Barbara Wells Named Women’s Transportation Seminar Greater Kansas City Chapter President
KANSAS CITY, Missouri—CDM Smith is pleased to announce that Barbara Wells, PE, CDM Smith associate and technical strategy leader for transportation planning and design, was elected president of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Greater Kansas City (WTS-KC) chapter. Assuming the position on January 1, 2018, Wells will serve for 2 years.
She expressed her enthusiasm about WTS and its role in her professional growth, as well as her plans as president: “WTS provides me with great opportunities to build my career, helping me to grow in this industry, meet new people across the country and understand the different challenges we face as women and as engineers. As president of WTS-KC, I’m excited to take our chapter to the next level, start new endeavors and welcome new faces.”
Wells has kicked off her term with a new initiative called “Mind, Body & Soul,” which focuses on the holistic connection between personal and professional lives. “I want our chapter members to grow together,” said Wells. “Industry and professional growth is important, but we can learn from each other by connecting as people and creating bonds through other activities outside our regular programs and meetings, such as a book club, community outreach activities or a 5k run.”
A 20-year veteran of the industry, Wells boasts a wealth of experience in transportation planning, highway design and toll facility design for state departments of transportation, such as the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Transportation, as well as local authorities. In addition to her work with WTS-KC, Wells is an active member of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and previously served as state director of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.
WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Boasting more than 6,500 members—both women and men—WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry.
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