• 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 dickson@ctaa.org 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.


Registration for the Class of 2020 is coming soon!



The 2019/2020 CTAA Emerging Leaders Academy will include the following activities:

  • An individualized assessment of each Academy participant’s leadership style and strengths
  • A two-day kick-off seminar at the May 2019 Community Transportation EXPO that will lay the groundwork for the year
  • Teleconference and webinar-based trainings, peer group meetings, and professional coaching
  • Implementation of a project by each participant
  • A wrap-up seminar, presentation, and graduation at EXPO 2020

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.





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.

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.

At the Community Transportation EXPO 2019:

  • An Introduction to Community Transportation
  • Exploration of the concept of leadership and different leadership styles
  • Lessons from leadership experts
  • Overview of the ELA process

Through distance learning events, participants will learn about the following:

  • 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

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
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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.