February 18, 2016
Company’s progressive efforts honored by two WTS chapters
Michael Baker International’s commitment to promoting the advancement of women in the transportation industry was recently recognized by two regional chapters of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).
Michael Baker colleagues are strong supporters of the WTS. Nearly 60 employees are active members of 19 WTS chapters, with eight employees serving in leadership roles. The company is well-positioned to help advance the organization’s mission with an exceptional record of hiring and promoting women at all levels while supporting both the continuing education and career development of its female employees through professional development opportunities.
WTS-IE Employer of the Year: Michael Baker International Ontario Office
Michael Baker’s Ontario office was recognized for its outstanding efforts in recruiting, retaining and advancing the careers of women in the field. As an avid supporter of the WTS-IE over the years, the office devotes resources to a host of programs, including: the Mentorship Program; the Scholarship Program; the Corporate Partners program; the Annual Awards and Benefit Dinner; and the student chapter at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The dedication from the Ontario office and its employees was honored with back-to-back Member of the Year awards – Renee Gleason in 2014 and Rebecca Young this year.
WTS-IE Member of the Year: Rebecca Young
Thanks to her unbridled passion for the transportation industry and support of the WTS-IE chapter, Rebecca Young was awarded the chapter’s highest individual honor. During her time at Michael Baker, Rebecca has worked on a variety of prominent projects, including the I-10/Avenue 50 interchange in Coachella, Calif.; and the SR-60/Theodore Street interchange reconfiguration in Moreno Valley, Calif.
Rebecca brings the same level of commitment to her interests outside the office to help drive the transportation industry and her female colleagues forward. She has served on the WTS-IE board for more than three years, undertaking a variety of roles. As the Annual Dinner chair, she raised a record-setting $20,000 in donations for future scholarships. She also served as Mentorship Program chair, where she doubled the program’s participation from 10 to 20 individuals. Rebecca also has volunteered her time to nurture the careers of young women preparing to enter the transportation industry. Most recently, Rebecca worked closely with one of the WTS-IE scholarship recipients who became an intern at Michael Baker and now is in her junior year of college majoring in civil engineering.
WTS-Wisconsin Employer of the Year: Michael Baker International Wisconsin Offices
The Wisconsin offices were honored for elevating women in the profession, advancing the transportation industry and their commitment to the WTS. The offices notably advance women in the industry through its hiring practices, internship program, and internal and external educational opportunities, to cultivate a workforce in Wisconsin comprised of one-third women – well above the 20 percent average for civil engineering firms. Additionally, from incorporating new technologies like mobile LiDAR for more efficient surveying to solving complex challenges in transportation projects like the Hoan Bridge, the offices consistently demonstrate a commitment to using innovative technology to serve its clients.
WTS-Wisconsin Member of the Year: Lindsay Kaufmann
The WTS-Wisconsin chapter recognized Lindsay Kaufmann’s work as a project manager at Michael Baker when selecting her as the chapter’s member of the year. In her role, Lindsay is instrumental in helping to reshape Wisconsin’s infrastructure, lending her expertise to a number of key projects, including the Hoan Bridge and I-794 interstate freeway in Milwaukee, the emergency repair of the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay and, currently, the rehabilitation of the Marquette Interchange and Valley Bridge in Milwaukee.
Lindsay’s contributions to the WTS-Wisconsin chapter also were noted as she has gone above and beyond to ensure the success of the chapter and its members. She serves as both the secretary of the WTS-Wisconsin chapter and the chair of the programs committee. In the latter role, Lindsay worked with WTS members to organize a number of chapter events, including the Women in Transportation Careers Panel, the annual WTS golf outing, WTS/ASCE Riverwalk Boat Cruise Social Event, Hoan Bridge Walking Tour, the WTS holiday party, and a number of Milwaukee-area breakfasts, lunches and speaking engagements. Additionally, Lindsay previously was on the chapter’s 25th anniversary planning committee, leading the environment portion of the planning group.