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 Regional Organizational Development Workshops

The Organizational Development Subcommittee of the APTA Workforce Resources Committee is leading regional workshops for Organizational Development (OD) professionals in the transit industry. The OD Workshops are a great opportunity for those who work within the areas of employee recruitment, retention, training and development, to build a network and share best practices and resources. The workshops identify current efforts in the regions and elicit needs for support in an effort to continue the workforce conversation. In addition to the review of critical workforce issues, a plan for continuing the regional dialogue is crafted. 
The OD Workshops are being held regionally because we recognize that oftentimes OD Practitioners do not have the opportunity to travel to national conferences. 
Workshops highlight four areas of workforce development: 
  • Diversity
  • Veterans and Underserved Populations (homeless, incarcerated, returning to workforce)
  • Workforce Development programs 
  • Internships / Apprenticeships 
Workshop Goals:
  • To engage OD professionals in APTA workforce activities 
  • To highlight best practices 
  • To identify critical issues faced by transit agencies
  • To develop a plan of action
  • To craft a framework for regional support networks 
  • To help members attract, develop, and train a diverse workforce
  • Dr. Barbara K. Gannon, Chair, Workforce Development Subcommittee, Principal, Gannon Consult
​Past Workshops:
Midwest Region: February 28, 2017 (Chicago Transit Authority)
  1. Link to the Chicago Women in Trades Site:
  2. Link to the Morgan Stanley Shared Autonomy video
  3. Link to the CTA Second Chance Program site
  4. Transportation Learning Center (TLC) Apprenticeship Initiative Fact Sheet
  5. TLC Veterans Crosswalk Fact Sheet
  6. TLC Veterans Crosswalk Database
Southwest Region: September 9, 2016 (Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA)
Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region: May 24, 2016 (APTA Headquarters, Washington, DC)
If you have questions regarding the OD Workshops, please contact Lindsey Robertson, Sr. Program Manager - Workforce Development at
or 202-496-4818
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