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American Public Transportation Association

 2015 Transit Board Members & Board Support Seminar Program

APTA's Transit Board Members & Board Support Seminar is offered exclusively to governing board members and  administrative support staff for boards and commissions of APTA-member public transportation systems. The seminar will be July 18 - 21, 2015 at The Grand Hyatt, 1750 Welton St, in downtown Denver, CO and hosted by Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver, CO.

NOTE: The Board Support Seminar is approved for 1.1 CMC Experience Point or 1.1 MMC Advanced Education Point by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).

IMPORTANT! All events are being held in the Atrium Tower, adjacent to the Grand Hyatt. To access the Atrium Tower, exit the hotel from the main lobby via the revolving doors to the valet drive. Cross the Porte Cochere and enter into the Atrium Tower building (attached to Starbucks). Proceed to the far set of elevators across the Atrium and select Level 2. A second set of elevators will access the 38th Floor (Pinnacle Club).​

* Denotes sessions and events for both board members and board support staff 

 Last updated July 14, 2015

TRANSIT BOARD MEMBERS  BOARD SUPPORT STAFF
SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2015

9 a.m. -
4 p.m.    

Pikes Peak,
2nd Floor, 
Atrium Tower

Registration*

10 -
11:30 a.m.

Mt. Elbert, 
2nd Floor, 
Atrium Tower

 

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 your board member and board support colleagues. 

Presenter:

Facilitators:

  • Douglas Lecato, Chair, APTA Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee, and Secretary-Treasurer, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Lansing, MI
  • Kelly Schmidt, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, Rochester, NY
11:30 a.m. -
1 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:15 -
2:15 p.m.

Mt. Elbert,
2nd Floor, 
Atrium Tower

APTA Chair & President's Round Table*
The national perspective 

As public transportation systems advocate for reauthorization of the federal surface transportation legislation, join APTA's chair and president in a conversation about the association's initiatives. Come with questions, comments, and direction to guide APTA's work on behalf of board members and public transit agencies. 

Presenters: 

  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority,
    Los Angeles, CA
     
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, APTA, Washington, DC

2:30 -
4:30 p.m.

Mt. Elbert,
2nd Floor, 
Atrium Tower


 

Transit Board Members Committee Meeting & Election of Officers

Chair, Dr. Valarie J. McCall

You are welcome to attend this meeting, one of three convened each year - during this July seminar, in conjunction with the APTA Annual Meeting in September/October, and the Legislative Conference in March. The election of committee officers will be held at this meeting. According to the committee bylaws, candidates must submit a letter of intent and a letter of support from their board chair (unless they chair their board) to APTA 30 days prior to the election. The chair, vice chair, and secretary positions are all open.

 


 


 

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Mt. Evans, 
2nd Floor, 
Atrium Tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 



 


 


4 - 5:30 p.m.

 

 


 


 

5:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Today’s Presiding Officer: Gina Estrada, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX


Tricks of the Trade – PechaKucha Style

First created in Tokyo, PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where the presenters typically show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images are set to advance automatically so speakers stay right within their allotted time.

We are particularly excited about using this format to share our “tricks of the trade” where you will hear in five-minute presentations, seven of your peers sharing their best “tricks” with you! This is a quick, exciting and interactive format that gets your brain working overtime and generates many questions.

Presenters:

  • Rebecca O. Cruz, Co-Chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and Board of Trustees Support Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Gina Estrada, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison,
    Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Roberta Boomer​, Vice Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee, and Board Secretary, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Nancy K. Johnson, Director, Office of Board Support, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Kelly Schmidt​, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Service, Rochester, NY
  • Beth Vidaurri, Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee, and Manager of the Executive Office, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX
     
Board Support Subcommittee Meeting
Chair, Beth Vidaurri
 
This meeting is open to ALL members of the subcommittee. Come and have your voice heard. Make a difference in the direction and initiatives undertaken. Hear what has been accomplished and is planned for the rest of the year. Share your ideas! This is one of three meetings held during the year.
 
