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HNTB Continues Support of Women in Transportation

Matt Ball on May 3, 2016 - in People, Transportation

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 2, 2016— – HNTB Corporation’s support of women in transportation is visible in many ways across the nation – from hiring and developing top talent to sponsorship of key associations and events. One professional organization, Women’s Transportation Seminar, has taken notice and has recognized the firm with numerous high-profile awards selected HNTB professionals for leadership positions on local, national and international boards.

Nationwide, HNTB has more than 350 WTS members, including 15 female senior executives. Thirty of the firm’s employees are either current or former national- and chapter-level leaders.

“HNTB prides itself in supporting the advancement of women in transportation, and supports the goals and objectives of WTS on local and national scales.” said Darlene Gee, PE, HNTB Northern California office leader, vice president, and WTS San Francisco chapter president. “WTS’ support of women’s transportation careers and ambitions has been crucial to the transportation industry.”

2016 WTS Annual Conference: HNTB is a Trailblazer Corporate Partner and sponsor of the annual awards banquet in Austin, Texas, on May 18-20, 2016. Three HNTB professionals will have panel or moderator roles:

•    Mary Jane O’Meara, toll market representative and associate vice president based in Boston, will serve on a panel for a session called “Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom.”
•    Yvonne Lopez-Diaz, PHR, New York growth champion and vice president, will moderate a session called “You’ve Made the C-Suite: Now What?”
•    Yassmin Gramian, PE, Pennsylvania District leader and senior vice president, will serve on a panel for a session titled “Getting a Seat at the Table.”

New York/New Jersey: HNTB was presented with the Employer of the Year award in January 2016 by the WTS Greater New York chapter. HNTB’s New York and New Jersey offices currently have 25 active WTS members, including three who serve in leadership and committee roles.

Lopez-Diaz serves as Glass Ceiling Committee chair for the WTS Greater New York chapter. The goal of this committee is to identify issues that could be impeding the growth of women in the transportation industry. Lopez-Diaz is leading a taskforce comprised of public- and private-sector senior-level executives in the region to conduct research and make recommendations on programs and policies to help further advance women in transportation. She was recently nominated by WTS and selected as one of 10 Eno Center for Transportation “Women to Watch.” Lopez-Diaz also serves on the board of the WTS Central Florida chapter as scholarship chair.

Heather Michelle Jones and Sheriza Majid also serve on committees for the WTS Greater New York Chapter. Jones, a civil engineer, serves on the Young Professionals Committee. Majid, a project analyst, serves on the Programs Committee and is the secretary for the 2017 WTS International Conference Committee.

Chicago: HNTB also was named Employer of the Year by the WTS Greater Chicago chapter. Award criteria included an organization that has enhanced the transportation industry through its commitment to excellence and quality in the services it provides, an organization with an outstanding service record of affirmative action in hiring and promoting all employment levels, and an organization that encourages women students to enter the transportation field by providing internship opportunities.

Arlington, Virginia: Lisa Thompson, HNTB national director of toll client development and associate vice president, was elected to the 2016 WTS International board of directors. Thompson is based in the firm’s Arlington, Virginia, office, and is a long-time member of WTS.

Boston: O’Meara was named Woman of the Year by the WTS Boston chapter. She will receive the award at the chapter’s annual banquet in June 2016. O’Meara was the subject of a chapter of the 2015 book, Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom, which “details the rise of 18 pioneering women in transportation by telling their stories in their words.”

Central Florida: Christina Colón, PE, and Snehal Ambare, PE, serve on the board of the WTS Central Florida Chapter. Colón is the chapter’s vice president and Ambare serves as secretary; both are involved in planning all of the chapter’s events and assisting the chairs of the committee as needed. Colón and Ambare are based in the firm’s Florida Turnpike Enterprise project office in Ocoee, Florida.

Kansas City: Lauren Reiman, an intern in HNTB’s Kansas City Integrated Planning Solutions department, received the inaugural Helen M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship from the WTS Greater Kansas City chapter based on an essay she submitted on her career aspirations and reasons for entering the transportation field. Rieman will join HNTB full time in Kansas City after she graduates with a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Kansas in May 2016.

Indianapolis: HNTB has been active with the Greater Indianapolis WTS chapter for many years. Currently, half of the chapter’s board are made up of HNTB professionals. Sarah Baty, PE, PTOE, transportation engineer, serves as president; Angele Pearl, PE, engineer, serves as past president; Jennifer Goins, PE, senior project engineer, serves as TransportationYOU chair; and Erica Hoyng, LEED AP, senior project analyst, serves as treasurer.

Houston: Stephanie Guillot, PE, transportation and environmental planner, serves as treasurer for the Houston WTS chapter.

About WTS
Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Boasting more than 5,000 members – both women and men – WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry.

About HNTB
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service in the United States, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit www.hntb.com.

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