Award recognizes an outstanding woman who is a leader and a role model in the transportation industry
SEATTLE (March 11, 2021) – Wendy Taylor, HNTB project director and senior vice president, was recognized this week by WTS Puget Sound as Woman of the Year. This award honors an outstanding woman who is a leader and a role model in the transportation industry.
Taylor received her award March 10 during the 2021 Virtual WTS Awards & Scholarships Gala. She was nominated by one of her team members and fellow WTS member, Diana Giraldo, PE, HNTB project manager and associate vice president.
“Throughout her career, Wendy has been a role model for so many in the industry. She recognizes and motivates great talent to bring engineering concepts and ideas forward. Her vision allows her staff to set bold goals, and she provides her team with the space and ability to grow and thrive,” said Giraldo in the nomination.
Taylor joined HNTB in 1993 and has been active in WTS since 1998. She has more than 35 years of experience in managing and developing transportation facilities. Her experience includes leadership on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s I-405 program for the past 19 years, helping WSDOT deliver more than $4 billion of funded projects ahead of schedule and under budget toward completion of its $20 billion multimodal, multiagency transportation vision. In addition, Taylor is a role model and mentor for young women within the transportation industry. Her involvement includes having supported WTS’s Transportation You youth program, serving on the organization’s Executive Advisory Board, and as a Scholarship Committee chair.
“We congratulate Wendy on being recognized for her leadership both at our company and in the transportation industry,” said Kevin Collins, PE, HNTB Seattle office leader and senior vice president. “Throughout her 25-plus year career with HNTB, Wendy has continued to be a strong advocate for equity and progress.”
HNTB is both a Trailblazer Corporate Sponsor on the international level and a Gold Corporate Sponsor for WTS Puget Sound. HNTB has more than 350 WTS members, including 15 senior executives and 30 employees who are current or former national and chapter-level women in leadership.