 
Board Support Orientation 101
Vice Chair, Roberta Boomer
 
Foundation and tools to do the best job supporting the board
 
When you start a new job as a board support staff member, it can seem overwhelming and one wonders if there is anyone to ask for help. This orientation will provide an overview of what goes into the job of supporting a board of directors or commissioners, various functions, and coping strategies. It will provide a foundation and tools to help you do the best job possible.

6 - 7 p.m.

Mt. Elbert,
2nd Floor, 
Atrium Tower

Welcoming Reception*

Mix it up, renew friendships, and network with new colleagues at this high-energy gathering that is sure to set the tone for learning more about public transportation and continuing to develop your leadership style.

6:45 - 9 p.m.

Board Support Dutch-Treat Dinner

Join your board support colleagues in this Dutch-treat dinner at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street.
Meet in the Grand Hyatt lobby at 6:45 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2015


 

 

Today's Presiding Officers:

Board Members: Dr. Valarie J. McCall,  Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; and Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Board Support: Rebecca O. Cruz, Co-Chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and Board of Trustees Support Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

7:30 a.m. -
12 p.m.
 

Crystal Peak C,
38th Floor, 
Atrium Tower

Registration*

7:30 -
8:30 a.m.
 

Capitol Peak Ballroom Foyer, 38th Floor, 
Atrium Tower

Continental Breakfast*

8:30 -
9:45 a.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom,
38th Floor, 
Atrium Tower

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: America's Future is Riding on Public Transportation*
Warm welcomes from RTD 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. And it's the people - employees, customers, board members, and everyone in your community - we have to thank. Come join this session to discuss industry priorities and governance practices, and hear from our host the Regional Transportation District.

Presiding:

  • Dr. Valarie J. McCall, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Transit Board Members Committee; and Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Welcoming Remarks

  • The Honorable Steve Hogan, Mayor, City of Aurora, CO
  • The Honorable Sue Horn, Chair, Colorado Metro Mayors Caucus, and Mayor, City of Bennett, CO
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, State Director for Senator Michael Bennett, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Charles L. Sisk, Chair, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Beth Vidaurri, Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee, and Manager of the Executive Office, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, APTA, Washington, DC 

10 -
11:45 a.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom,
38th Floor,
Atrium Tower

The Strategic Importance of Transit to Revitalization of Communities and Economic Growth

The continued growth of public transportation is a critical part of our country's economic viability. As ridership increases due to more federal and state investments, public transportation is growing at a fast pace and it is contributing to the revitalization of entire communities in major areas of the country, such as Denver. The local economy is being boosted, as public transportation provides essential access to jobs. This session will share how successful public transportation projects keep downtown communities thriving and a focus for commerce, jobs, retail, and culture.

Facilitator:

  • ​Charles L. Sisk, Chair, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Presenter:

  • Rick Garcia, Regional Administrator, Region VIII, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC 

12 - 1:30 p.m.

LUNCH: 
Capitol Peak Ballroom Foyer, 38th Floor, 
Atrium Tower 
      and
Mt. Elbert Foyer,
2nd Floor, 
Atrium Tower

 

 

​Mt. Elbert B,
2nd Floor, 
Atrium Tower 

 

Crystal Peak B,
38th Floor, 
Atrium Tower​
 

 

 


 

Mt. Elbert B,
2nd Floor, 
Atrium Tower 


 


 

 1:30 - 2 p.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom,
38th Floor, 
Atrium Tower

Board Members Lunch
Discussion by System Size

Views, discussions & insights

Join group discussions organized by the size of your transit agency.


 

 

 

Small Systems, 100 or fewer buses

Facilitator:
Mary H. Rocha, Board Member, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Antioch, CA

 

Mid-Sized Systems, 101 to 500 buses

Facilitator:
Andre Gibson, Region III Representative, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Engagement & Membership Subcommittee; and Board Vice Chairman, Memphis Area Transit Authority, Memphis, TN

 

Large (500+ vehicles) or Multimodal Systems

Facilitator:
Lester Bryant, Vice Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Engagement & Membership Subcommittee and Board Trustee,
VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX

 

Report-outs of System Size Discussions

The facilitators of the discussions will report to the entire group of board members the issues that were raised, how APTA can be of help, and the best ways to engage more board members in the national association.

12 - 2 p.m.

