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American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

Connie Crawford, senior vice president and global practice leader for rail and transit, was honored with the Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Presented as part of the 2015 Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction Awards program, this award is given to at least one woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and long-term service in the transportation industry’s public or private sectors. The individual’s dedication to the advancement of innovation and other women leaders is also heavily taken into consideration.

Crawford has built an international reputation in the transportation industry. Prior to joining Louis Berger, she served as the first-ever female chief engineer at the New York City Transit Authority, and is currently among the few (but growing) number of women managers overseeing large-scale development in the Middle East. Particular focus was given to her dedication to advancing other women leaders through professional organizations and within Louis Berger. ARTBA also acknowledged Crawford’s efforts to push innovation through technical skills transfer, fostering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals, and building a more diverse workplace.

The Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction Awards program honors the extraordinary efforts of individuals, companies and public agencies that demonstrate leadership and innovation in the transportation field, as well as the promotion of women leaders.

ARTBA advocates for strong investment in the U.S. transportation design and construction industry. The Women Leaders Council within ARTBA promotes leadership and career advancement for professional women through networking, mentoring, recognition and educational activities.