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  • Board Support Employee Development Workshop Preliminary Program - Last updated July 17, 2012

Please note that this is a preliminary program and is subject to change.

The three training courses led by Tami Gaines - Developing the Mind of a Leader, Developing the Skills of a Leader, and Developing the Behavior of a Leader - have been approved by the International Institute for Municipal Clerks for registrants to earn IIMC educational points.  Registrants must attend all three courses to earn 1.1  Certified Municipal Clerks or Master Municipal Clerk Advanced Education Esperience Poionts.

* Sessions and events for both board members and support staff.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

1 – 5 p.m.
Piedmont

Registration

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Augusta

This is APTA: Maximizing Your Membership*

Your best industry resource; how to get involved in leadership on a national scale

The American Public Transportation Association is widely recognized as the voice of the transit industry. This session will focus on the many resources available to you as a member and cover everything you want to know about getting involved in your association to gain the full value of your membership. Find your unique path to work with colleagues from all over the U.S., Canada, and the world.

Presenter:

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Facilitators:

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, vice chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation
  • Crystal Lyons, chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; member, APTA Executive Committee, and board member, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Greg Evans, member, APTA Executive Committee, and president, Lane Transit District, Eugene, OR

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Macon

Board Support Subcommittee Meeting

Chair, Rhodetta Seward

You are welcome to attend this meeting, one of three convened each year: during this July workshop, in conjunction with the APTA Annual Meeting in October, and the Legislative Conference in March. Officer elections will be conducted for the positions of chair, vice chair, and secretary. The three candidates are each running unopposed.  Candates' letters of interest and support were due 30 days prior to the election, with no nominations taken from the floor during the meeting. 

6 – 7 p.m.
Salon A

Welcoming Reception*

Mix and mingle…renew friendships and meet new colleagues at this high-energy gathering that is sure to set the tone for a week of networking and learning more about public transportation and your leadership style.

7 - 9 p.m.

Board Support Dutch-Treat Dinner

Join the board support staff members attending this workshop for a dutch-treat dinner at Alma Concina restaurant.  Details will be provided at the earlier Board Support Subcommittee meeting.

Sunday, July 22, 2011

7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Piedmont

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Grand Foyer

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Grand Salons BC

Opening General Session
Public Transportation Takes Us There*

Warm to a ‘Hotlanta’ welcome from MARTA, the City of Atlanta, and APTA

Whether it’s creating jobs, helping to lead the way towards energy independence, improving quality of life, or protecting the environment, public transportation plays a significant role in taking us there. Come join us to discuss industry priorities and the latest governance and business practices. Host Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will show us the meaning of Southern hospitality.

Presiding:

  • Alison A. Hewitt, chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and chair, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL

Remarks:

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Gary C. Thomas, chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Frederick L. Daniels, Jr., vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, chair, Transit Board Members Program Planning Subcommittee, and chairman, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta
  • Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., general manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Rhodetta Seward, chair, Board Support Subcommittee, APTA, and executive services director, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA
  • Dr. Valarie McCall, board member, American Public Transporation Foundation; APTA Transit Board Members Committee Region IV Representative; vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee's Legislative Subcommittee; and member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

10 – 11:30 a.m.
Grand Salons BC

General Session

Handling Difficult Conversations*

Framing your communications, modeling the behavior & achieving the best outcome

In leading by example, how do leaders discuss difficult issues and build strong relationships? Effective communication leads to positive outcomes. Learn about your individual approach and gain powerful perspectives and tools to improve the way you handle difficult conversations and create resolutions to move everyone forward. This session will be led by author and consultant, Tami Gaines, who earned five-star ratings facilitating the 2011 board support workshop. The interactive work will give participants the confidence to deal with difficult conversations promptly, with less stress and anxiety and with greater successful outcomes. From before the conversation, during, and after, participants will receive real-world guidance on using our proven process for having the most challenging communications. You will also have the opportunity to practice 'difficult conversations' during role plays set within a safe, supportive training environment.