Crystal Peak A, 38th Floor, 
Atrium Tower 

 

 

Board Support Luncheon:
The Blind Side of Communication

Director Claudia Folska was elected to the RTD Board in 2012 as the first visually impaired board member. Director Folska has never allowed her inability to see affect her vision and has become an over-achiever by navigating in the dark. Dr. Folska will discuss the “blind side of communication” -- essential principles of communication (awareness, verbal interpretation, non-verbal interpretation, listening and adapting); how to compensate when one or more of these elements are missing; tools used by the RTD Board office to assist Director Folska during meetings; and providing ADA accessible documents through paperless packets.
 
Presenter: Claudia Folska, Ph.D., Director, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Group photo to be taken

2:15 -
3:30 p.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom,
38th Floor, 
Atrium Tower 

The Complex Factors of Hiring a New CEO:
The Role of the Board in Succession Planning

One of the most important aspects of the board members' role is hiring new leadership for the transit agency. With the fast-paced environment, heavy responsibility level, and public scrutiny, choosing the right candidate is very complex. The board members' role in the hiring process needs to be clear and concise to ensure the decision-making process remains transparent and effective. With the short leadership span of most CEOs, board members will often be part of several executive searches, so ensuring they are well equipped to handle the responsibility is key.

This session will highlight the board members' role in the process, share the skills necessary to move through the deliberations with ease and prioritize the tasks necessary to get the job done quickly and correctly, and hire the right candidate for the job. 

Moderator: 

David M. Stackrow Sr., CPA, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; and Chairman, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

Presenters:

  • Mortimer L. Downey, III, Chair, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and President, Mort Downey Consulting LLC, Vienna, VA 
  • Kevin J. Holzendorf, Vice Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee, and Board Secretary, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Kim Daughtry, Board Member, Community Transit, Snohomish County, WA
  • Dr. Maxine Wortham, Member, APTA Board of Directors, and Vice Chair, Board of Trustees & Chairperson of Program Development, Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, Peoria, IL 

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Crystal Peak A,
38th Floor, 
Atrium Tower

 

Technology in the Board Office

This course will discuss technology applications, exploring initiatives and the increasing challenges in the world of managing information in the face of public scrutiny and transparency. The course will instruct and aid participants in utilizing the simplest efficiencies brought about through web-based communications, applications, and the increased need to deliver services in a microwave society. 
 
Presenter: 
Susan M. Phillips, MMC, City Clerk, City of Greenwood Village, CO

3:45 - 5 p.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom,
38th Floor,
Atrium Tower

The Board's Role in Goal Setting & Performance Evaluations of the GM/CEO

A quintessential responsibility of board members is to create a productive work environment where the CEO and General Manager has clear strategic direction, is empowered to make decisions, and an effective mechanism in place that provides ongoing feedback between the board and leadership that moves the agency forward. In this session, we will explore how small, medium, and large transit properties are working with their leadership on goal setting and performance evaluation processes. 

Moderator:

  • Frederick L. Daniels Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Immediate Past Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; and Treasurer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Presenters:

  • Gary S. Giovanetti, Board Member,
    San Joaquin Regional Transit Di
    strict, Stockton, CA
  • Beverly S. Silas, Vice Chair, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority,
    Austin, TX
  • Kent Bagley, Chair, RTD GM Oversight and Performance Management Committee, and Board Director, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Board Director, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

4 - 5:15 p.m.

Crystal Peak A,
38th Floor,
Atrium Tower 


 

 

Agenda & Minutes, Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

Do your board meetings run past midnight? Does your board have several emergency items every meeting? Does your board spend the first 10 minutes of every meeting on the minutes from the last meeting? This course is designed to provide tools and tricks for creating agendas and minutes efficiently and effectively. Develop an agenda workflow process to assist in getting your agendas out the door on time. Learn the different components of an agenda and discuss the various types of minutes. 
 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the various components of an agenda
  • Identify the different types of minutes and the pros and cons of each type
  • Create a workflow for agenda items from conception to agenda ready
  • Become part of the solution in streamlining your meetings
  • Evaluate the different mediums for creating your agenda
  • Have fun!

