Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 17, 2013
Fifteen female students from across the US have been selected by WTS International, the association for building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women, along with their individual mentors, to participate in the Transportation YOU DC Youth Summit, a conference for young women designed to introduce, inspire, and guide them toward a future in STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math) and a career in the transportation industry.
The four-day summit, which kicks off on June 26, 2013, celebrates some of the brightest young girls from across the country. At its conclusion, these future leaders of the transportation industry will have established a national network of high-profile women transportation professionals, as well as an awareness of the variety of exciting and rewarding careers in the transportation industry.
The WTS chapters represented by the mentors participating in the conference are just a handful of the many chapters across the US to establish WTS International’s Transportation YOU program. Transportation YOU is the joint initiative of WTS International and the US DOT that launched with the 2010 signing of a memorandum of understanding by US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Tina Tchen, the Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, as well as Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, has been an ardent supporter of WTS International’s STEM initiative. The program also supports President Obama’s campaign to “Win the Future.” In his January 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama expressed his concern that U.S. education is lacking in STEM subjects: “Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success. But if we want to win the future—if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas—then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.”
WTS International’s Transportation YOU program is a source of scholarship, internship, and networking opportunities. It links young women with professionals in the field and inspires them to pursue STEM-related coursework and exposes them to career possibilities in the transportation industry not typically pursued by women. For the Transportation YOU DC Summit, each WTS chapter was asked to select a worthy young woman and her mentor to send to the conference. The Summit is the pinnacle of WTS International’s Transportation YOU program, as it brings together participants from across the country for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The agenda for the 2013 Transportation YOU DC Summit, includes a visit to USDOT for behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of critical centers of transportation, one-on-one meetings with high-profile female DOT executives, tours of other transportation central intelligence centers, such as Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) and the tower at Reagan National Airport, and academic team challenge projects. There will also be workshops on leadership and teamwork as well as a Q&A panel discussion with college representatives.
“We are very proud of all of our WTS chapters’ efforts to encourage young women and girls to pursue science, technology, engineering or math as a path of study. The transportation industry and its many moving parts are in great need of young women with special skills and leadership qualities. They are the future of our country’s infrastructure,” said WTS President and CEO, Marcia Ferranto.
For more information about the Transportation YOU DC Summit, contact Marcia Ferranto at 202-955-5085 or visit http://www.TransportationYOU.org.
Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers. Through the program, WTS chapters work to make a difference in the lives of young girls by offering programs and activities that will spark their interest in all modes of transportation and encourage them to take courses in science, technology, engineering and math, which are the stepping stones to exciting careers that can change the face of the transportation industry. For more information, contact Marcia Ferranto, WTS President and CEO, at 202-955-5085
WTS International and WTS Foundation, headquartered in Washington, DC, seek 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.