Facilitator:

  • Tami C. Gaines, principal, Sage Enterprises LLC, Montclair, NJ

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Salons BC

General Session
Funding, Financing & Revenue Sources*
Ideas that are catching-on across the country: summary of 2011-2012 board member/CEO webinar series

Join this session to hear the highlights of ideas presented via webinar by board members and CEOs from systems in Atlanta GA, Los Angeles CA, Grand Rapids MI, Denver CO, Denton County TX, Philadelphia PA, Tampa FL, Seattle WA, San Diego CA, Pittsburgh PA, and the Washington DC area – plus officials from organizations such as the Federal Transit Administration and the Center for Transportation Excellence.  This summary includes income sources from  property tax, vehicle registration fees, road tolls, state commissions, sales tax and borrowing from its future revenue stream, contracting services, the Federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA)  loan program, public-private partnerships (PPPs), station naming rights, and more. 

Share ideas from your organization with your colleagues in an open exchange during the lunch time discussions to follow. For APTA members, the webinar PowerPoints and audio MP3 files are now available at www.apta.com in the Resource Library.

Presenter:
Arthur Guzzetti
, Vice President-Policy, APTA

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Valdosta

Board Support Luncheon

Keynote Speaker:

  • Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., general manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Known and respected industry wide, Dr. Scott will talk with board support staff members about how to be an effective leader in the transit industry.  She will share her thoughts and experience about how to  work with other leaders, such as members of a board of directors.  Enjoy this is a unique opportunity for a candid conversation.

2 – 4:30 p.m.
Valdosta

Developing the Behavior of a Leader

Supporting those you lead

Once the foundation of leadership has been developed, creating behaviors that support those being led is the natural next step. This module will focus on leading and empowering others to reach organizational goals whether they are management, colleagues or subordinates. Participants will receive information and tools that are immediately actionable in any situation.

Presenter:

  • Tami C. Gaines, principal, Sage Enterprises, LLC, Montclair, NJ
6 – 9 p.m.

Georgia Aquarium Tour and Dinner

Enjoy the world's largest aquarium!  MARTA has arranged for transit board members, board support staff, and their guests to enjoy a very special evening inside the Georgia Aquarium. Buses will leave the hotel at 5:30 p.m. near the door at Andrew Young International Drive.  Returning, buses will leave the aquarium at 9 p.m.  For those who need to leave earlier, a small van will be stationed at the aquarium.

6-7 p.m.  Private Self-Guided Tour:  See the underwater viewing tunnel, endangered species through the largest aquarium viewing window in North America.

7-9 p.m.  Catered Dinner:  Wolfgang Puck Catering will serve a delicious dinner in the unique Arctic Room with its floor-to-ceiling window into the beluga whale talk.  Make sure you say hello - they'll be expecting you.

For a preview, www.georgiaaquarium.org

Monday, July 23, 2012

7:30 – 9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9 – 10:15 a.m.
and
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Valdosta

Developing the Skills of a Leader Part 1

Public speaking

Successfully leading other people requires certain skills that ensure their own and their team’s success. This interactive workshop will teach participants the art and science of public speaking, interacting with your audience, and answering difficult questions.

Presenter:

  • Tami C. Gaines, principal, Sage Enterprises, LLC, Montclair, NJ

12 – 1:30 p.m.

Public Transportation Pays Off:  Making a POSITIVE difference
Best practices for opportunities in job creation, business development, and leveling the playing field

For every $1 billion invested in public transportation, more than 36,000 jobs are supported. Public transportation provides jobs with good wages that stay in local communities and supports local businesses, including small businesses.  Investment in public transportation flows to private-sector transit industry manufacturers and their suppliers.  This panel will share best practices that create, expand, and monitor partnerships with local businesses that lead to the creation and retention of local jobs. Topics include discussion of outreach, certification, mentor/protégé programs, and technical assistance.  Join this luncheon program to hear more about how increased transit investments revitalizes business districts and leads to future economic vitality.  See how board members have taken the lead in promoting growth.