Presenter: 
Laura Bauer, CMC, City Clerk, City of Commerce City, CO

 

 

6 - 9 p.m.

Colorado Hoedown BBQ at Coors Field* 

Shuttles will depart from the front of hte hotel at 18th & Welton Street starting at 5:30 p.m.

Come experience our western roots with a good ole-fashioned BBQ hoedown at Coors Field, home of the beloved Colorado Rockies baseball team. Test your skills in the batting cage and enjoy interactive games. Dress comfortably in your western gear.

Sponsored by Jacobs and First Transitfirst transit.jpgJacobs.png

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2015


 

 

Today's Presiding Officers:

Board Members: Carol Herrera, Secretary, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and Executive Board Chair, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

Board Support: Karen Darr, Co-Chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and Clerk of the Board, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Lancaster, CA

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom Foyer, 38th Floor, Atrium Tower

Continental Breakfast*

8:30 - 10 a.m. 

Capitol Peak Ballroom,
38th Floor, Atrium Tower

Transit as a Catalyst for Development

The transformation of Denver Union Station and surrounding property has brought billions of dollars of development and created a sprawling new transit hub at the center of Denver. In the years ahead, Union Station and its connecting transit lines are expected to draw new businesses and thousands of jobs.

This session will explore how public transit has changed the landscape in transit-oriented development communities, affordable housing, and livable communities. How cities are developing their growth plans around transit access and how transit boards can promote transit as a catalyst for development.

Moderator: 

  • Jim Durrett, Director, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Presenters: 

  • Tom Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, and Executive Vice President, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver, CO
  • Troy Gladwell, Founder & Principal,
    Medici Communities-Affordable Housing, Denver, CO
  • Frank Cannon, President, Union Station Neighborhood Company, Denver, CO
  • Aaron Miripol, President & CEO, Urban Land Conservancy, Denver, CO
  • Mark Deven, City Manager, City of Arvada, CO

8:30 a.m. -
12 p.m.

Crystal Peak A,
38th Floor,
Atrium Tower
 


 


 


 

Is it Personal or Personality? Navigating Differences to Build Bridges of Respect - Part 1 (IIMC Credits) 

Perhaps you’ve completed some sort of personality assessment instrument in the past. There are many out there which increase our self-awareness of who we are, how we think, our behavioral profiles and what makes us “tick.” In Part 1 of this program, you will use a short assessment that will help you uncover your personality style and how it affects your communication patterns. Through interactive exercises, you’ll visually discover how your communication style may conflict with other styles. You’ll discover how to bridge gaps with your colleagues (or your boss) by changing the way you interact with them. Once you key into clues about what style of communication the other person prefers, you’ll be able to build communication bridges with others. This is a fun and interactive session that will stay with you beyond the conference…!

Outcomes & Objectives:
At the end of this interactive session, you will:
1. Gain a better awareness of their own personality characteristics and how these impact their productivity and relationships
2. Have an increased awareness of different personality types
3. Learn skills to better communicate with different personality types
4. Increase your respect quotient when working with others, positively impacting your professional reputation

Major Topics Covered:
Self-awareness, awareness of others, interpersonal communication, respectful workplace

Presenter: 
Karen Main, Innovations in Training, LLC, Denver, CO 

​10 - 10:15 ​​a.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom Foyer,
38th Floor, Atrium Tower

​Break*​


 

10:30 a.m. -
12 p.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom,
38th Floor, Atrium Tower

Fundamentals of Transit Financing - Transit Dollars & Sense 

As a board member you encounter various types of financing options and must decide the most efficient and effective method for your agency (i.e. bonding and  funding sources, including local and federal). This session is intended to de-mystify agency financing, and look at the various financing mechanisms and recovery methods.   

Moderator:

  • Jeff Walker, Region V Representative,
    APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and Secretary, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Presenters: 

  • Blair Anderson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Finance, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
  • Marla L. Lien, General Counsel, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Maria Garcia Berry, Campaign Manager for FasTracks-Sales Tax Ballot Referendum, and CEO CRL Associates, Inc., Denver, CO


 


 

 

​12 p.m.  ​Lunch Options based on Tour Schedule ​12:15 p.m. ​Meet in hotel lobby to board shuttle for RTD site visit/lunch

12 - 5 p.m.

