Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts is the keynote speaker for the 2014 annual conference of WTS International May 14 - 16 in Portland, Ore.

Conference organizers chose Roberts because she epitomizes the association’s mission of attracting, retaining, and advancing women in a male-dominated industry. A 40-year television and radio veteran, Roberts has been cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting and is a Library of Congress “Living Legend.”

"We take pride in knowing that we are helping to build the world’s infrastructure by shaping future generations of transportation leaders," says WTS International President and CEO Marcia Ferranto. "Her remarks will certainly inspire attendees."

In addition to discussing transportation issues, conference attendees will explore Portland's successful municipal and private transportation and transit projects. Private corporations, public agencies, and government officials exhibit, present, learn, and network.