Amar, Moore and Lucas Honored with WTS Houston Annual Awards
HOUSTON—Transportation planners Liza Amar and Davonna Moore and senior manager Julie Lucas were recently honored at the Women’s Transportation Seminar Houston chapter (WTS Houston) for their contributions within the transportation industry.
Amar, an associate, senior transportation planner and regional team leader at CDM Smith, was honored with the WTS Houston Woman of the Year award. The award highlights women in the transportation sector who have made an outstanding contribution to the transportation industry and the advancement of women and minorities.
Liza has created a tremendous legacy of mentorship and innovation, supporting the growth of her industry colleagues and improving transportation for Texas communities and beyond.
With extensive experience in transportation planning, traffic forecasting, corridor feasibility studies, and project and staff management, Amar serves as one of CDM Smith’s discipline leaders in multimodal travel forecasting. She has been a member of WTS since 2006, having chaired the WTS Houston sponsorship committee from 2013 through 2021 as well as participating in the WTS Houston mentorship program since 2018. She moderated a WTSI panel that brought together minority female transportation leaders to discuss best hiring practices for fostering and maintaining diversity within organizations. She now serves on the WTS Houston board as the director of community and directs both the mentorship program and the diversity program. Through the WTS Houston chapter, Amar has received professional recognition including Member of the Year in 2017 and Young Engineer of the Year in 2019.
“Liza has created a tremendous legacy of mentorship and innovation, supporting the growth of her industry colleagues and improving transportation for Texas communities and beyond,” said Christopher Nazar, CDM Smith senior vice president.
Moore and Lucas accepted the Rosa Parks Diversity award on behalf of CDM Smith. This award celebrates an individual or organization that has made significant contributions in promoting diversity and cultural awareness within the organization, transportation industry, or project that supports the goals and mission of WTS. Moore is a senior transportation planner and project manager, while Lucas is a principal and senior manager of recruiting programs. Both have played a leading role in promoting equity and diversity throughout CDM Smith’s transportation projects.
CDM Smith set up a diversity and inclusion task force in 2020. With that, the program has resulted in the development of an Equity in Transportation Committee spearheaded by Moore. The committee has actively worked to ingrain equity and diversity within CDM Smith’s transportation projects. Along with other programs such as the Reboot Re-Entry Program that facilitates the reentry of women in the STEM work force, CDM Smith has actively pursued focused recruiting and outreach towards groups such as WTS, the Society for Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) is an international organization dedicated to creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable transportation industry through the global advancement of women. They are committed to ethical leadership, integrity, and respect for all as we shape future generations or transportation leaders.
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