Moderator:       
Huelon A. Harrison, chair, Business Member Small Business Committee, APTA, vice chair, American Public Transportation Foundation, and principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX

Panelists:
Rosa Navajar, chair, Awards Committee and secretary, Transit Board Members Committee, APTA, and vice chair, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX

Alvin J. Nichols, board member, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

The Honorable Amna Seibold, Mayor, East Grand Rapids, and board member, Interurban Transit Partnership, Grand Rapids, MI

Barbara Peery, consultant, Khafra Engineering, Atlanta, GA

 
Luncheon sponsored by S.L. King Technologies and Hands On Management LLC.

1:30 – 4 p.m.
Valdosta

Developing the Skills of a Leader Part 2

Public speaking

Continuing the morning’s work, registrants will repeat their presentations following the guidance offered by group members and trainer. This workshop will offer experience in the art and science of public speaking, interacting with your audience, and answering difficult questions.

Presenter:

  • Tami C. Gaines, principal, Sage Enterprises, LLC, Montclair, NJ

4:15 – 5 p.m.
Valdosta

Developing the Mind of a Leader, Introduction

Rebirth of Soul™

Leaders have a very specific mindset that allows them to lead themselves. If we ever hope to be effective leaders of others, we must first be effective leaders of ourselves. This module will introduce participants to ideas on the self-direction and self-motivation needed to achieve maximum performance. We will focus on the process of overcoming challenges using The Rebirth of Soul™ process.

Presenter:

  • Tami C. Gaines, principal, Sage Enterprises, LLC, Montclair, NJ
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Grand Foyer

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
and
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Valdosta

Developing the Mind of a Leader, Intermediate Training

Achieving top performance

Leaders have a very specific mindset that allows them to lead themselves. If we ever hope to be effective leaders of others, we must first be effective leaders of ourselves. This module will help participants establish the self-direction and self-motivation needed to achieve maximum performance. We will focus on the process of overcoming challenges using The Rebirth of Soul™ process.

Presenter:

  • Tami C. Gaines, principal, Sage Enterprises, LLC, Montclair, NJ

11:30 – 11:45 p.m.
Valdosta

Wrap-Up and Close

Best ways of relating training to your job

Participants will discuss their priorities and ‘Aha’ moments to remember back at work with their board members, CEOs, staff, and the public.

Presenter:

  • Tami C. Gaines, principal, Sage Enterprises, LLC, Montclair, NJ

12 – 2 p.m.
Grand Salons BC

General Luncheon*
Transit Governance and Operations in the Megaregion: A Look Forward

Public transportation opportunities to link metropolitan areas

This keynote presentation will address the development and management of transit services across, within and between metropolitan areas.  It will encompass extended regions and examine market opportunities for transit in providing seamless transport within and between cities in large metropolitan areas, or across borders or geographic jurisdictions in a new expanded region or megaregion.  These extended regions require transit agencies to rethink governance, technology, operations, and transit finance.

Ross has worked with government, corporate, and nonprofit organizations on research projects in transportation and infrastructure, as well as regional science (megaregions). She is the author of Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness, Island Press, 2009, and serves as principal investigator on a number of research efforts funded by the United States Department of Transportation to assess the impact of megaregions on both the methodological and operations of current transportation planning practice and administration. She consulted with the Obama administration on the first ever White House Office of Urban Affairs and is on the Board of Directors of the Auto Club Group. She served as the first Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and is a former board member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority.

 

Presenter:

  • Dr. Catherine L. Ross, deputy director, National Center for Transportation Productivity and Management, Harry West Professor of City and Regional Planning, and director, Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Invitation to 2013 Transit Board Members Seminar & Board Support Employee Development Workshop

Beverly S. Silas, board member, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX 

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