National Awards Program to Honor Transportation Design and Construction Women

The program will honor individuals who have shown "leadership and dedication to innovation in the transportation construction field."

(WASHINGTON) - The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is launching a new awards program to honor "extraordinary efforts of individuals, companies and public agencies that have demonstrated leadership and dedication to innovation in the transportation construction field as well as the promotion of women leaders within the industry."

The 2011 "Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Awards Program" includes three categories:

  • The Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award: Named after ARTBA's executive director from the mid-1920s, it is given to at least two women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and long-term service in the industry's public or private sectors.
  • The Glass Hammer Award: It honors three companies in the transportation construction industry that have innovative programs and activities directed at successfully promoting women leaders within their organization.
  • Future Industry Spotlight Award: It recognizes two women students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at a U.S. college or university who have achieved an outstanding academic record and demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills within and outside the academic environment.

ARTBA membership is not required.  Nominations, available at, must be received by close of business July 29.  Contact ARTBA's Holly Bolton at 202.289.4434 or with questions.

Winners will be recognized at a gala dinner on September 7 during ARTBA's "TransOvation 2011 Workshop," held at the Landsdowne Conference Center near Dulles Airport in Virginia.

The awards program is a signature initiative of the association's Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Council, which promotes "leadership and career advancement for women in the industry through mentoring, recognition, educational activities and networking."

Established in 1902 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the Executive Branch, federal agencies, news media and general public.