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 Leadership APTA's Goals

The goals of the Leadership APTA program are to:

  • Identify, develop, and support future leaders of APTA and the next generation of senior and executive leaders of the public transportation industry.
  • Enable participants to broaden and deepen their leadership, knowledge, skills, insights, and abilities and to grow their professional networks.
  • Challenge class members to transform themselves, their thinking, and to view the world as executive leaders.
  • Deliver a robust program including customized workshops and expert-led sessions facilitated by APTA’s executive leadership, public transportation industry executive leaders, world-class university faculty, and leadership experts.
  • Provide meaningful and applicable class assignments and projects designed to address timely executive leadership challenges as they relate to public transportation services, issues, and trends.
  • Challenge participants to identify, develop, and take action to refine their core leadership competencies and skills.
  • Stimulate and foster individual development, teamwork, and class growth.
  • Educate participants about APTA, including its purpose, leadership, governance, structure, industry impact, and professional development opportunities.
  • Connect class members with respected senior and executive leaders both within and outside the public transportation industry.
  • Engage class members in APTA by introducing them to APTA's executive and senior leadership, APTA committee leaders, by offering first-hand opportunities for class members to become actively involved through committee work, task forces, or special projects and see the impact and outcome of their contributions.
  • Incorporate direction, mentoring and guidance, faculty assistance, and programmatic support from members of the Leadership APTA Committee.
  • Provide immediate means and recognition for class members to give back to APTA and the industry through their class executive leadership projects, papers, and related opportunities.
  • Enable active participation and visibility at APTA’s Legislative Conference and Annual Meetings.
  • Support and sustain a collegial and professional environment that facilitates team building, networking, and strong communication with a diverse group of Leadership APTA program participants, alumni, and APTA members.
Dr. Jeanine Turner, faculty member for the November/December session, is Associate Professor, Communications, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University.
Dr. Robert Bies, faculty member for the November/December session, is Professor of Management ​and Founder of the Executive Master's in Leadership Program at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. 
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