WTS International Names HDR Employer of the Year

(May 22, 2013) – HDR, Inc. has been named the 2013 Employer of the Year by WTS International, an association for the professional advancement of women in transportation.

The Employer of the Year recognition is awarded to an organization that has enhanced the transportation industry through its commitment to excellence and quality in services or products, has an outstanding record of affirmative action in hiring and promoting at all employment levels, supports continuing education of its employees and encourages women students to enter the transportation field by providing internship opportunities.

In a press release, WTS International recognized HDR's commitment to professional development, internships and professional growth through mentorship and training to ensure that current and future female employees have the support and role models they need for a successful career. WTS International said that HDR's record for hiring and promoting women at all levels of the organization are noteworthy. Thirty-two percent of HDR's employees are women and 18 percent are minorities.

HDR is active in many local WTS International chapters throughout North America, with five HDR employees currently serving as chapter presidents. The Portland, Ore., chapter selected HDR's Portland office as its local employer of the year, and nominated HDR for the international recognition.

Dorri Giles Raposa, HDR's client development director for transportation and vice chair of the WTS International Foundation, accepted the award on HDR's behalf during the awards banquet at the recent WTS International Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

"HDR is a longtime supporter of WTS International and its mission, and we strongly believe that diversity makes us a better company," said Raposa. "We strive to be a company that matters and recognize that in this business, it's our people who matter most. We are extremely proud of all the HDR employees who made this award possible."

"As a firm that is committed to attracting, retaining and supporting a diverse workforce, we are very proud to receive this prestigious award," said Charlie O'Reilly, transportation business group director. "We are honored that WTS International has recognized our dedication to advancing women in transportation."

HDR is a global employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, consulting, construction and related services through our various operating companies. Our more than 8,000 professionals are committed to helping clients manage complex projects and make sound decisions.