Women in Transportation-Los Angeles (WTS) recognized Los Angeles World Airports as “Employer of the Year”

Los Angeles, California, 2016-Nov-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Women in Transportation-Los Angeles (WTS) has recognized Los Angeles World Airports as “Employer of the Year.”  The award, presented at the organization’s 30th Annual Scholarship and Awards dinner last night recognizes LAWA’s continued efforts to support and promote a diverse and inclusive workplace, as well as its outreach efforts that encourage women to pursue careers in the transportation industry.

“Hiring and cultivating a thriving diverse workforce enables all of the great things happening throughout LAWA’s airports,” said LAWA Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint. “Diversity helps us understand the world’s peoples, places and cultures in immeasurably important ways that allow us to make long-lasting connections between Los Angeles and the world.”

“I am so proud of the Los Angeles World Airports staff,” said Board of Airport Commissioners Vice President Valeria Velasco. “With aggressive recruitment and outreach efforts, innovative hiring practices, and a variety of education and enrichment programs, LAWA has proven that airports can be the best place to work and can lead to a satisfying career.”

Women currently serve in over 50 percent of LAWA leadership positions, from departmental managerial roles to the executive level.  LAWA also provides a variety of programs that encourage women to pursue careers in transportation, including its Gender Equity Program, which strives to foster a work environment that promotes equal participation of women in leadership positions at all levels, especially in historically under-represented STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas. Its Gateways Internship Program offers college students salaried internships while they contribute new ideas and skills to LAWA’s airports.  High school students also can work at LAWA through the City of Los Angeles’ HIRE LA’s Youth Program, which introduces students to aviation-based careers through paid internships.

WTS-International, founded in 1977, is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.

About Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports. Both play an integral role in helping to meet the Southern California regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service. Both airports make a distinct contribution to the strength of the system as it provides a high level of safety, security and service for its customers, communities and stakeholders.

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Source: Los Angeles World Airports