTS NC Triangle Chapter as we collect clothing donations for "Dress for Success" Triangle. The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools that help them thrive in work and in life. The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Please RSVP by contacting Paddy Jordan at (919) 552-2253. Click here for more information.


We are redesigning our newsletter, and we need your help! Over the next three weeks, we will hold a contest to rename the newsletter. We need you to submit suggestions by e-mail to Leslie Tracey, chair of the Communications Committee. A selection committee made up of Communications Committee members and chapter Board members will choose the winner, who will be announced in the November newsletter. The submitter of the chosen entry will win his or her choice of a WTS fleece or WTS tote bag, as well as a $50 Visa gift card. You do not have to be a member of WTS to enter.


Here are a few guidelines for submissions:

  • Submit only original work
  • The name should be relatively short - two to three words. It needs to fit on the masthead of the current newsletter.
  • It should express concepts such as transportation and/or community, and you'll get bonus points for including "WTS" or "NC Triangle" as part of the name, although these are not required.
  • It should be unique - there are many transportation-related organizations that send out newsletters. We want our newsletter to have a title that is easily identifiable with WTS.
  • If you have a design in mind for the name - a certain font, for instance - submit that as well, but it is not required.
  • Be creative! A creative submission will be favored over another that may hit all these points but is not as "punchy."

The redesigned newsletter will debut in January 2015. Start brainstorming and throwing your ideas into the ring! The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Nov. 14.

In Case You Missed It ...
Engineering Success - Part 2
 The second part of the Engineering Success Business Forum featured a panel discussion about networking, referrals, marketing and effective proposal writing. It was followed by a presentation of industry experts about marketing in the digital age, covering topics that included branding, social media and marketing strategies.
Night at the Museum
The chapter held a social event at the NC Museum of Art. Members and friends got together to talk, look at the art and learn more about the chapter.

WTS Scholarships

WTS NC Triangle Chapter is accepting applications for scholarship awards for the 2014-15 school year. These will be awarded to young women who are pursuing or planning to pursue studies in a transportation-related field. The scholarships are available to high school and community college students, as well as undergraduate and graduate college students. Applications will be forwarded to the international WTS organization; however, the NC Triangle Chapter may award scholarship funds to local applicants. For more information and to download an application, click here.

Professional Connections

For those 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.
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