Why Apply to Leadership APTA

Leadership APTA is the American Public Transportation Association’s premier professional development program for experienced leaders who aspire to hold senior and executive leadership positions in their organizations, in APTA and the public transportation industry.

At its core, the Leadership APTA program is designed to:

  • Identify, develop, and support the next generation of senior and executive leaders for APTA and the public transportation industry.

  • Challenge class members to transform themselves to become visionary and resilient leaders who successfully lead and guide the industry, their organizations, and their communities.

  • Provide class members with the opportunities, access, and resources to view the world as executive leaders, through a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

  • Take participants out of their comfort zones and challenge them to learn, listen, and communicate in new ways and to deepen their knowledge, skills, and insights about emerging arenas.

  • Leverage the wisdom, talent and experience of our industry’s executive leaders, Leadership APTA Committee members, and APTA’s members and partners. Engage with these exemplary individuals during world-class executive round table sessions, customized workshops, and mentoring opportunities.

  • Connect class members with respected senior and executive industry leaders to build their professional network.

  • Offer immediate means and recognition for class members to give back to APTA and the industry through their capstone projects, presentations, recordings, and executive summaries.

  • Engage and refresh class participants about APTA, including its purpose, leadership and governance structure, industry impact, committee involvement, and professional development opportunities.

  • 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.

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