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CMS Partners with Arup to Award $6,000 Scholarship

CMS and Arup award $6000 scholarship at WTS Los Angeles Annual Awards Dinner Nov 2019

CMS and Arup award $6000 scholarship at WTS Los Angeles Annual Awards Dinner Nov 2019

CM Solutions and Arup partnered to award a $6,000 scholarship to Christi Fu, which was presented at the WTS Los Angeles’ Annual Awards Dinner held on November 7, 2019.Christi is a student at UCLA in the Executive MBA program with a specialization in Global Management. She works as an Associate VP at Arcadis, where she serves as the Deputy Operations Manager for the Contract Solutions Group on the west coast. This MBA will add considerable value to her goal of reaching the executive level in her career. Christi has also volunteered her time encouraging young women to consider careers in engineering. “Girls need role models in these careers – women they know – so they believe they can do it,” said Christi, who is herself a Professional Engineer.CM Solutions established the scholarship in 2018 to help young women with natural abilities in math and sciences to overcome barriers to careers in STEM fields. “I have a desire to see more women, particularly those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and need mentoring and encouragement, to move into a STEM career,” said Robyn Coates, CEO and founder of CM Solutions. “I am particularly happy to award this scholarship to Christi because of her volunteer work.”CM Solutions partnered with Arup and with WTS Los Angeles for the scholarship because WTS-LA is a vibrant organization with many great models for young women. It is committed to advancing women, and the field of transportation has many great math and engineering careers.

About CM Solutions

CM Solutions is a certified small, woman-owned business that specializes in project controls for large, complex construction projects, providing cost, schedule and risk solutions to public agencies, construction management firms, and contractors. CM Solutions’ clients trust their best-in-class consultants to maximize profitability through effective strategic planning, and project controls.

About Arup

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From 88 offices in 33 countries our 14,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects with creativity and passion. Since its founding in 1946, the firm has consistently delivered technical excellence, innovation, and value to its clients, while maintaining its core mission of shaping a better world.

CM Solutions Awards Its First Scholarship

2018 CMS awards first scholarshipCM Solutions awarded its first scholarship through WTS Los Angeles, an international organization dedicated to advancing women in the field of transportation. Robyn Coates, CM Solutions’ founder and CEO, presented this scholarship of $2,500 to Mia Ford at WTS Los Angeles’ Annual Awards Dinner on November 8, 2018.CM Solutions created this scholarship to help young women with natural abilities in math and sciences to overcome barriers to great careers in STEM fields. “Girls are still underrepresented in the science and technology fields,” says Robyn. “I was the only female in a lot of my engineering classes, and even this year at my son’s college I noticed there was only 1 girl in an orientation of 40.”Robyn believes women have a lot to contribute to the field of engineering with their interpersonal and leadership skills. Yet in spite of the natural ability many women have, they still often lack exposure, encouragement and/or resources to pursue these careers.CM Solutions is pleased to support Mia Ford in her educational goals. Ms. Ford is a senior at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets High School who plans to eventually earn her master’s degree in math. She especially enjoys learning physics, math, and digital arts. As she accepted her award, Ms. Ford expressed that she is inspired by her mom and her sister.CM Solutions partnered with WTS Los Angeles for the scholarship because WTS-LA is a vibrant organization with many great models for young women. It is committed to advancing women, and the field of transportation has many great math and engineering careers.

About CM Solutions

CM Solutions is a certified small, woman-owned business that specializes in project controls for large, complex construction projects, providing cost, schedule and risk solutions to public agencies, construction management firms, and contractors. CM Solutions’ clients trust their best-in-class consultants to maximize profitability through effective strategic planning and project controls.

CM Solutions’ CEO, Robyn Coates, Advocates for Small Business

Robyn Coates, founder and CEO of CM Solutions, was featured in an article by the WTS-Los Angeles, the association for Advancing Women in Transportation. Robyn is the WTS-LA Board liaison with LA Metro’s TBAC, which is Metro’s platform to give small and disadvantaged businesses a greater voice in working with one of the largest transportation authorities in the US.
Robyn Coates, Founder and CEO of CM Solutions

Robyn Coates, Founder and CEO of CM Solutions