the emerging leaders academy


  • Gain understanding of their leadership skills
  • Learn industry history, current practices, funding & future trends
  • Become knowledgeable about what it takes to be a leader
  • Complete a project demonstrating leadership principles & application to a real-world situation
  • Assess the participant's current leadership style and potential
  • Challenge the participants through a rigorous combination of workshops, seminars, independent study and projects
  • Support the participants with mentors, peer groups, access to course consultants and CTAA staff

Academy Timeline

  • January 2019: Registration Opens
  • April 12, 2019: Last Day for Applications
  • May 2019: Leadership Assessments Completed
  • May 2019: Two-Day Academy Kick-Off at EXPO 2019
  • July 2019: May 2020: Individual & Group Work
  • May 2020: Poster Session & Graduation at EXPO 2020


For questions on the Emerging Leaders Academy contact Charles Dickson at or (202) 247-8356.

NOTE: A minimum of 15 participants are required for the Academy to take place.

What's Your Value from the ELA?

In Their Own Words: Hear from Current ELA Participants on their Learning Objectives & Results


The tuition for the ELA will be $3,500 per participant. This cost includes all the instruction, distance learning, and registration for EXPOs 2019 and 2020. All travel, meal, lodging, and incidental expenses will be the responsibility of the participant or the participant's employer.


Thank you for considering joining the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA). We know how valuable both your time and your resources are – and we appreciate the confidence you’ve placed in our Association. Here’s what you can expect from CTAA:

  • Responsiveness: We promise quick, insightful responses to any questions or inquiries – no matter the subject or how we receive the request. If one of our talented staff cannot answer your question, we’ll find someone who can.
  • Expertise: Our staff will provide accurate, informative and timely analyses of legislation, regulations and transportation trends that you can trust. Combined, the CTAA staff has more than 200 years of experience in community and public transportation.
  • Insight: CTAA staff track new innovations in transportation technology, markets and delivery modes and, along with our Board of Directors and State and Tribal Delegates, will ensure you have ready access to ideas and solutions you can use.
  • Passion: We love everything about the community and public transportation industry and CTAA is always seeking new ways to support our members.
  • Understanding: We recognize the constraints – financial and otherwise – that our members deal with every day and promise to deliver practical, useful solutions and resources to our members.
  • Membership Pledge

CTAA’s Membership Director, Rich Sampson, is ready to assist. He can be reached directly at 202.415.9666 or via email at

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