Women working on the South Mountain Freeway

Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Annual Conference

May 15 - 17, 2019

The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

Our professionals are headed to this year’s WTS Annual Conference to join the hub of ingenuity! Come to our booth (4th-floor foyer) to talk with us about our commitment to empowering women in transportation. Then save your seat for our experts’ sessions to learn more about integrating natural hazard resilience into the transportation planning process and doing more with less through project prioritization. 

We are a proud sponsor of this year’s Awards Gala, and to continue our support as a Trailblazer sponsor. 

HDR Sessions

INGENUITY IN RESILIENCE: FROM THOUGHTS TO ACTIONS: Integrating Natural Hazard Resilience into the Transportation Planning Process 

  • Moderator: Heather Catron, Director of the Federal Transportation Market Sector, HDR
  • Presenters: Allison Yeh, MPO Executive Planner, Hillsborough MPO; Anne McGahan, Chief Planner, Boston Region MPO; Brenda Dix, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, ICF; Heather Holsinger, Environmental Specialist, FHWA
  • Thur., May 16, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Learn more about FHWA’s upcoming handbook on integrating resilience into the long-term transportation planning process. The handbook focuses specifically on building resilience to natural disasters, extreme weather events, future environmental conditions, mitigation of storm water and other natural hazards. 


  • Moderator: Pamela Yonkin, Principal Economist, HDR
  • Presenters: Mike Trimble, Director, City of Austin Corridor Program Implementation Office; Susan Daniels, Assistant Director, City of Austin Corridor Program Implementation Office; Karla Avis-Birch, Vice President, Capital Projects, Metrolinx
  • Fri., May 17, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

When constituents vote in favor of dedicated transportation funding, cities need to prioritize the billions of dollars of projects with the millions of dollars available. They are asked to do more with less. Experts in the cities of Austin and Toronto have embraced innovative policies and funding changes to prioritize a list of projects chosen for full design and construction. Many cities across North America are in similar situations. This panel will discuss investment prioritization, public outreach, collaboration with universities, businesses, city agencies, cost-risk process for managing budget and schedule, robust outreach, and other program aspects reflecting innovative funding and policy making intended to improve cities.