Dr. Rachel Henkhaus' involvement with the Greater Kansas City chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar began three years ago as a way to familiarize herself and Garver with a new community.
Garver established its Kansas City, Missouri office in 2013, Rachel arrived in 2014, and since then has helped the still-growing chapter expand while serving currently as its Programs Chair. Rachel was recognized for her continued commitment to the chapter's evolution when she was named Member of the Year during its annual scholarship and awards banquet last week.
Rachel, a project manager on Garver's Bridge Team, has helped attract locally-recognized speakers to chapter events and established the first scholarship and awards banquet for the chapter, which aims to advance the inclusion of women in the transportation industry. Rachel "exemplifies the mission and vision of WTS and what the organization tries to accomplish," a nominating letter for the award said.
“Being involved in WTS over the last four years has helped me in more ways than I could have imagined,” Rachel said. "Being exposed to differing leadership styles has strengthened me as a leader in the profession and has provided an environment in which partnerships are created with others through the goal of growing WTS."
In addition to Henkhaus’ honor, Garver, a platinum corporate sponsor of the program, was named the chapter’s Employer of the Year.