Emerging Leaders Academy

About

The CTAA Emerging Leaders Academy is designed for transportation system employees who have shown promise as a future leader through their

  • approach to work tasks and fellow employees
  • understanding of issues that impact community and public transportation
  • demonstrated ability to lead
  • embrace of principled, ethical leadership and service to the community

Those considering participation in the Academy must be committed to pursuing leadership roles within the community transportation field and being of service to their system and the field as a whole. They will also commit to participating in all activities of the Academy.

Who Should Attend

The CTAA Emerging Leaders Academy is designed for transportation system employees who have shown promise as a future leader through their

  • approach to work tasks and fellow employees
  • understanding of issues that impact community and public transportation
  • demonstrated ability to lead
  • embrace of principled, ethical leadership and service to the community

Those considering participation in the Academy must be committed to pursuing leadership roles within the community transportation field and being of service to their system and the field as a whole. They will also commit to participating in all activities of the Academy.

What's Your Value from the ELA?

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

QUESTIONS

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

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

Cost

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.

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Registration for the Class of 2020 is coming soon!

Curriculum

The curriculum for the 2019/2020 CTAA Emerging Leaders Academy will consist of in-person training, webinars, leadership study groups, and a participant-selected project. Participants will be also be paired with mentors to allow for on-going discussion and dialog during the process. Participants will be expected to complete all assignments and participate in discussion groups with fellow participants and mentors.
01  Personal Assessment
Each participant will receive an assessment before the first session of the Academy. This assessment will measure the participant’s leadership style and strengths. Results from the assessment will allow the ELA instructors to tailor course content to meet the needs of the participants.
02  AT EXPO
  • An Introduction to Community Transportation
  • Exploration of the concept of leadership and different leadership styles
  • Lessons from leadership experts
  • Overview of the ELA process
03  Distance Learning
  • Creating and imparting a vision
  • Engaging in strategic thinking
  • Building strong, cohesive teams
  • Understanding values and ethics
  • Communicating effectively and with purpose
  • Building accountability into the agency’s work
  • Leadership philosophies
  • Understanding the current state of community transportation
  • Identifying and preparing for trends in mobility
04  Leadership Project

Each participant in the ELA will complete a leadership project, which will allow the participant to demonstrate leadership skills, assess and address issues in the field, and contribute to their system. The project process will consist of these phases:

  • Identifying the issue and garnering agency acceptance of the project
  • Developing a plan to define and study the issue
  • Engaging agency staff and people outside the organization to develop possible approaches or solutions
  • Selecting a course of action and presenting the project to the governing body of the organization
  • Developing a presentation for the 2020 Community Transportation EXPO

the future of transit

class of 2018-19

Meet the class of 2019

The Emerging Leaders Academy is a year-long academy to develop true leaders in the transit field. From 2018 to 2019, upcoming transit leaders from across the country gained increased understanding of their leadership skills, learned industry trends and became knowledgeable about what it takes to be a leader.

Throughout the year, the participants worked with each other, their mentors and CTAA leaders to develop a project that would demonstrate leadership skills, and assess and address issues in the field that would contribute to their system. Their projects vary in topics, ranging from the accommodation of service animals on-board a transit vehicle to the implementation of a volunteer transportation program.

EXPO 2019 gave this class of ELA participants an opportunity to share their final projects and reports with their fellow participants, as well as EXPO attendees through a poster session. Click through the mentors and participants below to get to know the class of 2018-2019. The subject of the project is listed below each participant’s name.

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The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.