The Texas A&M Transportation Institute has been named Employer of the Year by the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. The organization also honored as its Woman of the Year, Cinde Weatherby, Director of TTI’s Strategic Transportation Solutions Center.
The Chapter’s Employer of the Year award each year goes to a business or agency that has enhanced the transportation industry through its commitment to excellence and quality, established an outstanding record of affirmative action in hiring and promoting at all employment levels, supported continuing education of its employees, and encouraged women students to enter the transportation field.
In its recognition of TTI, WTS notes that the agency’s workforce is 47 percent female and that over the past decade, female employment has jumped by 86 percent in executive and managerial positions, by 100 percent in research administration, and by 160 percent in senior research positions. The organization cites TTI’s expansive professional development offerings, and also notes that female staff members at TTI serve on the boards of numerous national organizations.
“We are, of course, honored that the WTS Heart of Texas Chapter has recognized TTI as its Employer of the Year, and we’re also delighted to share the spotlight with Cinde Weatherby and her Woman of the Year award,” said TTI Director Dennis Christiansen. “We applaud the organization’s work, and we remain committed to the common goals and purpose that we share with them.”
In her 35-year career in transportation, Weatherby has held increasingly responsible positions at the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the South West Transit Association, and TTI. She is a graduate of Leadership Texas, a veteran member of numerous Transportation Research Board committees and currently serves on the WTS International Board of Directors. In its citation, the Chapter notes that Weatherby “has not only been an excellent professional, but also a mentor and friend to many, exhibiting a high degree of professionalism, courtesy, kindness and collegiality.”
The WTS Heart of Texas Chapter is dedicated to the advancement of women in the transportation industry throughout Central Texas. With the support of more than 100 members and corporate partners, the chapter offers numerous professional programs, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders in and around Austin.