Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 16, 2013
Philadelphia’s transportation hubs and historic landmarks are preparing for the arrival of hundreds of professionals from the industry on the occasion of the WTS Annual Conference May 15-17, 2013. WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in transportation, produces their flagship event in a different host city each year.
The conference attracts more than 500 corporate and governmental industry leaders worldwide, including executives, CEOs, government administrators, and leading engineering authorities. Attendees at the conference gather to network, discuss the state of the world’s transportation infrastructure, strategize on advancing professionally through glass ceilings, and explore the local city’s successful municipal and private transportation and traffic projects. For the full duration of this year’s Philadelphia conference, private corporations, public agencies and government officials invested in every transportation mode will exhibit, present, learn and network.
Networking events, technical tours of the city, and workshops are at the heart of the conference, which also includes an awards banquet for industry recognitions and the formal awarding of WTS Foundation scholarships for several graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. Keynote speakers and breakout session leaders include Gloria Steinem, the iconic leader of the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman to go into space and NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist, and Robin Chase, founder of the Zipcar and Buzzcar companies.
“We are very excited about our conference program this year. We’ve partnered with speakers and panelists that really touch on the core of our mission, and Philadelphia is an exemplary city for this industry,” said Margaret Mullins, WTS Managing Director. “The transportation field is among the world’s most male-dominated industries, and as our members work at the grass roots level to help each other develop professionally and climb through the ranks in both the public and private sectors, we can take pride in knowing that we are helping to build the world’s infrastructure and shaping future generations of transportation leaders.”
For more information on the 2013 Annual WTS Conference, which will be held at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, visit http://www.WTSinternational.org or contact Margaret Mullins, WTS Managing Director, at 202-955-5085.
WTS International and WTS Foundation, headquartered in Washington, DC, seeks to attract, retain, and advance women in transportation. As the industry's premier multi-modal association, WTS boasts a network of more than 5,000 transportation professionals—women and men from across the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Every transportation mode is represented, as is every service within the industry. From federal leaders to engineers and planners, the WTS membership base represents nearly 1,500 companies and 400 agencies in more than 90 cities. WTS Foundation has provided more than $1,000,000 in scholarships to deserving women throughout the transportation industry, supporting the next generation of transportation professionals and advancing the principles of WTS. More information can be found at http://www.WTSinternational.org