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Loretta Doughty
Posted by Loretta Girard Doughty, P.E.

President, WTS-Boston and Structural Section Manager, HDR Engineering, Inc.

We are fortunate, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to have a Secretary of Transportation,
Jeffrey Mullan, whose goal is to affect change within the transportation agency. It has been an enormous
undertaking for the state to combine many transportation agencies and services into one agency, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). As part of the agency transformation, Secretary
Mullan has assembled a Transportation Round Table (Round Table) team to help make a better transportation agency for not only the Commonwealth, but also for its employees.

This Round Table team is comprised of MassDOT employees and transportation industry stakeholders. Seventeen employees of MassDOT, chosen from a pool of applicants, were selected for this Round Table, and represent different modes of transportation, different departments within MassDOT (Highway, RMV, MBTA, etc.), and varying levels of positions within MassDOT. The stakeholders represent individuals from outside of the agency.

I am pleased that, as WTS-Boston President, I was asked to be part of this Round Table as a stakeholder. The goal of the Round Table is to identify issues/opportunities, and discuss and propose solutions to MassDOT executives. The following represents the Round Table’s focus:

Transportation Round Table Charter

The Transportation Round Table will use employee and stakeholder knowledge and experience to promote a diverse, engaged, and inclusive workforce. It is a forum:

1. To identify and discuss critical issues, where colleagues are welcome to help develop and recommend solutions to MassDOT leaders.
2. To foster a workplace environment where employees are treated fairly and with respect on a consistent basis.
3. To support transportation reform and integration into one transportation system.
4. To inspire an empowered culture where its leaders listen and collaborate with employees to achieve real and effective change.

The Round Table members meet once a month for two hours to brainstorm issues/opportunities, prioritize, identify root causes, identify multiple options to address, develop recommendations
and possible actions to address, and present recommendations to MassDOT executives.

The week following this meeting, there is an open forum Round Table Meeting with the Secretary, and his executive leadership team. The Round Table members discuss those items vetted out in the previous
Round Table meeting and discuss them with the executive team. This meeting is open to all MassDOT employees and is an opportunity for them to hear the discussions between the Round Table members
and the MassDOT executive team, and then have an opportunity to participate and voice their opinion and comment on the discussion.

So far, it has been a great experience to be part of this initiative, and I am proud that the Secretary and his executive team felt it was important to have WTS-Boston represented in this Transportation Round Table, to hear our opinions and be a voice for women in transportation.

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