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May 30, 2018

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Hosted By: 
Chicago Transit Authority

567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL. 60661
Conference Room 2AB​

Click to view the Workshop Agenda​​
$175 includes workshop materials and lunch ($225 non APTA members)
Those who work within the areas of employee recruitment, retention, training, and development who want to build a network and share best practices and resources.​ The OD Workshops are held regionally because we recognize that oftentimes OD Practitioners do not have the opportunity to travel to national conferences. 
Building on the success of our February 2017 event, the Organizational Development Subcommittee of the APTA Workforce Development Committee is holding another workshop for professionals in the public transportation​ industry. The workshop will continue conversations and highlight best practices in the following areas of workforce development:
  • Recruitment, Retention and Employee Engagement​
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • 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 and industry partners
  • To develop a plan of action
  • To craft a framework for regional support networks to share resources
  • To help members attract, develop, and train a diverse workforce
In addition to the review of critical workforce issues, a plan for continuing the regional dialogue will be crafted. The conversation will identify current efforts in the region and discuss areas for ongoing partnership in an effort to continue the workforce conversation. 
  • Dr. Barbara K. Gannon, Chair, Workforce Development Subcommittee, Principal, Gannon Consult

Travel and Lodging

Though we have not reserved any room blocks for the conference, here are a list of nearby hotels with their links. 


The CTA is transit accessible. Here is the link to plan your trip using transit:

CTA Trip Planner

While there is parking in the area, it can be expensive.  
180 N. Jefferson St. 
164 North Clinton Street
Additional information can be found at: ​
Lindsey Robertson, Director – Workforce Development at or 202-496-4818​ ​
​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)

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