The WTS annual conference attracted global corporate and governmental industry leaders, including executives, CEOs, government administrators, and leading engineering authorities. Attendees at the conference networked, discussed the state of the world’s transportation infrastructure, strategized on advancing professionally through glass ceilings, and explored Philadelphia’s successful municipal and private transportation and traffic projects. For the full duration of this year’s Philadelphia conference, private corporations, public agencies, and government officials invested in every transportation mode exhibited, presented, learned and networked.
The 2013 keynote speakers and breakout session leaders included Gloria Steinem, the iconic leader of the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman to go into space and NASA’s first science mission specialist, and Robin Chase, founder of the Zipcar and Buzzcar companies.
Planning for the 2014 conference in Portland, Ore., is already underway. Networking events, technical tours of the host city, and workshops are at the heart of each conference, which also includes an awards banquet for industry recognitions and the formal awarding of WTS Foundation scholarships for several graduate, undergraduate, and high school students.