 

 

 

RTD Host Tours & Lunch Options

RTD is offering three tours; slots for each tour are limited to 40 persons. Please register in advance at the host information desk for the tour of your choice.

TOUR 1: Transit Oriented Communities and Flavors of BRT

Meet in the lobby at 12 p.m. The group will walk to the LRT at 18th and Stout Street at 12:05 p.m. The LRT train departs at 12:13 p.m.

The tour begins with a case study of D4 community development along the light rail corridor at Alameda Station. The developer will share the story of the collaboration, between the City of Denver, RTD, and DURA, that went into creating this community project, including a major drainage system and street development. Then transfer to RTD's branded BRT bus (Flatiron Flyer) for a BRT expedition that takes you from a light BRT to the U.S. 36 corridor that offers a variety of BRT features. Along the way, the host will discuss the collaboration that occurs between RTD and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Boxed lunches will be provided at Alameda Station. Estimated tour time: 5 hours

 

TOUR 2: West Line Tour - An Urban Renaissance Story

Meet in the front of hte hotel at 18th & Welton Street at 12:05 p.m. The shuttle departs at
12:15 p.m.

The West Line is the first rail corridor opening where light rail goes directly through residential communities. As a result of transit, this community is starting to rebound with revitalization projects, urban renewal, neighborhood improvements, and community engagement. Come along as our host highlights education, safety mitigation, sound noise barriers, and community engagement aspects of this project. We will stop off at the Arroyo Village (Delores Project), a homeless and battered shelter development, at Knox Court to hear how access to mass transit has assisted the transit dependent.
Lunch provided in the  food court at the Wynkoop Brewery. Estimated tour time: 4-1/2 hours


TOUR 3: Transportation Anchors: From Denver International Airport (DIA) Hub to Denver Union Station (DUS) Multi-modal Mega Center

Meet in the front of hte hotel at 18th & Welton Street at 12:05 p.m. The shuttle departs at
12:15 p.m.

The Denver Metropolitan area is anchored on two sides, from the Denver International Airport in the east to Denver Union Station, which is centrally located. Both of these projects are mega projects creating employment opportunity and economic growth throughout the region. Obtaining funding required creativity and innovation. As funding sources dry up, transit agencies will continue to be challenged on how to fund transit projects and become creative and innovative in our approach. Public-private-partnerships and communal collaboration efforts provide an answer to creating new sources of revenue. Come on this crème de la crème tour as we journey along the route where corridors were funded from unsolicited proposals and collaboration between municipalities. See the famed DIA-transit/hotel center using commuter rail to connect downtown DUS multimodal Center with the Denver airport.

This tour offers the full experience of how creative financing was used on transit projects to connect communities across the metropolitan area. The tour will start at DIA, include segments of the I-225 corridor, that was funded by an unsolicited proposal, and conclude at the DUS mega transit hub.
Boxed lunches will be provided as your board the bus. Estimated tour time: 5 hours

**Appropriate dress required - long sleeves, flat closed-toe shoes, no shorts or skirts. Safety gear will be given at the airport. 

12:30 -
1 p.m.

 

1 - 2:30p.m.
 

 


 


 


 


 



2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


 


 


 

 

2:45 - 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

3:15 - 5 p.m.

Lunch 
Sponsored by The Rios Group
 

Agenda and Minutes Preparation in Denver

Board support staff members will visit the RTD Administrative Office, where all board meetings are held. Participate in a demonstration highlighting the paperless packet software used to put the meeting packets and minutes together, and tour the RTD Board office.

Presenters:

  • Erin Klaas, Co-Chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and Senior Board Office Assistant, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Barbara G. McManus, Board Office Administrator, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
 
Collaboration - How We Can Make it Work
 
Be a part of the solution, see what changes are being planned for the APTA Board Support collaboration page. Will the presenters motivate you to use the site?
 
