Urban is pleased to announce that Órla Pease, PE, PTOE, has been named a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. She will be recognized alongside the other winners at a gala on Thursday, November 17, at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia.
“It is extremely humbling to be recognized among a group of such strong and influential leaders,” said Ms. Pease. “I credit the support of my mentors, especially those at Urban Engineers, and my family for fostering and inspiring me to be the best that I can in my career.”
Working in the engineering industry, Ms. Pease has made an unmistakable imprint on her firm and profession via initiative, intelligence, persistence, and passion. In less than eight years, she has ascended from project engineer to vice president to the first female executive in the nearly 56-year history of the Philadelphia-headquartered firm. In addition to establishing and overseeing Urban’s Pennsylvania Traffic Practice and now leading the Philadelphia regional office, Ms. Pease has pledged to pay it forward both in and outside of Urban. She is particularly proud of establishing and continuing to lead Urban’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which recently announced the addition of paid maternity/paternity leave to the firm’s benefits package.
Ms. Pease is also a recognized national expert in several manners of traffic engineering, serving on a half dozen boards and committees, including a lead role on the board of the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS). In 2015, Ms. Pease was accepted into the Forum of Executive Women (FOEW) whose mission is to increase the number of women in leadership roles, expand their impact and influence, and position them to drive positive change in the region. She was also recently appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney to the board of directors of Philadelphia Works, an organization that connects employers to a skilled workforce and helps individuals develop the skills needed to thrive in the workplace.
Each year, the Philadelphia Business Journal recognizes women from every industry and profession who are making a difference in their communities and blazing a trail for others. The publication received more than 100 nominations for this year’s Women of Distinction program, and selected 26 to be awarded.