The Women’s Transportation Seminar Inland Empire Chapter (WTS-IE) has named HDR’s Lisa Reece as 2019 Woman of the Year, the first time in the chapter’s history that a woman from the private sector has been honored. Reece is the company’s transportation client development leader for Southern California.
The Woman of the Year Award “recognizes an outstanding role model in the transportation industry,” the organization said. “It is designed to raise the visibility of WTS in local communities and to highlight a woman who has had a significant impact on transportation in the area.”
Reece, a founding member of WTS-IE, has held various positions on the board for the past 15 years, including president, vice president and scholarship chair. She led creation and fundraising for the chapter’s Susan Van Note Scholarship, including an initial $10,000 donation from HDR. More recently, through her work on the San Gorgonio Girl Scouts Council Board, Reece helped create a partnership with several transportation agencies to introduce more than 500 girls to transportation careers. These transportation agencies collaborated to offer programming to girls from elementary through high school. The various programs demonstrated how to use the transportation network, and showcased career opportunities in environmental, engineering, planning, traffic and materials testing.
Early last year, Reece was awarded the Girls Scouts Council’s highest award for fundraising and community collaboration after she helped it obtain an HDR Foundation grant. It provided 50 sets of earth science equipment for the ongoing environmental education programs offered at the Skyland Ranch Camp.
“Professionally, this is the greatest honor of my career,” Reece said. “I am humbled to be recognized.”
“Lisa’s honor is incredibly well-deserved as one of the founding members of WTS-IE as well as all of her efforts to connect women to new opportunities,” said Maggie Walsh, HDR vice president and chair of the WTS International board of directors. “She collaborates across public and private industries to enhance infrastructure in the region, and to help educate and prepare those who will be leading the efforts in the future.”