Women’s Transportation Seminar honors Community Cycling Center with Diversity Leadership Award
By Breesa Culver, Development Manager
The upstairs of the Gerding Theater at the Armory was filled with gussied up transportation professionals on Tuesday night. They were gathered to celebrate women’s work – specifically women’s roles in the fields of transportation planning, advocacy, and engineering.
The Women’s Transportation Seminar is an international organization dedicated to providing mentorship for women working in the transportation field. And last night we were honored with their Diversity Leadership Award for Communities in Motion. Our work was recognized for “promoting diversity and inclusion.” In her acceptance speech, Zan Gibbs, our Program Manager, encouraged the engineers in the room to consider “equity impacts” in addition to environmental impacts in their future projects.
“It was great to be part of an audience that was largely comprised of engineers, as we most often speak to planners and community members, but rarely to the behind the scenes designers,” noted Zan. “It was a good opportunity to talk about how decisions that are made at those higher levels can have very direct consequences to communities.”
Thank you to the ladies of WTS for acknowledging the value of our work in north and northeast Portland. We strive to do more and better in the future, but we are honored to be recognized for our efforts so far.