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 Planned Events & Activities - Leadership APTA Class of 2014

Key events and activities:

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Class of 2012 tour electric bus at Foothill Transit during July 2012 Capstone session.

  • September 2013 online meeting prior to 2013 APTA Annual Meeting. (highly recommended)
  • APTA 2013 Annual Meeting: Customized workshop sessions, orientation programs for Leadership APTA Class of 2014 including sessions with graduating class; participation in committee meetings, conference sessions; introduction of Leadership APTA Class of 2014 during Class of 2013 graduation program, full participation in the 2013 APTA Annual Meeting. (highly recommended)
  • Four-day December 2013 workshop session. (required)
  • Full participation in APTA’s March 2014 Legislative Conference. (required)
  • Leadership APTA workshops held in conjunction with APTA’s March 2014 Legislative Conference. (required)
  • Five-day July 2014 workshop session. (required)
  • Full participation in team assignments, related work, and completion of team-based leadership projects on industry topics selected by class members. (required)
  • Online meetings and teleconference calls scheduled during the year. (required)
  • Delivery of class leadership project presentations and reports given in conjunction with APTA committee meetings, conference sessions, and class graduation program at the 2014 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO. (required)
  • New this year: One of the goals of Leadership APTA is to develop future leaders of APTA. The Leadership APTA program now requires that each sponsoring organization actively support at least one additional year of APTA involvement from its Leadership APTA participant immediately upon graduation through work on APTA committees, task forces, or special projects. (required)

Program curricula, workshops, and events:

Throughout the year-long program and events, participants will have numerous opportunities to talk with APTA’s executives; private sector and transit agency leaders; national, state, and local officials; international and local labor leaders; and communications, media, workforce development, negotiations, diversity, and leadership experts.

Over the course of the program year, APTA and industry leaders will direct workshops on the evolving role of today’s executive leaders. Participants will benefit from highly customized and robust workshop sessions on presentation and communication skills, developing and maintaining professional relationships, community building, procurement models and practices, media relations, labor relations, business ethics, negotiations and decision making, workplace diversity, work-life balance, career development, APTA and industry involvement, and much more.

Additional workshop discussion topics will include areas such as federal and local legislation, funding sources, labor/management relations, strategic planning, sustainable practices, building and developing local, national and international relationships and networks, workforce development, leadership development, and its related challenges.

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Class of 2012 visit Los Angeles' Union Station during July 2012 Capstone Session.

Project teams will finalize their project topics and begin working on their leadership project assignments, one of the aspects of the program, at the March 2014 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. They subsequently will conduct industry interviews, related research, and deliver their project team presentations at the July 2014 session and at the October 2014 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Houston. Project teams also produce a related paper that supports their presentations. Class member presentations and papers are promoted to our membership and the industry and are showcased on the Leadership APTA web site.

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