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 Sponsoring Organization Commitment - Leadership APTA Class of 2014

An older man speaks with a microphone as five other men and women sitting next to him in a panel discussion listen.

December 2012 Executive Panel Session with Susan Van Buren (SEPTA), Doran Barnes (Foothill Transit), Susannah Kerr Adler (URS) and Jennifer Mouchantaf (VRE)

General managers, presidents, CEOs sponsoring candidates recognize that sending participants to Leadership APTA is extremely valuable to their organizations. Since the first Leadership APTA Class of 1998, leaders in the public transportation industry from both public agencies and private businesses have watched their investments in this program return great dividends.

The executive leadership of sponsoring organizations understands that their commitment and support means allowing their Leadership APTA participant to attend the required workshops and conferences:

  • December 2013 workshop session
  • 2014 APTA Legislative Conference and class workshop
  • July 2014 workshop session
  • 2014 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO that honors the graduating class and features them at committee meetings, conference sessions, and their graduation program to present their leadership projects

The Leadership APTA Committee highly recommends that incoming class members attend the APTA 2013 Annual Meeting, including related class workshops and orientation programs.

These executive leaders recognize that their Leadership APTA participants will spend time over the year, from March to September, working on their projects and will participate in related conference calls, online meetings, and web-based events. Upon graduation, Class of 2014 members will also serve as program coaches and mentors for the incoming Class of 2015.

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 supports 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. 

One of the goals of Leadership APTA is to develop future leaders of APTA. APTA strongly recommends that each sponsoring organization actively support at least one additional year of APTA committee involvement from its Leadership APTA participant after he/she graduates from the program.

APTA thanks and recognizes our industry members who leverage their Leadership APTA graduates as valued leaders within their organizations and the industry.

Pictured, left to right: Stephen Beard, Senior Vice President, Director Transit Market Sector, HDR Engineering, Inc., and chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Richard Sarles, general manager, WMATA; Diana Mendes, AICP, senior vice president, AECOM; Milo Victoria, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, OMNITRANS; Alice Wiggins-Tolbert, Director- Project Development, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and member, APTA Executive Committee; Joe Alexander, President, The Alexander Group, and past chair, APTA.

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