Presenters:
  • Jill Boltz, CMC, Clerk of the Board, Kitsap Transit, Bremerton, WA
  • Jose Reyes, Executive Assistant, APTA, Washington, DC 
Delivering Your Message:  A Template for Effective Board Presentations (Board Communications)
 
Have you or your staff been asked to make a presentation to your board of directors? Is your first thought: where do I begin or what kind of information should I include? Your presentation materials and how you deliver that material are crucial to getting your message across effectively. This session will help you prepare information, and will include tips on messaging, examples of do’s and don’ts, and a template for creating effective presentations.
 

Presenter:
Jennifer Green-Ellison​, Board Corporate Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

 

Denver Union Station Walking Tour/Scavenger Hunt/Poker Run

See the sights, strategize, and try your hand at poker all at one time. 

What used to be an abandoned rail yard in Downtown Denver is now a complete transit experience, and a significant architectural icon, too! Tour RTD’s Union Station Transit Center that offers, light rail, Amtrak, and (soon) commuter rail transportation, in addition to restaurants, retail, and the Crawford Hotel.

Participants will be divided into teams for the scavenger hunt/poker run. Teams will get clues and draw a card at each checkpoint, and at the end of the line the winning hand gets first prize! Learn about Denver Union Station all while getting to know your board support subcommittee members! 

Hosts:  

  • Erin Klaas, Co-Chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and Senior Board Office Assistant, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Barbara G. McManus, Board Office Administrator, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO 


 

 


 

 

6 - 8 p.m.

A Taste of Denver Union Station Reception*

Guests will walk 1.5 blocks from the hotel to the 16th Street Mall to catch the shuttle. The shuttes are accessible and run every
 5 minutes.

Housed in the historic restored Denver Union Station building, the Denver Union Station Grand Hall provides a flavor of all things Colorado. The Grand Hall houses Amtrak check-in as well as the boutique Crawford Hotel named after Dana Crawford, a Denver historian and preservation icon. It is often referred to as the "community living room" due to its eclectic restaurants, gathering places, comfortable ambiance, and historic decor. This facility, which a decade ago was an abandoned rail yard, is now the center of a downtown renaissance.  

Sponsored by LTK Engineering Services, Inc.       ltk.jpg

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2015

 

Today's Presiding Officers:

Board Members: David M. Stackrow Sr., CPA, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; and Chairman, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

Board Support: Erin Klaas, Co-Chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and Senior Board Office Assistant, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

​7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom Foyer, 
38th Floor, Atrium Tower


 

Continental Breakfast*

8:30 -
10 a.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom,
38th Floor, Atrium Tower

It’s All About Advocacy: How to Engage Millennials in Public Transportation

The millennial generation is lauded as the most diverse generation in American history. Access to technology, multimodal options, and starting careers during stressful economic times, this generation is interested in livable communities where they can work, play, and live. Understanding the millennial mindset about public transportation and what it will take to attract and retain them is crucial to public transportation's long-term ridership goals. Please join us for an exciting session of millennials who will share their own perspectives and provide guidance for the future.

Moderator:

  • Dr. John C. Spychalski, Chairman,
    Centre Area Transportation Authority,
    State College, PA

Panelists:

  • Alex Glaser, Senior Research Advisor, Harbor Research, Denver, CO
  • Kendra Sandoval, Principal, Sandoval & Sandoval, LLC, Denver,CO
  • Shyretta Hudnall, BeWell Coordinator, Stapleton Foundation, Denver, CO
  • David Michael Stackrow Jr., Army Junior Reserve Office - Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, and College Student, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 

8:30 a.m.  - 
12 p.m.

Crystal Peak A,
38th Floor, Atrium Tower


 


 


 


 

 


 


 

“Why is she calling yet another meeting?” “Why does he communicate only by voice mail?” “Why can’t I get him to return my phone calls?” “I’m baffled by her inability to look me in the eye.” -- Part 2 (IIMC Credits)

If you’ve ever thought one or more of the above statements when interacting with a peer (or boss) at work, then this workshop is for you! As if communication wasn’t complicated enough by personality differences, there are also distinct differences in how Gen X'ers, Baby Boomers, and Generation Y communicate. The most skilled communicators are the ones who recognize distinct communication patterns early on and adapt their style to the other. Come and test your current knowledge about generational differences in this fast-paced workshop which features music, quizzes, and interaction.

