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 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 be 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 through the lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

  • Take participants out of their comfort zones by challenging them to view the world as executive leaders, to learn and communicate in new ways, and to deepen their knowledge, skills, and insights about new and emerging areas.

  • Leverage the talent and experience of our industry’s executive leaders, Leadership APTA Committee members, and APTA’s partners to lead world-class executive round table sessions, facilitate customized workshops, and mentor class participants.

  • 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 class executive leadership projects, papers, and related opportunities.

  • 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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