On the East Coast in the 1970s, a group of women in the transportation industry wanted to start a professional organization where they could mingle and network, since women could not gather during work hours for educational and professional purposes. So in 1977, the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) was created.
"The women started meeting but their bosses wouldn't let them go, so they said it was a seminar and their bosses ended up paying for it," said Marcia Ferranto, national president of WTS.
What started as a mixer in Washington, D.C., is now an international professional organization with more than 40 chapters around the United States and overseas that is geared toward advancing women in transportation.
Huey Yann Ooi is the woman leading the San Diego chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS). She is the current president of the member-funded association that is now in its 17th year in San Diego.
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