WTS Portland Vice President Susie Wright shares benefits of membership
January 15, 2013
One of Susie Wright’s favorite things about being an associate engineer in Kittelson & Associates, Inc.’s Portland office is that every day brings something new, with a variety of people and projects that hone her existing skills and help her develop new ones.
That dynamic is also what she enjoys about being an officer for the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), a national organization dedicated to advancing women in the transportation industry through job opportunities, networking, professional development, and recognition.
Susie, an Oregon-certified professional engineer, joined WTS in 2001, the same year she launched her engineering career. She became a board member in 2005 and helped initiate the Portland chapter’s mentorship program. Susie served as the chapter’s Professional Development Chair for the following two years, then dedicated an additional two years to the chapter’s programming, which included organizing its monthly luncheon series.
From 2010 through 2012, Susie served as WTS Portland’s treasurer. In 2011, the chapter honored her with its President’s Award for her “steadfast commitment to the financial health of WTS Portland as well as her institution of improved tracking processes.” This month, she stepped into the role of the chapter’s Vice President.
Among the many benefits she has discovered through her WTS membership, Susie appreciates the opportunity to extend her network of professional contacts and interact and learn from people in different sectors of the industry.
“It’s a great way to build relationships with others in the profession,” she says. “It also helps me develop and build on my leadership skills by serving in a leadership role within the chapter. That has given me a chance to develop more long-term, strategic thinking in my work.”