January- February 2022 Message from the President
As Women’s History Month comes to a close, I hope we’ve all had a chance to celebrate our progress and recognize the work we still need to do! As always, our Chapter has been busy and we have a lot to share with you.
I’ll begin by mentioning that last week we held our 2021 Annual Awards and Scholarship Event where we awarded $22,000 in scholarships to ten extraordinary young women and celebrated the achievements of people and projects in our region through six award categories. I would like to extend my congratulations once again to our 2021 WTS Sacramento Award and Scholarship Winners! More to come on the outcome of this event in our next newsletter.
And speaking of incredible people and projects, check out this documentary that tells the story of the women-led projects in Old Town Elk Grove. Many of these women are WTS Sacramento members! The City shares this document as part of Women’s History Month and hopes it inspires young women to pursue a career in transportation.
Don’t forget, the 2022 WTS Annual Conference will back in person this year on May 18-20 in Seattle, Washington. I am thrilled to announce that WTS Sacramento members will be represented at various sessions. Avital Barnea, CalSTA, Amar Cid, Caltrans, Carolyn Abrams, Caltrans, Sequoia Erasmus, CTC, and Renee Rainey, ICF, will speak on a panel called “Equity Statements in Motion: Findings from the 2022 CA Transportation Equity Listening Sessions.” In addition, our 2021 Women of the Year Award Winner Kristin Calia, Fehr & Peers, will also be speaking on a panel. You don’t want to miss these sessions and more! It’s not too late to register, so do so now!
Continue reading below for recaps of our January Lunch Program, entitled Get to Know WTS, and our February Lunch Program with Donna Berry, Acting Deputy Director for Project Delivery (Chief Engineer) at Caltrans. Also, our Chapter honored Black History Month in February and you can read more about its history and some resources for organizations below. The UC Davis student Chapter has also had a jam packed winter quarter, holding a Jeopardy Night as well as a Career Panel with the mentees from our mentorship program.
Stay tuned for upcoming lunch programs and events this spring. Thank you for your continued support!