Outcomes & Objectives:
At the end of this interactive session, 
you will:

• Understand generational differences in communication
• Appreciate the cultural and historical influencers behind these differences
• Gain skills to adapt your preferences to meet the needs of different generations at work, at home, or in your community

Major Topics Covered:
Self-awareness, awareness of others, interpersonal communication, respectful workplace

Presenter:
Karen Main, Innovations in Training, LLC, Denver, CO

10 - 10:15 a.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom Foyer,
38th Floor, Atrium Tower

​​Break* ​ ​

10:15 a.m.
- 12 p.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom,
38th Floor, Atrium Tower

The ADA Timeline: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Supporting Where We Are Going!

Take a timeline tour and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. Learn what transit authorities have done and continue to do to support the disabled community with transit and beyond. Understanding the benefits and opportunities the ADA has brought to society and how we can prepare and support these ongoing efforts is so important. This session will share a few key perspectives that highlight the history of the ADA, current infrastructure and necessary upgrades, balancing the costs, rides-to-wellness, transitioning riders, and how the access to jobs is crucial.

Moderator: 

  • Douglas Lecato, Chair, APTA Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee, and Secretary-Treasurer, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Lansing, MI

Presenters:

  • Denise A. Figueroa, Board Member, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
  • Mary J. Saenz, MS, C.R.C., Board Member, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Bruce A. Abel, Assistant General Manager,
    Bus Operations, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO


 

 

12 -
1:30 p.m.

Capitol Peak Ballroom, 
38th Floor, Atrium Tower

 

CLOSING LUNCHEON: What Board Members Need to Know about the Safety Management Systems Approach

FTA's Office of Transit Safety and Oversight will provide a status update on the implementation of the National Public Transportation Safety Program and discuss other activities underway where FTA is providing safety guidance and training to foster sound safety policy, more efficient safety practices for risk management and safety assurance, and a strong safety culture at every transit system.

This session features key aspects that board members want to know about a safety management systems (SMS) approach for their agencies. As the USDOT is moving towards an SMS approach for all modes, find out why the Federal Transit Administration is implementing SMS and how you can use it to answer the board's, public's, riders', and employees' critical safety questions in order to prevent safety incidents and accidents. SMS is scalable and applies to transit agencies of all sizes, complexity, and operating environments.

Moderator:

  • John R. Plante, JD, IPEM, Board Director, Metra, Chicago, IL

Presenter:

  • Brian Alberts, Program Analyst, Office of System Safety, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

12 -
1:30 p.m.

Crystal Peak A,
38th Floor, Atrium Tower

 

12:30-12:45 p.m.

 


 

 

 

 

 12:45 - 
1 p.m.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 1:15 p.m.

 


 

 

 

 

 
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

LUNCHEON: Career Advancement

 

 

 


 

RTD's Path to Leadership in Transportation

RTD prides itself in the value and development of human capital. The path to leadership starts the moment you enter your career at RTD. As a member of RTD's Leadership Academy, Barbara will discuss the pathway to leadership and succession planning, as well as key take aways that can help board support bring leadership skills to their everyday roles.

Presenter:
Barbara G. McManus, Board Office Administrator, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

 

Transit Academy – Utah Style

Hear how this innovative program brings together newly elected local leaders to learn about resources that can assist them in improving or enhancing transit in their communities. Presented by key community leaders, and Utah Transit top executives, the program broadens their understanding of how transit functions on a regional and local level.   

Presenter:
Rebecca O. Cruz, Co-Chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and Board of Trustees Support Manager,
Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Leadership APTA
 
This is APTA's premier professional development program designed to develop and support those experienced managers and leaders aspiring to hold senior and executive leadership positions in APTA, their organizations, and the public transportation industry. Learn what it takes to join this elite group.
 
Presenter:
Cheryl Pyatt, Program Manager, APTA, Washington, DC
 

Wrap Up
Enjoy this summary of lessons learned, take aways, new contacts, and “ah ha” moments with your peers.
 
Facilitators:
  • Jeanne Schapper, CMC, Executive Office Manager/Clerk of the Board, Lane Transit District, Eugene, OR
  • Theresa A. Burrage, Executive Assistant, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

  

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